1. Data Center

    PanelCast 2019 Predictions: The Evolution from Alignment to Digital Transformation and Going Beyond Hardware Buys

    IT needs to meet all the needs of the business, but the business isn’t always interested in buying more stuff – tools, software, platforms, hardware, storage, networking, etc. How does the business forge ahead without IT just continuing to buy? [su_note note_color="#e1f2ed"]This blog post was c… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  2. Data Center

    PanelCast 2019 Predictions: Accelerating Pace of Change in IT

    The speed at which innovation is expected is driving the need for containers, serverless, etc. What does this mean for how organizations view the role of IT? [su_note note_color="#e1f2ed"]This blog post was created following ActualTech Media's inaugural PanelCast event, held in December of 2018. … Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  3. Data Center

    PanelCast 2019 Predictions: The Rise of Edge Computing

    Edge computing appears to be the next big area for growth. How do you think it will play a role in enterprise architecture in 2019? [su_note note_color="#e1f2ed"]This blog post was created following ActualTech Media's inaugural PanelCast event, held in December of 2018.  This event addressed 2019… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  4. Data Center

    PanelCast 2019 Predictions: Hyperconvergence and the Next Wave of Systems Integration

    Hyperconvergence has become a force unto itself. What comes after HCI? Is it extensions that turn HCI into a broader platform or is it a whole new architecture altogether? [su_note note_color="#e1f2ed"]This blog post was created following ActualTech Media's inaugural PanelCast event, held in Dece… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  5. Data Center

    PanelCast 2019 Predictions: A Sustained and Deeper Focus on Security

    Security incidents seem to be the daily news these days. As multi-cloud environments take center stage, how can enterprises ensure a standard security architecture across both the private and public cloud? [su_note note_color="#e1f2ed"]This blog post was created following ActualTech Media's inaugu… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  6. Data Center

    PanelCast 2019 Predictions: Economic Volatility Will Impact Enterprise IT in 2019

    The economy can’t be ignored. We’ve enjoyed a decade-long rally that has propelled startup fortunes and enabled enterprise customers to make new investments. Do you think that will change in 2019 as we see increased market volatility and, if so, what do you think the outcomes look like? [su_no… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  7. Data Center

    PanelCast 2019 Predictions: The Future of Interoperability and Integration

    Is interoperability and integration between product manufacturers increasing or decreasing? [su_note note_color="#e1f2ed"]This blog post was created following ActualTech Media's inaugural PanelCast event, held in December of 2018.  This event addressed 2019 enterprise IT predictions in a discuss… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  8. Data Center

    PanelCast 2019 Predictions: How Public Cloud Costs Are Driving Organizations to On-Prem and Back

    Presently, it seems that cloud run costs/subscriptions can easily exceed on-premises costs for general workloads beyond small systems. Do you see this changing moving forward, and how soon? [su_note note_color="#e1f2ed"]This blog post was created following ActualTech Media's inaugural PanelCast ev… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  9. Data Center

    The Questions You Must Ask About Software-based HCI vs. Appliance-based HCI

    It’s not on the level of “What’s the meaning of life?”, but there are important questions to ask before you make the move to a hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solution. The two types of offerings are software-based and appliance-based. In a software-based HCI environment, you can install… Read More

    By ActualTech Media
  10. Data Center

    How MSPs Benefit from Commodity Hardware and Open Source Virtualization

    As a Managed Service Provider (MSP) or hosting provider, you need to keep pace with the big public cloud providers and create customer solutions that provide the same flexibility and potential for scale that the hyperscalers offer. Yes, you can offer customers the peace of mind that comes with hoste… Read More

    By ActualTech Media
  11. Data Center

    Key Advantages of Software-Based Hyperconvergence

    You have two choices when it comes to moving to hyperconverged infrastructure, or HCI: a software-based approach or an appliance-based approach. They both have their positives and negatives, but the average administrator may not realize the long-term benefits of a software-based solution, since appl… Read More

    By ActualTech Media
  12. Data Center

    Meeting the Challenges of Managing Microservices-based Applications

    It used to be so much easier to do application performance management (APM). Remember? Monolithic, old-school apps didn’t have that many dependencies. Fewer moving parts meant less to monitor. It also meant greater visibility of those parts. Less data collected. Fewer issues (but by no means few)… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  13. Data Center

    Tutorial: Deploying a Cumulus Linux Demo Environment With Vagrant

    Thanks to ActualTech Media’s relationship with the Cumulus Networks team, I had the opportunity to attend an onsite bootcamp at Cumulus HQ in Mountain View, Calif., where a Cumulus professional services consultant (David Marshall) trained myself and a few others on the ins and outs of Cumulus Linu… Read More

    By James D. Green
  14. Data Center

    How to Take the Pain Out of the Private Cloud Lifecycle

    Designing a cloud is, in essence, designing an entire data center. Designing and operating a cloud requires attention to the entire lifecycle of the cloud: since each component can affect adjacent solutions, the impact of every change on the whole must be carefully considered. Layering on some cl… Read More

    By ActualTech Media
  15. Data Center

    IT Support May Be the Crucial Cloud Question

    Once IT teams are no longer having to hand-hold IT infrastructure every day, they won’t know the intricacies of its operation. This makes the support experience – both the ease of access to support, and the overall quality of the support – absolutely critical. What do other customers of that v… Read More

    By ActualTech Media
  16. Data Center

    Apstra to Demonstrate Intent-Based Data Center Network Automation with VMware vSphere Integration at VMworld

    We are, of course, meeting with tons of IT companies at VMworld like we always do. One of the meetings I'm excited about this year is with Apstra. It's been about two years since I've had a good hard look at Apstra. They presented at Networking Field Day 13, for which I had a seat at the table. Si… Read More

    By James D. Green
  17. Data Center

    How SoftNAS Is Like the U.S. Marines

    “Cloud native” is currently a major buzzword in the IT industry. Applications built to be used in the cloud, whether public, private or hybrid, focus on things like microservices and distributed architectures, and they work at any scale. But here’s the thing: not everyone needs to, or is wi… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  18. Data Center

    What You Need to Know About Value Stream Mapping for the Enterprise

    Leading enterprises like Netflix, Uber, and Airbnb have demonstrated that the future of business lies in figuring out how to create value faster than competitors. This sounds good on paper, but enterprises can get hit snags when trying to move faster without creating more value in practice. To ad… Read More

    By George Lawton
  19. Data Center

    Top 5 Tips for VDI Success

    Last week, ActualTech Media hosted the VDI and End-User Computing EcoCast (which you can still watch On Demand here). The purpose of the event was to discuss the latest innovations in End User Computing and hear from some manufacturers of products that can make deploying VDI solutions more straightf… Read More

    By James D. Green
  20. Data Center

    NooBaa V2 Addresses Next Generation of Cloud Storage Challenges

    There's a lot of buzz these days about supporting cloud migrations and having a multi-cloud strategy. Yet it's an open question if those are valid, current concerns or a matter for some point in the future. After all, migration away from Amazon Web Services (AWS) to Microsoft Azure or to Google C… Read More

    By James D. Green
  21. Data Center

    CloudEndure Finds Joint Answers to Issues of Disaster Recovery and Cloud Migration

    IT departments usually look at the challenge of setting up disaster recovery in the cloud as discrete from the equally large challenge of migrating workloads from an on-premises environment to the cloud. Yet, those two challenges have a lot in common. One shared characteristic is speed. Whether y… Read More

    By Keith Ward