1. Data Center

    Solving Big Data Problems with OpenIO - Interview with CEO Laurent Denel

    The so called "big data problem" (where you have massive amounts of data is that growing uncontrollably) is no longer only the problem of the "YouTubes" of the world. Just about every enterprise out there has a big data problem, of some kind. As Scott Lowe wrote in "Your Data is Useless", IT organiz… Read More

    By David M. Davis
  2. Data Center

    Solution Spotlight: Cloud Migration And Mobility In Minutes With Velostrata

    Fast. Simple. Easy. These are not the things that come to mind when you think of cloud migration and cloud mobility, but one startup is shaking things up to make it a reality, albeit with some limitations. There’s no denying the intrinsic benefits of a hybrid cloud model. Flexibility, agility, sc… Read More

    By Kasia Lorenc
  3. Data Center

    7 Hybrid Cloud Lessons From 7 Leading Cloud Computing Vendors

    Cloud computing has revolutionized the way businesses operate. It has transformed infrastructure, networking, storage, backup and recovery, performance analysis, troubleshooting, development and testing, and so much more. And today, there’s much more to cloud than what AWS and Azure have to offer… Read More

    By Kasia Lorenc
  4. Data Center

    ActualTech Media 2016 Cloud MegaCast Recap

    Yesterday was an exciting day as ActualTech Media organized the 2016 Cloud MegaCast event - this was the first time in the MegaCast event series that the featured topic has been Cloud. The event was extremely well received and attendees had a great time digging deeper by using the Q&A panel of the e… Read More

    By James D. Green
  5. Data Center

    Announcing Stratoscale Symphony V2!

    Disclosure: This post is not sponsored. However, Stratoscale is a valued client of ActualTech Media. See our full disclosure page here: http://www.actualtechmedia.com/disclosures/.  Private-Cloud-in-a-Box is a promise that many enterprise IT vendors today would like to deliver on. IT consume… Read More

    By James D. Green
  6. Data Center

    The Continuing Evolution of Hyperconverged Infrastructure

    It doesn’t seem all that long ago that the market was introduced to what we now consider “original” hyperconverged infrastructure technology.  In that initial wave of technology, we saw appliances combining servers and storage hit the shelves, firing a shot over the bow of storage providers t… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  7. Data Center

    Think Differently About Storage With Superconvergence

    Modern virtualization introduced overhead into the compute and storage stack in a number of ways. For many production workloads, IT organizations were happy to trade the overhead incurred for the massive increase in workload consolidation and ease of administration. But there are always outliers.… Read More

    By James D. Green
  8. Data Center

    Blazing Fast Network Virtualization with Superconvergence

    VMware's acquisition of Nicira in 2012 and Cisco's major push with ACI were confirmation that software-defined networking and network function virtualization were coming to a data center near you. SDN solutions like NSX work their magic by making use of an overlay network to virtualize a network… Read More

    By James D. Green
  9. Data Center

    The Continuing Convergence of Infrastructure

    As technology has evolved and our ideas around how IT infrastructure should be managed have matured, infrastructure has continued to converge. The main drivers for this convergence have been operational efficiency and predictability. When converged infrastructure was introduced, the provisioning and… Read More

    By James D. Green
  10. Data Center

    The Cloud Is A Journey, Not a Destination

    You’ve all heard the mantra that enterprise IT workloads are marching slowly (or quickly, in some cases) but surely to the cloud.  In this context, the assumption is that workloads are exiting the local data center and making their way to public cloud providers such as Amazon and Microsoft.  Whi… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  11. Data Center

    Meet Container-Defined Storage from Portworx

    As agility in the data center increases with increasing adoption of container-based provisioning, some have noticed a major infrastructure component lagging behind: storage. Enterprise storage is notoriously slow-moving from a provisioning perspective; beyond that, most or all of the storage platfor… Read More

    By James D. Green
  12. Data Center

    About "Modern Storage Strategies for SQL Server"

    James Green and I recently announced the launch of the Gorilla Guide to Modern Storage Strategies for SQL Server. Storage and SQL Server go hand in hand, but rarely do the technologists involved have the background on the technologies involved. Infrastructure administrators usually do not have a ba… Read More

    By David Klee
  13. Data Center

    New eBook! The Gorilla Guide to Modern Storage Strategies for SQL Server

    The intersection of storage infrastructure and database platforms is one of the most critical yet misunderstood relationships in the entire data center. And it's not getting any easier for storage admins or DBAs. The volume of data retained and accessed by today’s organizations is exploding a… Read More

    By James D. Green
  14. Data Center

    The Transformation of NetApp

    There may be some of you who (like me) essentially "wrote off" NetApp as being one of those companies that stopped innovating and will slowly "go by the wayside". This is easy to do when all you hear about is "the hot new thing" from "the hot new startup" (which for some time, wasn't NetApp). Just… Read More

    By David M. Davis
  15. Data Center

    Exploring 10-year Trends

    Storage is the cornerstone of data center. Without it, the world as we know it today wouldn’t exist. The data that we store is extremely important to our businesses and even to our families. As such, the storage industry - and storage administrators in particular – are notorious for moving very… Read More

    By James D. Green
  16. Data Center

    Bridging the Cloud Gap: Hybrid Cloud is the Technical and Financial Choice

    For years, we’ve heard the mantra of “to the cloud” in which pundits have said, with absolute certainty, that a journey to the public cloud is inevitable and will be the platform of choice for every business in the not-too-distant future. Nope.  Not gonna happen. Here’s what will happ… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  17. Data Center

    New eBook! The Gorilla Guide to Hyperconvergence for the SMB

    IT is changing for businesses of all shapes and sizes. IT professionals are being asked to do more with less, and to do it faster. Especially with a small staff, this can be a serious challenge. In the new Gorilla Guide to Hyperconvergence for the SMB, you’ll learn about technological advantages t… Read More

    By James D. Green
  18. Data Center

    Latency: The King of Storage Performance Metrics

    Storage vendor 1: “Our array can deliver 1 million IOPS!” Storage vendor 2: “Well, our array can deliver 1 billion IOPS, so take that!” This might be the start of the latest round of storage gang violence as storage vendors fight over who can do more IOPS.  Or, it could be those same… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  19. Data Center

    Analyzing Your VMware Data Center with the Power of SaaS-based Analytics

    Last week I was able to schedule a briefing with my friend Irfan Ahmad. Irfan is co-founder and CTO of CloudPhysics, which is what we discussed during my briefing. If you haven’t heard of CloudPhysics, perhaps you’re familiar with some other major projects that Irfan has led like development of… Read More

    By James D. Green
  20. Data Center

    The Next Evolution of Data-Aware Storage

    I recently had the opportunity to be briefed on DataGravity's freshly released Version 2.2 update. It comes with a number of really interesting features to extend the already impressive capabilities of the Discovery Series arrays. Of note in this release: Hyper-V support, file fingerprinting, user… Read More

    By James D. Green
  21. Data Center

    ZeroStack - Attacking the Datacenter Problem From All Directions

    In case you don’t know, I’m a big fan of hyperconvergence. It may be one of the hottest and most innovative areas in enterprise technology today. What makes it even more exciting is that there are many hyperconvergence solutions out there (more than I can count on all my fingers). Just when I th… Read More

    By David M. Davis