1. Podcast

    070 – AIOps: the Future Is Now

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    By Keith Ward
  2. Cloud

    The Importance of Achieving and Maintaining GDPR Compliance

    In 2016, the European Union (EU) passed the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This set of regulatory requirements, which went into effect in May 2018, is designed to help citizens of the EU to regain control over how their personal data is used. At the same time, though, the regulation impo… Read More

    By Brien Posey
  3. Podcast

    069 – Security Via Addresses and Ports Is Dead

    “This notion that address and port mean something is long since over.” That provocative statement about network security comes from Peter Smith, founder/CEO of Edgewise, as he spoke with ActualTech Media Partner James Green about Zero Trust on this episode of “10 on Tech.” Peter’s talki… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  4. Cloud

    Software Training Labs in the Modern Enterprise

    Not all that long ago, software training in the enterprise was largely based around the use of informational videos. While video-based training does have its place, it isn’t ideal. Videos sometimes contain knowledge gaps, and there isn’t a way for a student to ask the instructor questions in rea… Read More

    By Jeremy Hess
  5. Podcast

    068 – Unlock the Potential in Your Data

    Dremio Founder and CEO Tomer Shiran calls his company a “cloud data lake engine.” It sounds very sophisticated—but what does that really mean? Basically, it means that his company will connect all your data, whether it’s in Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, or on-premises (or so… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  6. VMworld 2019

    VMworld, Day 2: the Network Is the Thing

    SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 27– As is typical for day two of VMworld, the keynote session focused less on VMware product announcements and big vision statements, and more on the practical side of its portfolio. The day one keynote was all about Kubernetes and containers. Today’s keynote was more admi… Read More

    By James D. Green
  7. Podcast

    067 – ‘Zero Trust’ in Multi-cloud Environments

    The concept of “zero trust” is becoming the standard security model in the industry, and that’s a great thing. But zero trust also comes with its own set of challenges; one of the biggest is scaling, especially when the environment extends beyond the on-premises boundaries of the traditional d… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  8. News

    VMware vRealize Automation 8.0 Gets a Modern Makeover

    SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 26 - vRealize Automation, one of VMware's key products, has gotten a full version upgrade, going from 7.6 to 8.0. The announcement was made during VMworld 2019, VMware's showcase event. VMware has radically redesigned the entire architecture, ripping out the previous guts and rep… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  9. News

    VMware Unveils Its Kubernetes-Fueled Future

    SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 26—If there was one theme that came through the opening keynote presentation at VMworld 2019, it was this: going forward, VMware is all-in on Kubernetes. In its headlong pursuit of cloud computing market share, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger made a slew of announcements, and most… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  10. News

    VMware and Dell EMC Announce HCI-as-a-Service—In Your Own Data Center

    SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 26 - At VMworld 2019, Dell and VMware announced what they call "Datacenter as a service." A big enabler of this is hyperconverged infrastructure, whose popularity has been exploding. HCI's ability to combine hardware and software into a single package greatly simplifies installati… Read More

    By David M. Davis
  11. Podcast

    066 – Achieving High Availability for Your Cloud Apps Through Clustering

    There are plenty of people who believe that the public cloud somehow confers availability to applications by its very nature. But that’s a myth—and a potentially dangerous one as well, because you may find out, via a call from the boss, that the mission-critical app you’re hosting on Amazon We… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  12. Podcast

    065 – Backing Up Your Software-as-a-Service

    When you’re using Office 365, do you believe that Microsoft is taking care of the backups of that crucial information? If so, you’re living under a dangerous delusion. That’s because Microsoft takes care of its own infrastructure. When it comes to your data sitting on their infrastructure,… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  13. News

    ActualTech Media To Give Away 10,000 Gorilla Guide Books at VMworld 2019!

    We're excited to announce that, for the second year in a row, ActualTech Media will be exhibiting live at VMworld 2019! We want as many people as possible to get their hands on the latest Gorilla Guides, so we've reserved our very own booth, #250, to give away 10,000 free Gorilla Guides to attend… Read More

    By Jameela Ghann
  14. Podcast

    064 – Understanding the Google Cloud Platform

    In the Internet age, an old saying goes that it’s best to be there first. And there’s truth in that, too. When it comes to public cloud computing, Amazon was first, and they’re a clear No. 1 in the space. Sometimes it’s hard to be in third place, like Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is, behin… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  15. CIO

    The Great Slack to Teams Migration: 1 Year Later

    On a fateful day in August 2018, we made the decision to extricate ourselves from Slack and jump headfirst into Microsoft Teams.  I’ve previously written about our early experiences here and here.  It was September of 2018 when we officially cut over from Slack to Teams, but we’d been doing a… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  16. Podcast

    063 – Complexity: The Enemy of Efficiency for Data Protection in the Multicloud World

    More and more companies are going multicloud; that is, they’re not standardizing on one platform like Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform or Microsoft Azure. They’re picking and choosing multiple providers in an a la carte fashion. While this is a good thing, it also comes with big cha… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  17. Podcast

    061 - Leveraging the Cloud for Research Education Networks

    Major research universities face a dilemma: they have tons of data that needs to be stored, and are creating more data all the time. Simultaneously, they have notoriously tight budgets that are often set in concrete. What do do? The solution may lie in public cloud storage, which can provide pred… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  18. Cloud

    Tape-based Backup vs. Cloud-based Backup: Which Is Better?

    Linear Tape-Open-based storage, or LTO, has long been the economic favorite for data backup and archiving. Much of the world’s backup data resides in portable, remotely stored tape drives, at the ready in case disaster should strike. So it’s highly likely that you have existing investments to pr… Read More

    By Brien Posey
  19. Podcast

    060 – The Data Explosion and Challenges for Backup

    Think you know backup? Think again. Backup isn’t what it was even five years ago. There are new technologies, including the cloud, that can unburden you from the chore of backing up your data. So if you’re doing things the old-fashioned way, this “10 on Tech” episode is for you. Dan Kelds… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  20. Podcast

    062 – The Evolution of Storage from Tape to Cloud

    In the IT world, tape has been around for almost as long as storage itself. It’s proven itself to be cheap and reliable; because of that, it still has significant market share. But is it still a viable solution for today’s enterprises? That’s the question ActualTech Media’s James Green pu… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  21. Podcast

    059 – Securing the Internet of Things

    Securing remote IT sites is orders of magnitude more difficult than it was just a few short years ago. In addition to the traditional remote/branch office (ROBO) network, we’re now in the Internet of Things (IoT) and edge computing age. With the number of connected devices exploding, getting a… Read More

    By Keith Ward