Resources (539)

  1. WannaCry Ransomware Hits Hard in 2019

    If your organization was pummeled by the WannaCry virus last year, you’re not alone: nearly a quarter of all ransomware attacks were of that variety. And the damage it did was staggering. That’s according to PreciseSecurity.com, which reported that WannaCry was the most common crypto ransomware attack of 2019, accounting for 23.56% of all such assaults globally. The article also estimate… Read More

  2. 082 – It’s Been 34 Days: Do You Still Have the Boss’s Email?

    It’s the nightmare scenario for every admin: the CEO has deleted an email related to a multi-million dollar project, and needs it back. The hitch: he deleted it 34 days ago, and your Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider only provides 30 days’ worth of backups. Uh oh. This is an issue that organizations using SaaS applications need to consider, and far too few of them do. That’s why Da… Listen Now

  3. 081 – A Question of Data Sovereignty

    Thanks to regulations like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), organizations are more aware than ever of the need to protect the privacy of customer data. And the GDPR is just the beginning: the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020. The problem is that knowing where your customer data even exists is becoming harder in the cloud era. XMedius, which spec… Listen Now

  4. 080 – Remove All the Bottlenecks!

    Data center storage is evolving constantly, and one of the most crucial areas is in lower latency. Latency, after all, impacts everything in your operations. And cutting-edge technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) demand the lowest latency possible. Delivering that low latency can’t happen until system bottlenecks are removed, whether they’re existing, olde… Listen Now

  5. Challenges to Cloud Computing Resource Planning

    Cloud computing has transformed how enterprises think about infrastructure. A decade ago, IT professionals had to make server projections months or years in advance, deciding on the types of servers they’d need. That would in turn be largely determined by the services required for their business needs, and expected loads those servers would bear. Cloud computing has changed the game. Enterpri… Read More

  6. ‘The Cloud’ Is No Magic Bullet

    There remains a belief among some in IT that moving to “the cloud” will solve all their problems. This is, emphatically, not the case. It’s entirely true that the cloud has massive advantages in terms of things like the ability to scale, to move capital expenditure (CapEx) costs to a more budget-friendly operational expenditure (OpEx) cost model, and faster time to market via containers.… Read More

  7. 079 – Joe’s Cat Pictures Shouldn’t Be on Primary Storage

    If you’re like most companies, you’re leaving the wrong data on the wrong storage. Data that isn’t touched often—like Joe’s cat pictures—doesn't need to be stored on expensive primary storage. But moving that data to much less costly secondary storage is a huge challenge: for both admins who have to move it, and end users who face confusing interfaces. Answering that challenge with… Listen Now

  8. 5 Big Challenges of Multi-Cloud Management

    Cloud computing is ubiquitous. Enterprises are continuing to move to the cloud in record numbers. According to the RightScale 2019 State of the Cloud report, 91% use some form of cloud, and 84% of enterprises have a multi-cloud strategy. It's easy to see why: a multi-cloud architecture, comprised of different cloud platforms, offers the versatility to accommodate a wide range of enterprise computi… Read More

  9. 078 – Ditching AWS for Render

    You may think of the public cloud as an “easy” button, something that takes the pain out of application development, for example. The reality is that it can make things harder—much harder. That was the experience of Anurag Goel, Founder/CEO of Render, a unified cloud platform for building and running applications and websites. Goel found that it took so many steps to get anything done on… Listen Now

  10. 077 – Enterprise Storage-as-a-Service

    Enterprise-level, fully-managed Storage-as-a-Service (STaaS): Is it a thing? Should it be a thing? And why would you outsource something as important as storage? Zadara says there are good reasons to do just that, leveraging the power of cloud computing without losing the speed and latency benefits of on-premises storage. That’s the subject of this episode of “10 on Tech.” Zadara’s Greg… Listen Now

  11. Virtual Summit Wrapup: Architecting and Supporting the Pillars of IT in 2020

    The next decade is around the corner: 2020 beckons, and with it come a host of challenges and opportunities in the IT space. To help get a handle on what we can expect, ActualTech Media held its largest-ever Virtual Summit on Nov. 8, 2019. In all, 12 vendors presented their vision of the future, and how their products will help enable that future. The companies represented the full gamut of IT:… Read More

  12. Untangled: The ActualTech Cloud Solutions Megacast

    Although the cloud is rapidly maturing, it’s fair to say that most companies are still trying to figure out their cloud strategy: what workloads to put there, the proper mix of public and private clouds, determining the risks vs. benefits, costs, CapEx vs. OpEx… the list goes on. To add to the choices is the number of cloud vendors out there, ready to help your business. All this means that… Read More

  13. 076 – Multi-Cloud Management Fundamentals

    The public cloud, contrary to perception, doesn’t make management easier; in most cases, it’s just the opposite, according to Wally McDermid, VP Cloud Business Development for Scality. And when it comes to multi-cloud scenarios, things just get hairier. Wally discusses these difficulties with ActualTech Media Partner James Green in this episode of “10 on Tech.” It includes these key fea… Listen Now

  14. 075 – The Business of Public Cloud

    Perception and use of the major public clouds has undergone a shift as it has become more of a baseline technology for companies. As Kelly Goolsby says, businesses have come to understand that it’s no longer about the “cool” stuff cloud can do for you, but meeting business requirements. Goolsby, Director of Solution Architecture at Liquid Web, chats with ActualTech Media Partner James Gre… Listen Now

  15. Ripcord Unleashes Robots to Transform Your Paper Documents

    In recent years, enterprise-class organizations have been increasingly finding that big data analytics is allowing them to capitalize on business insight that’s hidden within their seldom-used data. One factor preventing such processes from being as effective as they could be, however, is the overall availability of data: Large organizations commonly have vast amounts of data that they can’t l… Read More

  16. How to Defend Against IoT-Based DDoS Attacks

    A new variant of Mirai—the botnet that took down the Internet on most of the U.S. east coast in 2016—has now emerged, and it’s growing fast. Termed Echobot, the malware behind the botnet targets more than 26 vulnerabilities to propagate. Most agree that it has the potential to pose an even greater threat than Mirai, and cause significantly more damage.  This is no surprise. Given the mas… Read More

  17. SADA Goes All-In on Google Cloud Platform

    When it comes to public cloud, there are three leaders, and then all the rest. Those leaders are Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). And they’re in that order, as well—AWS at the top, followed by Azure, with GCP in third. If that’s the case, does it make sense for a cloud services provider to focus their efforts on GCP, instead of the others? For S… Read More

  18. 074 – Qumulo and the Problem of ‘Data Blindness’

    Most companies are great at creating data—it’s why the industry’s drowning in data lakes. But for most, they’re not nearly as good at knowing important details about that data. Without that information—being “blind” to your data’s characteristics—you’re put at a competitive disadvantage. That idea of “data blindness” is the subject of this episode of “10 on Tech.” Mo… Listen Now

  19. 073 – It's Midnight: Do You Know Where Your Data Is?

    So, you’ve got lots of data, and it’s stored here, there, and everywhere. How do you manage it all? And beyond that, how do you put it to use in your environment, to do business-enhancing things like artificial intelligence and machine learning? That’s what this episode of “10 on Tech” is about. ActualTech Media Partner James Green talks with Alluxio CEO Steven Mih about the growing p… Listen Now

  20. 5 Things To Know About Office 365 and Microsoft Azure

    Let’s get the obvious out of the way: when you start SaaS-ifying and cloud-ifying your IT operations, things change. Lots of things. This isn’t your father’s data center anymore—network traffic patterns change, security requirements get a lot more complex, and your data suddenly expands beyond the trusted arms of your on-premises storage. Many companies start their journey with SaaS (so… Read More