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  1. 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

  2. ‘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

  3. 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—don’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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 072 – It’s Like AWS S3 Storage, Only 75% Cheaper

    Many know the storage company Backblaze from their groundbreaking and justifiably famous “hard drive stats,” in which they publish data on hard drive failures within their data centers. Others know them from their consumer backup offerings. But did you know that Backblaze also offers enterprise-worthy cloud storage? It’s called “Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage,” and the company says it’s… Listen Now

  18. Beef Up Your Perimeter Security With SD-WAN

    The business perimeter of today’s financial organizations continues to expand and blur due to big data, mobility, cloud, internet of things (IoT) and other technology advancements. While these innovations and the associated perimeter expansion has enabled tremendous leaps forward in IT and business capabilities, as well as important improvements in customer experience, they have also opened the… Read More

  19. How to Make Enterprise Software Training More Efficient

    Whether its for the IT department or for HR, employee training is essential in the modern workplace. At one time, flying employees to expensive, instructor-led training was the norm. In recent years, however, budgetary concerns have driven many organizations either to adopt video-based training as an alternative to instructor-led training, or to abandon training altogether, leaving employees to fe… Read More

  20. 071 – Even SMBs Can Have a Data Warehouse

    The reality is that every business knows it needs to do more with its data. The problem is that this reality bumps into another reality, especially for smaller companies—the lack of resources to implement full data infrastructure. Automation to the rescue! Offloading this chore can enable organizations of all sizes to build data structures that will help their bottom line. One of the vendors… Listen Now