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  1. 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, you’re mostly on your own. Your email, your data in SharePoint or Microsoft Teams or other Softwar… Listen Now

  2. 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 attendees along with some booth prizes! We've been heads-down working on several new Gorilla Guides we'… Read More

  3. 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, behind Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. On the other hand, Google is a huge company with lo… Listen Now

  4. 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 lot of configuration and testing up to that point. Since then, we’ve expanded our use of Teams… Read More

  5. 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 challenges. Perhaps the biggest of all is complexity. And when it comes to backing up data on those pla… Listen Now

  6. 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 predictable costs and protected, yet easily-accessible, data. Beware, though, because the big dogs of th… Listen Now

  7. 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 protect your data in LTO infrastructure, software, and processes. If it isn’t broken, why fix it, ri… Read More

  8. 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 Keldsen, Director Of Customer Innovation for Wasabi, chats with ActualTech Media’s James Green about ho… Listen Now

  9. 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 puts to Dan Keldsen, Director Of Customer Innovation for Wasabi. Keldsen applauds tape’s past, bu… Listen Now

  10. 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 handle on securing it all is daunting. But Cybera has come up with an innovative solution. Using the… Listen Now

  11. Making the Right Choice for Hybrid Storage

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  12. 058 – Why You Should NOT Eat Like a 6-year-old

    "Things that can be automated, should be automated.” That’s Sinequa’s philosophy as described by Scott Parker, director of product marketing. Sinequa specializes in “information-driven” data, as opposed to “data driven.” It’s the difference, Parker tells ActualTech Media’s James Green, behind Warren Buffet’s famous quote that he “eats like a 6-year-old” because he saw da… Listen Now

  13. Overcoming 'Alert Fatigue' With AIOps

    "Alert fatigue" is a real thing for IT admins. You need to monitor your environment at all times, watching for current—as well as potential—issues. But too many alerts can quickly turn into a “boy who cried wolf” scenario: so many alerts come in that you start to tune them out. At that point, you may turn up your thresholds, to filter out the alerts and reduce the number of “false pos… Read More

  14. Without a Clear Recovery Plan, Backup and Replication Is Not Enough

    The mainstream adoption of the public cloud has made it possible for organizations of almost any size to acquire true disaster recovery (DR) capabilities for critical workloads. There are currently any number of solutions available for failing workloads over to the cloud. Even so, the failover process can be surprisingly complex, and a failover is unlikely to succeed unless the organization has ta… Read More

  15. 057 - Media and Entertainment With a Cloud Storage Foundation

    The media and entertainment industries are one of the fields seeing the most rapid growth of data. High-resolution video is the standard now, and that resolution is getting higher and higher all the time, including 4k and 8k and even higher resolution. And all that data needs to be stored somewhere. But not only stored; it needs to be available for quick, even immediate, access. That’s one re… Listen Now

  16. 056 - How Wasabi Is Disrupting Cloud Storage

    You know the cloud isn’t going anywhere, right? And you know that your company needs to develop a cloud strategy sooner rather than later. Despite that knowledge, many, many companies are still reluctant to get started. A big reason why is that it can be intimidating to even know where to start. What’s the simplest, least risky, and most cost-effective way to kick off your cloud adventure?… Listen Now

  17. It’s a Multi-Cloud World: Are You Ready?

    It’s been awhile since organizations had to be convinced of the value of the public cloud. Even those who haven’t moved there yet understand the advantages; in most cases, it’s a matter of when, not if, the move will be made. This doesn’t mean, of course, that everything in your data center will end up in the cloud. But for those workloads for which it makes sense, the cloud is transfor… Read More

  18. 058 – The Tyranny of Storage Tiers

    Cloud storage is typically defined in three tiers – hot, warm, and cold. Those tiers also affect how much you pay for them, and how quickly you can retrieve your data. It’s a system that many organizations accept and use without thinking. But Wasabi believes that it doesn’t have to be that way. They’ve come up with what they believe is a far superior system of having one hot tier for al… Listen Now

  19. The New World of Cloud Backup and Recovery

    Data. It’s everywhere now. Data is growing exponentially, even doubling every year in some industries. The type of data being generated is also growing. Think about the growth of video files, as 4K resolution, 8K resolution—basically, anythingK resolution—starts to proliferate. Those files are huge, and getting larger all the time. Then there are the audio files. There’s also the… Read More

  20. 360in180: Taking Microsegmentation to the Next Level

    Security is top of mind for many an organization today as new attack vectors are devised and executed on every day.  Keeping up with the sheer diversity of potential areas of vulnerability is a primary concern as companies seek to stay out of the news and in business. The security market itself has fragmented into dozens of submarkets with different companies seeking to help customers secure t… Read More