Resources (365)

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. HPE Nimble dHCI Combines Benefits of Both CI and HCI

    As I was wandering around the floor at VMworld 2019, one product in particular caught my eye—mainly because it seemed like an oxymoron. Intrigued, I had to find out more. That product was in the HPE booth, and is branded “Nimble Storage dHCI.” I asked the booth worker what the “d” stood for, and he told me “disaggregated.” “So, it’s disaggregated, hyperconverged infrastruct… Read More

  5. 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 imposes strict data governance and protection requirements, and imposes draconian consequences for non-c… Read More

  6. 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 real time. Perhaps more importantly, the lack of interactivity makes it easy for a student to simply tu… Read More

  7. 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 admin-focused, with more product demos and under-the-hood upgrades. The most interesting things from a t… Read More

  8. 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 replacing it with a container and Kubernetes-based microservices model. VMware believes the new version… Read More

  9. 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 of them revolved around Kubernetes, the leading container orchestration platform in the industry. VM… Read More

  10. 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 installation, deployment and management. This ease-of-use is its most compelling feature. Now, VMware and D… Read More

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. Making the Right Choice for Hybrid Storage

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  15. 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

  16. 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

  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. 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

  19. 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

  20. What’s Your Plan for Handling O365 Data Loss?

    Organizations today are incredibly dependent on cloud services like messaging, collaboration, and productivity. In many cases, we store valuable business data, or sensitive customer data within these services. We rely heavily on the availability of this data to ensure the business runs smooth. So what happens when the worst-case scenario is realized? In this case, we aren’t talking about outa… Read More