Resources (373)

  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. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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