Resources (344)

  1. Not Your Father’s Data Protection

    Creating backups has been a key component in IT operations since the very beginning. Early on, backups were introduced as a way of preventing data loss stemming from hardware failure. Today, regulatory requirements and threats such as ransomware make backups more important than ever. However, as critically important as backing up your data may be, backups alone are becoming increasingly inadequate… Read More

  2. 360in180: Scale Computing Goes Small to Get Big with Hyperconverged Infrastructure

    There’s an interesting strategy at play in the world of hyperconverged infrastructure from Scale Computing. Whereas a lot of its competitors are looking to go big in all things, Scale's looking to go big by going small.   I had the opportunity to talk to Scale about a recent announcement. This was an announcement about what is basically a smaller appliance that the company has recently release… Read More

  3. For Disaster Recovery, Look Beyond the Hyperscalers

    Choosing a Disaster-recovery-­as-­a-­Service (DRaaS) provider can be a daunting task, especially if your organization is using DRaaS as a first step into cloud services. There are many choices, from large providers such as Google, Amazon, and Microsoft, to much smaller or more focused providers. The question of how to choose a cloud provider for DRaaS is answered by clearly defining your req… Read More

  4. Serverless is Where Savings are in the Cloud

    Many of us to expect, or at least hope, to save on infrastructure spending by moving to the cloud. Sticker shock from monthly cloud bills has dispelled that myth for many. Or is the problem not that cloud savings are a myth, but that we haven’t figured out how to realize those savings? Consider the cost of managing servers, responding to incidents, and keeping server software up to date. The… Read More

  5. Cloud 2.0 and 'The Bottomless Cloud'

    IT resources such as storage have always had a reputation for being costly. This focus on cost has forced a certain way of thinking for many organizations that put the cost of storage above all other considerations. Specifically, it  has led to a scarcity mindset, where data storage is viewed as something to be minimized. In fact, many organizations simply delete seemingly “unused” or “o… Read More

  6. Is Data Protection a Responsibility That’s Worth Your Team’s Time?

    Is data protection a responsibility that’s worth your team’s time? Or could that be handled by someone else, so your team can innovate? When it comes to information technology, there are currently two competing factions that are completely at odds with one another. One side is fully invested in the idea of IT outsourcing. They believe that data protection, although necessary, has very littl… Read More

  7. Not All Workloads Are Created Equal

    Not all application workloads are created equal. They each have their own requirements and business value. They need different resources, and have varying levels of importance and impact to your organization. This is an important consideration when you’re planning data protection and disaster recovery (DR). For the purpose of data protection, you could treat all your workloads the same and ap… Read More

  8. On-Premises-to-Cloud Migration

    Storage is quickly becoming a cheap, fast, one-size-fits all commodity. That’s why most data is moving to the cloud. It doesn’t make any more sense these days to run your own on-premises storage than it would to run your own electric plant. There are a lot of hidden costs to running on-premises storage. Some of these are hard costs, such as equipment purchase, data center costs, electricity… Read More

  9. Hyperconverge Your Business Back Into The Driver’s Seat

    Infrastructure management, especially for businesses with limited IT staff, can often seem overwhelming. As technology solutions have evolved that make management easier, a hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) has allowed businesses of all sizes to reduce the cost and simplify maintenance of their infrastructure and allow resources to focus on more productive activities. According to IDC, HCI ha… Read More

  10. Google Anthos: a Few Steps Closer to the Virtual Data Center

    Google’s cloud services management platform, Anthos, is not just an incremental feature improvement—it will change how organizations utilize compute resources. Virtual machines let us stop thinking about the details of physical servers. Containers gave us the framework to efficiently implement microservices that ran on a single server. And now Anthos is the start of abstracting away the data c… Read More

  11. Multi-Cloud Data Management with Cisco and Veeam

    According to a 2018 report by TechTarget, by the end of 2019 nearly 81% of enterprises will have adopted a multi-cloud strategy, and for good reason. By leveraging multiple cloud provider services, organizations are able to piece together best-of-breed solutions at the lowest possible cost. That’s just one advantage. This approach also allows organizations to improve their overall flexibility… Read More

  12. Cohesity Offers Lightning-Quick Restores

    Cohesity is known for its superior backup and disaster recovery abilities, and rightly so. But they do a lot more than that, and Principal Technologist Jon Hildebrand talks with ActualTech Media CEO Scott Lowe about those things in this RoadCast video. One highlight is Cohesity's Instant Mass Restore capability. Backups have been around as long as data has existed, but not until recently has the a… Read More

  13. Unravel Uses Artificial Intelligence To Help Improve Your Data Pipeline

    "We were founded to solve a fundamental problem," Steven Wastie says. "If you're running modern data applications -- IoT, machine learning, advanced analytics -- how do you ensure those applications are performing in the way the business needs them to perform?" That's how Wastie, Chief Marketing Officer for Unravel, summed up the company's mission to ActualTech Media CEO Scott Lowe in this RoadCas… Read More

  14. Arrcus Provides Networking Choice

    Networking is notoriously difficult to do. That's why, throughout the history of IT, it's typically been done in a proprietary way, with vendors creating their own hardware and software, then selling it as a closed package. Arrcus thinks it has a better way to do networking. To explain, Devesh Garg, founder and CEO of Arrcus, spoke with ActualTech Media's Scott Lowe about his company's goals. A… Read More

  15. HyperGrid: Guard Rails for Cloud Security

    Everyone loves a good analogy, because they help simplify complex ideas. That comes in handy in the case of public cloud security, which can be exceptionally complex. Manoj Nair, CEO of HyperGrid, uses a great analogy when talking about how his company approaches cloud security: guard rails. IT can no longer isolate users behind data center walls, so they need to instead create ways to ensure user… Read More

  16. WekaIO Satisfies Applications' Need for Speed

    "It's always important to understand what the application's trying to do," says Andy Watson, CTO of WekaIO. If it can't get the data it needs, as fast as it needs it, you have a bottleneck and lousy performance. What's required, Watson tells ActualTech Media CEO Scott Lowe in this RoadCast video, is a shared file system that ensures data is available to the applications. WekaIO delivers all the ba… Read More

  17. WhiteHat Security and the the New Emphasis on DevSecOps

    DevOps is now a well-established practice within organizations. But it's not enough in the modern era, which is why the concept of DevSecOps is now getting popular. One of the companies at the leading edge of this change is WhiteHat Security. As Setu Kulkarni, Vice-President, Strategy and Business Development, tells ActualTech Media CEO Scott Lowe in this RoadCast, embedding security throughout th… Read More

  18. HyTrust Is Meeting the Challenges of the Evolving Data Center

    HyTrust pioneered the concept of advanced access controls and logging for VMware admins. Since then, they've grown into a leading provider of cloud security products and services. In the RoadCast video above, Tushar Tambay, Senior Vice President, Products, talks with ActualTech Media CEO Scott Lowe about the company's history and how its customers are using it to get more secure. In one strikin… Read More

  19. How To Achieve True Backup Independence

    We are now living in an “always on” world, and this changes the game for IT organizations. Traditional backup/disaster recovery (DR) solutions have served companies well for a long time. But as the IT landscape has changed, so must the outmoded ways of doing backup/DR. Traditional solutions are costly, complex, and slow. To take just one example: having to reserve time for a backup window i… Read More

  20. Hybrid Cloud and Cloud-Native Apps On-Premises with Stratoscale

    In today's world, fast and agile are two of the biggest differentiators that separate a successful company and their failing competition. Software, cloud-native applications, and hybrid cloud are enablers of that agility and competitiveness. Stratoscale's software is what enables cloud-native applications to run on-premises in the exact same way that they do in the public cloud. In the interviews… Read More