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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Making the Right Choice for Hybrid Storage

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  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. HPE Wants to SaaSify All the Clouds

    Will you be satisfied if everything is SaaSified?  You’ll eventually be able to find out thanks to HPE’s GreenLake.  HPE GreenLake is a service from HPE that enables a consumption-based model for the services offered under the program.  As time goes on HPE is adding more products and services to the GreenLake portfolio, which also supports helping organizations adopt hybrid cloud solutions… Read More

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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