Resources (564)

  1. The 'Three E's' of Exceptional IT Content

    In my work the last few years, I’ve overseen the creation of content that helps IT vendors connect with information-hungry IT buyers. I’ve been observing how that content is received and find the '3 E’s' mnemonic a helpful way to remember each ingredient. I’m constantly teaching my team (and the army of contributors we work with) to think about these things. Here they are... Read More

  2. Where to Spend on IT Content Marketing in 2020

    We polled our audience to find out how they feel about the standard stable of IT marketing tactics and assets. The overwhelming feedback we received reveals six key areas we recommend that our clients invest in, and three that are little more iffy in terms of bottom-line results. Read More

  3. How Impactful Is VMware’s New Core-Limited Licensing?

    This week, VMware announced new licensing restrictions for vSphere, which I wrote about here.  I wanted to get more understanding for how impactful this change would be for existing customers.  On today’s ActualTech Media EcoCast, I asked our audience for two pieces of information.  The first asked viewers if they have any servers with individual processors of more than 32 cores.  The second… Read More

  4. VMware’s Licensing Change Redux: Better the Second Time Around

    The year was 2011. I was comfortably ensconced in my office at Westminster College watching as VMware brought out a marketing executive to discuss the company’s revolutionary new licensing program. As soon as I saw that it was a marketing person giving the news about a change in licensing, I thought to myself, “This isn’t going to be a positive announcement.” And it wasn’t. vSphere… Read More

  5. Report: Cloud Spend Tops Data Center Spend for First Time in 2019

    “Trend” stories have some value, in the same way virtual machine snapshots have some value: they’re helpful, and often quite helpful, as long as you understand their limitations. (And always remember: a snapshot is not a backup!) You know the end-of-year trend articles: “Top Stories of 2019,” “Most Downloaded Songs of 2019,” and so on. They provide a look at what happened in the p… Read More

  6. Google Anthos: Kubernetes the Easy Way

    Kubernetes continues to gain popularity in the industry, and shows no signs of slowing down. This container management platform has essentially won the container wars, and is now the de facto orchestration tool for containers. Kubernetes is popular because managing containers is a serious pain. But Kubernetes itself is a pain, too—ask any admin who’s tried to bootstrap it. In fact, the most… Read More

  7. WannaCry Ransomware Hits Hard in 2019

    If your organization was pummeled by the WannaCry virus last year, you’re not alone: nearly a quarter of all ransomware attacks were of that variety. And the damage it did was staggering. That’s according to PreciseSecurity.com, which reported that WannaCry was the most common crypto ransomware attack of 2019, accounting for 23.56% of all such assaults globally. The article also estimate… Read More

  8. 082 – It’s Been 34 Days: Do You Still Have the Boss’s Email?

    It’s the nightmare scenario for every admin: the CEO has deleted an email related to a multi-million dollar project, and needs it back. The hitch: he deleted it 34 days ago, and your Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider only provides 30 days’ worth of backups. Uh oh. This is an issue that organizations using SaaS applications need to consider, and far too few of them do. That’s why Da… Listen Now

  9. 081 – A Question of Data Sovereignty

    Thanks to regulations like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), organizations are more aware than ever of the need to protect the privacy of customer data. And the GDPR is just the beginning: the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020. The problem is that knowing where your customer data even exists is becoming harder in the cloud era. XMedius, which spec… Listen Now

  10. 080 – Remove All the Bottlenecks!

    Data center storage is evolving constantly, and one of the most crucial areas is in lower latency. Latency, after all, impacts everything in your operations. And cutting-edge technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) demand the lowest latency possible. Delivering that low latency can’t happen until system bottlenecks are removed, whether they’re existing, olde… Listen Now

  11. 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

  12. ‘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

  13. 079 – Joe’s Cat Pictures Shouldn’t Be on Primary Storage

    If you’re like most companies, you’re leaving the wrong data on the wrong storage. Data that isn’t touched often—like Joe’s cat pictures—doesn't need to be stored on expensive primary storage. But moving that data to much less costly secondary storage is a huge challenge: for both admins who have to move it, and end users who face confusing interfaces. Answering that challenge with… Listen Now

  14. 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

  15. 078 – Ditching AWS for Render

    You may think of the public cloud as an “easy” button, something that takes the pain out of application development, for example. The reality is that it can make things harder—much harder. That was the experience of Anurag Goel, Founder/CEO of Render, a unified cloud platform for building and running applications and websites. Goel found that it took so many steps to get anything done on… Listen Now

  16. 077 – Enterprise Storage-as-a-Service

    Enterprise-level, fully-managed Storage-as-a-Service (STaaS): Is it a thing? Should it be a thing? And why would you outsource something as important as storage? Zadara says there are good reasons to do just that, leveraging the power of cloud computing without losing the speed and latency benefits of on-premises storage. That’s the subject of this episode of “10 on Tech.” Zadara’s Greg… Listen Now

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 076 – Multi-Cloud Management Fundamentals

    The public cloud, contrary to perception, doesn’t make management easier; in most cases, it’s just the opposite, according to Wally McDermid, VP Cloud Business Development for Scality. And when it comes to multi-cloud scenarios, things just get hairier. Wally discusses these difficulties with ActualTech Media Partner James Green in this episode of “10 on Tech.” It includes these key fea… Listen Now

  20. 075 – The Business of Public Cloud

    Perception and use of the major public clouds has undergone a shift as it has become more of a baseline technology for companies. As Kelly Goolsby says, businesses have come to understand that it’s no longer about the “cool” stuff cloud can do for you, but meeting business requirements. Goolsby, Director of Solution Architecture at Liquid Web, chats with ActualTech Media Partner James Gre… Listen Now