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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. Making the Right Choice for Hybrid Storage

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  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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