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  1. Bridging the Cloud Gap: Hybrid Cloud is the Technical and Financial Choice

    For years, we’ve heard the mantra of “to the cloud” in which pundits have said, with absolute certainty, that a journey to the public cloud is inevitable and will be the platform of choice for every business in the not-too-distant future. Nope.  Not gonna happen. Here’s what will happen – and is already happening – instead: organizations across the globe will be supporting hybri… Read More

  2. New eBook! The Gorilla Guide to Hyperconvergence for the SMB

    IT is changing for businesses of all shapes and sizes. IT professionals are being asked to do more with less, and to do it faster. Especially with a small staff, this can be a serious challenge. In the new Gorilla Guide to Hyperconvergence for the SMB, you’ll learn about technological advantages that can help you and your organization meet the demands of a modern business. You’ll learn about d… Read More

  3. Latency: The King of Storage Performance Metrics

    Storage vendor 1: “Our array can deliver 1 million IOPS!” Storage vendor 2: “Well, our array can deliver 1 billion IOPS, so take that!” This might be the start of the latest round of storage gang violence as storage vendors fight over who can do more IOPS.  Or, it could be those same vendors talking about a metric that, while important, actually takes second place when it comes to s… Read More

  4. Programmable ASICs Will Change Infrastructure Investments

    With any technology, whether it's consumer technology or enterprise IT, it's only a matter of time from the purchase before the technology is outdated. Most IT departments are extremely good by now with understanding the refresh cycle and how hardware depreciates over time. I learned of some technology at Cisco Live Europe this week that is going to revolutionize the way the buying cycle (at least… Read More

  5. Taking the Challenge Out of Public Cloud Disaster Recovery

    Old school disaster recovery is hard. It’s also expensive. The DR paradigm that involves redundant hardware in a secondary data center has long been accepted as a necessary evil. However, in recent years, the growing availability and practicality of public cloud resources from organizations such as Amazon Web Services has created interesting dialogue in the DR arena. It seems that maintaining… Read More

  6. Analyzing Your VMware Data Center with the Power of SaaS-based Analytics

    Last week I was able to schedule a briefing with my friend Irfan Ahmad. Irfan is co-founder and CTO of CloudPhysics, which is what we discussed during my briefing. If you haven’t heard of CloudPhysics, perhaps you’re familiar with some other major projects that Irfan has led like development of VMware’s DRS. He’s also got an all-star team of people who know their way around virtualization… Read More

  7. The Next Evolution of Data-Aware Storage

    I recently had the opportunity to be briefed on DataGravity's freshly released Version 2.2 update. It comes with a number of really interesting features to extend the already impressive capabilities of the Discovery Series arrays. Of note in this release: Hyper-V support, file fingerprinting, user activity alerting, some new tags included by default, and various other improvements. Of these addi… Read More

  8. The Forgotten Data Protection of SaaS: Backup for Office 365 and Google Apps

    I recently interviewed Gina Minks (@gminks), Product Marketing Manager at Spanning (and EMC company). Most people think that when they use applications in "the cloud", that their data is "automagically" protected by the cloud provider. Consumers (and IT Pro's) assume that Software as a Service (SaaS) applications have  data protection (and even security) built-in, which, unfortunately, it's alw… Read More

  9. ZeroStack - Attacking the Datacenter Problem From All Directions

    In case you don’t know, I’m a big fan of hyperconvergence. It may be one of the hottest and most innovative areas in enterprise technology today. What makes it even more exciting is that there are many hyperconvergence solutions out there (more than I can count on all my fingers). Just when I think that I’ve heard about all of them, I find a few more! Just before launching out of stealth… Read More

  10. Beyond Virtualization: VMworld 2015 Was Not Your Typical Tradeshow

    As the U.S. VMworld 2015 recedes into our rear view mirror and we gear up for Barcelona next month, you might be wondering if a large trade show like this is worth attending. After my experience in San Francisco earlier this month, my answer with a resounding yes, and here’s why... VMware proved it’s still relevant, still leading innovation With major players like Amazon, Azure, Google… Read More

  11. Announcing the Gorilla Guide Book Series by Actualtech media!

    It's a big day at ActualTech Media: We're incredibly proud to announce the launch of our brand new technology guide series: "The Gorilla Guide™"! Additionally, the very first Gorilla Guide is now available for instant download from our site. The Gorilla Guide to Hyperconverged Infrastructure Implementation Strategies This Gorilla Guide covers the "next steps" when it c… Read More

  12. Introducing the ActualTech Media 'Data Center Innovations' Series

    Savvy enterprise technologists know that they need to stay abreast of the latest and most innovative technology solutions coming to the data center. Unfortunately, the enterprise technology landscape is a shifting and confusing one. Technologists have real challenges and need real solutions, but understanding the available options and finding the best solution are tough tasks. This is particularly… Read More

  13. Six (or more) Degrees of Hyperconverged Infrastructure

    There seems to be a lot of arguments around what is and isn’t hyperconverged, with vendor after vendor saying things like, “Oh, vendor X isn’t really hyperconverged because they don’t do X, Y, and Z, but, of course, we are... Read More

  14. Make IT Relevant By Managing Technical Debt

    IT departments are wallowing in debt… technical debt. Just like those that have racked up massive credit card bills, technical debt can be debilitating and results in an IT function that struggles to maintain its relevance in the organization. Read More

  15. CIOs Need to Prepare Staff for Cloud Services

    If your organization is just dipping its toes into the cloud paradigm, the impact on your staff will be relatively minimal, but they will still be affected. Your staff will need to learn the ins and outs of managing the transferred services and will need to gain an understanding for how the selected cloud provider manages security and availability to ensure that the service availability meets orga… Read More

  16. How the Cloud is Changing IT

    Virtualization is just one major trend impacting IT. It’s tough to deny that the cloud has also affected IT. Consider this: Business units and IT departments can acquire services simply by using a credit card. Read More

  17. The Cloud, Hosted, or On-premises: The Many Options for the SMB CIO

    Over the past decade, the issue of whether to run on-premises workloads on physical hardware vs. virtual infrastructure has become pretty easy for organizations to assess, with the majority of new workloads being run inside virtual machines. That said, there are still a good number of applications deployed on physical hardware. Read More

  18. The CIO and the Cloud: Embrace, Extend, Innovate

    The word “cloud” became a hot addition to the popular lexicon a few years ago and quickly took on eye-rolling status as vendors tripped over themselves to include the new term in all of their marketing collateral. Read More

  19. The 80/20 Rule Is Dead; Long Live the 80/20 Rule

    If you’ve worked in IT for any length of time at all, you’ve probably heard of the 80/20 rule. Also known as the Pareto Principle, this rule states that 80% of the IT budget an IT’s efforts go to simply keeping the lights on while only 20% is dedicated to innovation and propelling the business forward. Read More

  20. Four Activities Every CIO Should Embrace

    Good CIOs are far more than just good technical people or good business people. Good CIOs also need to be good leaders. In this article, I describe four activities that CIOs should embrace. Read More