Resources (638)

  1. SimpliVity Announces OmniStack Version 3.5

    Last week, I had the opportunity to participate in SimpliVity's first "SimpliVity Connect" conference where a number of partners, influencers, analysts, and star customers gathered to discuss what SimpliVity is doing in the market and what comes next for them. (Disclosure) Unfortunately, the most exciting parts of the event to me personally were under NDA. However, some of the exciting news is… Read More

  2. Exploring 10-year Trends

    Storage is the cornerstone of data center. Without it, the world as we know it today wouldn’t exist. The data that we store is extremely important to our businesses and even to our families. As such, the storage industry - and storage administrators in particular – are notorious for moving very slowly and being extremely cautious. It only makes sense when you consider what’s at risk. Interes… Read More

  3. 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


    You need a disaster recovery plan and the the technology behind it to make sure it actually works when disaster strikes. With ever changing infrastructures and applications, most IT organizations struggle to, not only keep their plan up to date, but to keep the disaster recovery infrastructure in sync with production, ensure that data is always protected, and periodically test disaster recovery pr… Learn More

    • Data Protection
  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Disaster Recovery Cost Consideration

    Traditional disaster recovery options involve a secondary data center or a contracted DR solution which is expensive, difficult to test, and often doesn’t even provide 100% recoverability as compared to the production data center. In many cases, medium and small companies can’t even afford a true disaster recovery solution and, instead, must plan on being down while new infrastructure is obtai… Learn More

    • Cloud
  8. Disaster Recovery in a Box

    Is your Business Continuity / Disaster Recovery (BC/DR) plan complete, fully tested, and affordable? For the vast majority of companies out there, the answer is always NO. That’s because BC/DR plans are never complete (they’re constantly changing), disaster recovery is too hard to fully test, and a complete BC/DR solution is never affordable. Fortunately, Maxta and Zerto with their Disaster… Learn More

    • Data Protection
  9. Docker & Containers 101

    You’ve heard about Containers, right? We all need to be using them, right? But, what are they? What is Docker? And, without spending a month or buying an expensive training course, what do you REALLY need to know? Here’s your chance to get started learning about one of the hottest technologies and companies around – Docker Containers – from Author Nigel Poulton! In this webinar, moderat… Learn More

    • Other
  10. Application Acceleration, Data Protection & the Path to Database Consolidation

    Disk-based storage remains the bane of many data center environments, creating performance challenges that make it difficult to consolidate databases and workloads and leads to complex tiered islands of storage with massive hidden costs. Learn More

  11. Software Eats Traditional Storage

    As the famous saying goes, “software is eating the world” and that’s a “good thing” for companies of all sizes but especially for IT professionals. Smarter software running on commodity hardware is allowing the datacenter to run “better, faster, and cheaper”, when compared to traditional dedicated hardware solutions of the past. Software is allowing admins to reduce complexity and be… Learn More

    • Virtualization
  12. Understanding Machine Learning Analytics

    As virtual environments continue to grow in size and complexity – a new approach is needed to get fast, accurate solutions to difficult problems in these dynamic environments. Join this webinar to learn how unique machine learning technology – topological behavior analysis – is being used to visualize the complex relationships between objects and issues so you can pinpoint the root cause… Learn More

    • Other
  13. Eliminating Confusion: Virtualization vs. Private Cloud

    Most every company has virtualized some part of their server infrastructure but too many companies have stopped there. Once virtualized, companies should take the next step to maximize their investment in virtualization by moving toward private cloud to give them the scalability, agility, self-service and automation that their company truly needs. However, too many IT infrastructure admins, manage… Learn More

  14. 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

  15. Solving the Top 5 AWS Cloud Migration Challenges

    Companies of all shapes and sizes want to move to “the cloud” for a variety of reasons including to save money, become more efficient, and gain the tremendous agility that it provides. However, the sometimes overwhelming hurdle is … How do you migrate from an existing datacenter to the cloud without suffering downtime and without hiring a team of expensive consultant to help you? Addition… Learn More

  16. Building A Modern Data Center

    Scott D. Lowe from ActualTech Media and Seth Knox from Atlantis Computing will help you learn about the principles and strategies employed in building a modern data center. You’ll get a peek at some of the material from the new book Building a Modern Data Center (copies will be made available to webinar attendees), which was written to give you an inside look into the way modern data centers are… Learn More

  17. 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

  18. Application-Defined Hyper-Converged Solution for the Virtual Datacenter

    With greater efficiency, manageability, and cost savings, hyper-convergence is changing datacenters around the world, for the better. However, not all hyperconvergence solutions are the same. While pooling your storage is an improvement over the traditional LUN sizing and striping, many hyper-convergence solutions force you to treat all applications the same. One size doesn’t fit all, when it co… Learn More

  19. 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

  20. Changing Face of Virtualization in the Data Center

    It seems like a lifetime ago – and in IT years, it was – that IT admins were wary of virtualization and skeptical of the benefits that it was promised to bring. Today, virtualization dominates the data center and it looks like everything has changed. But it really hasn’t. Physically, comparing a data center from 2000 with one from today won’t yield much in the way of differences. There… Learn More