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Container technology has revolutionized IT, but storage technology hasn’t kept pace—until now. In an ever-changing, multi-cloud world, businesses are under intense pressure to deploy new applications quickly. The answer is modern, container-driven application architectures. Containers are dramatically more lightweight than virtual machines, offer increased application density, and the ability to move applications between clouds, bare metal servers, and data centers. But while container technology has revolutionized IT, storage technology hasn’t kept pace—it’s expensive, slow, and hard to manage. Portworx is a modern, purpose-built storage solution. Designed from the ground up for containers, it reduces the complexity and cost of cost of rapidly deploying containerized applications across public and private clouds and on-premises environments. Right-sizes, every time Static partitioning, the allocation of separate, fixed slices of...

Outages occur, but knowing what to do and learning from the problem can make the difference. In Part I of this conversation, I discussed the frustrating experience of dealing with a Sev1 outage on a Friday afternoon—no fun for anyone! Outages will likely never entirely be avoided, but there are a number of things you can do to minimize the frequency and reduce the time it takes to recover to maximize uptime; whether that means protecting your brand image or creating a better experience for your customers to increase earnings. Taking Inventory The only way to effectively manage your IT environment is to take inventory of every aspect of the system. Too often, this is only done as part of mandated disaster recovery...

About to invest in a brand new spine and leaf system? Hold on—there’s a better way. The days of guestimating your growth are over. Plexxi HCN hyper-converged networking allows you to build the data center you need now, and grow your network as you grow your business. Building a network in the traditional spine and leaf model requires business owners to think ahead to where they might be in three to five years. Considering how much and how quickly they expect the company to grow is a key factor in determining how large to build the network. The risk is undersizing, which might force the early purchase of a new system to accommodate growth, and likely leads to an initial investment of an...

Over the past few years, the cloud has gone from trending innovation to mainstream technology solution. There are dozens of cloud-based technology products on the market, but three go one step further, changing the economics of technology and the ingestion of cloud value. Whether your company has already completed a digital transformation or you’re just getting started, these are three technologies worth exploring to simplify your system, increase security, and optimize performance. CloudPost When a new device is added to a network, a hacker could connect to that device and in turn, use it for nefarious activities. Many IoT devices, particularly in the healthcare industry, were not originally designed to be connected, and therefore, to withstand outside attacks, which makes them especially vulnerable....

Georgia's first conference dedicated to innovation and entrepreneurship that is shaping the future of agriculture Imagine cows choosing when they want to be milked by robots, significantly increasing their milk production. Imagine an app that allows a farmer to snap a picture of a blighted leaf, and then be able to obtain a pathogen diagnosis within seconds, instead of weeks, saving an entire crop. Or imagine livestock emailing their farmer when they have a temperature, or are ready to give birth, saving lives and money, and reducing unnecessary antibiotics. 1 2 No longer “just your imagination…” (with compliments to The Temptations). These are breakthroughs in AgTech today, and just in the nick of time. Current estimates put over 9 billion people on this planet...

When Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced plans to acquire Nimble Storage last year, there was some head-scratching in the storage array business. The acquisition seemed to fill a hole for customers seeking a dedicated, non-clustered array, but as one tech expert at the time asked, “What were they thinking?” Now we know. Earlier this month, HPE rolled out important updates to Nimble’s all-flash and hybrid product lines. The public announcement focused on three things: Updated platforms that are NVMe-ready and support storage-class memory (SCM) to accommodate the growth of performance-intensive applications. New cloud-ready, all-flash arrays that can triple improvement in price-performance. What HPE describes as an industry-first pre-sales guarantee to store more data per raw terabyte of storage than competitor all-flash...

2018 .NEXT Conference Recap and Product Highlights from Nutanix A week ago, Nutanix held the fourth .NEXT conference in New Orleans. What started as a small gathering of a few hundred people in Miami, has grown to about 5,800 attendees from all corners of the world. The exponential growth of the conference reflects the popularity of the Nutanix platform. The Nutanix platform resonates well because it dramatically simplifies IT infrastructure management and provides significant capabilities that were out of reach of many organizations. In a nutshell—it changes how technology is deployed and gives the ability to run applications how you want them. It's like Burger King's slogan 'Have it Your Way' but for computing and technology. Several of us from Edge Solutions...

Regardless of the root cause, outage bridges are a fact of life in every organization. But they shouldn't have to be. It's Friday at 4PM and the call comes in. You've just lost production apps—and it's your customer letting you know. The clock starts ticking, the adrenaline is flowing, and you begin the process of dealing with a Sev1 outage on a Friday afternoon. No happy hours this week. We've all been there: Stuck for hours on an outage bridge with no end in sight. Whether due to a storage issue, a server failure, or the worst, a full facility power outage, we gather multiple teams of people—application owners, engineers, vendors, and executives—and then slowly pour through the logs, sometimes all night,...

Why it’s important to have an effective data governance and compliance strategy to support your digital transformation journey. The digital transformation is not only making access to information faster, easier, and more efficient, it’s also creating new challenges for how we manage our most valuable asset—data. Many business and technology leaders are unable to answer even the most basic questions about their data: Is it protected? Where is it located? Who has access to it? What does it contain? How long should it be retained? And most importantly—how can the data be leveraged to create a competitive advantage in the marketplace? The answers to these questions will define your data governance strategy. The Problem In a nutshell, data governance is about accessing, managing, and protecting data. A successful...