Are VARs trying to fleece you for every cent? Are software releases really slow and full of bugs? Should you just scrap your entire infrastructure and go open source with an army of newly-minted network software developers? Tom Hollingsworth gives us some points to think about while we’re preparing for the revolution.
Coming out of VMworld this year, we’re seeing some interesting announcements from Dell EMC. The company has refreshed and expanded a number of solutions in the end-to-end VMware portfolio, touching on everything from HCI to storage arrays.
Whenever you’re attending a giant show like VMworld for the first time, it’s a good idea to get some insider tips from a more experienced attendee. With that in mind Matt Crape put together his tips for first timers at VMworld.
Las Vegas can be daunting for the uninitiated, especially if they’re more intent on attending the event than hitting the Strip. So we loved seeing Jim Jones recent “Vegas for Newbies” article. Although we’ve got our own secrets (we go there at least half a dozen times a year for tech shows), Jim’s suggestions are dead on.
Tom Hollingsworth rightly points out what makes IT conferences relevant: community. In large events like VMworld or Cisco Live, the community are what make these events enjoyable to attend. But for smaller conferences, that are either new or tightly focused, the community is what makes them relevant. It’s an interesting distinction.
Sometimes when looking at new enterprise IT products, it’s important to remember how we derive meaning from words. If we look back to the work of Ferdinand de Saussure, we of course know that the spoken or written word, the actual word itself, is a signifier. That is to say, it points toward something. What […]
There’s a lot to be said for Paessler PRTG. Paessler bills it as all around network “wellness” monitoring solution. Most recently, they’ve begun to offer the ability to monitor virtual infrastructure, which is obviously vital for a viewing and diagnosing a modern network. It doesn’t even require agents or additional installed software on monitored systems, […]
James Green of Actual Tech Media comments: In the data center, technology advances in distinct steps rather than smoothly along a continuum. One day we don’t have SSDs, and the next, the first SSD is generally available and we do. Market adoption, however, smooths out those distinct steps into what looks more like a gradually sloping […]
Alastair Cooke of Demitasse comments: Tech Field Day can be an interesting event, not just from the technology side. One of the early questions for Violin Memory was basically: How are you still in business? The answer was that they still have cash and are selling product. The core of their presentation is that this is not the […]
Justin Warren writing for Forbes comments: The number of competitors didn’t appear to faze Primary Data, ClearSky Data and Reduxio, who all launched at the show. It’s starting to feel like storage startups spontaneously appear whenever the density of nerds reaches some mysterious threshold. Another major category at the show this year was backup or copy […]