It’s that time of year again. The weather’s turned colder, the days are getting shorter, and the holidays are just around the corner. The crack staff at Gestalt IT have put together a little gift guide for all you enterprise folks out there. Whether you’re dreading your office Secret Santa, or you’re sick of getting gift cards from family, just point them here for all of their holiday shopping needs. We’ve put together options to fit any budget, so browse around and buy something for the IT person in your life, or yourself if you really want!
Networks are a lot like teenagers, you can trust them, but trust works a lot better with verification.
If hype was something that had mass, containers would affect the tides. In this State of the Industry, we look at the state of container storage. Various companies will tell you it’s broken. We’ve consulted with experts to find out what the specific issues are, and what the future will look like.
The data center is a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Ravaged by an invasive new species called “The Cloud”, previous enterprise technology has been decimated, destroyed or completely mitigated. As fickle CTOs furtively abandon their previously hallowed IT principles, only a select few of the true believers keep the hope alive against an all out victory by The Cloud.
Even these courageous few are forever changed by the experience, for one cannot experience The Cloud an remain inert. No, to survive this powerful force, one must emulate it to survive. From the ashes of the old data center, comes a new, lean, agile force. This is one of their stories. This is Permabit.
Whenever I visualized SD-WAN, it always seemed like it would have to be a relatively top-down solution. A lot of what I’ve seen in the category certainly seems to shift this way, with SD-WAN companies working with service provides to implement their solutions. There’s nothing wrong with this approach, as long as it delivers the intended functionality.
One of the things that most impresses me about Viptela, is that they often let their customers do the talking for them. As an engineer I’m immediately skeptical of any presentation intended to convince me of how incredible a product may be, but when a customer stands up and says that the product being discussed actually delivers on the promises, I start to pay attention. And with Viptela it isn’t just one customer. Year after year they bring new customers to conferences, podcasts, and demonstrations to talk about how Viptela’s SD-WAN solution is improving the way these organizations implement technology.
I was talking about what I wanted to do for this Raspberry Pi project with a friend, rattling off all the possibilities kind of aimlessly. My friend, rather sheepishly, asked what exactly a Raspberry Pi was. He follows the tech press pretty regularly, and has built a PC or two in his day, but didn’t have a clear understanding. The knowledge gap actually makes sense, given that most times you hear about a Raspberry Pi, it’s about the crazy project someone has done with it. There’s a lot of assumed knowledge there. So let me define the term.
The Raspberry Pi is a computer. Done, easy!
Monitoring of the data center is critical in the enterprise. The problem isn’t necessarily that monitoring data is unavailable, but rather that it’s hard to manage. It’s hard to troubleshoot issues, or even know how to provision your data center is you can’t tell the signal from the noise in all your monitoring data. This brings the issue up of too much abstraction. Enterprise IT is necessarily complex, these are multifaceted systems that are used in production. Any monitoring solution needs to strike a balance between gathering all the needed information, presenting it in a consumable manner, but provide analysis to give you meaningful insights. Uila seems to offer a solution that nicely strikes this balance.
Following partnerships with many of the larger server vendors, including Cisco, Dell, and Lenovo, Simplivity is now working Huawei. The partnership brings the company’s OmniStack technology to Huawei’s FusionServer RH2288H V3. It speaks for how well Simplivity’s HCI solution is regarded that they’re reaching these partnership even with companies that offer competing ones.
Kaleao is offering what they are referencing as a “true convergence” solution in their KMAX Server. I was naturally a little skeptical, the word convergence gets thrown around with abandon in enterprise IT, and KMAX sounds like a range of Kodak black and white film. But the more I read, the more I was interested.