What the New E-Rate Rules Mean for K-12 IT


As the new school year opens, many K-12 districts are anticipating funding for technology projects from the federal E-Rate program. Officially known as the Schools and Libraries Program, E-Rate funding comes from “universal service” surcharges on telephone bills. Eligible K-12

Is ‘Cloud Native’ the Future of IT?


In our last post we talked about the Open Container Project and the growing effort to develop industry standards for application containers. Application containers take disparate software components and package them in a uniform way. This makes it easier to

The Pros and Cons of Application Containers


At the recent DockerCon event in San Francisco, competitors Docker and CoreOS joined forces to announce the launch of the Open Container Project (OCP). The goal of this initiative, which is being overseen by the Linux Foundation and sponsored by

Why Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Is Driving VDI


At VMworld 2014, VMware introduced EVO:RAIL, a hyper-converged infrastructure appliance that enables hardware vendors to build all-in-one, hyper-converged solutions using VMware products. VMware expects more than half of EVO:RAIL deployments to be used for VDI, making it possible for organizations

Making VDI on Hyper-V Easier


Microsoft Hyper-V is a growing force in the virtualization market. According to IDC estimates, Hyper-V accounted for one-third of x86 hypervisor deployments in 2014. Microsoft’s solution has become increasingly popular thanks to a growing feature set that has begun to

How to Get Started with Software-Defined Storage


In the previous post, we explained software-defined storage (SDS) and why the SDS storage model is gaining traction. With SDS, control is separated from hardware, and storage infrastructure is automated and centrally managed with software. Storage resources are pooled, dynamically

Why Software-Defined Storage Is Gaining Traction


In a previous post, we discussed how VMware VSAN6, the latest version of VMware’s hypervisor-converged storage solution, responds to today’s storage demands by making storage more efficient and less complex in the software-defined data center. Mobility, big data analytics, the

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Scalable, All-Flash Storage Array


The writing has been on the wall for quite some time. Flash storage has offered a number of advantages over disk storage, such as better performance, greater flexibility and scalability, and lower latency. Of course, the biggest obstacle to more

Selecting the Right Deep Data Archival Solution


In our last post, we discussed how growing volumes of data and the need to retain data for long periods of time is casting new light on the importance of deep data archival. By moving seldom-accessed data off of primary

Why Deep Data Archival Has Become Critical to Business


Back in January we discussed the growing use of video surveillance technology and the demands it places on the storage environment. Because the “edge” storage devices in most video surveillance systems have limited capacity, video data must be offloaded to