Security & the Internet of Things: Are Our Devices Safe?

After October's massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack in which several major web properties, including Twitter, Reddit, Spotify, Seamless were brought down by a botnet of hundreds of thousands of infected internet connected DVRs and cameras, there is a long list of questions to consider as the Internet of Things (IoT) takes hold. What about standards? What are the security and international protocols? How will we deal with data management structures? Where will we put all that new data? A lot of data. We’ll need to understand what’s possible and then decide if, just because it is possible, should it happen or not?

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The Huge Advantages of Flash Storage

Flash storage has been cropping up more and more lately as the number of organizations adopting it keeps increasing. In fact, we recently announced our partnership with Pure Storage in October in which we're offering a bundled test data management software solution built off of Pure's flash storage.

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What We’re Thankful For: Our People

As we take the time to reflect on this past year and think about what we're thankful for, one thing immediately comes to mind. Our people.

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The Top Priorities and Setbacks Enterprises Face In Application Development

There are few things more valuable to any business than direct customer feedback. It’s how we test ideas – old and new. It’s how we decide to change. So we asked TechValidate to help us understand what customers and potential customers are thinking. They’re a trusted neutral party and have helped us validate our own thinking – and sometimes prove us wrong. Recently, TechValidate compiled two sets of survey responses from targeted recipients across a range of industries. One survey targeted existing Actifio customers, and the other focused specifically on application developers who are not current clients. The returns provide some fascinating results that will help to verify and quantify Actifio’s part in helping customers to gain financial benefits. Results also make clear the opportunity developers have to gain time and performance advantages as they come into the fold.

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Building a Global Company

We focus on running the business, on growing it and helping our customers succeed. But sometimes we need to take a step back and appreciate what we’ve built, how far we’ve come. Of course it’s a huge team effort, although sometimes it all depends on a single intrepid team member. This struck me in particular when one of our field engineers, James Pattinson, posted a story to our internal site describing an Actifio installation he’d just completed in Nairobi Kenya. It’s a story that illustrates how far our technology reach has extended. It also demonstrates the persistence, creativity, talent, good humor, and dedication of our people in the interest of customer success.

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Why Are CIOs Demanding Hybrid Cloud?

Amazon AWS is approaching $10 billion annual revenue, Microsoft Azure is approaching $3 billion annual revenue, Oracle Cloud is positioning themselves as THE enterprise cloud for customers. When a virtualization giant like VMware and a cloud giant like AWS partner at an engineering level to deliver VMware on AWS bare metal, so that customers can have a seamless hybrid cloud experience, you know hybrid cloud model is for real.

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Fast is the New Big – A New Solution to Enable the Digital Enterprise

Every week, it seems like I meet someone in IT who says, in so many words, “we’re now a software company in the (blank) industry”. In the last month alone, I’ve heard that at an automotive manufacturer, a national bank, and a utility company. What scares these people the most is the acknowledgement that they aren’t really software companies. Structurally and philosophically they are still auto companies, banks, and utilities. Their competitors, on the other hand, are built-from-the-ground-up actual software companies. They’re the new disruptors.   These firms move fast, with a sense-and-respond approach to innovation and customer engagement. A CIO at that bank said he wasn’t focused on the bank across the street; he was concerned about FinTech startups in the Valley eating his lunch.

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2016 is radically different from 2008

Nope. It’s not about the changing US presidency. This is about a change of guard happening in the technology space. Hybrid Cloud is for real now. Real to the point that VMware is working closely with AWS for a seamless hybrid cloud experience.

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How to recover 88 VMs From a Starbucks Cafe

Your data center is in the east coast. It’s October. You know those hurricanes are churning up somewhere in the Atlantic. It’s not a question of “if” but a question of “what category” hurricane will strike.

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Is Your “Instant Recovery” Scalable?

Imagine this – You have a production environment with 100+ VMs, and you have a problem in a subset of your environment, and you now need to recover 30 VMs. Chances are high that your “instant recovery” (using a non Actifio solution) will not scale, and the end to end process will be very stressful. Here is how …

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