Ann Bednarz

Assistant Managing Editor, Features

Ann Bednarz writes, assigns and edits feature articles aimed at enterprise IT pros. She can be reached at ann_bednarz@idg.com.

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Automation helps network providers weather coronavirus disruptions

Automation helps network providers weather coronavirus disruptions

Automation can play an important role in maintaining IT operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, say network pros from Netflix, Zoom, Dropbox and Equinix.

Providers address capacity, supply-chain challenges brought on by COVID-19

Providers address capacity, supply-chain challenges brought on by COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing internet traffic to surge and usage patterns to shift. Learn how network teams at cloud services Netflix, Zoom and Dropbox, along with data center provider Equinix, are keeping operations running.

COVID-19 best practices for data-center operators

COVID-19 best practices for data-center operators

Uptime Institute has created a COVID-19 response guide based on tips and recommendations from its network of data center operators and partners.

Evolution of the internet: Celebrating 50 years since Arpanet

Evolution of the internet: Celebrating 50 years since Arpanet

50 years after the birth of the internet's precursor, Arpanet, there are more internet-connected devices than people in the world, and traffic is measured in exabytes.

Survey: Data-center staffing shortage remains challenging

Survey: Data-center staffing shortage remains challenging

Building public awareness and achieving workforce diversity will help data-center operators contend with skills shortage, says Uptime Institute.

Network issues are causing more data-center outages

Network issues are causing more data-center outages

As enterprise computing environments grow more complex, IT system failures and network errors are bringing down data centers in greater numbers, causing more unplanned downtime.

What is hyperconvergence?

What is hyperconvergence?

Hyperconvergence aims to simplify data center operations by combining compute, storage and networking in a single system. Enterprises can choose an integrated HCI appliance from a single vendor, or hardware-agnostic hyperconvergence...

VMware has edge, AI, blockchain ambitions

VMware has edge, AI, blockchain ambitions

VMware's Project Dimension (edge computing), Project Magna (artificial intelligence) and Project Concord (enterprise blockchain) were all previewed at VMworld

Hot products at VMworld 2018

Hot products at VMworld 2018

VMworld 2018 kicks off this week in Las Vegas, where VMware and its partners are digging into virtualization, SDN, hyperconvergence, AI, containers and more. As the show gets underway, here are some of the new products being announced...

VMware sharpens security focus with vSphere Platinum, ‘adaptive micro-segmentation’

VMware sharpens security focus with vSphere Platinum, ‘adaptive micro-segmentation’

VMware expands its security range with vSphere Platinum -- a new version of its virtualization software that has security integrated into the hypervisor.

Pure Storage CEO on all-flash data centers and the cloud

Pure Storage CEO on all-flash data centers and the cloud

CEO Charlie Giancarlo discusses how data-centric storage can boost application performance and how Pure Storage's subscription agreements promise infrastructure upgrades without downtime.

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