Ann Bednarz

Assistant Managing Editor, Features

I write feature stories aimed at enterprise IT pros. I’m particularly interested in career-related subjects, such as hiring trends, salary data, in-demand skills and staffing strategies. I can’t resist stories about buildings and architectural design.

Amazon, Google, IBM, Microsoft: how their data-migration appliances stack up

Amazon, Google, IBM, Microsoft: how their data-migration appliances stack up

Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft have stepped up with physical devices that can store bulk content and then be shipped via commercial package-delivery services for on-site upload to the cloud.

Multi-cloud monitoring keeps Q2 integrated operations center humming

Multi-cloud monitoring keeps Q2 integrated operations center humming

Q2 used to be a .Net shop with a traditional three-tier architecture and SQL backend. Now it’s transitioned to an open-source microservices architecture enabled by container technologies.

Why NVMe? Users weigh benefits of NVMe-accelerated flash storage

Why NVMe? Users weigh benefits of NVMe-accelerated flash storage

IBM storage customers expect to benefit from the FlashSystem 9100's NVMe- (Non-Volatile Memory Express) accelerated speeds, predictive analytics, resource management software, and smaller form factor.

Google cloud storage gets a boost with managed NAS service

Google cloud storage gets a boost with managed NAS service

Google is adding to its cloud storage options with the debut of a network attached storage (NAS) service called Google Cloud Filestore. Also, Los Angeles is the newest site for Google Cloud Platform in the U.S.

What is NVMe, and how is it changing enterprise storage

What is NVMe, and how is it changing enterprise storage

Non-Volatile Memory Express, or NVMe, is a protocol for accessing high-speed storage media that’s designed to reduce latency and increase system and application performance. NVMe is optimized for all-flash storage systems, and it’s...

Data-center management: What does DMaaS deliver that DCIM doesn’t?

Data-center management: What does DMaaS deliver that DCIM doesn’t?

Datacenter management as a service, or DMaaS, is a cloud-based remote monitoring service that aggregates and analyzes large sets of anonymized customer data to help companies better anticipate equipment failures or capacity shortfalls...

AI boosts data-center availability, efficiency

AI boosts data-center availability, efficiency

Today’s hybrid data-center environments often span on-premise data centers, cloud, and edge computing deployments, and enterprises are finding a traditional approach to managing data centers isn’t optimal. With artificial intelligence...

Cost-savings theme pervades IBM storage news

Cost-savings theme pervades IBM storage news

IBM Storage Insights is a new AI and cloud-based storage management platform that’s designed to give users a fast view of storage capacity and performance as well as make tiering recommendations to help cut storage cost. .

Don’t get left behind: SDN, programmable networks change how network engineers work

Don’t get left behind: SDN, programmable networks change how network engineers work

The rise of programmable networks and software-defined networking has changed the role of the network engineer, and accepting those changes is key to career advancement. Network engineers need to become software fluent and embrace...

NetApp partners with Google for cloud-native file-storage service

NetApp partners with Google for cloud-native file-storage service

NetApp Cloud Volumes for Google Cloud Platform integrates with Google Cloud Platform (GCP)and brings together public cloud data services and cloud-connected flash storage.

AI, analytics drive Dell EMC storage, server upgrades

AI, analytics drive Dell EMC storage, server upgrades

Dell EMC is kicking off its Dell Technologies World conference with storage, servers and hyperconvergence upgrades aimed at enterprises that are grappling with new application types such as artificial intelligence and machine...

Product–services bundles boost AI

Product–services bundles boost AI

Vendors such as IBM, Pure Storage and Nvidia are providing AI product packages, cloud services and consulting help aimed at accelerating adoption of enterprise-ready artificial intelligence.

What is composable infrastructure?

What is composable infrastructure?

In a composable infrastructure world, physical compute, storage and network devices are treated as services. The composable aspect refers to the ability to make those resources available on the fly, depending on the needs of different...

Penn State secures building automation, IoT traffic with microsegmentation

Penn State secures building automation, IoT traffic with microsegmentation

Penn State chose microsegmentation technology from Tempered Networks to isolate and cloak traffic from its smart building systems, which rely on the BACnet communications protocol to share data related to HVAC, lighting, access...

Hyperconverged infrastructure gets its own Gartner magic quadrant

Hyperconverged infrastructure gets its own Gartner magic quadrant

Hyperconvergence is winning over enterprises that are drawn to its potential to ease management, streamline the deployment of new workloads, and optimize costs. As much as 20% of business-critical apps will transition to...

VMware tackles complexity of multi-cloud environments

VMware tackles complexity of multi-cloud environments

VMware has expanded its portfolio of cloud tools to help enterprises improve the manageability of their public cloud and on-premises environments. At the same time, VMware announced the first global expansion of VMware Cloud on AWS,...

Which data center intrusion prevention systems are worth the investment? NSS Labs tests 5 DCIPS products

Which data center intrusion prevention systems are worth the investment? NSS Labs tests 5 DCIPS products

NSS Labs tests data center intrusion prevention systems (DCIPS) from Fortinet, Juniper Networks, McAfee and Trend Micro.

What is a SAN and how does it differ from NAS?

What is a SAN and how does it differ from NAS?

A storage area network (SAN) provides a pool of storage resources that can be centrally managed and allocated as needed, but how is a SAN different than NAS and how does how it segregate storage traffic?

What is NAS and how do NAS servers corral unstructured data?

What is NAS and how do NAS servers corral unstructured data?

Network-attached storage (NAS) is a category of file-level storage that’s connected to a network and enables data access and file sharing across a heterogeneous client and server environment. “Ideally, NAS is platform- and...

What is microsegmentation? How getting granular improves network security

What is microsegmentation? How getting granular improves network security

Microsegmentation is a way to create secure zones in data centers and cloud deployments that allow you to isolate workloads and protect them individually.

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