Ann Bednarz

Senior Editor

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

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.

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.

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