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.

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.

Vexata all-flash systems aim to reduce storage latency

Vexata all-flash systems aim to reduce storage latency

Startup Vexata tackles how to eliminate input-output bottlenecks in storage fabrics without requiring customers to retool their IT infrastructure or rewrite applications.

Top 10 data center predictions: IDC

Top 10 data center predictions: IDC

The global data center market will transform over the next few years as companies modernize their data center facilities, shift to more software-defined infrastructure, and adopt more autonomous IT infrastructure.

Hyperconvergence gathers speed in 2018

Hyperconvergence gathers speed in 2018

Hyperconvergence gained traction in 2017 as enterprises shifted storage spending to software. In 2018, the momentum will continue.

Micro-modular data centers set to multiply

Micro-modular data centers set to multiply

Edge computing is driving demand for micro-modular data centers, which are prefabricated IT facilities encapsulated in their own protective shell. Climate controls, power distribution and network connectivity are built into the units,...

4 job skills that can boost networking salaries

4 job skills that can boost networking salaries

Survey: Most network architects, network managers, and network engineers will land six-figure salaries in the coming year.

How network automation can speed deployments and improve security

How network automation can speed deployments and improve security

VMware shops discuss the benefits of network automation for security and management, but also for supporting agile projects.

Hot products at VMworld 2017

Hot products at VMworld 2017

IT pros are converging at VMworld to learn about the latest in enterprise cloud, virtualization, security and software-defined data center technologies. Here are some of the product highlights from the show floor.

Top storage certifications for IT pros

Top storage certifications for IT pros

Storage industry certifications that help demonstrate technical competency and boost qualifications for a better job.

Housing developer builds resiliency with DRaaS

Housing developer builds resiliency with DRaaS

Milhaus turned to provider Online Tech for its disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) offering. Support for cross-hypervisor failover is a priority for Milhaus, which is standardized on Hyper-V.

Life as an IT contractor

Life as an IT contractor

The upside of life as an IT contractor is alluring. You get to be your own boss, accept only the jobs you want, and work flexible hours. With each assignment comes the opportunity to learn new skills and gain exposure to different...

Tools that increase IT efficiency pave the way for digital transformations

Tools that increase IT efficiency pave the way for digital transformations

Inflexible IT architectures can be a barrier to organizational change. As companies embark on digital transformations aimed at improving their business, the pressure is on IT to reduce complexity and increase the efficiency of...

Video storage leads to hyperconvergence for law enforcement agency

Video storage leads to hyperconvergence for law enforcement agency

The Bergen County Sheriff's Office first chose Pivot3's converged server and SAN solutions to handle video workloads. Today, Pivot3’s HCI appliance clusters allow BCSO to combine VDI, long-term storage, and video storage arrays within...

7 hands-on rave reviews of network-tech products

7 hands-on rave reviews of network-tech products

IT pros who have used these SD-WAN, management, monitoring and analyzing tools rave about them.

Most acute storage pain points, letdowns

Most acute storage pain points, letdowns

Things don’t always go as planned with new technologies. Two new research reports document the struggles, disappointments and false starts that enterprise storage pros wrestle with as they modernize their infrastructure for digital...

Go-to storage and disaster recovery products

Go-to storage and disaster recovery products

Enterprise storage, backup and disaster recovery products win over IT pros.

Top storage skills to boost your salary

Top storage skills to boost your salary

Tech pros with storage and networking skills garnered higher-than-average pay increases, according to the 2017 Dice Salary Survey.

25 geek-inspired gifts for Mother's Day

25 geek-inspired gifts for Mother's Day

Mother's Day gift ideas with a hint of tech, science and math

Mobile, security tools among education tech favorites

Mobile, security tools among education tech favorites

IT pros from the education industry share their must-have tools for data security, mobile device management and network monitoring.

IT execs tout benefits of SD-WAN

IT execs tout benefits of SD-WAN

Two early adopters of SD-WAN share some of the gains they’re realizing from the technology, including flexible deployments, simpler hardware and connectivity options, and cost savings

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