Stories by Ann Bednarz

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 made the transition to an open-source microservices architecture enabled by container technologies. To upgrade its dated network operations center (NOC), Q2 built a new integrated operations center (IOC) that elevates incident management to a more vital and higher profile discipline at the Austin, Texas, company.

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 aimed at enterprise workloads that require low latency and top performance, such as real-time data analytics and high-performance relational databases.

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. .

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 learning; ongoing digital transformation efforts; and the pressure to deliver higher performance and greater automation in the data center.

Product–services bundles boost AI

Vendors including 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?

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 physical, virtual and containerized applications. Composable infrastructure takes things a step further than converged or hyperconverged infrastructure, with more fluid resource pools.

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 hyperconverged infrastructure by 2020, predicts Gartner, which recently gave the technology its own magic quadrant.