• Enterprise network trends to watch 2018
    by Network World staff on December 4, 2017 at 11:00 am

    What's going to shake things up in 2018? IT pros will have their hands full with technologies that have been hyped for some time and are now ripe for adoption, including software-defined WAN, hybrid cloud computing, hyperconvergence, and Internet of Things. See below for our collection of enterprise picks, predictions and prognostications.Why 2018 will be the year of the WAN ThinkstockSoftware-defined WAN technology is sweeping across the industry, growing from an emerging technology in 2017 […]

  • Hyperconvergence gathers speed in 2018
    by Ann Bednarz on November 29, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    IDGHyperconvergence is on a roll.Enterprises are shifting storage investments from legacy architectures to software-defined systems in an effort to achieve greater agility, easier provisioning and lower administrative costs. Hyperconverged systems – which combine storage, compute and network functionality in a single virtualized solution – are on their radars.Enterprise interest in hyperconverged systems as potential replacements for legacy SAN and NAS storage systems has in turn […]

  • Micro-modular data centers set to multiply
    by Ann Bednarz on November 29, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    IDGMini data centers are sprouting up on the edges of networks – in factories, on container ships, and piggybacked on cellular base stations – as enterprises and service providers look to embed compute and storage capacity closer to where data is being generated.So-called micro-modular data centers (MMDC) aren’t new, and they’re not the only distributed edge computing solution. But they’re growing in popularity with a compound annual growth rate of 42% over the […]

  • Best external drives of 2017
    by Gordon Mah Ung on November 15, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Anyone who uses a PC should have an external drive. It’s not only a useful means of data backup and storage, it also allows you to transport files from your desktop or laptop to another device.External drive cheat sheet Our quick-hit recommendations:Best external backup drive: Western Digital My Passport 4TB [] Best external performance drive: Samsung T5 [] ·Xbox One X one users, as well, would be wise to invest in an external drive as a way of […]

  • What is blockchain? The most disruptive tech in decades
    by Lucas Mearian on November 8, 2017 at 1:06 am

    Blockchain is poised to change IT in much the same way open-source software did a quarter of a century ago. And in the same way that Linux took more than a decade to become a cornerstone in modern application development, Blockchain will take years to become a lower cost, more efficient way to share information between open and private networks.But the hype around this seemingly new, secure electronic ledger is real. In essence, blockchain represents a new paradigm for the way information is […]

  • How to fix a hard disk in Windows using the command prompt
    on October 30, 2017 at 4:00 am

    Computerworld Windows expert Preston Gralla walks you through the steps needed to easily repair a corrupted hard disk using the command line or PowerShell. […]

  • 35% off SanDisk 256GB iXpand Base for iPhone charging and backup - Deal Alert
    by DealPost Team on October 17, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Here's something you probably didn't know existed. With SanDisk's iXpand iPhone base, you'll never have to worry about losing your memories again. Every time you charge your iPhone with the iXpand Base, it automatically backs up your photos, videos and contacts. The iXpand Base offers plenty of room to save your files in their original quality with no worry about recurring monthly fees for Internet-based storage. Designed for everyday use with a soft rubber top, a sturdy base, and a […]

  • 25% off SanDisk Ultra 32GB microSDHC UHS-I card with Adapter - Deal Alert
    by DealPost Team on October 16, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    SanDisk has discounted some cards today on Amazon. Their Ultra 32GB microSDHC UHS-I card with Adapter is currently listed for $11.19, which is $0.61 cheaper than the 16GB model. Today they've also priced the 64GB model at $17.99, 128GB for $36.99, and 200GB for $62.99. See these discounts on Amazon, today only.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Save Hundreds on The Microsoft Private Cloud Solutions Training Bundle
    by DealPost Team on September 18, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Microsoft Certified. Sounds pretty impressive. Add that to your CV five times over when you prep to ace five Microsoft certification exams with the Microsoft Private Cloud Solutions Bundle, on sale for $79. Eighty percent of Fortune 500 companies are on Microsoft Cloud.* That makes for a pretty compelling reason to add certifications to your résumé that prove you're ready to join the team of one of those organizations. With this five-course bundle, you'll learn […]

  • New SanDisk microSD card enables an app speed boost for Android users
    by Lucas Mearian on September 1, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    SanDisk this week introduced the 400GB Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card, which is not only the world's highest capacity microSD card but one from which smartphones, tablets or laptops can run applications.According to SanDisk, the micro SDcard achieves UHS Speed Class 1 – the best performance available for a microSD card and one that enables the speedy loading and running of apps."What this means for users is that, in theory, they will no longer be limited to only having apps on the main memory […]

  • 40% off Lexar microSD To Lightning Reader - Deal Alert
    by DealPost Team on August 28, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Lexar's microSD-to-Lightning reader makes it easy to move all your favorite content to & from your iOS device on the go. So whether you’re offloading stunning action photos from that sporting event, or dramatic video from your drone, or if you just want a simple solution to back up or move around your files while mobile -- it’s got you covered. With its small footprint, you can put it in your pocket and go. And the Lightning connector fits with most iOS cases, providing […]

  • 31% off WD 4TB My Passport Portable External USB 3.0 Hard Drive - Deal Alert
    by DealPost Team on August 16, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Safely store massive amounts of photos, videos and music with this 4TB external drive from WD. It comes equipped with WD Backup software so you can automatically back up photos, videos, music and documents on your preferred schedule. And built-in 256-bit AES hardware encryption with WD Security software helps keep your content private and safe. The 4TB My Passport model is currently priced just $10 higher than its 3TB counterpart with this 31% off deal. See it now on Amazon.To read this […]

  • Top storage certifications for IT pros
    by Ann Bednarz on July 20, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Skilled storage pros are in demand as enterprise IT teams take on exponential data growth and strategically migrate data assets from legacy systems to more modern options.For these professionals who are looking for a new job or aiming to advance in their current role, a certification could potentially differentiate them from other one candidates. And for hiring managers, certifications can help trim some of the risk from the recruitment process by validating to some extent expertise in areas […]

  • 48% off Inateck 2.5 Inch USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure External Case - Deal Alert
    by DealPost Team on July 13, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    This 3 port USB 3.0 hub converts any 9.5mm & 7mm 2.5-Inch SATA HDD/SSD into an external hard drive for ultimate mobility and convenience. Setup is tool free and easy to install and disassemble.  A built-in foam pad protects the hard disk. This device features automatic sleep and spin-down, and goes into sleep mode automatically after 10 minutes in idle state. Currently receiving 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon (read reviews), it's discounted by 48% down to just $21.99,  See […]

  • Cisco's M5 UCS servers take intent-based approach to data center
    by Marc Ferranti on July 12, 2017 at 11:13 am

    It's not the server -- it's the system. That's the word from Cisco as it rolls out its new, M5 generation Unified Computing System rack and blade servers, triggered by Intel's release of the Xeon Scalable Processor platform.Cisco's new servers use the Xeon Scalable processors -- unveiled Tuesday in New York -- to fuel performance as well as increase server density and throughput.  But the value in the UCS product family lies in how the hardware works with configuration management and […]

  • What is hyperconvergence?
    by Ann Bednarz on July 11, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Hyperconvergence is an IT framework that combines storage, computing and networking into a single system in an effort to reduce data center complexity and increase scalability. Hyperconverged platforms include a hypervisor for virtualized computing, software-defined storage, and virtualized networking, and they typically run on standard, off-the-shelf servers. Multiple nodes can be clustered together to create pools of shared compute and storage resources, designed for convenient consumption. […]

  • Intel tightens data-center grip with Xeon Scalable Processor platform
    by Marc Ferranti on July 11, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Make no mistake: Intel's Xeon Processor Scalable Family, based on the company's Skylake architecture, is about much more than revving up CPU performance. The new processor line is essentially a platform for computing, memory and storage designed to let data centers -- groaning under the weight of cloud traffic, ever-expanding databases and machine-learning data sets -- optimize workloads and curb operational costs.In order to expand the market for its silicon and maintain its de facto processor […]

  • 28% off SanDisk Ultra CZ48 32GB USB 3.0 100MB/s Flash Drive - Deal Alert
    by DealPost Team on July 7, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    The SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 Flash Drive takes the wait out of moving, sharing or backing up big files. Transfer a full-length movie in seconds with speeds up to 100MB/s. The included SanDisk SecureAccess software provides 128-bit AES encryption and password protection to keep your private files private. SanDisk's Ultra CZ48 flash drive with 32GB capacity is listed on Amazon for 28% off, so you can pick one up for a little over $14.  See this deal on Amazon.To read this article in full, […]

  • Housing developer builds resiliency with DRaaS
    by Ann Bednarz on July 5, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    When Steve Werner joined Milhaus, the company was gearing up for a growth spurt that took it from roughly 80 employees in 2015 to more than 270 employees today. Upgrading the company’s IT infrastructure was a priority for Werner, who is the first director of technology at the Indianapolis-based company, which designs, builds and manages luxury apartments in urban areas.“They went from a very small business to a pretty good sized business in a short amount of time. But we were still […]

  • Lenovo's ThinkSystem product barrage targets data centers
    by Marc Ferranti on June 21, 2017 at 3:51 am

    Lenovo is taking on Dell EMC and HPE with its biggest portfolio refresh since it acquired IBM's x86 server business three years ago, offering a lineup of servers, switches, SAN arrays and converged systems intended to show that it's a serious contender in the data center and software-defined infrastructure market.The product launch, staged in New York Tuesday, was the first major event for Lenovo's Data Center Group, in business since April. Lenovo wants to be a global player not only for the […]

  • Video storage leads to hyperconvergence for law enforcement agency
    by Ann Bednarz on June 19, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    Hyperconvergence wasn’t on Philip Lisk’s mind a decade ago, when the Bergen County Sheriff's Office started using technology from Pivot3 to store data from video surveillance cameras.“We were trying to store video in an IP world. That’s how we got to know Pivot3,” says Lisk, director of IT at the largest law enforcement agency in New Jersey’s Bergen County, which sits across the Hudson River from New York City. A 12-year veteran of the BCSO, Lisk supervises […]