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.

AI boosts data-center availability, efficiency

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...

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?

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