AJ Kuftic

Principal Technologist at Expedient

451 Research: Expedient Enterprise Cloud positioned as a stepping stone from the old world to the new

451 Research: Expedient Enterprise Cloud positioned as a stepping stone from the old world to the new

AJ Kuftic
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Shortly after we announced Expedient Enterprise Cloud (EEC) at VMworld 2018, 451 Research published its initial Market Insight report on the groundbreaking cloud, which noted that: “Companies like Expedient are at the coal face of enterprise and cloud right now, and pulling out the rewards therein. Early recognition of where the trends were headed and adoption of key new...

With DRaaS, Continuous Availability Equals Competitive Advantage

With DRaaS, Continuous Availability Equals Competitive Advantage

AJ Kuftic
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When IT disaster strikes every moment counts. Because of this, disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) solutions that automate total network failover and orchestrate application recovery will create a competitive advantage for your business. Push Button DR powered by Zerto is one such solution. As Expedient has offered DRaaS solutions to its clients since 2011, we were well aware...

IDC: Expedient Delivers Compelling Value to Customers with Enterprise Cloud Platform

IDC: Expedient Delivers Compelling Value to Customers with Enterprise Cloud Platform

AJ Kuftic
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This ExpertROI® Spotlight report by IDC provides a deep-dive analysis of the Expedient Enterprise Cloud (EEC) platform and explores the vision that Expedient shared with VMware to create a cloud services offering that enables businesses to leverage existing VMware investments and expertise. This shared vision and partnership created a unique cloud platform (EEC) that provides a much-needed alternative path...

Trends in Cloud Native – What’s on the Horizon for Enterprise IT

Trends in Cloud Native – What’s on the Horizon for Enterprise IT

AJ Kuftic
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Faster development, faster delivery, faster return… The value of cloud native approaches is indisputable in today’s always-on digital economy, but the path to successful implementation is unclear for businesses burdened with legacy IT environments and technical debt. As this challenge comes up frequently in conversations with clients and prospects, we decided to dig deeper into the subject with independent analyst...

Push Button DR: Resiliency Options for your Diverse Application Portfolio

Push Button DR: Resiliency Options for your Diverse Application Portfolio

AJ Kuftic
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We recently expanded our portfolio of disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) solutions to provide clients and prospects with more flexibility and choice when it comes to replication options for computing workloads. This diversified DRaaS approach is based on the reality that most organizations utilize myriad workloads that each require different levels of protection. Our multi-tiered approach also...

Expedient Sessions at VMworld 2019

Expedient Sessions at VMworld 2019

AJ Kuftic
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VMworld is back in the Bay and the Expedient team is busier than ever! This year we have 5 sessions, booth duties with awesome Expedient demos focusing on our Enterprise Cloud product, multi-cloud management product, Push Button DR (DRaaS), and Backup as a Service, a Cube interview with our partner Cohesity, and an EcoCast with ActualTech Media....

Hyperscale or Enterprise - Which Cloud is Best for Your Business?

Hyperscale or Enterprise - Which Cloud is Best for Your Business?

AJ Kuftic
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The cloud provider landscape is complex and constantly evolving. To meet the performance demands of legacy compute workloads and to control cloud costs, many businesses are opting for hosted enterprise clouds instead of the mainstream hyperscale options provided by AWS, Azure and Google Cloud. During our recent webinar, I was joined by Carl Brooks, Analyst with 451 research,...

Point-in-Time Recovery Using Zerto Journal History

Point-in-Time Recovery Using Zerto Journal History

AJ Kuftic
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User Error/accidental deletion, system corruption, hardware failure, ransomware infection, malicious employees… your business faces internal and external security threats every day. Having the right IT tools in place and the knowledge to leverage them effectively is critical to your ability to mitigate these threats effectively and ensure continuous business operations and data protection. For example, point-in-time recovery (PITR) –...

The State of InfoSec - A Change is Gonna Come

The State of InfoSec - A Change is Gonna Come

AJ Kuftic
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Last month, I traveled to San Francisco for one of the largest Information Security exhibitions of the year – the RSA Conference (RSAC). As a technologist, I always look forward to attending events like RSAC because they provide me with the opportunity to learn about hundreds of emerging technology solutions and gain an updated perspective on the trends driving...

Deploy Kubernetes Clusters Alongside Virtual Machines with Expedient Enterprise Cloud

Deploy Kubernetes Clusters Alongside Virtual Machines with Expedient Enterprise Cloud

AJ Kuftic
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Clients utilizing Expedient Enterprise Cloud (EEC) to run virtual machines (VMs) can now leverage the same pool of compute resources to run Kubernetes environments thanks to the Container Service Extension (CSE) to vCloud Director v9.5. CSE enables custom VM templates for quick cluster deployment, which eliminates the need to manually log into servers and run individual commands when making...

Get the Most Bang for your Buck with Expedient Enterprise Cloud

Get the Most Bang for your Buck with Expedient Enterprise Cloud

AJ Kuftic
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The cloud game is complex, constantly evolving, and competitive. And while it seems like the names AWS and Azure have become almost synonymous with cloud, nearly all cloud pundits agree that the cloud landscape really requires two types of clouds: an Enterprise Cloud, where the applications need to have hardware redundancy, and an Application Cloud, where the applications have redundancy...

Expedient Expands Managed Service Portfolio, Unveils Cloud File Storage

Expedient Expands Managed Service Portfolio, Unveils Cloud File Storage

AJ Kuftic
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As data growth accelerates, finding smart and efficient ways to store, manage, access, and secure business-critical data becomes increasingly important. While keeping pace with constant data growth, a file storage solution must support the evolving needs of your business while meeting the rising expectations of your enterprise users who expect powerful search functionality delivered through an easy-to-use, web-based...

Designing Expedient Enterprise Cloud

Designing Expedient Enterprise Cloud

AJ Kuftic
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Designing Expedient Enterprise Cloud September 2018 marks a milestone for Expedient. The release of Expedient Enterprise Cloud is the culmination of thousands of hours in evaluations, education, training, beta testing, product roadmap shaping, advisory boards, design sessions, and acceptance testing from Expedient Support and Delivery engineers.  As I reflect on the past several years of work, I want...

Expedient's Cloud Evolution - A Vision 5 Years in the Making

Expedient's Cloud Evolution - A Vision 5 Years in the Making

AJ Kuftic
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In 2013, Pat Gelsinger walked on stage at a capacity VMworld general session and introduced a vision for the next evolution of virtualization: the Software-Defined Data Center. A model where infrastructure provisioning would be disaggregated from the underlying hardware and defined simply by code. At the time, most people in the packed Moscone Center had very little concept of...

2017 OpenStack Summit Recap

2017 OpenStack Summit Recap

AJ Kuftic
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2016 was my first OpenStack Summit and my eyes were opened to something new and fresh that I had not experienced before. With my closest 8,000 friends I got to hear from real OpenStack users, talking about the problems they were trying to solve and their experiences along the way. This year was much of the same content, but with...

Partnering for Success with Intel

Partnering for Success with Intel

AJ Kuftic
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Partnering for Success Expedient offers the highest-performance technical solutions, in part because of an extremely reliable converged computing infrastructure built with Intel technology. Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) is a major focus for Expedient because it enables the automation of policies in each component of the computing and networking infrastructure. These capabilities facilitate on demand resource availability leading to faster...

Shift CAPEX to OPEX with an Expedient On-Site Private Cloud

Shift CAPEX to OPEX with an Expedient On-Site Private Cloud

AJ Kuftic
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On-Site Private Cloud A lot of companies are looking to move away from higher capital expenses and switch over to utilizing more operational expenditures in order to budget for the ongoing costs more accurately. The utilization of Expedient’s On-Site Private Cloud with Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) allows companies to shift their IT hosting and cloud computing capabilities...

Partners in Improvement

Partners in Improvement

AJ Kuftic
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Taking Partnerships to a New Level Many managed service providers partner with outside technology vendors to develop complementary solutions or improve upon existing products to deliver the most value for their customers. Expedient takes that partnership approach to a new level. Expedient partners with industry leaders so that we can offer the best technology and top performance for our...

Data Center Trends: Shifting Workloads & Skillsets

Data Center Trends: Shifting Workloads & Skillsets

AJ Kuftic
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Data Center Trends: Shifting Workloads & Skillsets Technology is ever-changing. New advances are made all of the time and IT professionals have to enhance their skill sets to keep up with the technological changes. Included in the advancement is the traditional data center, which have adopted cloud computing, IaaS, colocation and more. In order to offer these newer technologies,...

How to Reduce your Risk of a Data Breach

How to Reduce your Risk of a Data Breach

AJ Kuftic
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Reducing your risk of a data breach with next-generation firewall solutions Firewalls act as a secure gateway between a trusted network and other untrusted networks – such as the Internet – and only allows traffic into the network that is approved through the defined firewall policy. Firewalls protect your network and your data. Enhancing your firewall through added security...

Do you need to increase your processing power?

Do you need to increase your processing power?

AJ Kuftic
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Intel processors and their power output Do you need to increase your processing power? Cloud Spectator commissioned a study to measure the processor and memory performance of Expedient’s virtual machines across Intel’s third, fourth, fifth and sixth generation of Xeon processors. The goal of the study was to understand how Intel processor performance has increased over time, using...

How secure is the public cloud?

How secure is the public cloud?

AJ Kuftic
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Public Cloud Security When deciding between a public, private or hybrid cloud offering, companies often consider the security risks involved. The name alone can make some people think the public cloud is not nearly as secure as a hybrid or private offering but is that really true or is the public cloud secure enough for your company’s data? The simple answer...

What does the EMC Storage Trend Report Mean for you?

What does the EMC Storage Trend Report Mean for you?

AJ Kuftic
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Managing storage is becoming increasingly more difficult as the amount of data is exploding with the Internet of Things and as that data becomes more critical. Many companies are finding that they need to transition to the cloud or virtualized storage, and the rate of adoption is rapidly growing. The “Managing Storage: Trends, Challenges and Options (2013-2014)” report by EMC,...

Now Offering: Evermore

Now Offering: Evermore

AJ Kuftic
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In response to customer demand, Expedient is now offering a new archival cloud storage service: Evermore. Many businesses have large warehouses of data not regularly accessed, containing information that may need to be reviewed in the future. Rather than spending the valuable time of your employees sifting through data now, Evermore can be used as a low-cost archival storage plan...

What Are the Differences Between Backups and Disaster Recovery?

What Are the Differences Between Backups and Disaster Recovery?

AJ Kuftic
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What Are the Differences Between Backups and Disaster Recovery? Disaster recovery planning is an integral part of any business’s IT strategy, and is becoming more prevalent as security breaches and network outages have become common threats, and the cost of downtime has steadily increased. In the beginning stages of disaster recovery planning, decision makers are often mistaken...

Big Data and the Internet of Things’ Effect on Data Centers

Big Data and the Internet of Things’ Effect on Data Centers

AJ Kuftic
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Big Data & the Internet of Things’ Effect on Data Centers Smartphones, laptops, social networking, texting, emails, business, personal – regardless of the medium or setting, there is one common denominator that drives us to be reliant on these tools…data.. This is the reality of the age that we live in. Consequently,  as our lives revolve around data, the...

The Right Way to Evaluate Cloud IT Performance

The Right Way to Evaluate Cloud IT Performance

AJ Kuftic
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How to Evaluate IT Performance the Right Way Socrates is known for saying that the unexamined life is not worth living. Today he’d likely say that the unexamined IT network is not worth maintaining. For companies considering a move to the cloud, it’s important to evaluate your company’s IT infrastructure to ensure your cloud provider’s services will meet your...

Demand Drivers for Data Center Services

Demand Drivers for Data Center Services

AJ Kuftic
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Demand Drivers for a Cloud-based Data Center Managing a data center is a constant race to keep pace with various elements including, new technology, new security issues, requirements of new applications, power and cooling systems, ensure there is enough infrastructure to support the data that comes with a growing business. It’s also a constant race to maintain or minimize...

Internal Network Speed and Lossless Integrity

Internal Network Speed and Lossless Integrity

AJ Kuftic
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Internal Network Performance: Expedient Delivers Speed and Integrity Choosing the right cloud provider is a critical business decision that requires thoughtful and deliberate research. You want a provider that will not only monitor its virtual machine network continually, but also deliver consistent high-level performance. A recent Cloud Spectator study provides insights on the virtual machines (VMs) offered by...

Disaster Recovery Planning: Geographic Diversity

Disaster Recovery Planning: Geographic Diversity

AJ Kuftic
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What Do You Have to Gain From Geographic Diversity? In the world of data centers, what is geographic diversity, and why is it significant? Geographic diversity is an important disaster recovery term—it describes adequate distance between primary and secondary (or backup) sites. Why is geographic diversity important? Geographic diversity is imperative when it comes to...

Private vs. Public Cloud: What’s the Difference?

Private vs. Public Cloud: What’s the Difference?

AJ Kuftic
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If you’ve been researching cloud computing, you’re probably well aware of the private vs. public cloud debate. Before you decide which end of the debate you side with, it’s important to know the difference between the two. Private Cloud A private cloud hosting solution, also known as an internal or enterprise cloud, resides on company’s intranet or...

Which Cloud Is Right For You; Public, Private or Hybrid

Which Cloud Is Right For You; Public, Private or Hybrid

AJ Kuftic
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Which Cloud is Right for You? The concept behind cloud computing seems simple enough. In the most basic sense, computing workloads are moved off premise and then delivered as an “anytime, anywhere” service to be more cost effective and efficient than traditional IT. Things begin to get a little more complicated when Read Article

Is Cloud Computing Right for Your Company?: Take the Readiness Quiz

Is Cloud Computing Right for Your Company?: Take the Readiness Quiz

AJ Kuftic
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Is Cloud Computing Right for Your Company?: Take the Readiness Quiz Cloud computing solutions have recently received a big push from managed service providers and the internet has become crowded with articles, advertisements and blog posts all touting the benefits the cloud has to offer. Download Expedient’s Public Cloud vs. Private Cloud Whitepaper for expert analysis on the...

Exploring the Hybrid Side of Cloud Computing

Exploring the Hybrid Side of Cloud Computing

AJ Kuftic
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Exploring the Hybrid Side of Cloud Computing There is little arguing it: Cloud computing has forever changed the state of the IT landscape. However, what is important to note is the way this change is taking place. Instead of plunging headfirst into the cloud, many IT departments are taking a “one piece at a time” approach,...

Cloud Computing Checklist: What to Ask Potential Providers

Cloud Computing Checklist: What to Ask Potential Providers

AJ Kuftic
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Questions to Ask Potential Cloud Providers As your organization looks to a cloud solution provider for services, there are key areas that need to be reviewed. Use this checklist as a guide to help you evaluate any potential cloud solution providers. For additional insights, Read Expedient’s “Not all Clouds are Created Equal” whitepaper Evaluating...

Better Technology, Better Cloud Solutions With Intel Gen 5 Cloud Technology

Better Technology, Better Cloud Solutions With Intel Gen 5 Cloud Technology

AJ Kuftic
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Staying on top of new technology is key: Expedient uses Intel Cloud Technology to assure that you can run your workloads on infrastructure that delivers industry-leading performance and quality. Why is this important to you? Users get an agile, scalable, efficient infrastructure with better value for the bottom line, and getting better performance by using the latest technology just makes...

Your Cloud Hosting Provider and the Importance of Transparency

Your Cloud Hosting Provider and the Importance of Transparency

AJ Kuftic
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Choosing a Cloud Provider: the Importance of Compliance Transparency Looking beyond HIPAA, SOX or PCI-DSS compliance claims The alarming aspect of searching for a cloud hosting solution is that, despite claims to the contrary, your hosting provider may not actually be able to support your direct compliance needs. In truth, your provider is probably not trying to be...

Is Your Cloud Provider Financially Sound?

Is Your Cloud Provider Financially Sound?

AJ Kuftic
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In the world of Cloud Computing, customers are becoming more diligent in understanding vendor Service Level Agreements (SLAs), which are designed to protect the customer in the event of downtime. However, an SLA offers zero protection if the vendor declares bankruptcy. Collapses of cloud storage providers due to bankruptcy don’t happen very often—but they do happen. Looking forward, how can...

Understanding the Cloud: SaaS, PaaS, IaaS

Understanding the Cloud: SaaS, PaaS, IaaS

AJ Kuftic
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Understanding the Cloud Stack: SaaS, PaaS, IaaS Chances are you have heard the terms Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). While some may use these terms interchangeably when referring to the cloud, the truth is that each service is part of a much larger cloud computing stack. Characteristics...

Cloud Computing Trends: The Future is Bright

Cloud Computing Trends: The Future is Bright

AJ Kuftic
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In a relatively short period of time, cloud computing has had a major impact on the technological landscape. Since Information Systems Professor Ramnath Chellappa first coined the phrase back in 1997, the cloud computing industry has taken off, seemingly overnight. Within this first decade and a half since the cloud has gone mainstream, businesses and individuals have been attracted...