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  • Object Storage – Performance Testing using IOmark-OBJ
    Object Storage – Performance Testing using IOmark-OBJ
    Russ Fellows, Sr. Analyst Recorded: Jun 13 2019 48 mins
    Object storage is gaining attention due to its increased maturity and capabilities with nearly all Cloud providers offering object storage as well as many on-site and hybrid deployment options. However, comparison of offering capabilities, use cases and performance has been difficult due to a lack of comparative information. Evaluator Group covers Cloud, on-site and hybrid object storage offerings and has also developed a set of tests and benchmarks that may be used to test object storage system performance.

    In this presentation we will present an overview of the Object storage landscape and discuss the IOmark-OBJ workload and benchmark tool for testing object storage performance as well as some of our workload testing results.
  • Converged, Hyperconverged and Composable - The Key to Agile IT Infrastructures
    Converged, Hyperconverged and Composable - The Key to Agile IT Infrastructures
    Eric Slack, Sr. Analyst, Evaluator Group Recorded: Dec 6 2018 37 mins
    Digital transformation is happening! It’s driving companies to adopt new ways to capture and analyze data (the new oil), to discover new insights and optimize the way they run their businesses.

    IT is evolving to meet these new requirements, becoming more agile to keep up with dynamic markets - and the competition. The Cloud is a key, but on-prem infrastructures are, and will be, a part of most enterprise’s future.

    Join Eric Slack, Sr Analyst with the Evaluator Group and see how CI, HCI and Composable can address this need for agile, comprehensive infrastructures that reduce time for design, configuration, deployment and operations.
  • A Cloud-First Guide to Hybrid Cloud Storage
    A Cloud-First Guide to Hybrid Cloud Storage
    John Webster, Sr. Analyst @ Evaluator Group Recorded: Oct 17 2018 43 mins
    Even with a cloud-first strategy, enterprise IT is increasingly concluding that there will always be an on-premises component, leading them to the conclusion that the hybrid cloud is the only long-term end state. This presentation focuses on the data aspect of hybrid cloud. Storage is foundational to computing. The same statement is just as true for hybrid cloud computing. This presentation looks briefly at the data aspect by identifying use cases (DR, data protection, archive, etc.) and then looks into how users are implementing and managing hybrid cloud storage.
  • CI, HCI and Composable - What they Are, Where they Fit and Where they Don’t
    CI, HCI and Composable - What they Are, Where they Fit and Where they Don’t
    Eric Slack, Sr. Analyst Recorded: Jul 10 2018 38 mins
    Converged and Hyperconverged technologies have been out for a number of years. And now Composable is here, and being touted as the next big thing in the Integrated Infrastructure space. All of these technologies are evolving, including Hyperconverged being sold as SDS. How do you know what fits or is right for your environment? Should you be considering these as a replacement for your current systems or for new apps?

    Evaluator Group covers all these technologies and can help you understand what they are and what they can do and if they’re right for you. Join Sr. Analyst Eric Slack for this informative webinar "CI, HCI and Composable - What they Are, Where they Fit and Where they Don’t”
  • Technology Trends & Use Case in AI
    Technology Trends & Use Case in AI
    Camberley Bates, Evaluator Group; Frederic Van Haren, Evaluator Group; Keith Kirkpatrick, Tractica Recorded: May 17 2018 58 mins
    What are the top use cases in AI? Or should we say, what will be the top use cases in the next 5-10 years? How are companies using the disciplines of Machine Learning, Deep Learning and HPC? What is needed to enable faster adoption? What technology changes are expected or required? Evaluator Group and Tractica, leading analyst firms on the topic of Artificial Intelligence come together to discuss these topics of market adoption and technology requirements.

    This is an INTERACTIVE session. We will start with short presentations then open up the Fireside chat. The audience is invited to submit their questions and participate in what will be a lively discussion.
  • 2018: Trends in Information Storage and Management
    2018: Trends in Information Storage and Management
    Randy Kerns, Sr. Strategist, Evaluator Group Recorded: Feb 14 2018 49 mins
    There are many developments going on in the industry for storing and managing information. This webinar will cover the major trends, explaining the development and status as well as the potential impact on data center environments. Technologies such as advanced flash and storage class memory and enabling software and systems for digital transformation will be covered. Randy will give the industry analyst view of the trends and provide background on the maturity and adoption.
  • Crossing The Digital Transformation Chasm
    Crossing The Digital Transformation Chasm
    Shailesh Manjrekar, Sr. Director, Product & Solutions at Vexata, Frederic Van Haren, Senior Analyst at Evaluator Group Recorded: Feb 13 2018 58 mins
    Leverage Vexata Active Data Fabric Ecosystem for AI, Deep Learning, Machine Learning and Cognitive Pipelines

    Digital Transformation is cutting across industries and making a profound impact in our lives. Data is the new oil, however, businesses need a different approach to drill this oil, in a way it impacts the business processes positively and instantaneously. Existing datacenter infrastructure falls short in meeting the requirements of these new distributed and massively parallel pipelines and datatypes and need to evolve.

    Several trends are proving to democratize Digital Transformation vision and technologies are emerging as building blocks. Notably Convergence of HPC, Big Data Analytics, and Artificial intelligence markets, driven by GPU computing, open sourcing of ML / DL frameworks, Distributed architectures, faster storage media like NVMe and 3D-Xpoint and faster networking with NVMeOF are fueling these trends.

    Join this webinar and learn about the latest industry trends, vertical use cases and how Vexata with its Active Data Fabric ecosystem is uniquely positioned to help its customers cross the chasm.

    Webinar takeaways:
    1. Future of Analytics – move from descriptive to prescriptive and now to cognitive, leveraging Deep Learning, neural nets, streaming paradigms
    2. Business Value of Digital Transformation – remain competitive, survive and thrive.
    3. Remove infrastructure bottlenecks, particularly as they pertain to storage and data management when using AI, Deep Learning, Cognitive pipelines for use cases across verticals like:
    - EDA / Manufacturing
    - Media and Video Analytics
    - Genomics, Precision medicine
    - Speech Recognition
    - Industrial IoT
    - Financial and Security Analytics
    - Retail Customer Churn / Sentiment Analysis
  • Multi-Cloud Storage: Addressing the Need for Portability and Interoperability
    Multi-Cloud Storage: Addressing the Need for Portability and Interoperability
    John Webster, Senior Partner, Evaluator Group, Mark Carlson, SNIA CSI Co-Chair, Alex McDonald, SNIA CSI Chair Recorded: Dec 12 2017 43 mins
    In a recent survey of enterprise hybrid cloud users, the Evaluator Group saw that nearly 60% of respondents indicated that lack of interoperability is a significant technology-related issue that they must overcome in order to move forward. In fact, lack of interoperability was chosen above public cloud security and network security as significant inhibitors. This webcast looks at enterprise hybrid cloud objectives and barriers with a focus on cloud interoperability within the storage domain and the SNIA’s Cloud Storage Initiative to promote interoperability and portability of data stored in the cloud.
  • HPC, Big Data and Digital Transformation: Driven by Artificial Intelligence
    HPC, Big Data and Digital Transformation: Driven by Artificial Intelligence
    Frederic Van Haren, Sr. Analyst and HPC Practice Lead, Evaluator Group Recorded: Dec 7 2017 60 mins
    High-Performance Computing (HPC) paradigms were born from the need to apply sophisticated analytics to large volumes of data gathered. The rise of open source and increased affordable hardware offerings helped Big Data to become an alternative approach.

    As HPC and Big Data continue their own trajectories, they borrow ideas and learn from each other. How does artificial intelligence impact this and how can these technologies benefit one another in 2018 and beyond?
  • What is "Software-Defined" & Why Should You Care? (It’s More than Just SDS)
    What is "Software-Defined" & Why Should You Care? (It’s More than Just SDS)
    Eric Slack, Sr. Analyst, Evaluator Group Recorded: Aug 15 2017 39 mins
    The term “Software-Defined" sounds like marketing hype but this technology is behind much of current IT systems’ advanced features and functionality - really. And, it didn’t start with software-defined storage. In this webinar Evaluator Group Sr. Analyst, Eric Slack, explains where software-defined came from, how it’s shaping IT infrastructure and what you can expect from this technology.

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