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  • Western Digital’s Composable Infrastructure Vision
    Western Digital’s Composable Infrastructure Vision
    Dave Montgomery, Director, Storage Platforms Marketing Recorded: Jan 15 2019 33 mins
    The ‘general-purpose’ architectures that have served so well in the past are reaching their limits of scalability, performance and efficiency, typically using a uniform ratio of resources to address all compute processing, storage and network bandwidth requirements. As a result, the ‘one size fits all’ approach is no longer effective for data-intensive workloads. What is required for today’s data-centric architectures that address such diverse applications as big data, fast data, data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), are capabilities that enable more control over the blend of resources that each application needs so that optimized levels of processing, storage and network bandwidth can be scaled independent of one another, enabling both flexibility and composability.

    Composable Disaggregated Infrastructures (CDIs) are becoming a popular solution – delivering greatly improved TCO and addressing the inflexible nature of many current IT architectures. With a total market CAGR of 58.2% (forecasted from 2017 to 2022), CDIs treat physical compute, storage and network fabric resources as services and use an API to create a virtual application environment that provides whatever resources the application needs in real-time to meet workload demands.

    This webinar will cover the current economic pain-points of today’s IT infrastructures and introduce Western Digital’s OpenFlex™ line of composable infrastructure, fabric-attached storage products.
  • In-Memory Computing at Scale – The Next Computing Frontier
    In-Memory Computing at Scale – The Next Computing Frontier
    Esther Spanjer, Director of Business Development EMEIA Recorded: Dec 13 2018 37 mins
    The heavy demands of safe city initiatives, IoT workloads, and other time-sensitive data sets are hitting memory constraints at scale. New datacenter architectures become more and more memory-centric to address the pursuit of greater data processing at lower latency. But IT managers are confronted with cost of high capacity DIMM modules, limited amount of DIMM slots available within the server and low CPU utilization.

    In this webinar, Esther Spanjer, Director of Business Development EMEAI will discuss the technical constraints of memory-intensive applications, and how they can be solved by Western Digital’s newly announced Ultrastar DC ME200 Memory Extension Drive. You will learn more about:

    1. Market trends and challenges for memory-intensive applications
    2. Technical implementation of the Ultrastar DC ME200 inside a server, enabling up to 24TiB of byte-addressable memory in a 1U server
    3. Real test data on applications, such as Memcached, Redis, MySQL and SAP Hana
  • Persistent Memory’s Role in Storage Solutions
    Persistent Memory’s Role in Storage Solutions
    Clay Ryder, Data Center Systems Marketing Recorded: Nov 28 2018 49 mins
    Persistent Memory such as Non-volatile DIMMs (NVDIMMs) is finding its way into enterprise storage solutions that were formerly the domain of HDDs and SSDs. The promise of running your applications and workloads at the speed of memory, but at a lower cost and with better durability is certainly alluring. But does this mean that persistent memory will replace ubiquitous HDD and SSD solutions? Will it be right for you? And how will it impact the rest of the storage market?

    Join us for a Video Meetup where we’ll walk you through an introduction to persistent memory, and how to think about incorporating it into your storage infrastructure either now or in the future. We’ll be talking with an IT pro from the Spiceworks Community as well as an expert from Western Digital.

    What we'll discuss:
    -What is persistent memory and how is it different from SSDs and HDDs?
    - How persistent memory works and how it could fit into storage solutions
    - How your data can travel between varying tiers of storage performance Comparison of cost and performance with traditional storage solutions
    - Determining whether the investment is worth it and making the business case
  • Is the "Do-it-yourself" Datacenter the Future?
    Is the "Do-it-yourself" Datacenter the Future?
    Esther Spanjer, Director of Business Development EMAEI Recorded: Nov 28 2018 39 mins
    The way datacenters are purchasing and building their infrastructure is changing rapidly. The days of general purpose servers for all computing tasks are slowly dwindling, and the days of "software-defined" everything is rising. More and more IT managers are buying off-the-shelf components/systems and putting together it together with the management software of their choice to create purpose-built infrastructure.

    In this presentation, Esther Spanjer, Director of Business Development EMAEI from Western Digital will discuss three market trends that will bring the idea of the "do-it-yourself" datacenter closer to reality:

    Trend #1 - Purpose-built Infrastructure
    Trend #2 - Software Defined Storage
    Trend #3 - Disaggregation of Storage
  • Get off Your Lazy NAS by Transforming Your Data Management Strategy
    Get off Your Lazy NAS by Transforming Your Data Management Strategy
    Stefaan Vervaet, Sr. Director, DCS Solutions & Alliances, Western Digital; Krishna Subramanian, COO, Komprise Recorded: Oct 30 2018 25 mins
    NAS is essential to your IT environment, but a lazy NAS can hurt performance, cause you extra work and bust your budget.

    Join experts from Western Digital and Komprise to learn how to transform your data management strategy by gaining visibility and an understanding of your data, automating the movement of inactive data to less expensive storage and optimizing your storage environment.

    In this webinar you’ll learn how to:
    •Increase NAS performance
    •Free up NAS capacity
    •Reduce costs by up to 50% or more
    •Reduce backup times by up to 60 percent or more

    A small investment of time can deliver BIG cost savings!
  • Western Digital’s Compelling New Enterprise HDD/SSD Portfolio
    Western Digital’s Compelling New Enterprise HDD/SSD Portfolio
    Esther Spanjer, Director of Business Development EMEIA Recorded: Oct 24 2018 34 mins
    Join Esther Spanjer, Director of Business Development EMEIA, for this webinar where she will explain the latest developments in Western Digital’s enterprise SSD/HDD product offering. First, she will explain to you the transition from WD Gold™ to Western Digital Ultrastar® HDDs and how you can best migrate to the new offering. Furthermore, she will introduce you to 2 newly released enterprise SSDs, enabling the latest flash technology in your datacenter. The new Ultrastar DC SS530 SAS SSD is the offers best in class performance among current dual-port 12Gb/s SAS SSDs offerings in the market, and can help to drive faster data analytics, drive higher productivity, and power business decision-making. The Ultrastar SN620 NVMe™ SSD completes Western Digital’s NVMe portfolio, by delivering an essential NVMe drive that performs at 3x the bandwidth of enterprise SATA SSDs, providing a path to server consolidation.
  • Know Thy Storage: Why Object Storage Matters to Your Data
    Know Thy Storage: Why Object Storage Matters to Your Data
    Clay Ryder, Data Center Systems Marketing Recorded: Oct 2 2018 50 mins
    For the bulk of enterprise data, the answer for cost-effective data storage is not always high-performance primary storage, meant for real-time applications, but rather a more-than-adequate-performance afforded by object-based storage.

    If you're involved with enterprise storage, even on the periphery, you've probably heard someone talk about Object Storage. If you feel you don't actually know what object storage is, what the buzz is all about and if, and where, it would be appropriate to deploy in your organization - you're not alone.

    Join us to learn why object storage matters, the limitations it solves within the data center, why it's become so prevalent in the age of Big Data, and how customers are using object storage today.
  • Tiered Datacenter in a Box – the Benefits of Hybrid Storage Servers
    Tiered Datacenter in a Box – the Benefits of Hybrid Storage Servers
    Esther Spanjer, Director, Enterprise Business Development EMEA Recorded: Sep 26 2018 41 mins
    Join Esther Spanjer, Director of Business Development EMEIA, for this webinar where she will introduce you to Western Digital’s newly released Ultrastar Serv60+8 hybrid storage server platform. With up to 780TB in a 4U enclosure, the Ultrastar Serv60+8 hybrid server is designed for capacity hungry environments and balances high density, compute and performance with low cost in Software-Defined Storage (SDS) environments. With the ability to mix both HDD and SSDs in the same compute platform, and a choice of CPUs and memory configurations, the Ultrastar® Serv60+8 hybrid storage server is targeted at backup, archive, private cloud and surveillance environments. We will share with you the benefits of this type of high density compute platform in various use case scenarios.
  • IntelliFlash, NVMe, and the Storage Landscape
    IntelliFlash, NVMe, and the Storage Landscape
    Scott Lowe, CEO of ActualTech Media and Narayan Venkat, VP of Data Center Systems at Western Digital Recorded: Aug 27 2018 23 mins
    Join ActualTech Media CEO, Scott Lowe and Narayan Venkat, VP of Data Center Systems at Western Digital as they discuss IntelliFlash, NVMe and the current overall storage landscape.

    In this webcast you will learn:

    -Why All-Flash right now?
    -The advantages or NVMe and when and why you might need it
    -The economic value of IntelliFlash and the “silicon to system” Western Digital architecture

    If you are interested in learning more about IntelliFlash, industry knowledge on the current state of NVMe or hearing more about our perspectives on NVMe make sure to check out the resources in the attachments.
  • The Value of Blockchain in Media & Entertainment
    The Value of Blockchain in Media & Entertainment
    Erik Weaver, Global Director Media & Entertainment, Western Digital ; Steve Wong, Dir. Business Development, DXC Technology Recorded: Jul 19 2018 32 mins
    Hollywood business models are built on a centralized trust where most intellectual properties flow through the control of a few studios. This impacts content creators who do not know what, when, and how their content is consumed. Imagine the impact if all stakeholders had visibility and access to the same facts – Guilds, Unions, Studios, Record Labels, Publishers, Distributors, and Viewers.

    Blockchain technology offers this opportunity. In this webinar Erik Weaver speaks with Steve Wong about what blockchain is, and how it can impact Hollywood - enabling accountability in pre-production, production, post-production, distribution, and consumption.

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