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  • Composable Infrastructure - An Evolutionary Tale
    Composable Infrastructure - An Evolutionary Tale
    Esther Spanjer, Director of Business Development EMEIA Recorded: Jan 31 2019 42 mins
    Datacenter storage infrastructure has come a long way since the days of bare metal and one application per server. Once we found a way to share data across the network in the form of NAS and SAN, the industry has worked on many different fronts to improve CPU utilization, performance and cost and reduce complexity and maintenance. Virtualization, converged and hyper-converged technologies, all added incremental improvements in managing datacenter storage. But modern datacenter managers still deal with problems such as SKU growth, stranded capacity and the need to be flexible enough to adapt to unpredictable growth. The right solution for this is Composable Infrastructure, the ability to disaggregate HW resources and compose them through software.

    Join us for a LIVE webinar where we will discuss the historical evolution of datacenter storage infrastructure and explain how we will move towards Composable Infrastructure in the future.

    Main topics will include:
    1. The evolution from bare metal deployments to current modern infrastructure of scale-out, converged/hyperconverged architectures
    2. What is Composable Infrastructure and what are its benefits?
    3. Western Digital’s offering for Composable Infrastructure
  • Western Digital ActiveScale™ Hadoop Use Case
    Western Digital ActiveScale™ Hadoop Use Case
    Mike McWhorter, Senior Technologist, DCS Field Applications Engineering Recorded: Jan 30 2019 18 mins
    Mike McWhorter, Senior Technologist, reviews how Western Digital IT leverages the new S3A feature in Hadoop to create a second tier of seamless storage for analytics. Hadoop S3A allows you to connect your Hadoop cluster to any on-premises or hybrid S3™-compliant object store -- achieving massive scale at substantially lower overall cost.
  • Top Reasons for Considering NVMe
    Top Reasons for Considering NVMe
    Clay Ryder, Data Center Systems Marketing Recorded: Jan 24 2019 32 mins
    Is the latent value of your vast data resources being fully leveraged for your maximum success? Odds are, it’s probably not. Ironically, the growth and commercial success you are experiencing due to your data infrastructure, may grind it to a halt, unable to support the burgeoning info glut. “But, how can this be?” you may ask. The answer is simple, your digital business deserves better storage.

    In this webinar we’ll explore the top reasons you should considering deploying NVMe-based storage in your enterprise. You’ll learn how NVMe can not only shift the current data bottleneck, but eliminate it all together while laying the groundwork for a future of highly-decentralized high-performance storage. More importantly, we’ll look beyond the speeds and feeds to envision how NVMe can act as a change agent to drive innovation and success in your business. Discover how NVMe can unlock the latent value of your data by delivering data to your fingertips while changing the fundamental economics of your storage and retrieval of data forever.
  • Western Digital IntelliFlash Operating Environment
    Western Digital IntelliFlash Operating Environment
    Harrison Waller - Sr. Manager Technical Marketing, Western Digital Recorded: Jan 22 2019 15 mins
    Get an overview of the IntelliFlash user interface and visualize simple workflows for storage administration. Explore the various features and widgets, plus gain insights into storage performance and capacity management on an Western Digital IntelliFlash storage array.
  • 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.

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