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Getting Started with Hybrid Cloud: Best Practices with CenturyLink Dave Strebel, Cloud Solutions Engineer, CenturyLink In this webinar with CenturyLink, discover 5 steps to take today to move toward a secure, fast and flexible hybrid cloud environment. Best practices and use cases are discussed, along with tips and critical questions you should ask your provider before getting started. We will also offer insight around things to avoid and share common, real-world issues that IT managers face when starting their hybrid cloud journey.

This webinar is the third in NetApp’s Hybrid Cloud Exchange Webinar series. Follow this series to discover industry-leading insights, partnerships, and resources to help you embrace the hybrid cloud on your terms.
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Oct 8 2015 5:00 pm
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  • Businesses of all sizes are creating incredible amounts of irreplaceable data and depend on the availability of their systems to keep their business up and running. There are no exceptions.

    Perhaps, this is why Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) is growing 50% year-over-year and on pace to become a $12 billion market by 2020. DRaaS is especially appealing to midsize organizations that lack the budgets and in-house expertise to maintain recovery operations on their own.

    Discover how emerging DRaaS solutions are challenging traditional DR methods by delivering affordable, simple, and secure methods to failover business apps within 15 minutes.

    At this webcast you will:

    -Understand the trade-offs of current DR methods
    -Learn about Disaster Recovery as a Service
    -Discover the five questions you have to ask potential DRaaS solution providers
  • Network-dense, interconnection-oriented facilities are not easy to replicate and are typically able to charge higher prices for colocation, as well as charge for cross-connects and, in some cases, access to public Internet exchange platforms and cloud platforms. Mobility, the Internet of Things, SaaS, IaaS and content delivery all depend on network performance. This presentation will look at the following issues:

    - How will Open-IX and the launch of European-model exchanges impact the interconnection market?
    - What are the networking and datacenter technologies that can disrupt this market?
    - What are the advantages of Direct Connect services?
  • We know that DevOps principles and patterns have been pioneered by the “unicorns,” the likes of Google, Amazon, Facebook, Netflix, Twitter and so forth, doing tens, hundreds or even thousands of deployments per day, while preserving world-class availability, reliability and security. However, unique challenges exist when DevOps transformations are undertaken in large, complex organizations.

    The unique challenges include legacy applications, lack of automated testing, tightly coupled architectures, operating in regulated industries, powerful change management approval boards, security and compliance requirements, low trust bureaucratic cultures, and so on.

    However, large, complex organizations are successfully transforming using DevOps, such as GE, Macy’s, Ticketmaster/LiveNation, Barclay’s, Nordstorm, Target, Raytheon.

    In this webinar, Damon Edwards, Gary Gruver, John Willis, and Gene Kim will share their experiences and lessons learned about the unique challenges and solutions of implementing DevOps in large, complex organizations. They will also include lessons learned from the DevOps Enterprise Summit 2014 and goals for the conference this year.

    Panelists Include:
    -- Gene Kim, CTO, Tripwire;
    -- Damon Edwards, Managing Partner, DTO Solutions, Inc;
    -- Gary Gruver, author and experience technologist in Continuous Delivery and DevOps;
    -- John Willis, author and evangelist at Docker, Inc.
  • Speed. Quality. Innovation. That is what you are tasked with day in and day out... delivering superior user experiences that excite and engage your customers. But every benefit of beating your competition to market disappears if the app fails to perform in production. With development now happening in sprints, testing can no longer be sequential. Quality must be a focal point at every stage in the SDLC.

    In this session, learn how to “shift quality left” to make QA more than just a single step in the SDLC. By automating the creation of test and virtual services, and enabling access to realistic test data and scenarios early in the SDLC is key, you can drive a pervasive, continuous quality process integrated earlier throughout the development process.
  • In the Age of the Customer, applications are the face of your business and it is more important than ever to address performance and availability issues early in the software development lifecycle - before they get a chance to impact end users. Using Application Performance Management (APM) in pre-production is a best practice for creating and delivering applications that perform well and provide a great user experience.

    In this session, Forrester Research guest speaker Milan Hanson discusses trends and directions for usage of APM in pre-production. And he relays results from the recent Forrester Consulting TEI Study for CA Application Performance Management (CA APM) illustrating the value in both pre-production and production.

    To gain a better understanding of the best practices you should consider from the following topics, Milan will dive into:
    • The importance of addressing performance issues in pre-production
    • Trends and directions for the usage of APM in pre-production
    • The value of CA APM according to the Forrester Consulting TEI Study
  • With cloud computing now becoming a mainstream technology for most companies, new opportunities have emerged for cloud and hosting providers that extend beyond their traditional infrastructure-focused businesses. The most interesting changes in cloud infrastructure, applications and services are yet to come.

    A key characteristic of Cloud 2.0 is that 70% of the opportunity is beyond infrastructure hosting, with application, managed and security services demand growing from enterprises. To capture this providers must continue to evolve their offerings to meet the increasingly complex demands of customers who are now in the driver's seat. These customers need not only infrastructure, but also wrap-around services and support that they have come to expect from their corporate IT departments.

    During this data-driven discussion you will learn:

    - What Cloud 2.0 means for your business
    - Cloud adoption trends
    - How to innovate without risk
    - Who are the primary decision makers
    - How customers choose a service provider and what requirements are important to them
    - Where customers allocate their budgets
  • Many people working in software development spend their careers without seeing what good looks like. Our history is littered with inefficient processes creating poor quality output, too late to capitalise on the expected business value. How have we got to this state? How do we get past it? What does good really look like?
    Continuous Delivery changes the economics of software development, find out how and why.
  • DevOps methods enable teams to ship software more quickly and frequently but that advantage is negated unless the reliability and sustainability practices of operations teams are included throughout planning and execution. Too many organizations that rapidly ‘sheep dip’ development teams in Agile practices that focus at the team level ignore the implications that arise at production scale. Join this exclusive webinar with Dan North of DNA who will discuss how enterprise IT teams can enable collaboration without coercion. Attendees will learn how optimizations can be leveraged across both dev and ops teams so that the constraints that arise in stovepiped approaches are avoided.
  • Are you communicating with your customers the same way you did 5 years ago? As technology evolves, so do your customers’ communication preferences. The customer service industry has seen a significant increase in SMS (aka texting) due to its ability to deliver convenient, proactive service for today’s on-the-go customer. Register for our webinar to learn how SMS technology can help you lower wait times and keep your customers informed.

    In this webinar you’ll learn how SMS can:
    - Reduce wait times and lower call volumes
    - Help you stay proactive with your customers
    - Mitigate risks for your business or customers
    - Pair well with other communications solutions

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