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  • Virtualization and Storage Networking Best Practices
    Virtualization and Storage Networking Best Practices
    Cody Hosterman, Pure Storage; Jason Massae, VMware; J Metz, Cisco Recorded: Jan 17 2019 65 mins
    With all the different storage arrays and connectivity protocols available today, knowing the best practices can help improve operational efficiency and ensure resilient operations. VMware’s storage global service has reported many of the common service calls they receive. In this webcast, we will share those insights and lessons learned by discussing:
    - Common mistakes when setting up storage arrays
    - Why iSCSI is the number one storage configuration problem
    - Configuring adapters for iSCSI or iSER
    - How to verify your PSP matches your array requirements
    - NFS best practices
    - How to maximize the value of your array and virtualization
    - Troubleshooting recommendations
  • Q4 2018 Community Update: Data Privacy & Information Management in 2019
    Q4 2018 Community Update: Data Privacy & Information Management in 2019
    Jill Reber, CEO, Primitive Logic and Kelly Harris, Senior Content Manager, BrightTALK Recorded: Dec 18 2018 47 mins
    Discover what's trending in the Enterprise Architecture community on BrightTALK and how you can leverage these insights to drive growth for your company. Learn which topics and technologies are currently top of mind for Data Privacy and Information Management professionals and decision makers.

    Tune in with Jill Reber, CEO of Primitive Logic and Kelly Harris, Senior Content Manager for EA at BrightTALK, to discover the latest trends in data privacy, the reasons behind them and what to look out for in Q1 2019 and beyond.

    - Top trending topics in Q4 2018 and why, including new GDPR and data privacy regulations
    - Key events in the community
    - Content that data privacy and information management professionals care about
    - What's coming up in Q1 2019

    Audience members are encouraged to ask questions during the Live Q&A.
  • Crafting a Next-Generation Enterprise Architecture
    Crafting a Next-Generation Enterprise Architecture
    Johna Till Johnson, CEO & Founder, Nemertes Research Recorded: Nov 27 2018 46 mins
    Enterprise Architecture is dead. Long live Enterprise Architecture!

    In the face of DevOps and Agile development methodologies, many enterprises have backed off entirely from the concept of an enterprise architecture. That's a mistake. Enterprise Architecture is needed more urgently than ever before--but not the old, silo-ed, inflexible architecture.

    Next-generation Enterprise Architecture needs to be fast, flexible, and as adaptive as next-generation development methodologies. It needs to encompass the radical changes in infrastructure, from virtualization to cloud- and mobile-first.

    And it's absolutely essential for enterprises who want to align their technology investments with their fast-moving business goals.

    This webinar reviews the fundamentals of enterprise architecture and provides a blueprint for a next-generation EA that encompasses DevOps, cloud, mobility, virtualization, microservices, and more!
  • Stop the Nightmare IT War Room
    Stop the Nightmare IT War Room
    Nancy Gohring, Senior Analyst, at 451 Research, Ryan Perkowski, Sr. Director Product Management, Virtual Instruments Recorded: Nov 7 2018 60 mins
    Today's demand for high-speed everything brings potential unforeseen challenges to your infrastructure environments. A single rogue failure or a noisy neighbor can result in a loss in customer satisfaction or confidence. Plus, when your virtualized applications delivery infrastructure are siloed, small problems can turn into big situations. This all quickly leads to the all too familiar IT war room scenarios.

    Does your enterprise experience application outages and/or application slowdowns? For those who have experienced these problems, you also have experienced the IT war room, which conjures memories of extreme inefficiencies - from tedious conference calls, to blame storms, with each person ready to be the first to prove their innocence, rather than contribute to solving the problem at hand. How did we get here?

    Join 451 Research and Virtual Instruments as we discuss:

    - Technology trends that led to the nightmare war room scenario
    - Siloed monitoring tools and organizational models that exacerbate the problem
    - Options for improving – or even eliminating – the war room
    - Benefits you can expect to realize by solving inefficient war rooms
  • DCX Series [Ep.1]: The Technologies & Vendors Driving Customer Engagement
    DCX Series [Ep.1]: The Technologies & Vendors Driving Customer Engagement
    Robin Gareiss, President & Founder, Nemertes Research Recorded: Jul 31 2018 44 mins
    Hundreds of companies, both old and new, are providing technology designed to improve customer engagement, ultimately raising customer experience scores. Everything from contact center to CRM to user sentiment to in-app contextual communications to many more areas are part of the customer engagement movement.

    This first episode of our Digital Customer Experience series serves as a tutorial of technology categories and providers assisting in any customer interaction and analytics to evaluate success.
  • FCoE vs. iSCSI vs. iSER
    FCoE vs. iSCSI vs. iSER
    J Metz, Cisco; Saqib Jang, Chelsio; Rob Davis, Mellanox; Tim Lustig, Mellanox Recorded: Jun 21 2018 62 mins
    The “Great Storage Debates” webcast series continues, this time on FCoE vs. iSCSI vs. iSER. Like past “Great Storage Debates,” the goal of this presentation is not to have a winner emerge, but rather provide vendor-neutral education on the capabilities and use cases of these technologies so that attendees can become more informed and make educated decisions.

    One of the features of modern data centers is the ubiquitous use of Ethernet. Although many data centers run multiple separate networks (Ethernet and Fibre Channel (FC)), these parallel infrastructures require separate switches, network adapters, management utilities and staff, which may not be cost effective.

    Multiple options for Ethernet-based SANs enable network convergence, including FCoE (Fibre Channel over Ethernet) which allows FC protocols over Ethernet and Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI) for transport of SCSI commands over TCP/IP-Ethernet networks. There are also new Ethernet technologies that reduce the amount of CPU overhead in transferring data from server to client by using Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA), which is leveraged by iSER (iSCSI Extensions for RDMA) to avoid unnecessary data copying.

    That leads to several questions about FCoE, iSCSI and iSER:

    •If we can run various network storage protocols over Ethernet, what
    differentiates them?
    •What are the advantages and disadvantages of FCoE, iSCSI and iSER?
    •How are they structured?
    •What software and hardware do they require?
    •How are they implemented, configured and managed?
    •Do they perform differently?
    •What do you need to do to take advantage of them in the data center?
    •What are the best use cases for each?

    Join our SNIA experts as they answer all these questions and more on the next Great Storage Debate.

    After you watch the webcast, check out the Q&A blog from our presenters http://bit.ly/2NyJKUM
  • FICON 101
    FICON 101
    Patty Driever, IBM; Howard Johnson, Broadcom; J Metz, Cisco Recorded: Jun 19 2018 62 mins
    FICON (Fibre Channel Connection) is an upper-level protocol supported by mainframe servers and attached enterprise-class storage controllers that utilize Fibre Channel as the underlying transport. Mainframes are built to provide a robust and resilient IT infrastructure, and FICON is a key element of their ability to meet the increasing demands placed on reliable and efficient access to data. What are some of the key objectives and benefits of the FICON protocol? And what are the characteristics that make FICON relevant in today’s data centers for mission-critical workloads?

    Join us in this live FCIA webcast where you’ll learn:

    • Basic mainframe I/O terminology
    • The characteristics of mainframe I/O and FICON architecture
    • Key features and benefits of FICON

    After you watch the webcast, check out the Q&A blog: https://fibrechannel.org/ficon-webcast-qa/
  • Everything You Wanted To Know...But Were Too Proud To Ask - Storage Controllers
    Everything You Wanted To Know...But Were Too Proud To Ask - Storage Controllers
    Peter Onufryk, Microsemi, Craig Carlson, Cavium, Chad Hintz, Cisco, John Kim, Mellanox, J Metz, Cisco Recorded: May 15 2018 48 mins
    Are you a control freak? Have you ever wondered what was the difference between a storage controller, a RAID controller, a PCIe Controller, or a metadata controller? What about an NVMe controller? Aren’t they all the same thing?

    In part Aqua of the “Everything You Wanted To Know About Storage But Were Too Proud To Ask” webcast series, we’re going to be taking an unusual step of focusing on a term that is used constantly, but often has different meanings. When you have a controller that manages hardware, there are very different requirements than a controller that manages an entire system-wide control plane. From the outside looking in, it may be easy to get confused. You can even have controllers managing other controllers!
    Here we’ll be revisiting some of the pieces we talked about in Part Chartreuse [https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/663/215131], but with a bit more focus on the variety we have to play with:
    •What do we mean when we say “controller?”
    •How are the systems being managed different?
    •How are controllers used in various storage entities: drives, SSDs, storage networks, software-defined
    •How do controller systems work, and what are the trade-offs?
    •How do storage controllers protect against Spectre and Meltdown?
    Join us to learn more about the workhorse behind your favorite storage systems.

    After you watch the webcast, check out the Q&A blog at http://bit.ly/2JgcHlM
  • Introduction to SNIA Swordfish™ ─ Scalable Storage Management
    Introduction to SNIA Swordfish™ ─ Scalable Storage Management
    Richelle Ahlvers, Broadcom; Don Deel, NetApp Recorded: Apr 19 2018 62 mins
    The SNIA Swordfish™ specification helps to provide a unified approach for the management of storage and servers in hyperscale and cloud infrastructure environments, making it easier for IT administrators to integrate scalable solutions into their data centers. Swordfish builds on the Distributed Management Task Force’s (DMTF’s) Redfish® specification using the same easy-to-use RESTful methods and lightweight JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) formatting. Join this session to receive an overview of Swordfish including the new functionality added in version 1.0.6 released in March, 2018.
  • File vs. Block vs. Object Storage
    File vs. Block vs. Object Storage
    Mark Carlson, Toshiba, Alex McDonald, NetApp, Saqib Jang, Chelsio, John Kim, Mellanox Recorded: Apr 17 2018 67 mins
    File vs. Block vs. Object Storage

    When it comes to storage, a byte is a byte is a byte, isn’t it? One of the truths about simplicity is that scale makes everything hard, and with that comes complexity. And when we’re not processing the data, how do we store it and access it?

    The only way to manage large quantities of data is to make it addressable in larger pieces, above the byte level. For that, we’ve designed sets of data management protocols that help us do several things: address large lumps of data by some kind of name or handle, organize it for storage on external storage devices with different characteristics, and provide protocols that allow us to programmatically write and read it.

    In this webcast, we'll compare three types of data access: file, block and object storage, and the access methods that support them. Each has its own use cases, and advantages and disadvantages; each provides simple to sophisticated data management; and each makes different demands on storage devices and programming technologies.

    Join us as we discuss and debate:

    Storage devices
    - How different types of storage drive different management & access solutions
    Block
    - Where everything is in fixed-size chunks
    - SCSI and SCSI-based protocols, and how FC and iSCSI fit in
    File
    - When everything is a stream of bytes
    - NFS and SMB
    Object
    - When everything is a blob
    - HTTP, key value and RESTful interfaces
    - When files, blocks and objects collide

    After you watch the webcast, check out the Q&A blog: https://wp.me/p1kTSa-bh

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