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  • What Does Hyperconverged Mean to Storage
    What Does Hyperconverged Mean to Storage Greg Schulz, founder and analyst of Server StorageIO, John Kim, SNIA-ESF Chair, Mellanox Recorded: Mar 15 2017 63 mins
    Converged Infrastructure (CI), Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) along with Cluster or Cloud In Box (CIB) are popular trend topics that have gained both industry and customer adoption. As part of data infrastructures, CI, CIB and HCI enable simplified deployment of resources (servers, storage, I/O networking, hardware, software) across different environments. However, what do these approaches mean for a hyperconverged storage environment? What are the key concerns and considerations related specifically to storage? Most importantly, how do you know that you’re asking the right questions in order to get to the right answers?

    Find out in this live SNIA-ESF webcast where expert Greg Schulz, founder and analyst of Server StorageIO, will move beyond the hype to discuss:

    · What are the storage considerations for CI, CIB and HCI
    · Fast applications and fast servers need fast server storage I/O
    · Networking and server storage I/O considerations
    · How to avoid aggravation-causing aggregation (bottlenecks)
    · Aggregated vs. disaggregated vs. hybrid converged
    · Planning, comparing, benchmarking and decision-making
    · Data protection, management and east-west I/O traffic
    · Application and server I/O north-south traffic
  • Everything You Wanted To Know about Storage But Were Too Proud To Ask: iSCSI Pod
    Everything You Wanted To Know about Storage But Were Too Proud To Ask: iSCSI Pod J Metz, Cisco, Loy Evans, Cisco, Rob Davis, Mellanox, Alex McDonald, NetApp Recorded: Mar 2 2017 45 mins
    One of the most used technologies in Data Centers today is the storage protocol iSCSI. With the increasing speeds for Ethernet, the technology is more and more appealing because of its relative low cost to implement. However, like any other Storage Technology, there is more here than meets the eye.

    In this webcast, we will be focusing entirely on iSCSI. We’ll start by covering the basic elements that will make your life easier if you are considering using iSCSI in your architecture. In particular we will be talking about:

    •iSCSI Definition
    •iSCSI offload
    •Host-based iSCSI
    •TCP offload

    Like nearly everything else in storage, there is more here than just a protocol. If you are interested in making the most of your iSCSI solution, this webcast is for you.
  • Introducing Fibre Channel NVMe
    Introducing Fibre Channel NVMe Craig Carlson, FCIA Board of Directors, Cavium, J Metz, FCIA Board of Directors, Cisco Recorded: Feb 16 2017 58 mins
    NVMe is one of the most interesting new developments to happen to storage in the past several years, and NVMe over Fabrics extends these capabilities over a Storage Area Network. Given that 80% of all existing Flash storage solutions deployed are interconnected with Fibre Channel (FC), many questions have arisen about what it is, how it works, and why someone might want to consider using Fibre Channel for NVMe-based solutions.

    In this technical webinar, we’re going to be addressing some of these fundamental questions:

    - How does Fibre Channel and NVMe work together?
    - How is NVMe over Fabrics different from “traditional” Fibre Channel?
    - What changes do I have to make to my Fibre Channel environment in order to get NVMe over Fabrics to work?
    - What would an NVMe over Fibre Channel (FC-NVMe) architecture look like?
    - What advantages would I get using Fibre Channel in an NVMe solution?

    Check out this live webinar to learn more about this exciting new technology from the people who are developing it.
  • Everything You Wanted To Know about Storage But Were Too Proud To Ask: Buffering
    Everything You Wanted To Know about Storage But Were Too Proud To Ask: Buffering John Kim & Rob Davis, Mellanox, Mark Rogov, Dell EMC, Dave Minturn, Intel Recorded: Feb 14 2017 64 mins
    Buffers, Queues, and Caches, oh my! Buffers and Queues are part of every data center architecture, and a critical part of performance – both in improving it as well as hindering it. A well-implemented buffer can mean the difference between a finely run system and a confusing nightmare of troubleshooting. Knowing how buffers and queues work in storage can help make your storage system shine.

    However, there is something of a mystique surrounding these different data center components, as many people don’t realize just how they’re used and why. In this pod of the “Too Proud To Ask” series, we’re going to be demystifying this very important aspect of data center storage. You’ll learn:

    •What are buffers, caches, and queues, and why you should care about the differences?
    •What’s the difference between a read cache and a write cache?
    •What does “queue depth” mean?
    •What’s a buffer, a ring buffer, and host memory buffer, and why does it matter?
    •What happens when things go wrong?

    These are just some of the topics we’ll be covering, and while it won’t be exhaustive look at buffers, caches and queues, you can be sure that you’ll get insight into this very important, and yet often overlooked, part of storage design.
  • Data Center Automation: A New Year, a New Suite
    Data Center Automation: A New Year, a New Suite Vikram Matharoo, Sibel Satiroglu Recorded: Feb 8 2017 53 mins
    With the 2017 suite release, HPE’s Data Center Automation (DCA) is recharged for the new year! The DCA suite is HPE’s infrastructure management solution to automate tasks, orchestrate IT processes, enforce compliance, and optimize infrastructure across virtual and physical servers, database and middleware applications. In this webinar, we’ll share what’s new and what’s coming, and equally address top-of-mind questions about the suite.

    You will learn:
    · Trends shaping infrastructure management
    · Vision for HPE Data Center Automation suite
    · What’s new and what’s coming - Docker engine automation, analytics, ChatOps, and container delivery model
    · Unique benefits of the suite
    · Top asked questions about the suite
  • The Future of Global Data Center Colocation Market Size & Growth Trends
    The Future of Global Data Center Colocation Market Size & Growth Trends Jabez Tan, Research Director, Data Center Infrastructure, Structure Research Recorded: Jan 26 2017 31 mins
    How big is the global colocation market in 2017? How much revenue is going to be generated by data center colocation providers in 2020? What are the trends driving both global and regional data center demand for colocation providers? Structure Research conducted an extensive and detailed bottom-up study of the global colocation competitive landscape and includes over 4,000 providers across the world. The webinar will help address the current state of the data center landscape and more importantly, where is it headed over the next 3-5 years.
  • Monitor with Discipline – Data Center 2020
    Monitor with Discipline – Data Center 2020 Kong Yang, Head Geek of Virtualization & Cloud Practice, SolarWinds Recorded: Jan 26 2017 30 mins
    The data center is evolving to encompass all manners of architecture from server-less aka functions-as- a-service to containers and microservices while balancing more mature constructs like virtualization and software-defined constructs. The reality is that the same fundamental issues abound while new challenges will appear.

    In this session, we will discuss how to monitor data centers with discipline to handle the old and new pain points that will arise in 2020.

    - What will 2020 data centers look like? Who will be the key providers of services?

    - How do I keep my career viable in 2020?

    - What should I put into practice to deliver success in 2020 data centers?
  • Future Perfect... Data Center
    Future Perfect... Data Center Ed Haletky, Tom Howarth and Steve Beaver, TVP Strategy Recorded: Jan 25 2017 63 mins
    What does the future datacenter look like? Is it racks and racks of computers? Is it heavily automated? Is it just a shim to the larger world of the cloud? Join this dynamic panel discussion where we will delve into the future of the datacenter with experts from The Virtualization Practice (TVP Strategy).

    We will discuss where we are going, how the hybrid cloud fits in and the ultimate vision of the datacenter. It all starts with the journey...
  • Introduction to Swordfish: Scalable Storage Management
    Introduction to Swordfish: Scalable Storage Management Richelle Ahlvers, Chair, SNIA Scalable Storage Mgt Technical Work Group, Principal, Storage Management Architect, Broadcom Recorded: Jan 24 2017 59 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. Created by SNIA’s Scalable Storage Management Technical Work Group (SSM TWG), SNIA 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. This session will present an overview of SNIA Swordfish including the new functionality added in version 1.1 released in January 2017.
  • The Art of Storage Management
    The Art of Storage Management George Crump, Curtis Preston Recorded: Dec 15 2016 62 mins
    Any organization that takes a moment to study the data on their primary storage system will quickly realize that the majority (as much as 90 percent) of data that is stored on it has not been accessed for months if not years. Moving this data to a secondary tier of storage could free up massive amount of capacity, eliminating a storage upgrade for years. Making this analysis frequently is called data management, and proper management of data can not only reduce costs it can improve data protection, retention and preservation.

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