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  • 15 Minute Webinar: NVMe Readiness Assessment
    15 Minute Webinar: NVMe Readiness Assessment
    Storage Switzerland, Virtual Instruments Recorded: May 17 2019 17 mins
    Most All-Flash Arrays were bought in the last few years and have not come anywhere close to “end of life,” yet most vendors are now shipping NVMe All-Flash Arrays which offer better performance. As enticing as these new systems might be, IT planners need to proceed with caution to make sure that the organization has workloads that can justify the move to NVMe as well as ensuring the rest of the storage and network infrastructure is up to the task.

    In this 15 Minute webinar Storage Switzerland and Virtual Instruments take an objective look at the NVMe and help you map out a strategy for the transition.
  • Simplifying the Enterprise Hybrid Cloud with Azure Stack HCI
    Simplifying the Enterprise Hybrid Cloud with Azure Stack HCI
    Storage Switzerland, Axellio Inc. Recorded: May 16 2019 57 mins
    Many organizations need to continue to run virtualized applications on-premises but are also looking to replace and consolidate aging server infrastructure. At the same time, these organizations want to leverage cloud services for data protection, high availability and disaster recovery as well as providing a centralized hub to track and manage what is happening across multiple data centers. The challenge is that most infrastructure solutions don’t offer both an efficient approach to demanding scale-up and scale-out applications while effectively integrating cloud services – for on-premises and cloud efficiency. Instead of creating a simple to manage hybrid cloud, the organization is forced to make trade-offs.

    During the webinar, “Simplifying the Large-Scale Hybrid Cloud”, Storage Switzerland and Axellio discuss how Microsoft Azure Stack HCI and Axellio’s FabricXpress Servers can deliver new levels of consolidation in the enterprise. Learn how to intelligently leverage Azure to simplify operations like data protection, business continuity, and data center operations – while deploying less infrastructure and less software for your demanding on-premises workloads.

    Key Takeaways:
    - How to Design Hybrid Cloud for Consolidation of Enterprise Workloads & Infrastructure
    - What Cloud Services Does On-premises HCI Need?
    - What is Microsoft Azure Stack HCI and how does Axellio leverage this for greater simplicity?
  • 15 Minute Webinar: Overcoming the Hybrid Cloud Storage Roadblocks
    15 Minute Webinar: Overcoming the Hybrid Cloud Storage Roadblocks
    Storage Switzerland, Infinite IO Recorded: May 10 2019 18 mins
    For most organizations, unstructured data is their biggest problem. The need to store all this data is forcing IT to expand primary storage capacities at an alarming rate. Unstructured data not only threatens to break IT budgets, but also force organizations to build new data centers. Organizations are looking to hybrid cloud storage for relief but the cloud has several potential roadblocks to prevent many organizations from leveraging it.

    Join Storage Switzerland and infiniteIO for a 15 minute Friday Webinar on May 10 at 1:00 pm ET / 10:00 am PT. In 15 minutes learn:
    •. The Goals of a Hybrid Cloud Storage Project
    – What a Hybrid Cloud Storage Architecture Looks Like
    – The Roadblocks to Hybrid Cloud Storage Success
    – How to Overcome those Roadblocks
  • Flash Storage - Deciding Between High Performance and EXTREME Performance
    Flash Storage - Deciding Between High Performance and EXTREME Performance
    Storage Switzerland, Violin Systems Recorded: May 9 2019 48 mins
    All-Flash arrays are no longer a one size fits all. There is a clear line of demarcation between standard all-flash and extreme flash, but most suppliers try to squeeze all of an organization’s problems into a single system architecture because typically they only sell one type of architecture. Traditional all-flash vendors are adding NVMe drives internally to their systems, but they are not updating their system internals to keep up with the technology. Other vendors are trying to create an end-to-end NVMe experience without the full enterprise services or trying to layer on 3rd party storage software that reduces performance and which also forces IT to re-think their network architecture due to requiring fork-life upgrades or replacements.

    The truth is that most organizations need both, high-performance and extreme performance. Workloads like Oracle, MS-SQL, and analytics all benefit from extreme performance. Tier 2 applications and other types of unstructured data may have their performance demands met by a high-performance flash array. In both cases, the hardware design and the quality of the software are critical determining factors on how well the solutions will meet the organization’s demands.

    Join Storage Switzerland and Violin Systems for our live webinar “Deciding Between High Performance and EXTREME Performance” as we discuss differences between the two performance levels and what to look for to make sure the system selected lives up to expectations.
  • MeetTheCEO: HubStor’s Geoff Bourgeois
    MeetTheCEO: HubStor’s Geoff Bourgeois
    Storage Switzerland and HubStor Recorded: May 6 2019 26 mins
    HubStor’s CEO, Geoff Bourgeois, will be joining Storage Switzerland Senior Analyst Krista Macomber live at 1 p.m. EST on Monday May 6 to talk about how his company is approaching this problem, positioning continuous data protection and integrated backup and archive as the foundation of a modern data management strategy. Don’t miss this chance to hear Mr. Bourgeois’ take on the state of data protection and management, where the market is heading, and how HubStor uniquely fits in.
  • Rearchitecting Storage for the Next Wave of Splunk Data Growth
    Rearchitecting Storage for the Next Wave of Splunk Data Growth
    Storage Switzerland, SwiftStack Recorded: May 2 2019 50 mins
    Splunk is one of the most broadly adopted analytics applications on the market today. The primary reason for its popularity is it analyzes data that organizations already have, like log and metadata generated from IT operations, enterprise security and various lines of business. Splunk’s popularity though has led organizations to desire to keep more and more of this data so that organizations can improve their decision-making capabilities even further. The desire to keep more data is creating complexity and cost in the underlying infrastructure as IT tries to scale the Splunk environment to meet the ever-growing demand.

    Join Storage Switzerland and SwiftStack, a Splunk technology partner, for our webinar where our panel of experts will discuss the value of having Splunk analyze larger datasets while providing insight into overcoming infrastructure cost and complexity challenges through Splunk enhancements like SmartStore.

    Key Webinar Takeaways:
    - The Value of Increasing Splunk Dataset Size
    - The Challenges Created by Large Splunk Datasets
    - How Splunk SmartStore Enables Splunk Scalability
    - The Requirements of a SmartStore-enabled Storage Infrastructure
    - How Splunk and SwiftStack Work Together to Make Large Datasets more Manageable
  • Is It Time to Upgrade Your Endpoint Data Strategy?
    Is It Time to Upgrade Your Endpoint Data Strategy?
    Storage Switzerland, Carbonite Recorded: Apr 18 2019 45 mins
    As organizations and their employees become more distributed, a case can be made that endpoints (laptops, tablets and smartphones) are some of the most critical pieces of technology in the organization. The problem is most organizations haven’t revisited their endpoint data strategy in years. In fact, some still don’t have a formal strategy in place.

    In this webinar Storage Switzerland and Carbonite discuss the increased importance of endpoints and why organizations need to upgrade their strategy to make sure these devices are protected, secure and in compliance. In light of increasing legal requirements and potential penalties, organizations can no longer afford to ignore this critical issue.

    In this live webinar you learn why:
    •. Endpoint backup needs to upgrade to keep pace with new threats
    •. Laptop backup by itself is not enough
    •. Security and loss prevention are as important as protection
    •. The Endpoint Strategy must help with compliance
  • 15 Minute Friday: Rethinking Storage Performance for Modern Applications
    15 Minute Friday: Rethinking Storage Performance for Modern Applications
    Storage Switzerland, NGD Systems Recorded: Apr 12 2019 17 mins
    Modern applications process large segments of data, often in parallel. These applications need to match patterns across a multitude of object and vectors or regularly update multiple indices as they change over time. Storage IO and network latency quickly become a hindrance in allowing these applications to reach their full potential.

    Most IT Planners assume that the only way to address storage performance problems is to buy faster storage systems and eliminate network latency. These approaches only partially address the issues while being least efficient and more expensive. Join Storage Switzerland and NGD Systems for a 15 minute live webinar to discuss an alternative approach leveraging computational storage.

    Watch to learn:
    • Modern Application IO Profiles
    • The problems with typical IO workarounds
    • How computational storage addresses these issue
    • The use cases for computational storage
  • How to Design Self-Protecting Production Storage and Gain Backup Independence
    How to Design Self-Protecting Production Storage and Gain Backup Independence
    Storage Switzerland, ClearSky Data Recorded: Apr 11 2019 58 mins
    It is 2019, why are we still backing up production storage? The simple answer is that most production storage systems can provide some level of data protection but they can’t fully replace backup. It's time to consider what backup independence means. The technology is there for production storage to replace backup but most organizations haven’t fully leveraged it. Join Storage Switzerland and ClearSky Data for our live webinar to learn how to design a self-protecting production storage infrastructure that not only protects data but replaces backup.

    Join us to learn:
    •. The difference between data protection and backup
    •. Why most production systems can’t replace backup
    • How to architect a production system that is fully protected and achieves backup inde-pendence
  • 15 Minute Webinar - Finding the Right File System for AI and ML Workloads
    15 Minute Webinar - Finding the Right File System for AI and ML Workloads
    Storage Switzerland, WekaIO Recorded: Apr 5 2019 16 mins
    Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and High Velocity Analytic workloads are going mainstream. Enterprises of all types and sizes want to seize the opportunity their data presents. As these workloads move from development to production, organizations face a significant challenge with the supporting storage architecture. At the heart of the problem is the file system the organization will use to store the information. It needs to be fast, scalable, durable and cloud-ready.

    In this webinar Storage Switzerland and WekaIO will review the various file system options available to organizations looking to create storage architectures for AI, ML and analytics.

    In this webinar you’ll learn which file system is best for your modern workload:
    •. Traditional NAS (including scale-out NAS)
    •. Legacy Parallel File Systems
    •. Modern Parallel File Systems

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