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  • How to Create an Infrastructure-less Backup Strategy
    How to Create an Infrastructure-less Backup Strategy
    Storage Switzerland, Actifio Recorded: Mar 19 2019 56 mins
    Designing architectures to backup primary storage as well as provide rapid recoveries is a challenging task that most IT professionals need to face. It is even more challenging in the face of a rapidly growing data set, increasing demand for shorter recovery times and new threats like ransomware. The cost for IT to design, implement, maintain and upgrade these infrastructures can consume a big part of the IT budget. Additionally, the time required for each of these steps is something that most IT teams simply don’t have.

    As a result, many organizations are looking for ways to move to an infrastructure-less architecture where most of the physical hardware is in the cloud as well as the software intelligence. The goal is to move data protection from a very unpredictable CAPEX cost to a normalized OPEX cost. There are an increasing number of cloud solutions that claim an infrastructure-less solution but many of these solutions force the organization to give up many of the capabilities they’ve come to count on or force them into long-term cloud relationships.

    Attendees to the webinar will learn the challenges of maintaining an on-premises infrastructure, why current cloud solutions fall short and what IT really needs from an infrastructure-less solution.
  • Three Steps to Modernizing Backup Storage
    Three Steps to Modernizing Backup Storage
    Storage Switzerland, Cloudian, Veeam Recorded: Mar 14 2019 48 mins
    Backup software is continuously improving. Solutions like Veeam Backup and Replication deliver instant recoveries, enabling virtual machine volumes to instantiate directly on the backup device, without having to wait for data to transfer back to primary storage. These solutions can also move older backups to higher capacity, lower cost object storage or cloud storage systems. To deliver meaningful performance during instant recovery without exceeding the backup storage budget requires IT to re-think its backup storage architecture.

    Modern backup processes need high performance, low capacity systems to deliver high-performance instant recovery, as well as high-capacity, modest performance systems to store backup data long term and software to manage data placement for the most appropriate recovery performance while not breaking the budget.
  • Why The Edge is Demanding Next Generation Network Fabrics
    Why The Edge is Demanding Next Generation Network Fabrics
    George Crump Recorded: Mar 12 2019 17 mins
    Edge Computing, often referred to as Distributed Cloud, is becoming a requirement for a set of new application use cases revolving around IoT, AI/ML and other new technologies requiring ultra low latency, data thinning to reduce bandwidth costs, autonomy, and privacy. These drivers mean that data center operators need to rethink their networking infrastructure as they plan for and deploy edge compute which will result in an explosion of mini- and micro-data centers. New approaches leveraging open networking, next generation SDN fabrics and network automation are required to simplify, manage and troubleshoot their increasingly distributed network infrastructures.

    Join Storage Switzerland's Lead Analyst, George Crump and Pluribus Network's Mike Capuano for our on demand Lightboard webinar, "Using Next Generation Network Fabric for Your Distributed Cloud."
  • 3 Steps to be a Storage Superhero - How to Slash Storage Costs
    3 Steps to be a Storage Superhero - How to Slash Storage Costs
    Storage Switzerland, SolarWinds Recorded: Mar 12 2019 56 mins
    Reducing or a least slowing the growth of storage costs is a top priority facing IT organizations in 2019. In this live webinar with Storage Switzerland and SolarWinds, you will learn the three steps IT professionals can take to lower storage costs WITHOUT buying more storage (the typical vendor answer). The biggest challenges are that IT professionals don't arm themselves with the tools they need to be successful, take the next step in their career path and of course, save their company money.

    Join us for our live interactive webinar and learn:

    1. How to Eliminate/Resolve Storage Problems - Not Throw Hardware at the Problem
    2. Plan and be prepared for capacity growth and performance demands
    3. How to manage multiple vendor's storage systems without replacing them
  • Overcoming the Shortcomings of Legacy NAS with Microsoft Azure
    Overcoming the Shortcomings of Legacy NAS with Microsoft Azure
    Storage Switzerland, Nasuni Recorded: Mar 7 2019 58 mins
    Most organizations use Network Attached Storage (NAS) to store data, but the modern workforce and organization expect more capabilities than what the typical NAS can provide. Also, as organizations themselves become more distributed, the idea of a single centralized file server with users tunneling through virtual private networks won’t scale. The common alternative, putting a NAS in each remote office offers problems of its own when IT tries to make sure the data is protected and made available to the right users at the right time.

    Join Storage Switzerland and Nasuni for our live webinar “Providing Global File Services Using Microsoft Azure.” By attending this event, you’ll learn:

    1. The shortcomings of the Legacy NAS
    2. The Cloud Advantage
    3. Where the Cloud Needs Help and How to Get it
  • Does Your Data Center Need NVMe?
    Does Your Data Center Need NVMe?
    Storage Switzerland, Virtual Instruments, SANBlaze Recorded: Feb 27 2019 62 mins
    NVMe storage systems and NVMe networks promise to reduce latency further and increase performance beyond what SAS based flash systems and current networking technology can deliver. To take advantage of that performance gain however, the data center must have workloads that can take advantage of all the latency reduction and performance improvements that NVMe offers. Vendors emphatically state that NVMe is the next must-have technology, yet many still continue to provide SAS based arrays using traditional networks.

    How do IT planners know then, that investing in NVMe will truly provide their organizations the benefits of NVMe for their demanding applications and see a measurable return on investment? Just creating a test environment to perform an NVMe evaluation can break the IT budget!

    Register now to join Storage Switzerland, Virtual Instruments, and SANBlaze as we look at the state of the data center and provide IT planners with the information they need to decide if NVMe is an investment they should make now or if they should wait a year or more. The key is determining which applications can benefit from NVMe-based approaches.

    In this live event, IT professionals will learn
    - About NVMe, NVMe Storage Systems and NVMe over Fabric Networking
    - The Performance Potential of NVMe Storage and Networks
    - What attributes are needed for a workload to take advantage of NVMe
    - Why NVMe creates problems for current IT testing strategies
    - Why a Workload Simulation approach is the only practical way to test NVMe
    - How to build a storage performance validation practice
  • 15 Minute Webinar: Do You Need to Protect Laptops, Office 365, & Salesforce.com?
    15 Minute Webinar: Do You Need to Protect Laptops, Office 365, & Salesforce.com?
    George Crump, Storage Switzerland and W. Curtis Preston, Druva Recorded: Feb 22 2019 18 mins
    If you think the cloud provides enough protection for your critical data, you’re putting that data at risk. You can’t assume data is protected because it’s “in the cloud” -- you need to ensure all of the data in your critical applications, including Office 365 and Salesforce.com, get the protection they deserve.

    Join George Crump, Founder, and Lead Analyst at Storage Switzerland, and W. Curtis Preston (a.k.a. Mr. Backup), Chief Technologist at Druva, where they will discuss:

    - What level of protection do cloud services provide?
    - Is the provided level of protection enough for the enterprise?
    - What does the enterprise need to add to achieve complete protection?

    Register Now and get Storage Switzerland’s latest eBook “Protecting the Organization From Its Endpoints.”
  • 15 Minute Friday: How to Move From Legacy DR to DRaaS
    15 Minute Friday: How to Move From Legacy DR to DRaaS
    Storage Switzerland, KeepItSafe, Veeam Recorded: Feb 15 2019 17 mins
    Most data centers still use a legacy DR strategy of replicating or even physically transporting backups to a dedicated disaster recovery (DR) site, or a secondary site owned by the organization. Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) delivers a compelling alternative to traditional DR, return on investment (ROI). It eliminates the costs associated with a dedicated disaster recovery site like paying for and equipping the site. Organizations though are hesitant to transition to DRaaS following the “if it ain’t broke, don't fix it” philosophy.

    In this live 15 minute webinar join Storage Switzerland, Veeam and KeepItSafe to learn how to transition from a legacy DR strategy to DRaaS without risking data protection downtime.

    In 15 minutes, we cover the areas critical to success:

    1. DRaaS Software selection
    2. Cloud Provider selection
    3. Creating and executing a transition plan
  • All in the Cloud - Data Protection Up, Costs Down
    All in the Cloud - Data Protection Up, Costs Down
    George Crump, Storage Switzerland and W. Curtis Preston, Druva Recorded: Feb 13 2019 60 mins
    Managing and protecting critical data across servers and applications in multiple locations around the globe is challenging. And the more decentralized and complex your infrastructure, the more difficult it is to manage your data. The potential bad news? Data loss, site outages, revenue loss, and potential non-compliance with regulations.

    But here’s the good news: centralizing data protection in the cloud can make all the difference. That’s why you should join our webinar and hear from storage expert, George Crump, from Storage Switzerland and Druva’s W. Curtis Preston, Chief Technologist, as they discuss:

    • Why protecting a distributed data center is challenging with traditional methods
    • How a cloud-centralized backup strategy can be a game changer for your organization
    • How Druva can help you drastically improve data protection quality, reduce costs, and simplify global management and configuration?
  • 15 Minute Webinar: Will the Software Defined Data Center Ever Happen?
    15 Minute Webinar: Will the Software Defined Data Center Ever Happen?
    Storage Switzerland and Datera Recorded: Feb 1 2019 18 mins
    Software Defined Data Centers (SDDC) leverage intelligent software to manage commodity hardware to create a flexible data center that meets performance and capacity requirements while simplifying operations and reducing overall data center costs. While the vision of SDDC sounds ideal for organizations, its execution is less than ideal. Storage remains a significant roadblock for organizations looking for a software-defined future.

    Join Storage Switzerland and Datera for another episode in our 15-minute webinar series, “Will the Software Defined Data Center Ever Happen,” to learn the concept behind SDDC, why it has stumbled out of the gate and what IT Professionals should be demanding from SDDC vendors to deliver the SDDC promise.

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