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  • Legacy Modernisation: Overcoming the Transformation Barriers
    Legacy Modernisation: Overcoming the Transformation Barriers Simon Ratcliffe, Principal Consultant, Ensono, Kevin Stoodley, CTO, IBM Z Series, & Alex Hilton, CEO, CIF Recorded: Jun 27 2018 58 mins
    A recent survey conducted by Ensono, in partnership with the Cloud Industry Forum, showed that 89% of respondents believed that legacy technology was a barrier to effective digital transformation. Given that many organisations operate a complex technology landscape often with elements in different locations, and with core components that are regarded as ‘legacy but critical’, there needs to be a clear and simple approach to overcoming these obstacles.

    Breaking down the barriers requires effective change in people, process and technology to attain a viable level velocity that will enable transformation without being held back by perceptions of legacy issues.

    Examining these issues, this webinar will provide insight and thought provoking approaches for organisations seeking to transform their operations against this backdrop.
  • IT Ops SIG Talk Ep. 7: Integrate IBM mainframe & iSeries (AS/400) into MF UD
    IT Ops SIG Talk Ep. 7: Integrate IBM mainframe & iSeries (AS/400) into MF UD Chip Sutton Recorded: Jun 21 2018 15 mins
    Integrate IBM mainframe & iSeries (AS/400) into Micro Focus Universal Discovery

    IBM Mainframe and IBM i (iSeries-AS/400) environments continue to play a very critical part in today’s corporate IT infrastructures, processing some of the most valued and important data. Learn how one of the world’s largest insurance companies brought their IBM environments into the modern era by extending their Micro Focus Universal Discovery (UD) platform to include the key IBM systems.

    The company’s former process of conducting manual audits was a time consuming, resource intensive, and outdated way of doing things at best. Attendees will:

    •Learn how the combination of Micro Focus Software and EView Technology provided a cost-effective, comprehensive, automated, and real-time view of their business services across their multi-IBM system enterprise
    •Hear a brief overview of the architecture of the solution and the business benefits
    •View a short demo of the seamless integration
  • 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
  • SDN and Security: A Marriage Made in Heaven - Or Not?
    SDN and Security: A Marriage Made in Heaven - Or Not? Chuck Black, Senior Software Developer, Tallac Networks Recorded: Jun 7 2018 64 mins
    Software-defined networking has come onto the scene and changed the way we think about moving packets throughout a network. But it has also morphed into multiple definitions and approaches, driven by both vendors and enterprise customers. But how does security fit into this picture? This talk will discuss the convergence of SDN and security and will try to make sense of them both.

    Learning Objectives:
    1: Understand all types of SDN.
    2: Understand SDN and security.
    3: Understand how a secure SDN makes a network safer.
  • The Future of Data Platforms in Smart Cities
    The Future of Data Platforms in Smart Cities Nick Jeambon and Alex Glaser, Harbor Research Recorded: Jun 6 2018 49 mins
    Today’s data platforms for Smart Cities should be taking on the toughest challenges of interoperability, information architecture and user complexity. But they’re not. We need to creatively evolve to an entirely new approach that avoids the confinements and limitations of today’s differing platforms.

    Join this live webinar with experts from Harbor Research, an IoT research firm and consultancy, to discuss why platform development for future smart cities is contingent on open data and improved data partnerships between technology vendors, OEMs, software innovators and governments.

    Freeing information from assets and systems for the user’s benefit, allowing stakeholders coming from various contexts to utilize the data they need to improve decision making, will be what sets the future for smart cities.

    About the presenters:

    Nick Jeambon is a Senior Associate at Harbor Research. He specializes in data-driven business and focuses on how new data from diverse real world systems and devices are shifting business models and customer behaviors. Nick has contributed in publishing reports on the impact of IoT across smart cities, telematics, energy, transportation, and industrial automation. Nick also brings extensive quantitative research skills to the and has helped define and refine Harbor’s Smart Systems market and forecast model.

    Alex Glaser is the Vice President of Harbor Research and an expert in smart systems thinking and design. Alex also helps lead Harbor’s Smart Systems Lab program – a real world laboratory where organizations can design, prototype, and test new models for delivering smart systems and services value. Alex brings broad client experience in strategy consulting, value chain analysis, and research development across a variety of industries including industrial, energy, manufacturing, transportation, smart cities and telecom.
  • How Blockchain in Tandem with IoT is a Game-Changer
    How Blockchain in Tandem with IoT is a Game-Changer Tariq Ali Asghar, CEO, Emerging Star Investment Group Recorded: Jun 5 2018 39 mins
    Blockchain technology is revolutionizing the way IoT devices are connected. The decentralized and distributed system emboldens security, enables third party verification and avoids multiple inputs of the same information, thereby increasing efficiency, speed and execution of IoT devices.

    This webinar explains how Blockchain and IoT are coherently related and support each other. Blockchain enables organized functioning of IoT devices and their regulation, immutability and security.

    About the speaker:

    Tariq is a Fintech expert, writer and thinker based in Toronto, Canada. He is currently working on an initiative to disrupt the conventional insurance industry with Blockchain and IoT applications to the insurance industry for his startup.
  • Using AI-Powered IoT, Blockchain and Data for Sustainable Energy
    Using AI-Powered IoT, Blockchain and Data for Sustainable Energy Maria McKavanagh, Chief Operating Officer, Verv Recorded: Jun 5 2018 59 mins
    Learn how Verv started with an IoT device to give consumers greater insight into their energy usage and developed it into a blockchain-based data and peer-to-peer energy trading platform.

    Discussion topics include:

    - Non-intrusive load monitoring and how it turns your home into a smart home with just one sensor
    - What is the blockchain and why should it be used for peer to peer energy trading
    - GDPR and how it will pave the way for ethical selling of data

    About the presenter:

    Maria holds an MEng degree in Electronic Systems Engineering from The University of Manchester. She is currently the Chief Operating Officer at Verv where they have developed a blockchain-based peer-to-peer energy trading platform and have launched a initial token offering. Previously she worked in Field Sales Engineering at NASDAQ data acquisition specialist National Instruments where she was responsible for a multi-million pound sales territory across a wide range of industries from Aerospace and Defence to Consumer Electronics. Earlier in her career she worked in telecommunications consulting, advising (among others) the European Railway Agency on future operational communications systems having spent time in postgraduate research studying RF and wireless sensor networks.
  • UCC Series [Ep. 5]: Conference Room of the Future
    UCC Series [Ep. 5]: Conference Room of the Future Robin Gareiss, President & Founder, Nemertes Research Recorded: May 30 2018 58 mins
    At most organizations, conference rooms are less than perfect--and that affects the productivity of any meeting. Inconsistency is the cornerstone of meeting room space, whether it's the power outlet locations, wired or wireless connectivity, brand of digital whiteboard, or video conferencing capabilities. That's why many companies are investing in "Conference Room of the Future" initiatives.

    Nemertes recently conducted research among 600+ global organizations, and this webinar will focus on best practices.

    It will address the following:
    • What technologies are crucial to effective meetings?
    • Who should run the meeting-room overhauls for the most success --IT or facilities?
    • What are the differences between smaller, huddle rooms and large conference rooms, in terms of user expectations?
    • How do advanced technologies, such as artificial intelligence and Internet of Things, play a role in meeting rooms?
    • What should IT leaders look for in management and monitoring tools?

    We look forward to sharing this information with you and answering your questions!
  • 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

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