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  • Clustered File Systems: No Limits Clustered File Systems: No Limits John Kim, SNIA-ESF Chair, James Coomer, DDN, Alex McDonald, SNIA-ESF Vice Chair Recorded: Oct 25 2016 64 mins
    Today's storage world would appear to have been divided into three major and mutually exclusive categories: block, file and object storage. Much of the marketing that shapes much of the user demand would appear to suggest that these are three quite distinct animals, and many systems are sold as exclusively either SAN for block, NAS for file or object. And object is often conflated with cloud, a consumption model that can in reality be block, file or object.

    But a fixed taxonomy that divides the storage world this way is very limiting, and can be confusing; for instance, when we talk about cloud. How should providers and users buy and consume their storage? Are there other classifications that might help in providing storage solutions to meet specific or more general application needs?

    This webcast will explore clustered storage solutions that not only provide multiple end users access to shared storage over a network, but allow the storage itself to be distributed and managed over multiple discrete storage systems. In this webcast, we’ll discuss:
    •General principles and specific clustered and distributed systems and the facilities they provide built on the underlying storage
    •Better known file systems like NFS, GPFS and Lustre along with a few of the less well known
    •How object based systems like S3 have blurred the lines between them and traditional file based solutions.

    This webcast should appeal to those interested in exploring some of the different ways of accessing & managing storage, and how that might affect how storage systems are provisioned and consumed. POSIX and other acronyms may be mentioned, but no rocket science beyond a general understanding of the principles of storage will be assumed. Contains no nuts and is suitable for vegans!
  • ESG's 7 Core Criteria for Comparing and Evaluating ITOA Platforms ESG's 7 Core Criteria for Comparing and Evaluating ITOA Platforms Shaun Henderson & Owen Cole, ExtraHop Networks Recorded: Oct 21 2016 25 mins
    As IT environments grow more sophisticated by the day, complexity rises and many CIOs and IT directors lose visibility of their assets and clarity into each asset's performance. The unfortunate result creates IT 'black boxes,' which bring detrimental hazards to enterprise customers when changes are required or things go wrong within interdependent environments. This problem extends beyond the walls of the data center and spans all offices and mobile workers.

    According to ESG analysts' Dan Conde and Nik Rouda - "Modern monitoring must be real-time, at scale, and capable of providing visibility wherever IT assets reside. IT Operations Analytics is at the forefront of this monitoring evolution, but understanding how these often diverse technologies fit together and what benefits they deliver to IT can be complex."

    Join us for a discussion on Conde & Rouda's seven core criteria for enterprise buyers currently evaluating ITOA and monitoring platforms.
  • Discovery in the Cloud: The Future of Configuration Management Discovery in the Cloud: The Future of Configuration Management Doron Orbach, Bill Dyck, Nick Rendall, HPE Recorded: Oct 20 2016 66 mins
    With the constantly evolving IT landscape, migration to a cloud or hybrid-cloud based infrastructure is becoming the new normal for companies around the world. Is your company prepared for the future of configuration management, mapping business services and applications within the cloud environment?

    This webinar will review how configuration management dynamics change in the cloud and how you can best prepare yourself for success in discovery and CMDB practices there:

    Cloud infrastructure trends and implications for configuration management
    Strategies for successful configuration management in the cloud
    HPE CMS real-time event-based cloud discovery capabilities
    Live Q&A with our CMS experts
  • Software Defined Packet Processing in FPGAs with P4 Software Defined Packet Processing in FPGAs with P4 Awanish Verma, Sr. Manager and Architect “SDN/NFV”, Xilinx Inc. Recorded: Sep 22 2016 62 mins
    Programmability with flexibility in the network has gained traction in the market due to a variety of use cases. Customers are looking to differentiate the infrastructure with programmability and the addition/removal of custom packet headers.  The emerging custom protocols and flexible packet processing in edge, access and data center networks has created the demand for defining the packet processing in high level languages.  This requirement is further stressed with SDN and NFV based networks requiring modification of the packet processing logic without knowledge of underlying hardware.

    To this end, the newly emerging language P4 is widely being viewed as the de-facto standard in standards based packet processing.  

    Xilinx is co-chairing the P4 Language Design group, and has developed a compiler to compile programs written in P4 into Xilinx FPGA binary images. This compiler has been demonstrated at the P4 Workshop series held at Stanford University in 2015-16, and at the major SIGCOMM conference this year.   

    Xilinx All programmable FPGAs offer a unique architectural advantages for these requirements, since they offer programmable logic together with programmable interconnect to a large number of DSP units, SRAM blocks, hardened IO interfaces, and 100GE Ethernet MACs and PCIe blocks.  These attributes make it the suitable architecture for the packet processing for today and the future generation of programmable networks.
  • OpenDaylight Controller: Redefining SDN through Open Source OpenDaylight Controller: Redefining SDN through Open Source Ajay Chhabria, Software Test Engineer, and Sai MarapaReddy, Software Engineer, Brocade Recorded: Sep 22 2016 59 mins
    The new age of Software-Defined Networks is upon us. Of them, open source projects through common platforms. OpenDaylight is an Open Source Software project under the Linux Foundation with the goal of furthering the adoption and innovation of Software Defined Networking (SDN) through the creation of a common industry supported platform.

    OpenDaylight Controller project contains more than 48 individual projects, out of which L2Switch & BGP LS PCEP are two important projects.

    BGP LS PCEP :- BGP LS PCEP project is an effort to bring two south-bound plugins into the controller: one for supporting BGP Linkstate Distribution as a source of L3 topology information, the other one to add support for Path Computation Element Protocol as a way to instantiate paths into the underlying network.

    L2switch project provides basic Layer2 switch functionalities. It also consists of reusable services (packet-handler, address tracker. flow writer) which further supports L2 switch functionalities.

    Join experts from Brocade and the OpenDaylight project to learn how software-defined networking has evolved, projects you can implement, and what to look out for in the future.
  • Trends in Software-Defined Networking Trends in Software-Defined Networking Dan Conde, Analyst, ESG Recorded: Sep 20 2016 61 mins
    Join Enterprise Strategy Group in this all-about-SDN webinar. We'll explore the trends in Software-Defined Networking: how it has evolved from data center uses to support WAN use-cases, support for security, new programming models such as containers, and more. We will examine how it offers different models to support traditional networking professionals, DevOps users, and how Layer-2 based software-defined networks differ from pure Layer-3 based systems.

    Save your seat today!
  • How Cloud Management and SDN Killed the Traditional Enterprise LAN How Cloud Management and SDN Killed the Traditional Enterprise LAN Paul Congdon, CTO, Tallac Networks Recorded: Sep 20 2016 40 mins
    A colleague of mine recently mashed up a famous R.E.M song for his blog. He reworked the famous lyrics to say, “It’s the end of the LAN as we know it… And I feel fine”. He couldn’t have been more spot on. As IT resources continue to move to the cloud, traditional infrastructure and the processes associated with running it are literally going out the window.

    One of the last IT resources to still make the migration to the cloud is the Enterprise LAN. However, since everything else is moving to the cloud, the way we use our LAN is changing. The actual critical IT resources still on the LAN have changed. Cloud management and Software Defined Networking are making it possible to radically simplify your Enterprise LAN – perhaps to the point where you can pay someone else to operate it.

    Tallac Networks is defining the SD-LAN ecosystem and is behind the next wave of the cloud movement – management and control of the Enterprise LAN.
  • Software-Defined Networking (SDN): An Opportunity? Software-Defined Networking (SDN): An Opportunity? Prof. Ahmed Banafa, College of Engineering, San Jose State University Recorded: Sep 20 2016 60 mins
    Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is an emerging architecture that is dynamic, manageable, cost-effective, and adaptable, making it ideal for the high-bandwidth, dynamic nature of today's applications. This architecture decouples the network control and forwarding functions (Routing), enabling the network control to become directly programmable and the underlying infrastructure to be abstracted for applications and network services, which can treat the network as a logical or virtual entity.

    Join Professor Ahmed Banafa, College of Engineering at SJSU to discuss new emerging opportunities in software-defined networks and what this means for your network infrastructure and internal communications.
  • Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Summit Sneak Peak Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Summit Sneak Peak BrightTALK Recorded: Sep 13 2016 2 mins
    Check out this sneak preview of what's to come in our Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Summit! Join us live on BrightTALK December 6-8, 2016 to hear from leading industry experts on HCI, Network Management, and more!
  • Using your Load Balancer for Application Performance Monitoring Using your Load Balancer for Application Performance Monitoring Ashish Shah, Director of Product, Avi Networks Recorded: Aug 25 2016 47 mins
    Load balancers occupy an important position (in the path of application traffic) on the enterprise network. Yet, traditional application delivery controllers (ADCs) are unable to provide meaningful application insights to drive business decisions. Avi Networks’ software-defined architecture for load balancing separates the control plane (management layer) from the data plane (load balancers) to generate continuous insights about applications.

    In this 30 minute presentation from Avi Networks, learn how you can get rich analytics and actionable insights into end user experience, application performance, resource utilization, security, and anomalous behavior. See how you can benefit from:

    • A “Network DVR” to record and replay traffic events to pinpoint app issues
    • At-a-glance view of all virtual services throughout the system
    • Real-time visibility into DDoS attacks, SSL versions and ciphers used in transactions
    • Health scores that give you immediate feedback on application performance

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