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  • Protocol Analysis for High-Speed Fibre Channel Fabrics
    Protocol Analysis for High-Speed Fibre Channel Fabrics David Rodgers, Teledyne LeCroy; Yamini Shastry, Viavi Solutions; Joe Kimpler, ATTO Recorded: Oct 10 2018 62 mins
    Protocol Analysis for High-Speed Fibre Channel Fabrics in the Data Center: Aka, Saving Your SAN (& Sanity)

    The driving force behind adopting new tools and processes in test and measurement practices is the desire to understand, predict, and mitigate the impact of Sick but not Dead (SBND) conditions in datacenter fabrics. The growth and centralization of mission critical datacenter SAN environments has exposed the fact that many small yet seemingly insignificant problems have the potential of becoming large scale and impactful events, unless properly contained or controlled.

    Root cause analysis requirements now encompass all layers of the fabric architecture, and new storage protocols that usurp the traditional network stack (i.e. FCoE, iWARP, NVMe over Fabrics, etc.) for purposes of expedited data delivery place additional analytical demands on the datacenter manager.
    To be sure, all tools have limitations in their effectiveness and areas of coverage, so a well-constructed “collage” of best practices and effective and efficient analysis tools must be developed. To that end, recognizing and reducing the effect of those limitations is essential.

    This webinar will introduce participants to Protocol Analysis tools and how they may be incorporated into the “best practices” application of SAN problem solving. We will review:
    •The protocol of the Phy
    •Use of “in-line” capture tools
    •Benefits of purposeful error injection for developing and supporting today’s high-speed Fibre Channel storage fabrics

    Join us on October 10, 2018. FCIA experts will be on hand to answer your questions.
  • Azure Networking for Developers
    Azure Networking for Developers Jay Kumar, Cloud Solution Architect, Microsoft Recorded: Aug 29 2018 64 mins
    This session is meant for full stack developers who wants to know the basics of Azure networking. Topics covered include:

    - Software Defined Networking and Hybrid Networks
    - On premise and cloud connectivity – VPN, ExpressRoute
    - Routing and Traffic management – DNS, Traffic Manager, Load Balancer
    - Network Security Groups and Virtual Appliances

    About the speaker:
    Jay is a Cloud Solution Architect, serving the North East Region of Microsoft US. As a solution architect, Jay functions as a trusted advisor to enterprise customers. In this role, he provides guidance on digital transformation, application modernization, cloud migration and IT operations to his clients.

    Jay possesses 20 years of industry experience in numerous technologies and domains like Software Design & Development, Application Management, Infrastructure Design & Build, Enterprise Architecture, Operations, DevOps, Management and Consulting. He has a broad spectrum of expertise in areas like Financial Systems, Real Time Embedded Control Systems, Distributed Systems, Enterprise Messaging, Process Automation, Object Oriented Design, Cloud and Containerization.

    Prior to joining Microsoft, Jay worked in various capacities such as R&D Engineer, Software Designer & Developer, Enterprise Architect, Agile Product Owner and Program Manager with various organizations. During his career, Jay consulted for domestic and international clienteles and worked in India, Germany, Switzerland and the US.
  • Fibre Channel Interoperability
    Fibre Channel Interoperability Barry Maskas, HPE; Tim Sheehan, University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab; David Rodgers, Teledyne LeCroy Recorded: Aug 23 2018 68 mins
    Interoperability is a primary basis for the predictable behavior of a Fibre Channel (FC) SAN. FC interoperability implies standards conformance by definition. Interoperability also implies exchanges between a range of products, or similar products from one or more different suppliers, or even between past and future revisions of the same products. Interoperability may be developed as a special measure between two products, while excluding the rest, and still be standards conformant. When a supplier is forced to adapt its system to a system that is not based on standards, it is not interoperability but rather, only compatibility.

    Every FC hardware and software supplier publishes an interoperability matrix and per product conformance based on having validated conformance, compatibility, and interoperability. There are many dimensions to interoperability, from the physical layer, optics, and cables; to port type and protocol; to server, storage, and switch fabric operating systems versions; standards and feature implementation compatibility; and to use case topologies based on the connectivity protocol (F-port, N-Port, NP-port, E-port, TE-port, D-port).

    In this session we will delve into the many dimensions of FC interoperability, discussing:

    •Standards and conformance
    •Validation of conformance and interoperability
    •FC-NVMe conformance and interoperability
    •Interoperability matrices
    •Multi-generational interoperability
    •Use case examples of interoperability

    After you watch the webcast, check out the FC Interoperability Q&A blog https://fibrechannel.org/a-qa-on-fibre-channel-interoperability/
  • RoCE vs. iWARP
    RoCE vs. iWARP Tim Lustig, Mellanox; Fred Zhang, Intel; John Kim, Mellanox Recorded: Aug 22 2018 64 mins
    Network-intensive applications, like networked storage or clustered computing, require a network infrastructure with high bandwidth and low latency. Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) supports zero-copy data transfers by enabling movement of data directly to or from application memory. This results in high bandwidth, low latency networking with little involvement from the CPU.

    In the next SNIA ESF “Great Storage Debates” series webcasts, we’ll be examining two commonly known RDMA protocols that run over Ethernet; RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) and IETF-standard iWARP. Both are Ethernet-based RDMA technologies that reduce the amount of CPU overhead in transferring data among servers and storage systems.

    The goal of this presentation is to provide a solid foundation on both RDMA technologies in a vendor-neutral setting that discusses the capabilities and use cases for each so that attendees can become more informed and make educated decisions.

    Join to hear the following questions addressed:

    •Both RoCE and iWARP support RDMA over Ethernet, but what are the differences?
    •Use cases for RoCE and iWARP and what differentiates them?
    •UDP/IP and TCP/IP: which uses which and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
    •What are the software and hardware requirements for each?
    •What are the performance/latency differences of each?

    Join our SNIA experts as they answer all these questions and more on this next Great Storage Debate

    After you watch the webcast, check out the Q&A blog http://bit.ly/2OH6su8
  • Q&T SIG Talk Series Ep. 19: Telemetry: Success for Agile, DevOps and SRE
    Q&T SIG Talk Series Ep. 19: Telemetry: Success for Agile, DevOps and SRE Todd DeCapua Recorded: Aug 14 2018 74 mins
    Telemetry: The essential ingredient to success with Agile, DevOps and SRE:

    Measurements, metrics and telemetry enable teams and organizations to deliver successful results with Agile, DevOps and SRE; in order to achieve speed, quality and automation targets with built-in performance, security and resiliency.
  • [Ep.18] Ask the Expert: What I Wish I Knew About SDN & Automation Years Ago
    [Ep.18] Ask the Expert: What I Wish I Knew About SDN & Automation Years Ago Darien Hirotsu, Solution Architect, SDN Essentials and Kelly Harris, Senior Content Manager, BrightTALK Recorded: Jul 12 2018 49 mins
    This webinar is part of BrightTALK's Ask the Expert Series.

    Join Darien Hirotsu, Solution Architect at SDN Essentials and Kelly Harris, Senior Content Manager at BrightTALK, as they take a technical deep dive into software-defined networks and automation.

    Darien will answer questions related to trends from the field, including:

    - Building the development pipeline
    - Lessons learned building automation solutions

    He will share expert insight into what he wish he had known about software-defined networking and automation years ago, and help you jump start your SDN solutions.

    Audience members are encouraged to send questions to the expert which will be answered during the live session.
  • 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

    After you watch the webcast, check out the Q&A blog: https://fibrechannel.org/ficon-webcast-qa/
  • Silicon, System and Software in the Age of Disaggregated Networking
    Silicon, System and Software in the Age of Disaggregated Networking Ruturaj Pathak, Senior Product Manager, Inventec Recorded: Jun 7 2018 53 mins
    This talk will share information on the changes that are happening with software-defined networks in the three fundamental networking blocks; namely silicon, system and software.

    These changes allow for IoT and connected applications to have greater control on the underlying infrastructure. It will also share how the open communities are creating an ecosystem for disaggregated networking to thrive. Please join this webinar to gain technical insights into these changes.

    About the presenter:
    Ruturaj Pathak is a visionary leader with over two decades of high tech Engineering and Product Management experience. He has been working in the Networking domain for over 13 years and has seen the rise of SDN/NFV since inception. Alongside with Networking, Raj also has experience in Industrial Robotics, Print Imaging systems, and Neural Networks. His interests and strengths lie in charting out and analyzing market and technology trends and how these are likely to reshape the industry in the near future.
    He is very much involved in deep learning with neural networks and how it can be applied in networking and other fields.
  • 5G and Automated Driving: A Match Made for Driverless Cars
    5G and Automated Driving: A Match Made for Driverless Cars Mahbubul Alam, CTO & CMO, Movimento, an APTIV company Recorded: Jun 7 2018 64 mins
    With high-speed connectivity at the heart of connected vehicles, 5G will play a significant role as the industry undergoes major transformation toward fully autonomous vehicles. These vehicles will be required to cooperate with each other and with the infrastructure in a secure and reliable manner with higher sustainable throughput, greater outdoor position accuracy, guaranteed jitter/delivery at a significantly reduced latency and improved vehicle safety even for out-of-coverage communications.

    Key Takeaways:
    1. Real-time teleoperations, putting human in the loop for autonomous vehicles.
    2. Legal and lawful intervention of autonomous vehicles.
    3. 5G V2X for improved safety of automated driving.
  • Securing the Transforming Industrial Environment
    Securing the Transforming Industrial Environment Ronen Shpirer, Security Solutions Architect, Fortinet Recorded: May 29 2018 56 mins
    IoT, IIoT, OT... It is likely that for many of us these acronyms are confusing. The fact is that traditional industrial environments, such as utilities and production, have started a digital transformation process which harness these and other technologies to become more efficient, automated and competitive.

    Within this transformation from a well-defined and well-controlled industrial ecosystem to a dynamic and open one, lurks a shift in the security challenges, needs and solutions/architecture.

    This session will focus on the technologies and challenges digital transformation introduces in industrial environments and how Fortinet’s Security Fabric is deployed in such an environments to provide the required security infrastructure and posture, including demonstration of some simplified use cases.

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