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  • What Does Hyperconverged Mean to Storage
    What Does Hyperconverged Mean to Storage Greg Schulz, founder and analyst of Server StorageIO, John Kim, SNIA-ESF Chair, Mellanox Recorded: Mar 15 2017 63 mins
    Converged Infrastructure (CI), Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) along with Cluster or Cloud In Box (CIB) are popular trend topics that have gained both industry and customer adoption. As part of data infrastructures, CI, CIB and HCI enable simplified deployment of resources (servers, storage, I/O networking, hardware, software) across different environments. However, what do these approaches mean for a hyperconverged storage environment? What are the key concerns and considerations related specifically to storage? Most importantly, how do you know that you’re asking the right questions in order to get to the right answers?

    Find out in this live SNIA-ESF webcast where expert Greg Schulz, founder and analyst of Server StorageIO, will move beyond the hype to discuss:

    · What are the storage considerations for CI, CIB and HCI
    · Fast applications and fast servers need fast server storage I/O
    · Networking and server storage I/O considerations
    · How to avoid aggravation-causing aggregation (bottlenecks)
    · Aggregated vs. disaggregated vs. hybrid converged
    · Planning, comparing, benchmarking and decision-making
    · Data protection, management and east-west I/O traffic
    · Application and server I/O north-south traffic
  • Everything You Wanted To Know about Storage But Were Too Proud To Ask: iSCSI Pod
    Everything You Wanted To Know about Storage But Were Too Proud To Ask: iSCSI Pod J Metz, Cisco, Loy Evans, Cisco, Rob Davis, Mellanox, Alex McDonald, NetApp Recorded: Mar 2 2017 45 mins
    One of the most used technologies in Data Centers today is the storage protocol iSCSI. With the increasing speeds for Ethernet, the technology is more and more appealing because of its relative low cost to implement. However, like any other Storage Technology, there is more here than meets the eye.

    In this webcast, we will be focusing entirely on iSCSI. We’ll start by covering the basic elements that will make your life easier if you are considering using iSCSI in your architecture. In particular we will be talking about:

    •iSCSI Definition
    •iSCSI offload
    •Host-based iSCSI
    •TCP offload

    Like nearly everything else in storage, there is more here than just a protocol. If you are interested in making the most of your iSCSI solution, this webcast is for you.
  • Introducing Fibre Channel NVMe
    Introducing Fibre Channel NVMe Craig Carlson, FCIA Board of Directors, Cavium, J Metz, FCIA Board of Directors, Cisco Recorded: Feb 16 2017 58 mins
    NVMe is one of the most interesting new developments to happen to storage in the past several years, and NVMe over Fabrics extends these capabilities over a Storage Area Network. Given that 80% of all existing Flash storage solutions deployed are interconnected with Fibre Channel (FC), many questions have arisen about what it is, how it works, and why someone might want to consider using Fibre Channel for NVMe-based solutions.

    In this technical webinar, we’re going to be addressing some of these fundamental questions:

    - How does Fibre Channel and NVMe work together?
    - How is NVMe over Fabrics different from “traditional” Fibre Channel?
    - What changes do I have to make to my Fibre Channel environment in order to get NVMe over Fabrics to work?
    - What would an NVMe over Fibre Channel (FC-NVMe) architecture look like?
    - What advantages would I get using Fibre Channel in an NVMe solution?

    Check out this live webinar to learn more about this exciting new technology from the people who are developing it.
  • Everything You Wanted To Know about Storage But Were Too Proud To Ask: Buffering
    Everything You Wanted To Know about Storage But Were Too Proud To Ask: Buffering John Kim & Rob Davis, Mellanox, Mark Rogov, Dell EMC, Dave Minturn, Intel Recorded: Feb 14 2017 64 mins
    Buffers, Queues, and Caches, oh my! Buffers and Queues are part of every data center architecture, and a critical part of performance – both in improving it as well as hindering it. A well-implemented buffer can mean the difference between a finely run system and a confusing nightmare of troubleshooting. Knowing how buffers and queues work in storage can help make your storage system shine.

    However, there is something of a mystique surrounding these different data center components, as many people don’t realize just how they’re used and why. In this pod of the “Too Proud To Ask” series, we’re going to be demystifying this very important aspect of data center storage. You’ll learn:

    •What are buffers, caches, and queues, and why you should care about the differences?
    •What’s the difference between a read cache and a write cache?
    •What does “queue depth” mean?
    •What’s a buffer, a ring buffer, and host memory buffer, and why does it matter?
    •What happens when things go wrong?

    These are just some of the topics we’ll be covering, and while it won’t be exhaustive look at buffers, caches and queues, you can be sure that you’ll get insight into this very important, and yet often overlooked, part of storage design.
  • Data Center Automation: A New Year, a New Suite
    Data Center Automation: A New Year, a New Suite Vikram Matharoo, Sibel Satiroglu Recorded: Feb 8 2017 53 mins
    With the 2017 suite release, HPE’s Data Center Automation (DCA) is recharged for the new year! The DCA suite is HPE’s infrastructure management solution to automate tasks, orchestrate IT processes, enforce compliance, and optimize infrastructure across virtual and physical servers, database and middleware applications. In this webinar, we’ll share what’s new and what’s coming, and equally address top-of-mind questions about the suite.

    You will learn:
    · Trends shaping infrastructure management
    · Vision for HPE Data Center Automation suite
    · What’s new and what’s coming - Docker engine automation, analytics, ChatOps, and container delivery model
    · Unique benefits of the suite
    · Top asked questions about the suite
  • IT Operations and Real-Time Performance Monitoring: Keys to Efficient Healthcare
    IT Operations and Real-Time Performance Monitoring: Keys to Efficient Healthcare John Smith, Principle Solutions Architect from ExtraHop, Darren Carr, Sr. Technology Architect, from Cerner Recorded: Jan 12 2017 49 mins
    Modern Healthcare IT infrastructures are a complex blend of technologies, from mission-critical Electronic Health Record (EHR) applications to the security solutions protecting patient data from ransomware and other threats. Overseeing an entire healthcare system's networks and infrastructure, as well as managing patient data in a private cloud, can be time consuming, costly and pose potential cybersecurity threats and data breaches. That’s why fast, reliable IT is crucial to every step of the patient’s journey through your organization—and why you need a new approach to IT operations and monitoring.

    Learn where your visibility gaps lie, and how closing those gaps with real-time performance monitoring will dramatically improve the quality of care and IT security that your organization provides.
  • The Realities of Testing High Speed Fiber “Engineered Links” in the Field
    The Realities of Testing High Speed Fiber “Engineered Links” in the Field Robert Reid, Panduit Recorded: Dec 15 2016 66 mins
    This webinar will focus on the pitfalls associated with tight field test specification of pre-terminated fiber systems for high speed channels in the context of the real capability of portable testers.
    Best practices are discussed (proper test limit specification) such that field test costs will be minimized.

    Attendees will earn one BICSI CEC
  • Hyperconverged Infrastructure: The Reshaping of IT Is Underway
    Hyperconverged Infrastructure: The Reshaping of IT Is Underway Christian Perry, Research Manager, IT Infrastructure, 451 Research Recorded: Dec 8 2016 53 mins
    Hyperconverged infrastructure represents the face of today's rapid IT evolution, in which enterprises seek efficient, streamlined technology to meet stringent business demands. Once a supportive, edge infrastructure, hyperconverged has matured into a primary infrastructure solution used in today's core datacenters. However, finding the right fit for hyperconverged in existing IT environments poses a challenge for many organizations.

    Join 451 Research to understand the drivers behind hyperconverged adoption and learn how IT teams are using this technology to boost their business advantage.
  • Monitor with Discipline – Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Unlocked
    Monitor with Discipline – Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Unlocked Kong Yang, Head Geek of Virtualization & Cloud Practice, SolarWinds Recorded: Dec 8 2016 33 mins
    Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) brings together all the primary tech constructs such as compute, memory, network and storage. HCI provides IT pros consistency in the form of infrastructure building blocks. As an IT professional, this removes the barrier to consume; but it presents challenges that move up the application stack.

    In this session, we will discuss how to monitor HCI with discipline.
    ·How do I manage applications efficiently and effectively on HCI?

    ·How do I put into practice skills and techniques that delivers acceptable Quality-of-Service (QoS) and success in an HCI environment?

    Join Kong Yang, pro BrightTALK thought leader and Head Geek at SolarWinds, to learn more!
  • Converged Operations: Maximize the potential of Hyper-Converged Architecture
    Converged Operations: Maximize the potential of Hyper-Converged Architecture Eitan Segal, Global Architect, Dell EMC Recorded: Dec 8 2016 48 mins
    Hyper converged infrastructure is starting to become the new norm in the IT space as customers are seeking for a solution which will help them solve the three main challenges; cost reduction, providing agility to the business and simplify datacenter operations.

    As we all know, technology alone cannot provide the full solution to the problem, that is why a new mode of operations is the key to maximize the full potential of a technology like; Hyper Converge.

    In our session, we will discuss:
    1. The new mode of operations?
    2. What are the main benefits while adopting new team structures and new processes
    3. Where to start

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