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Best practices for achieving an efficient data center

With today’s pressures on lowering our carbon footprint and cost constraints within organizations, IT departments are increasingly in the front line to formulate and enact an IT strategy that greatly improves energy efficiency and the overall performance of data centers.

This channel will cover the strategic issues on ‘going green’ as well as practical tips and techniques for busy IT professionals to manage their data centers. Channel discussion topics will include:
- Data center efficiency, monitoring and infrastructure management;
- Data center design, facilities management and convergence;
- Cooling technologies and thermal management
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Ask, Measure, Learn Lutz Finger, Director of Data Science and Data Engineering, LinkedIn; Author, "Ask, Measure, Learn" We do not want Big Data! We want the right data to answer the right questions!

Data is changing our world. Predictions using massive data not only have improved many products. At the same time, they have, in some industries, disrupted business models and created new ones.

What does an organization need to do to generate a new competitive advantage out of data? The answer might be surprising. “Change the state of mind.”

Companies often do not need big data. They essentially want small and actionable advice. Some predictions will need big data to surface relevant information, but not all. The key to success for many companies, however, is to enable “data­driven” decision making. Lutz will discuss the steps he has used in starting and developing his own company (later sold to WPP), as well as how he leads LinkedIn’s data science team.

A) Change the state of mind!
Enable everyone in the company to ask “data driven” questions. Lutz will show how this is the hardest part of the on­going exercise, but why most businesses actually can achieve this with their current strategic abilities. Using examples we will learn what is the best way to formulate the “Ask”.

B) What data?
Data can be a source of disruption & innovation. Business models change because new data sources and enhanced computational power allows new services or improve old services. But which data to use? Domain knowledge is often more important than having “Big Data". Lutz will introduce a framework on how to think about data.

C) How to build a Data Team?
How can organizations build up data capabilities within your team. Contrary to the common discussion that a data scientist are not ‘hard to find’. Lutz will explain how every company can create a data science organization by just mixing the right skillets.
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  • We do not want Big Data! We want the right data to answer the right questions!

    Data is changing our world. Predictions using massive data not only have improved many products. At the same time, they have, in some industries, disrupted business models and created new ones.

    What does an organization need to do to generate a new competitive advantage out of data? The answer might be surprising. “Change the state of mind.”

    Companies often do not need big data. They essentially want small and actionable advice. Some predictions will need big data to surface relevant information, but not all. The key to success for many companies, however, is to enable “data­driven” decision making. Lutz will discuss the steps he has used in starting and developing his own company (later sold to WPP), as well as how he leads LinkedIn’s data science team.

    A) Change the state of mind!
    Enable everyone in the company to ask “data driven” questions. Lutz will show how this is the hardest part of the on­going exercise, but why most businesses actually can achieve this with their current strategic abilities. Using examples we will learn what is the best way to formulate the “Ask”.

    B) What data?
    Data can be a source of disruption & innovation. Business models change because new data sources and enhanced computational power allows new services or improve old services. But which data to use? Domain knowledge is often more important than having “Big Data". Lutz will introduce a framework on how to think about data.

    C) How to build a Data Team?
    How can organizations build up data capabilities within your team. Contrary to the common discussion that a data scientist are not ‘hard to find’. Lutz will explain how every company can create a data science organization by just mixing the right skillets.
  • Data center security is being reshaped by virtualisation, consolidation, and promising new technologies such as Software Defined Networking (SDN).
    The adoption of the SDDC brings new challenges such as inspecting East-West traffic without the need to compromise on all the benefits of today's physical appliances.
  • This webinar will describe the challenges faced by cloud and web service providers when attempting to monitor, manage, and troubleshoot across large data centers and networks, whether fully owned or hosted. It will describe the benefits of using a unified visibility plane as the solution to address these challenges, in a cost-effective and streamlined manner, whether it is for security, performance, and/or troubleshooting purposes.
  • FC, FCoE, NAS, iSCSI, DCB, traditional LAN, internet/WAN, HPC, clusters, clouds, server virtualization, storage virtualization, network virtualization, and more are all colliding in your data center. Redundancy, resiliency, security, I/O consolidation, network convergence, dynamic application distribution, and thin provisioning with high levels of service are desired at all layers and all data center sizes across a broad spectrum of use cases. You worry about operational separation, buying decisions, investment protection, cost and energy savings, and evolving standards while maintaining very high levels of service and security. Is the technology evolving to a dream come true or a nightmare? If that doesn’t keep you up at night nothing will.

    This session from SNIA will untangle, define, and illustrate the main ideas and concepts behind Data Center Evolution and Network Convergence to give context and a solid foundation for discussions with your vendors, as well as for your further reading and investigation. The point of view taken for this presentation is that of the network and transport characteristics in the face of the changes taking place.
  • Join us in a series of fast-paced and informative 60-minute webinars on vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVol). In this session, the Taneja Group will talk with David Glynn from Dell Storage. VVols is packaged as a feature in nearly all VMware vSphere Editions and is being embraced by VMware’s storage partners at an unprecedented rate. IT professionals, especially those involved in datacenter operations, are showing great interest in implementing VVol in their own environments. The Taneja Group will discuss VVol technology with David and the impact this game-changing capability will have in the datacenter and how Dell is enabling this technology with their arrays. Attendees will be encouraged to submit their questions during the session.
  • The evolution of the distributed enterprise network and its ability to deliver for the brand has dramatically changed since 2000. In the past, telephone line infrastructure like V.90 modems were installed to simply process credit cards and the branch office was confined to local content advertising. Then, wired broadband WAN connectivity such as T1, DSL, Cable, and Metro Ethernet was introduced to the mass market, opening up new applications to reach customers. Additionally, the need for private network communications via wired WAN brought about the introduction of technologies like MPLS and Frame Relay networks. The combination of broadband-wired WAN performance, with private network capabilities, offered the brand the ability to provide more secured bandwidth to locations – but at a premium with a level of reliability that greatly varied depending on geography.

    Today, wireless broadband WAN connectivity is pervasive across North America and is the wave of the future. 4G/LTE has outpaced MPLS, Cable, DSL, and other means of traditional wired WAN networking at a fraction of the cost.


    Now, the ‘Store of the Future’ is here with cutting-edge technology offering Ethernet LAN connectivity over 4G/LTE wireless broadband. With dual active 4G LTE modems, wired Ethernet WAN connectivity, dual-band/dual-concurrent ac WiFi and enterprise-grade security - all in a consolidated, easy-to-manage platform, delivering a reliable and scalable broadband experience.

    The convergence of wired and wireless connectivity into a single platform reduces PCI scope, simplifies network complexity, and lowers the carbon footprint of your network; all while leveraging the cloud for remote management and best-in-breed security solutions.

    Join us for this webinar to learn about Ultimate Multi WAN DiversityTM, network cost-savings through cutting-edge technology, and how the ‘Store of the Future’ is here.
  • Businesses rely more and more on technology that touches their customers directly. This is especially true in remote branch locations like stores or restaurants. Whether it is digital signage for advertising in the product aisle, swiping a customer loyalty card at the gas pump, or simply taking a credit card at check out, when the network connection is down you are losing money and upsetting customers.

    Wireless and satellite technologies can provide very high reliability and surprisingly cost effective alternative routing solutions to your terrestrial network. Discover how these solutions could work to your advantage across your remote locations.
  • The power of the cloud brings both opportunities and challenges to the enterprise. IT professionals are looking to embrace the power of software, to transform their existing infrastructure into an efficient, optimized, scalable, software-defined data center, that gives them the management control and capability they need to drive their businesses forward. At the same time, they want to build on existing experience and knowledge, whilst pushing forward with new technologies, skills and certifications.

    In this webinar, Matt McSpirit will outline the key essentials for future-proofing IT infrastructure and explore the role of the Microsoft Cloud Platform (with technologies like Windows Server, System Center and Azure) in achieving the vision of tomorrow's software-defined data center.
  • The way Business Users consume services is changing, “Central IT” has an opportunity to increase the value provided to their Business Users. New trends in brokering services are surfacing along with a great diversification in Service Providers across IaaS, PaaS and SaaS solutions, managed and un-managed, that can be leveraged. Come join us in reviewing the steps involved in becoming a Service Provider to your Business through IT-as-a-Service enablement from a Managed Cloud Service Provider perspective.
  • Join us for the first in a series of fast-paced and informative 60-minute webinars, as we discuss with VMware one of the hottest topics in the datacenter: VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVol). VVol is the industry's first solution to enable native virtual machine-awareness across a broad range of SAN/NAS arrays. VVol is packaged as a feature in nearly all VMware vSphere Editions and is being embraced by storage partners at an unprecedented rate. IT professionals, especially those involved in datacenter operations, are showing great interest in implementing VVol in their own environments.

    This moderated session features Juan Novella and Ken Werneburg, VVol experts from VMware, who will discuss VVol technology, the rapidly expanding ecosystem, and the impact this game-changing capability will have in the datacenter. Attendees will be encouraged to submit their questions during the session.

    Panelists:
    Juan Novella, Product Marketing Manager – Storage; VMware
    Ken Werneburg, Senior Architect - Technical Marketing; VMware

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