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Data Center Management

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  • IP-Based Object Drives Now Have a Management Standard
    IP-Based Object Drives Now Have a Management Standard Erik Riedel, Dell EMC, Enrico Signoretti, OpenIO, David Slik, NetApp, Alex McDonald, NetApp Recorded: Apr 20 2017 59 mins
    The growing popularity of object-based storage has resulted in the development of Ethernet-connected storage devices, herein referred to as IP-Based Drives and subsystems supporting object interfaces and in some cases the ability to run localized applications.
    Typical scale-out storage nodes consist of relatively inexpensive enclosures with IP network connectivity, CPU, Memory and Direct Attached Storage (DAS). While inexpensive to deploy, these solutions become harder to manage over time.
    To ease management of these drives, SNIA has approved the release of the IP-Based Drive Management Specification. In this webcast, you’ll hear from authors of the specification who’ll discuss:

    • Major Components of the IP Based Drive Management Standard
    • How the standard leverages the DMTF Redfish management standard to manage Kinetic and other IP-Based Drives
    • Providing a standard management interface for drives that are part of JBOD or JBOF enclosures

    This standard allows drive management to scale to datacenters and beyond, enabling automation and Software Defined Datacenters. Join this webcast on April 20th to learn more.
  • How to Use the Fibre Channel Speedmap
    How to Use the Fibre Channel Speedmap Dave Alexander, Tony Bourke Recorded: Apr 6 2017 41 mins
    Fibre Channel is the most well known dedicated storage networking protocol in use in data centers today, and is considered the gold standard for storage in terms of availability, reliability, and scalability. However, it does require some specific design and planning requirements. For that, storage administrators use the Fibre Channel Speedmap in order to plan.

    In this webcast, you will learn how to use the Fibre Channel Speedmap, what the numbers mean, and why its useful:

    - Why do storage administrators use the Speedmap?
    - What’s the difference between throughput, bandwidth, baud rates, and speed?
    - Why does this matter for Fibre Channel and not, say, Ethernet?

    This live webcast will be useful for anyone who wants to separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to “speeds and feeds,” and make sense of the numbers.
  • 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

    After you watch the webcast, check out the Q&A blog http://sniaesfblog.org/?p=613
  • 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.

    After the webcast, check out the Q&A blog http://sniaesfblog.org/?p=608
  • 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.

    After you watch the webcast, check out the Q&A blog http://sniaesfblog.org/?p=615
  • 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
  • The Future of Global Data Center Colocation Market Size & Growth Trends
    The Future of Global Data Center Colocation Market Size & Growth Trends Jabez Tan, Research Director, Data Center Infrastructure, Structure Research Recorded: Jan 26 2017 31 mins
    How big is the global colocation market in 2017? How much revenue is going to be generated by data center colocation providers in 2020? What are the trends driving both global and regional data center demand for colocation providers? Structure Research conducted an extensive and detailed bottom-up study of the global colocation competitive landscape and includes over 4,000 providers across the world. The webinar will help address the current state of the data center landscape and more importantly, where is it headed over the next 3-5 years.
  • Monitor with Discipline – Data Center 2020
    Monitor with Discipline – Data Center 2020 Kong Yang, Head Geek of Virtualization & Cloud Practice, SolarWinds Recorded: Jan 26 2017 30 mins
    The data center is evolving to encompass all manners of architecture from server-less aka functions-as- a-service to containers and microservices while balancing more mature constructs like virtualization and software-defined constructs. The reality is that the same fundamental issues abound while new challenges will appear.

    In this session, we will discuss how to monitor data centers with discipline to handle the old and new pain points that will arise in 2020.

    - What will 2020 data centers look like? Who will be the key providers of services?

    - How do I keep my career viable in 2020?

    - What should I put into practice to deliver success in 2020 data centers?
  • Future Perfect... Data Center
    Future Perfect... Data Center Ed Haletky, Tom Howarth and Steve Beaver, TVP Strategy Recorded: Jan 25 2017 63 mins
    What does the future datacenter look like? Is it racks and racks of computers? Is it heavily automated? Is it just a shim to the larger world of the cloud? Join this dynamic panel discussion where we will delve into the future of the datacenter with experts from The Virtualization Practice (TVP Strategy).

    We will discuss where we are going, how the hybrid cloud fits in and the ultimate vision of the datacenter. It all starts with the journey...

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