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The data center management community focuses on the holistic management and optimization of the data center. From technologies such as virtualization and cloud computing to data center design, colocation, energy efficiency and monitoring, the BrightTALK data center management community provides the most up-to-date and engaging content from industry experts to better your infrastructure and operations. Engage with a community of your peers and industry experts by asking questions, rating presentations and participating in polls during webinars, all while you gain insight that will help you transform your infrastructure into a next generation data center.
  • True sustainability is achieved in three discrete steps - Firstly Reduction of Consumption, secondly Minimisation of Losses and, finally, Power from Renewable Sources. All of these are possible in modern data centre design but come with some increased risks. These risks may be more perceived than real but we have to accept that the primary purpose of a data centre is not to save the user energy but to provide reliable digital services that meet their business case. The users risk profile comes at the top of the design wish list.

    Join Prof. Ian Bitterlin for this presentation as he shows how a sustainable design can be forged for a user with a low appetite for risk and a high appetite for risk with the rewards that accompany it.
  • This session presents a brief overview of the solid state technologies which are being integrated into Enterprise Storage Systems today, including technologies, benefits, and price/performance.

    It then goes on to describe where they fit into typical Enterprise Storage architectures today, with descriptions of specific use cases
  • Join this webinar to understand how to minimize the risk to your organization and learn more about Anixter’s unique approach to:

    • Data center security concerns and the best strategies to address them
    • Top risk management challenges and planning to guard against them
    • Regulatory standards and steps to comply with them
    • Industry best practices and how to implement them in your business
    • Interoperability and the path for achieving it
    • Engagement and how to put it into practice
  • Let’s be straight about this: snapshots are real beast to tame. Snapshots can devour space, make recovery harder, make protection riskier and lock you into hardware platforms that will drain your budget. It’s the reason why you probably only rely on them for a few critical systems today. But it doesn’t’ have to be this way; they could form the cornerstone of your modern IT data protection.

    Reverting to a previous snapshot after a terminal data corruption is a beautiful thing. Near instant, from an almost impact free protection operation. In a perfect world, modern IT would rely on array based snapshots and integrated copy/replication as the only protection method.

    In this session, Nigel Tozer will discuss the reality, and show you how to:

    - Significantly reduce the cost of array snapshots
    - Dramatically simplify the recovery of tier 1 & 2 applications
    - De-risk the protection of high workload VMs
    - Remove the risk and cost of scripting to manage snapshot integration
    - Break disk vendor lock-in
    - Enable Cloud DR and Dev & Test
  • Virtualization has revolutionized the modern data center. But traditional storage systems are struggling to keep pace, introducing performance bottlenecks and unnecessary cost and complexity. Flash offers the potential for relief, but where is it ideally placed – in the server, storage or both? And what software is required to best utilize this resource? PernixData FVP software enables an architecture decoupling storage performance from capacity to utilize high speed server media in conjunction with shared storage to deliver the maximum VM performance at the lowest cost.
  • In our always-connected business world today, customers expect instant and seamless communications. Come learn how companies of all sizes can decrease response times, increase agent productivity and improve customer satisfaction while reducing demand for IT support.

    What attendees will learn:
    - Trends in customer care and communications – expectations in our always-on world.
    - Ways to offer consistent customer experiences across an array of communications mediums
    - How to enable high-definition voice and video collaboration to users – even those on mobile devices
    - Exciting new developments in integrated communications and customer
    - Ability to streamline communications in the cloud
    - How Zendesk and RingCentral integrations enhance customer satisfaction
  • The road to data center efficiency is paved with good intentions…but littered with unintended consequences. In this presentation, Chris Crosby will discuss how the industry-wide drive to increase data center efficiency by data center operators, end users, IT equipment manufacturers and others can ironically lead to major inefficiencies and dysfunction that go directly against the objects of these efforts. Crosby will discuss how high-density server architecture, government regulations, virtualization and other efficiency-minded initiatives are resulting in unexpected challenges and negative results. Crosby will also talk through approaches to achieving data center efficiency that avoid these unintended consequences.
  • As we move away from legacy models for providing network services, namely dedicated physical appliances, to virtualized network functions servicing single or multiple data centers, the industry is experiencing the heavy lifting of bringing up new technologies for orchestration, SDN, and integrating the dynamic NFV model with the OSS/BSS Telco providers are using to control their ever-growing networks.

    The community of vendors, enterprises, and service providers is using Open Source to share and expedite this technology shift with a focus on quickly modernizing the infrastructure.

    The lower three layers of the stack enjoy broad community support as the Reference Architecture for NFV and SDN:

    •OpenStack – Used to orchestrate the infrastructure
    •OpenDaylight (ODL) – The SDN controller, enabling feature-rich, scalable solutions for network virtualization, service chaining, and other functions
    •Open vSwitch (OVS) – An entity controlled remotely by the SDN controller, providing inter-VM connectivity and emerging SLA, QoS, and security functionality at customizable granularity down to per-flow levels

    In this webcast, ConteXtream and Intel will describe the roles of each layer and the status of the basic functionality available today. A special focus will be given to ODL’s scalability and functionality challenges and solutions for intra- and inter-data-center networks (e.g. Telco networks). We will further discuss how overlay network standards are used to achieve these goals and how ODL federation is performed along IETF-RFC lines to achieve robust fan-out of control capacity. We will also demonstrate new capabilities and levels of flexibility powered by a combination of inter-data-center ODL, service chaining, and NFV technologies.
  • A rapid rate of change complicates every facet of datacenter management, and server-centric compute models are too cumbersome for today’s highly variable workloads. Is it possible to optimize resources and operations in such dynamic environments? In this presentation, learn how to replace manual, hardware-defined application provisioning and management with a highly automated, software-defined resource model and orchestration layer that enables flexibility, simplified on-demand capital efficiency, and lower TCO. Find out how to compose more agile pools of datacenter resources, and simultaneously drive up IT efficiency, optimize energy requirements, increase datacenter resilience, and strengthen disaster recovery plans.
  • This webinar will provide strategies and best practices to secure your network and apps against threats while optimizing availability and performance.

    Computing has extended beyond the exclusive domain of the IT department - a fact that has significantly complicated security, privacy and has put tremendous pressure on today’s networks. IT managers are tasked to automate networking polices, protect against an ever growing and changing number of attacks and keep users happy with the highest level of performance.

    Attend this webinar to learn:

    - How to protect web applications with an integrated Web Application Firewall solution
    - Defend against DDoS and specific application layer attacks
    - Simplify access with SSO and securely authenticate to external applications
    - Encrypt all traffic while ensuring compliance visibility
  • For years vendors have been trying to drive down the cost of flash so that the all-flash data center can become reality. The problem is that even the rapidly declining price of flash storage can’t keep pace with the rapidly declining price of hard disk. As a result data that does not need to be on flash storage has to be stored on something less expensive. But does that less expensive storage need to be another hard disk array or could it be stored in the cloud?

    In this webinar join Storage Switzerland’s founder George Crump and Avere Systems CEO, Ron Bianchini for an interactive webinar Using the Cloud to Create an All-Flash Data Center.

    In this webinar you will learn:

    1. The Challenges to Building an All-Flash Data Center

    2. The Challenges to using On-Premise Hybrid Arrays

    3. The Cloud Answer

    4. The Three Steps to a truly All-Flash Future

    A. Identifying Data

    B. Designing The Right Infrastructure

    C. Implementing That Infrastructure

    Register today to learn how you can create an all-flash data center today, and be able to afford it. As always, we will leave plenty of time for an extensive Q&A session, so tune in to get your flash and cloud storage questions answered by our panel of storage experts. All registrants will also be able to access Storage Switzerland’s extensive library of on-demand webinars, many with exclusive white papers, without having to re-register.

    Special Offer: All pre-registrants for this webinar will receive a copy of Storage Switzerland's latest white paper "How Cloud can enable the All-Flash Data Center" emailed after they register.
  • With NFSv4.1 implemented on several commercial NFS systems, along with a new Linux server and client, there is a continued growth of NFS usage in the IT industry. NFSv4.1, first introduced in 2010, meets many needs in the modern datacenter, but there are still technologies and advanced techniques that NFS developers want to deliver. This presentation covers a brief update of where we are with NFSv4.1 and more detail on the proposed features for NFSv4.2 that are currently being ratified at the IETF.
  • Join this webinar to understand how to minimize the risk to your organization and learn more about Anixter’s unique approach to:

    • Data center security concerns and the best strategies to address them
    • Top risk management challenges and planning to guard against them
    • Regulatory standards and steps to comply with them
    • Industry best practices and how to implement them in your business
    • Interoperability and the path for achieving it
    • Engagement and how to put it into practice
  • How often have you heard, “We don’t need a Business Continuity Plan because Everyone Can WFH (Work From Home)!” How many times has this oft-quoted bromide been an excuse for lack of proper planning? How many times has this strategy been proven to be inadequate? Who will be the next organization to learn the hard way? Will it be yours?
    In this discussion you will learn:
    · The common myths about working remotely

    · The pitfalls and problems you will encounter

    · Why WFH is an essential but not complete solution

    · Lessons learned from practice – and actual – mass Work From Home events

    · How to strengthen your WFH strategy and mitigate the shortcomings
  • Managing data has entered a higher realm. Enterprises are looking for a flexible approach to data management to move, store, protect, and recover data – without tying their business to specific hardware, network or interconnect protocols. Migrating data from old legacy platforms to new ones and having too many complex incompatible tools present challenges. Businesses need converged data services that work horizontally as well as modernizing data storage without “rip and replace.” FreeStor is the new paradigm in data services. With the brilliance of a single, software-defined platform that works across legacy, modern and virtual environments, IT managers can tap the smartest data solutions from one pane of glass.

    Peter McCallum from FalconStor will discuss the following topics on April 28th at 3:00pm:

     True Software Defined Storage and its impact on a hybrid datacenter

     How Intelligent Abstraction merges legacy and modern infrastructure for optimized IT processes

     Rethinking how we provision, protect, and recover data resources, and how that impacts your

    business.

     FalconStor in the modern datacenter: meeting you where you are, and getting you to where you

    want to be.
  • After July 14, 2015, Microsoft will no longer issue security updates for any version of Windows Server 2003. If you are still running Windows Server 2003 in your datacenter, you need to take steps now to plan and execute to protect your infrastructure. The end of support means two things: newly discovered vulnerabilities in Windows Server 2003 will not be patched anymore, nor will they be documented and acknowledged by Microsoft. This represents an increase in the risk of using Windows Server 2003. However, many organizations still count on Windows Server 2003 for critical business operations. It’s important for organizations to understand the risks of running out-of-support platforms against the costs and effort of migrating to a new one.

    In this webinar, we will cover 2 important topics to help you secure, migrate and protect your legacy environment:
    * What risks you are facing for Windows Server 2003 end-of-support
    * How to shield vulnerabilities when the platforms are no longer be patched

    Join the webinar to know the most comprehensive protection to help manage the risks of out- of-support platforms like Windows Server 2003!