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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Whatever the reason for your data center transformation the challenges, complexities and costs associated with these projects can be daunting.

    Join this session where Ian Masters will discuss some of the top challenges faced, the ways to overcome them and look at how the right solution can deliver projects on time at a much reduced cost.
  • 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!
  • Businesses are struggling to keep up with unpredictable demands, extreme data growth, and aggressive service-level agreements related to application and data availability. IT management is changing, and there is need for greater application administrator control over backup and recovery. Research shows that most enterprises have not significantly updated their data protection processes in the last 5-7 years. This has resulted in highly fragmented environments with multiple copies of information owned and protected in silos—in turn elevating cost and complexity. The need is there, and customers are aware of current data protection shortcomings

    Join Tim Nolte for this webinar to understand how software and hardware can come together to deliver a joint backup, recovery and archiving solution
  • According to IDC, in the next two years, over 60% of companies will stop managing most of their IT infrastructure, relying on advanced automation and qualified partners to boost efficiency and directly tie datacenter spend to business value. In 2015 and beyond Cloud and Software Defined approaches will therefore continue to shift IT purchasing models. While the adoption of new business models continues at pace, the demand for storage will grow. This places broader pressures on IT Managers to manage their resources and budgets more effectively. The requirement for consistent Data Management supporting Data Governance and Stewardship will be a mandatory requirement in these Cloud and Software Defined migration Strategies. The need for a single, consistent, coherent data management process and methodology will be foundational, underpinning the concept of the Data Fabric enabled by Clustered Data ONTAP

    Join Laurence James as he discusses how Data Fabric could present the most powerful solution and demonstrates that while the standard model for IT provisioning and management is going through a revolution, the requirement for strong data management in a hybrid IT world will be paramount .
  • The Modern Data Center is the central part of many organisations today. Running critical applications, a robust virtual infrastructure and storage resources that hold the central unit of every organization: data. While the data center is dealing with increased demands and growth of data; there is an inherent need to make it available whilst keeping operational expense in check.

    Attend this webinar to see how a timeless practice, the 3-2-1 Rule, can be used to enhance the availability of the Modern Data Center.

    Specific points covered in this session include:

    - Which technologies can be used to deliver the best RTO and RPO with the 3-2-1 Rule
    - How can the replicated VM be part of 3-2-1 Rule strategy
    - Define the off-site element of a data center availability strategy