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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.
  • Most organisations are investigating moving some internally hosted services to cloud service providers such as Amazon Web Services, Colt, Sungard, Century Link, to increase agility and reduce complexity. The key to this for all service providers is data centre automation. OpenStack is a Cloud Operating System that can help you quickly build and automate your own Cloud Infrastructure and gain the benefits of automation and agility it brings.

    There are many choices to make when building your OpenStack environment. Andy will introduce OpenStack, then review in detail the storage choices that need to be made. He will look at how SolidFire Agile Infrastructure for OpenStack simplifies and dramatically reduces OpenStack project deployment times.
  • Start delivering on your key datacenter initiatives with peak efficiency, agility, and lower costs. Join our panel of experts as they discuss the transformative technologies that are putting datacenters on the fast track to fitness.

    Join the panel discussion and learn:
    - How Empire Life lowered their infrastructure costs by 60% and reduced their datacenter footprint by 16:1
    - The questions you should be asking to assess your environment’s current fitness level
    - How technologies like server virtualization, hyperconverged architectures, and hybrid cloud strategy can help
  • Measuring performance of Solid State requires different approaches, tools and methodologies to accurately model characteristics of the data sets, access patterns, and data streams. The SNIA Solid State Storage System (S4) TWG was created for the purpose of addressing the unique performance behavior of solid state storage systems. Join Leah and Peter as they provide the guidelines that are vendor agnostic and will support all major solid state storage system technologies.
  • Generally, risks associated with continuity planning, from physical to cyber-security, are part of an ever-evolving threat to our systems and technologies. Continuity planning is simply the good business practice of ensuring the execution of essential functions through all circumstances, and it is a fundamental responsibility of public institutions and private entities responsible to their stakeholders. What are some of the risks associated with continuity planning? Why is managing risk important for continuity? What are some of the methods used to mitigate risks in continuity planning?

    The COOP presentation will provide an understanding of Continuity and Continuity of Operations, explain the importance of a viable Continuity capability, and emphasize the need for a viable Continuity capability in all organizations, to demonstrate some of the linkages between continuity programs and:

    • Risk Management
    • Physical Security
    • Emergency Management
    • Cyber Security/ Information Technology

    Join us on April 21 as NCP’s senior continuity practitioner shares resilient continuity programs and outreach efforts. Hear from Eric Kretz, NCP, as he talks about Information Integration: Leveraging Risk, Physical and Cyber Security and Continuity Planning.
  • Enterprises of all sizes have started using the public cloud for some workloads. Backup and recovery and archiving are two prime examples of such workloads. But can the public cloud be used as a disaster recovery site? What are the pros and cons of such an approach? What best practices should apply? Is it only for small businesses that do not have a secondary site of their own? Or is there relevance even for larger organizations?

    Panelists:
    Ranga Rajagopalan, Director of Product Management; Symantec
    Mark Campbell, CMO & CTO; Unitrends
    Rick Vanover, Product Strategy Specialist; Veeam
    Joshua Stenhouse, Technology Evangelist; Zerto
  • There is a great deal of information available about solid state storage but what is important for IT professionals to know when making decisions?
    In this presentation, we will explain:
    •What is important for IT with solid state storage
    •Where has solid state been exploited most effectively so far
    •Likely deployment options for IT
    •Future developments for IT usage
    •Economic justifications for solid state in IT
  • HP’s new Automation solution offering for the mid-market is an excellent way for customers to manage their day-to-day tasks and operations with ease, all from a single virtual appliance.

    Register for this webinar to hear more about HP Data Center Automation Appliance and how the new virtual appliance combines HP’s market leading Data Center Automation strengths from HP Server Automation (SA) and HP Operations Orchestration (OO), into a production-ready virtual appliance that can be easily personalized.

    During this webinar we will also highlight key use cases behind the new virtual appliance, such as:
    • Powered change management using industry leading out of the box content
    • Process IT Operations made easy
    • Frontline defense (control access to servers as well as securing exploits or open server and application vulnerabilities in the datacenter)
  • The growth of unstructured data, especially files, continues unabated and strains datacenter resources. Not just storage of that data, but protecting it, providing for disaster recovery, and making that data available in remote offices for collaboration all wreak havoc on staff and budgets. It’s time for a new approach to NAS that takes advantage of the cloud, while still providing local access and performance in the datacenter.

    Learn about this new generation of NAS that solves the challenges of file data storage, protection and access across the enterprise, costs less to own and manage, and ends the cycle of NAS hardware refreshes forever.
  • Many broadcast and streaming products that run on x86 technology haven’t yet scaled to their maximum potential density or met the need for lower cost. The network growth for video services is driven by many factors such as multiscreen OTT, video on demand, higher resolutions, more codec support needed, all pushing transcoding functions needed in MSO, ISP, CSP, CDN networks. Greater density is needed to scale these applications, and x86 technology running on standard servers can meet much higher density levels and much lower cost points to be competitive. The time is now for those applications to multiply density (by a factor of 6-8X) without any change needed to the underlying x86 architecture.

    With Intel tools offered such as Quick Synch and Media SDK, developers can advance the migration to the highest density, while preserving application development. Using Artesyn SharpStreamer technology developers can preserve existing application software and achieve 6-8 times the density/RU in standard PCIE, 1U, 2U and larger form factors that fit standard rack server and cloud environments. Using two example applications, Next-Day TV OTT content delivery and Real-time Broadcast ABR transcoding, CAPEX savings are dramatic, giving applications the ability to use only one server vs. 16 or 24 to handle equal densities, also consuming far less OPEX costs derived from power and cooling required. Through OpenStack and the SharpStreamer technology applications can also encompass cloud provisioning and management so they are not constrained to baremetal hardware and can be virtually deployed.
  • Today, storage efficiency features like deduplication and compression are table stakes for delivering compelling economics for Enterprise customers. The next level of value comes from the data management capabilities, implemented correctly, and based on matching architectural platforms. This talk will highlight how Solid-State Storage Systems can go beyond Storage Efficiency to deliver better storage economics than possible with spinning disks.
  • It is no secret that we live in a 24/7 world that demands information be always available, always accurate and always secure. In order to meet these demands a comprehensive risk management program must be in place. At the forefront of these efforts are the preventive measures that try to reduce the probability of a disruptive incident occurring. But as has been all too often the case, these protective actions may not be enough. Whether it be the force of nature, the actions of terrorists, the fragility of infrastructures or so many other disruptive events will and do happen.

    Left with the reality that we must prepare for interruptions to occur, the job of the Business Continuity Professional is to minimize the resulting impacts. Creating environments that will provide connectivity, processing and data integrating, more and more organizations are looking toward the clouds. Whether it be to ensure that data can be shared or looking for full automated recovery cloud computing has a possible answer. This presentation will discuss what the cloud is, how it can make organizations more resilient and some of the issues pertaining to its usage.
  • Migration to solid state Tier 1 storage can be straightforward and simple with some upfront planning. Considerations for workload demands both today and into the future including performance and availability requirements, growth expectations and budget play a role in planning your move to solid state storage. This session describes what you should think about when you evaluate and size flash-based storage solutions to ensure the best migration experience and the best ROI.
  • A pre-selection proof of concept or on-site vendor comparison can be a valuable tool as part of the solid state selection process. However, it is critical to all parties involved that the POC is setup and run correctly and efficiently. In this session, you will learn:
    •POC process - How to avoid alienating your CIO or your vendors
    •POC Technologies - Choosing the tools, technologies and tests to utilize
    •POC Evaluation - Communicating valid and meaningful conclusions from your POC
  • Implementing a communication system for a growing business is no easy task. Between the time of design and implementation, a magnitude of factors may arise that require on-the-fly changes to the process. In this short video, hear about “zero-down implementation” that allows for flexibility in deploying a reliable system that is able to support the growing needs of the business. Learn more about:

    - Assembling an experienced team
    - Planning and designing phase
    - Deployment and training
  • In March 2012, the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) deployed the Gordon supercomputer, which was specifically designed for data-intensive workloads. The most notable feature of Gordon was the inclusion of 300 TB of flash SSD storage. In this talk, we will briefly introduce the Gordon architecture and then describe how a variety of applications made use of the SSDs. We conclude with lessons learned from our experiences with Gordon and how they influenced the design of Comet, SDSC’s most recent HPC system.
  • Flash technology is being tapped for an increasingly varied set of application workloads. This session starts by covering the benefits of flash for traditional enterprise applications and then explores how workloads are changing because of social, mobile, and cloud usage models.
  • In the face of massive data growth and aggressive application performance demands, maintaining peak storage health and adapting the infrastructure to meet changing SLAs are crucial endeavors for IT teams.

    For many datacenter professionals, these challenges are exacerbated by the reactive, error-prone nature of managing and supporting storage systems that lack automation, efficiency and intelligence.

    In this webinar, Industry Analyst and Chief Data Scientist Howard Marks of DeepStorage.net, along with several Nimble Storage customers, will lead an in-depth discussion examining the ways in which the storage experience needs to be redefined, and how Nimble InfoSight dramatically simplifies the entire storage lifecycle for customers via powerful data sciences and automation.