Data Center Management

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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.
  • Join Tom Kellerman, Chief Cyber Security Officer for Trend Micro, in an informative webinar specifically tailored for corporate executives and directors who need to develop and implement a comprehensive cyber security strategy. Tom will highlight critical information including 2015 cyber threat trends and how risk management strategies have changed.

    During this live webinar, you’ll learn:
    • How to identify, classify, and protect your valuable data assets
    • How to assess your organization’s vulnerability to attack
    • How to measure and mitigate cyber risks cost-effectively
    • And more...
  • Business computing is changing before our eyes. Physical PCs and servers cannot keep pace with the mobile workforces of today or tomorrow. BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is no longer a “nice to have”, it is a “must have”. The problem most companies face is providing secure and controllable access – anytime, anywhere – to the data, applications, tools and resources required to maintain an enterprise network. DaaS is quickly becoming the leading solution for companies to adopt a comprehensive BYOD policy while actually increasing security and ubiquitous access. Join Nuvestack, the leader in DaaS technology, for an informative and insightful look at what it really takes to implement and manage DaaS as a BYOD strategy.
  • New projects drive revenue. Every project is different, has different deadlines, and has different data management requirements. Delivering an IT infrastructure that can deal with the erratic workloads and constantly changing data needs is nearly impossible, let alone being confident that Finance will be able to run reports fast enough to close the books at the end of the month with no complaints. Join Chris McCall, SVP Marketing from NexGen Storage to discuss new value-driven data management capabilities designed to deliver a superior end user experience for project-oriented architecture and engineering firms.
  • Every year, businesses are making the decision to adopt a Unified Communications platform. Why? The reason is simple – Unified Communications capabilities save companies time and money, and increases productivity.

    Today’s mobile and resource-challenged workers require more freedom and flexibility in how they communicate with their colleagues, teams, partners and customers. Instant Messaging, Presence, Voice and Video Calling, SMS Texting, and Screen Sharing features enable employees to easily connect with their colleagues, partners and customers. Each of these tools have an associated cost, which can add up quickly per user. By removing the a la carte price tags and contracts and rolling all of the tools into one unified platform, both the business and its employees reap the benefits.

    In this webinar, we will cover the following:

    - Typical per-user spend on Screen Share, Video Conferencing, Presence, and IM tools

    - Why businesses are moving to Unified Communications

    - Features of a Unified Communications system
  • The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) movement has been a huge boon for businesses that put a premium on productivity. File sync and share solutions have emerged to help employees work from anywhere, at any time, on any device. In this BrightTALK exclusive, eFolder explores the top seven features that business should consider when adopting a file sync and share solution. Learn what is required for a file sync and share solution to improve collaboration, maximize productivity, and ensure security.
  • What data is needed in order to troubleshoot complex application problems? How can this data be collected off the network? What tools and monitoring methods are necessary to collect, compile, and interpret data into usable and actionable data?

    In this second of four webinars we will show how AANPM makes use of SNMP, NetFlow, and packet-level detail to gain end to end visibility of an application infrastructure.
  • With 40% of time at work spent on administrative chores, inefficient communication is a big problem in business. Find out how to use tech to reduce wasted time in meetings, spend less time in your inbox and improve the way your company collaborates.

    About the presenter: Ray Gillenwater is the Co-founder and CEO of SpeakUp (getspeakup.com) an Enterprise Collaboration platform that enables collaborative problem solving and ideation. A student of Communications and a former executive at BlackBerry, Ray will share his experience and recommendations to help improve communication at your company.
  • A lot has changed in the way we communicate for business. A decade ago, most organizations had employees who came to the office every day, used desktop computers and desk phones, and stopped communicating for work when they went home.

    Today, people communicate for work anywhere, anytime, and on any device. Per Forrester, sixty-six percent of employees use two or more mobile devices for work. And according to Frost & Sullivan, nearly 25 percent of employees work from home or the road. What’s more, the desk phone is not the only business device. Based on a RingCentral survey, 35 percent of employees are using their mobile phones for work even when they are in the office. And nearly 80 percent of employees text for business, with 32 percent reporting that they’ve even closed a business deal via text.

    Even with these undeniable business behavior changes, the vast majority of companies haven’t optimized their communications infrastructure for mobile workforces or BYOD.

    Join this webinar to get ahead of the pack and learn the benefits of a cloud communications solution that supports the new world of work.

    •Understand the trends driving mobility and behavior changes in the work place, with Melanie Turek, VP of Research for Enterprise Communication & Collaboration, Frost & Sullivan.
    •Get the real story from a business that has addressed their mobility needs first hand from Adam Fishman, director of growth and operations for Lyft, a community ride-sharing service.
    •Hear how a cloud communications solution is addressing several challenges businesses face in the new work world from Nisha Ahluwalia, VP of product marketing at RingCentral.
  • Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) has existed for many years as an interconnect technology, providing low latency and high bandwidth in computing clusters. More recently, RDMA has gained traction as a method for accelerating storage connectivity and interconnectivity on Ethernet. In this Webcast, experts will cover:

    •Storage protocols that take advantage of RDMA
    •Overview of iSER for block storage
    •Deep dive of SMB Direct for file storage
    •Benefits of available RDMA technologies to accelerate your Ethernet storage connectivity, both iWARP and RoCE
  • With 75% of enterprise users reporting that they use their cell phones for making work calls, the inevitable question we must ask is, "can we just run our business on cell phones and ditch the PBX?" In this webinar, we will review the massive changes in the wireless landscape that have made this viable in the past 3 months, the solutions that make it possible and what implications this has for the modern BYOD organization.
  • You may not know much about it, but Hadoop is coming in a big way. The list of services you provide and support grows larger by the day and very soon Hadoop related technologies will likely play a critical role in many of those services. Much of the processing that happens in Hadoop is batch related but the built in tools for managing that batch is inferior and will cause delays when trying to deploy the related applications and services. Join us to learn:

    •What Hadoop is and what it is used for
    •The type of processing performed in Hadoop environments
    •How to deliver better Hadoop workload related services
  • ow truly resilient are companies as they expand into new frontiers? In this 7th Annual State of Resilience Report, Vision Solutions explores and explains the methods companies use to ensure their strength and what kind of progress they have made in the last year. We give you all the details from our 2015 research, along with insights to help you understand the meaning behind the numbers.
  • Lee Smith (Dee Smith & Associates) and David Cuthbertson (SMS) will cover their approach and methods of assessing existing data centre facilities and management processes. Rapid changes in both IT and data centre technologies often mean that facilities and management techniques fail to evolve fast enough, with the data centre potentially being the weak link in the delivery chain of all IT services. Achieving a baseline through an assessment is critical for any improvement or transformation activity - but is not so easy to do in practice.
  • Companies are increasingly driving revenue and customer satisfaction through digital business initiatives, and IT leadership is more essential to the success of the business than it ever was. You’ll learn how HP’s unique technology - Connected Intelligence - blends big data with automation, enables exceptional user experience, agility with compliance and cost efficiencies across the board.
  • Providing a seamless user experience from browsing to purchase requires consistent uptime and performance, and seasonal traffic spikes require elastic scalability. In this webinar, we'll explore these and other big data challenges faced by e-commerce businesses and how the cloud can provide a winning solution. We’ll review mobile shops login data analysis, dynamic content, affiliate programs, infrastructure reference architecture, mobile plate- form integration with social media, and network integration and built-in instant messaging uses cases.
  • Real business demands for greater agility, performance and automation are increasingly being held back by traditional storage platforms. As companies move from traditional storage infrastructures to the next generation data centre, they have more options for consuming storage infrastructure than ever before - as a Service, Converged Infrastructure, as an Appliance, or Software running on commodity hardware. Which combination should you choose?

    Andy will review the storage infrastructure choices available today. He will then discuss the elements you should consider for your next generation, cloud storage platform, however you choose to consume storage - Quality of Service for guaranteed application performance, In-line data reduction, Scale-out storage architectures, Self-healing high availability and Complete system automation. Finally, he will share how these capabilities have been proven in the worlds most demanding data centres, including solutions for Virtualised Applications (VMware, Microsoft) and Cloud Orchestration (OpenStack, CloudStack, VMware).
  • A scalable and performance optimized IT infrastructure that leverages your existing hardware? An application focused-design, where maximum availability and easy rollout of new applications is guaranteed? All of your datacenter critical functions monitored from a single management interface? The freedom of choice to start your journey to the enterprise or private cloud at your own pace? Does this sounds too good to be true?! Experience the magic of EMC VSPEX delivered by Proact.
  • Your data is growing by the day and it is everywhere. And so, managing and protecting applications and databases in both physical and virtual environments is becoming more and more challenging.

    So, what if something happens? Can you recover your data in time? Learn in this animated video tutorial in 100 seconds how CommVault and Proact have your back with CommVault Simpana's data management platform.
  • Do Your Workers Meet in the Cloud?

    Enterprises are only realizing 43% of technology's business potential according to Gartner. At the same time, most CEOs see IT’s role evolving over the next several years to become more involved in business strategy. Do you have a plan to drive innovation with new technologies such as cloud voice and video conferencing?

    Sign up for this live eSeminar to hear Clint Edwards, Polycom VP Global Cloud & Service, describe why 2014 is the Year of the Cloud. As a leader in cloud-based collaboration, Polycom understands the dramatic ways that mature cloud communications are disrupting old models by enabling mobile and distributed workforces. Vi Chau, Director, Product Management at RingCentral will also give a glimpse of how cloud technologies uniquely integrate mobile workers into the core business. Finally, RingCentral customer Paul Clowser, Director of IT, Coldwell Banker Mid-America Group will describe the tangible benefits his company has gained from cloud collaboration.

    Join this eSeminar and discover how:

    •VoIP cloud has evolved and the mobile and collaboration capabilities you can leverage today

    •Better phone system integration can eliminate lost deals through delays in communication

    •To achieve economic benefits from integrating mobile and remote workers through voice and video conferencing
  • Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) can be implemented not only at the data center but also at the network and customer edge. This webinar presented the rationale for a Distributed NFV (D-NFV) implementation, specifically for virtualization at the customer site. D-NFV offers a good fit for the emerging virtual CPE (vCPE) model, which will enable shorter and more flexible deployment cycles for new services with a lucrative cost structure. The webinar will also review different vCPE implementation options, including a solution based on L2/L3 CPE with a built-in x86 engine.
  • Reacting to threats and remediating breaches can’t wait. Your compliance plan may be in place – but can you execute fast?

    Join BMC Software and Qualys to see how to get complete IT compliance and reduce the risk and cost in your organization. Hear how to reduce the window of exposure to vulnerabilities and be more proactive in preventing aggressive threats. In this webinar, you will learn to:

    ·Break down the SecOps gap and internal silo’s
    ·Easily detect security issues with new automated, online technology
    ·Quickly analyze operational dependencies and the potential impact of proposed fixes
    ·Enforce governance policies and change approval requirements
    ·Execute validated remediation actions rapidly
    ·Document actions and results in real time


    Plus, learn how to improve communications between security and operations to ensure a speedy resolution to compliance issues.
  • Digital storage plays a significant role in the professional media and entertainment industry. Digital storage for the M&E industry has demand characteristics often very different from typical IT storage because of the performance requirements of real-time video in capture, editing and post-production, as well as distribution. On the other hand, the ever growing archive of long-tail digital content and increasing digitized historical analog content is swelling the demand for cold as well as warm archives using tape, optical discs and hard drive arrays.

    In March through May of 2014 Coughlin Associates, Inc. conducted a survey of professional media and entertainment professionals on various digital storage topics. The survey was broken down into several segments: content capture, editing and post-production, content delivery as well as archiving and digital preservation. This talk will include data from this survey as well as projections from the 2014 Digital Storage in Media and Entertainment Report covering major uses of digital storage technology in professional media and entertainment.
  • All-flash Arrays (AFA) promise increased performance and greater storage density, but how can they be seamlessly incorporated into an existing storage infrastructure?
    Join DataCore Software and Pure Storage as we discuss the power of combining the speed of all-flash arrays with the intelligence of an SDS platform to accelerate your key applications and resolve performance problems quickly and easily. We will also discuss a roadmap for non-disruptive migration from legacy storage to the all-flash data center.
  • Big data has proven its value in many industries, but it has resurfaced the age old tension between storage performance and capacity. Advancements brought about with state of the art storage technologies can resolve this tension in big data environments.

    Join us and learn:

    - How flash can help accelerate big data analytics

    - The pros and cons for both all-flash and hybrid storage systems

    - How real-life organizations have used flash to overcome big data storage challenges and significantly reduce IT costs
  • Organizations generate huge volumes of data that double every two years on average, the vast majority of which is unstructured. While the volume and velocity of big data increases, there are costs, risks and usability challenges associated with managing big data including end-to-end data risk protection, search, discovery and access – regardless of the file type, size or device. Data–intensive verticals that strive to gain insights from big data can gain tremendous competitive advantage by taking a data centric storage approach.

    Learn How To:
    · Tap into the full value of vast stores of big data
    · Meet increasing compliance regulations & ensure long-term preservation of data
    · Ensure massive scalability, protection & security of big data
    · Gain a greater competitive advantage & make improved informed decisions
  • The true value of the Internet of Things (IoT) lies not just in the data, but through the services that protect the data, perform the analysis and present findings in a usable way. With many IoT elements rooted in traditional IT components, big data and IoT aren’t just plays for the enterprise. In fact, these areas present SMBs with the prospect of launching entirely new activities and exploring innovative areas. CompTIA research identifies several areas where IoT is expected to have the greatest impact and highlights the storage implications. Learn how your business can plug into the trends to deliver value in the long term.
  • Big data and virtualization have seldom had their paths intersect to this point as, like most breakthrough innovations, big data has been delivered in very tightly integrated packages during the initial phase of adoption. However, with an increasing number of enterprises embracing a “virtualized first” approach to their IT infrastructure, broad-based acceptance of big data will require a more modular and VM-centric mode of consumption going forward. This session will focus on how these complementary technologies can come together to better yield big knowledge from big data analytics.
  • The latest release of the premier standard for delivering management information via system firmware, System Management BIOS (SMBIOS) Reference Specification, Version 3, extends support for 64-bit architecture systems. We will review each of the changes with the focus on the new 64-bit support for accessing SMBIOS data. Since its release in 1995, the widely implemented SMBIOS standard has simplified the management of more than two billion client and server systems.
  • What advantages does cloud provide to a growing business?

    Regardless of the organization’s size, industry or geographic location, decision makers and IT staff always look to ensure reliability, flexibility and adaptability of their network infrastructure.

    As businesses expand to multiple locations, instant and reliable communication between remote workers becomes a necessity. Find out what advantages a cloud-based communication system provides over an on-premise legacy solution.
  • Embedded Communications is exploding! Gartner estimates more than 26 billion embedded devices will be on the market in the next five years. This session will explore the drivers behind the rapid growth in embedded communications and the opportunities that exists for application providers to take advantage of Real Time Communications. The session will include use cases of how forward-thinking companies and app providers are leveraging embedded communications into their platforms to improve customer engagement and offer new product capabilities. We’ll answer the following questions:

    - How do I embed Real Time Communications?

    - How Cloud delivery models pave the way to easy integration to leveraging APIs, SDKs, and Quick Starts?

    - What type of Communications and Collaboration capabilities can I embed into my Applications?
  • We know big data is growing and represents a huge opportunity to mine competitive business value. Some even propose landing all corporate data first in a big data lake to make it available for multiple downstream uses. And soon, all your data could be thought of as big data. But what happens with enterprise storage? How do we protect that big data and apply corporate storage governance? How do support storage workflows on the backend? In this panel, we'll discuss some of the hottest trends and newest solutions for storing, protecting, and leveraging big data in the corporate IT data center.
  • Technology gurus have inundated IT organizations with new acronyms, abbreviations, buzzwords, and catch phrases in an attempt to capture mindshare and stay current with industry evolution. Most recently, it's all about cloud, convergence, and software-defined storage (SDS). But what does it all really mean, and why should enterprise organizations care?

    Storage architectures have continued to evolve, thanks in part to the maturity seen in cloud and other technologies in the SDS space. SDS solutions, for example, allow IT entities to create a solution with somewhat commodity hardware to address nearly uncontrollable data growth. The challenges for enterprise organizations, across most verticals, is scaling storage to accommodate this rapid growth and address retention needs, while at the same time addressing performance bottlenecks, power utilization, data center space constraints, and, most critically, data availability and accessibility. Of course, cost is a big factor as well with today’s dwindling IT budgets.

    How can enterprises know what is right for their environments? What differentiates a converged infrastructure from a hyper-converged infrastructure?

    Join Seagate Chief Technology Evangelist David A. Chapa and Director, Global Alliance Partners Michael K. Connolly for a live webinar that will help you cut through the hype and learn more about:

    - Seagate's perspective on the market indicators
    - Top peer challenges, according to leading industry research
    - The difference between converged and hyper-converged infrastructures
    - Best and worst use case for SDS
  • Modern applications are game changers. Nearly every aspect of today’s application is changing – the front end, back end, and underlying dynamic infrastructure.

    Join us for this event and you'll learn about the latest innovations and announcements for HP Software’s monitoring solutions. You’ll hear how these HP innovations address today’s market trends. You will also find out about the key updates released during the past year—new features, use cases, and customer value—across application performance management, operations analytics, system management, network management, and storage management.
  • In this presentation, we will provide an introduction to Apache Ignite (incubating), which is an open source, distributed framework for a unified In-Memory Data Fabric, originally developed by GridGain Systems. Apache Ignite provides a high-performance, distributed in-memory data management software layer that has been designed to operate between both new and existing data sources and applications, boosting application performance and scale by orders of magnitude.
  • Too often, the cloud is presented as an either-or proposition. You are told you need to design your big data application for either the cloud or for an on-premises environment, and that your decision is irreversible. Find out why the world is actually a much happier place, one in which you can run your application in the cloud, on premises, or in both places - and even migrate it from one environment to another.
  • An AANPM solution should focus on the real-time performance of end users. Instead of making use of 100% synthetic tests into an application environment, real end-user traffic can be used to find slow application response times, changes in network latency, and poorly written application code.

    Attention can be focused on the true root cause of the performance problem, rather than engaging in guesswork network troubleshooting. An AANPM solution aids IT organizations in quickly identifying the component of the network or application that is inducing the delay, enabling engineers to resolve the problem.

    In this third of four webinars we will look at how an AANPM solution is implemented and how it benefits engineers and technicians.