What Is The Cloud Doing To Your Data Center?

Owen Garrett, Director, Riverbed Technologies
How is cloud computing increasing the pressure on traditional enterprise data centers, (both small and large) to react rapidly to the changing needs of the business and their customers? What new tools and working practices are emerging to enable technology professionals to create and deliver high quality services more quickly?

In this session, we’ll look at ways you can distill cloud computing down to principles that you can apply to how you manage your data center and deliver services and build the applications that support them. We’ll look at software-based networking as a case in point, and consider how cloud principles can support your devops and agile initiatives.
May 16 2012
42 mins
What Is The Cloud Doing To Your Data Center?
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