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Priorities: Where IT Leaders Are Placing Their Green IT Bets

Doug Washburn, Forrester Research; Jon Chorley, Oracle; Darren McGann, KPMG
Green IT presents technology leaders with an extensive list of opportunities to cut costs and their carbon footprint: But what should you prioritize? To answer this question, a panel of IT professionals from leading organizations will discuss what green IT projects they are prioritizing, how they came to this decision, and what benefits they expect to realize.
Apr 19 2011
45 mins
Priorities: Where IT Leaders Are Placing Their Green IT Bets
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    Lutz Finger, Director of Data Science and Data Engineering, LinkedIn; Author, "Ask, Measure, Learn"
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    B) What data?
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    C) How to build a Data Team?
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    When you hear someone say, “that is a nice infographic” or “check out this sweet dashboard,” many people infer that they are “well-designed.” Creating accessible (or for the cynical, “pretty”) content is only part of what makes good design powerful. The human-centered design process is geared toward solving specific problems. This process has been formalized in many ways (e.g., IDEO’s Human Centered Design, Marc Hassenzahl’s User Experience Design, or Braden Kowitz’s Story-Centered Design), but the basic idea is that you have to explore the breadth of the possible before you can isolate truly innovative ideas.

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  • Large Scale, High Performance Visibility Plane for Cloud and Web Service May 13 2015 6:00 pm UTC 45 mins
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    The power of the cloud brings both opportunities and challenges to the enterprise. IT professionals are looking to embrace the power of software, to transform their existing infrastructure into an efficient, optimized, scalable, software-defined data center, that gives them the management control and capability they need to drive their businesses forward. At the same time, they want to build on existing experience and knowledge, whilst pushing forward with new technologies, skills and certifications.

    In this webinar, Matt McSpirit will outline the key essentials for future-proofing IT infrastructure and explore the role of the Microsoft Cloud Platform (with technologies like Windows Server, System Center and Azure) in achieving the vision of tomorrow's software-defined data center.
  • IT Transformation Journey: Becoming a Service Provider to the Business Apr 30 2015 5:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Sandy Thorsen, Enterprise Architect, Rackspace
    The way Business Users consume services is changing, “Central IT” has an opportunity to increase the value provided to their Business Users. New trends in brokering services are surfacing along with a great diversification in Service Providers across IaaS, PaaS and SaaS solutions, managed and un-managed, that can be leveraged. Come join us in reviewing the steps involved in becoming a Service Provider to your Business through IT-as-a-Service enablement from a Managed Cloud Service Provider perspective.
  • Availability for the Modern Datacenter: Top 5 Features of Next-Gen Backup Apr 29 2015 5:00 pm UTC 45 mins
    Rick Vanover, vSpecialist and Product Strategist, Veeam
    Do you know where your data is? Backup isn't a simple matter of copying data to an offsite box each night anymore, especially if you're running hundreds of workloads on virtual servers.

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    Soeren Schroeder, Vice President, UK/Ireland & Nordics/Baltics, FNT
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    Rick Vanover, Product Strategist, Veeam Software
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    Nick Suh, Head of Product and Solution Marketing, PernixData
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    Fabio Di Niro, SNIA Italy Committee (Cisco)
    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
  • Sustainable Data Centres? A recipe for ICT, power and cooling solutions Apr 28 2015 11:00 am UTC 45 mins
    Prof. Ian Bitterlin, CTO, Emerson
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  • Data Center Risk in Earthquake Country: How to Mitigate the Threat Apr 23 2015 4:00 pm UTC 45 mins
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  • Defining a New Storage Experience for the Enterprise Datacenter Apr 22 2015 5:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Howard Marks, Analyst, Deep Storage
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    Tom Fenton, Taneja Group; Eric Siebert, HP; Joel Kaufman, NetApp; Ben Bolles, NexGen
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    Panelists:
    Eric Siebert, Worldwide Solutions Marketing Manager; HP
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    Ben Bolles, VP Products; NexGen Storage
  • Hyper-converged Infrastructure: A Hype-Free Buyer’s Guide Mar 31 2015 6:00 pm UTC 45 mins
    Jon Toigo, Chairman, Data Management Institute; Sushant Rao, Sr. Director of Product Marketing, DataCore Software
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Best practices for achieving an efficient data center
With today’s pressures on lowering our carbon footprint and cost constraints within organizations, IT departments are increasingly in the front line to formulate and enact an IT strategy that greatly improves energy efficiency and the overall performance of data centers.

This channel will cover the strategic issues on ‘going green’ as well as practical tips and techniques for busy IT professionals to manage their data centers. Channel discussion topics will include:
- Data center efficiency, monitoring and infrastructure management;
- Data center design, facilities management and convergence;
- Cooling technologies and thermal management
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