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  • Successful VoLTE service turn-up is dependent upon comprehensive testing in the live network. VoLTE is an emerging technology that has been plagued by numerous issues related to implementation of voice codecs, interoperability of mobile devices and the network, voice stream and voice quality, among others.
    Join us for this short webcast covering detailed technical examples of VoLTE troubleshooting cases, and ways that data can be captured. You will also learn what information you will need to look for when doing VoLTE call verifications.
    This webinar will address the following topics:
    - Brief VoLTE signaling overview
    - Methods for faster mean time to repair (MTTR) in response to issues with VoLTE service updates
    - Examples of end-to-end VoLTE call setup with control-plane and user plane troubleshooting needs
  • Legislation will be the key driver for the ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) market globally with significant developments that include the expected ratification of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) convention in 2014. Furthermore, the recent acceptance of the IMO convention by Germany, raising the dead weight tonnage to 30.3 percent; support from the United States Coast Guard (USCG) legislation, Alternate Management System (AMS); and other national legislation's are sustaining the demand for BWTS installations.

    Why You Should Attend:
    · Get insights on the market growth and structure post-ratification of the IMO Convention
    · Learn the strengths of AMS and the USCG regulations, and their impact on the current market scenario
    · Identify current technologies that can potentially conquer the market, along with key insights on the competitive structure and statistics on the current addressable market
    · Learn about ship owners’ preferences to consider retrofitting options prior to ratification and what key industry challenges the equipment suppliers face
  • Successful VoLTE service turn-up is dependent upon comprehensive testing in the live network. VoLTE is an emerging technology that has been plagued by numerous issues related to implementation of voice codecs, interoperability of mobile devices and the network, voice stream and voice quality, among others.
    Join us for this short webcast covering detailed technical examples of VoLTE troubleshooting cases, and ways that data can be captured. You will also learn what information you will need to look for when doing VoLTE call verifications.
    This webinar will address the following topics:
    - Brief VoLTE signaling overview
    - Methods for faster mean time to repair (MTTR) in response to issues with VoLTE service updates
    - Examples of end-to-end VoLTE call setup with control-plane and user plane troubleshooting needs
  • Mobile backhaul plays a key role in customer experience because it links the mobile core to the RAN infrastructure. To ensure the best mobile customer experience, LTE and new mobile services, such as VoIP, mobile video and interactive games ans apps require backhauls that comply with stringent SLA requirements. In this context, cost-effectively deploying SLA-compliant backhauls and ensuring optimal performance during peak load conditions can be very challenging for operators.

    In this webinar, you will explore:

    •Requirements for the new backhaul
    •Backhaul activation and monitoring strategies
    •The significant impact a centralized and automated solution can have on your daily operations
  • Catch up with Dimension Data's Andy Lancaster at Cloud Expo Europe 2014 in this on-demand video.

    Discover what he's excited for this year in cloud computing, whether he'd use the Cloud if he was starting out today and more!
  • As your data center undergoes a transformation caused by exponential network growth, virtualization, SDN, and the growing need for more tools to monitor, secure, and analyze the network, you may find yourself missing a critical layer: visibility.

    Jim Frey, Vice President of Research & Network Management at Enterprise Management Associates, and Dave Reoch, Sr. Director of Data Center Solutions at Gigamon, will discuss the 3 essentials to maintain visibility during this transformation. Learn about:

    - Key changes and challenges with data center transformation
    - How these changes impact your visibility
    - What you can do today to stay ahead of the curve
  • In this 45-minute webinar, Patrick Flynn will make the case that the data center is the best and only place we can hope to meet the massive sustainability challenges confronting today’s enterprises and governments. Patrick will describe how data analysis holds the key to energy efficiency, business continuity and a new, better paradigm in performance measurement that will transform infrastructure and IT alike.

    Patrick Flynn holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management as well as a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. His work includes identifying, prioritizing and implementing a wide array of projects within IO’s operations and product platform. He is a Professional Engineer (HVAC) and LEED Accredited Professional.
  • The analysis profiles heavy electricity users within five different sectors, including manufacturing, data centers, hospitals, education, and small franchise. This briefing will also evaluate choices for energy management service.

    Why should you attend:
    - Learn about customer perception in deregulated states for purchasing electricity and energy management services
    - Identify key market trends
    - Review purchase criteria for selecting a provider
  • The metric, Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE), has been successful in improving energy efficiency of data centers, but it is not perfect. One challenge is that PUE does not account for the power distribution and cooling losses inside IT equipment. This is particularly problematic in the HPC (high performance computing) space where system suppliers are moving cooling and power subsystems into or out of the cluster.

    This presentation describes two new metrics: ITUE (IT-power usage effectiveness), similar to PUE but “inside” the IT and TUE (total-power usage effectiveness), which combines the two for a total efficiency picture addressing the shortcomings inherent in the PUE metric.
  • Most companies deploy virtual environments in order to get the most out of their hardware (maximize utilization). Traditional security was designed to be deployed in a one-to-one fashion, relying heavily on existing computing resources (CPU, RAM, Storage) and often taking full advantage of all resources available. In virtual environments with multiple machines and signature based protection, when a scan runs or signatures are updated (typically daily) and simultaneously, it has the potential to consume all resources available, creating what is called an AV storm. This presentation will explore the modern VM security landscape and the introduction of Agentless Security and associated efficacy.
  • Data Center Efficiency is part of the new reality for the Mission Critical world. This has been driven by the corporate mantra to reduce operating costs in an era driven by financial constraint and increased focus on cost-effectiveness and efficiency or sometimes the added social pressure to be more sustainable.

    Data Center Infrastructure Management “DCIM” is seen as critical to optimizing long term operational and energy efficiency. However, the first step is facing the challenges of installing proper monitoring of the electrical, mechanical systems, as well as the environmental parameters, in an operating data center.

    This presentation will explore the latest measurement technologies and methodologies (and their limitations) that can be considered for retrofit and new installations, as well as practical tips for installing the instrumentation and sensors that can be utilized for analyzing and improving a data center’s energy efficiency.
  • Join us for a discussion between Claus Moldt, former Global CIO at SalesForce.com, and David Roth, CEO of AppFirst. Learn best practices from two of the world’s leading organizations on how they’ve achieved web-scale IT.

    During this webinar, we’ll explore:
    - How the right breadth and granularity of metrics is required to successfully achieve and manage web-scale, and transform IT to a Service
    - Best practices established at companies like SalesForce.com and eBay
    - Strategies for sizing environments when migrating to virtual or cloud services
    - The benefits of an IT as a Service model
  • Key performance indicators (KPI) enable organizations to manage their factories, distribution centers, supply chain and other aspects of your business operations in a cost effective manner. This means having metrics that matter covering not only utilization of assets, material consumption and production output. In addition, this means having insight into defects, re-work, lost time due to delays or lost opportunity. IT Data Centers are Information Factories that also need to be monitored for different purposes as well as from various facets and context to have timely insight for effective decision-making. Monitoring ranges from physical facilities or the habitats for technology to the technology and tools that live there (servers, storage, networking, hardware, software) to deliver information services. This webinar looks at how to avoid flying blind gaining situational awareness and timely data center insight monitoring a key enabler for data center infrastructure management (DCIM). Topics that we will discuss include metrics that matter, service level objectives (SLOs), DCIM, PMDB, performance, availability (reliability, accessibility, and durability), capacity, energy and economics (PACEE), cloud, virtualization, sustainability among others.

    Key themes:
    •Everything is not the same in the data center or information factory
    •Metrics that matter from physical to virtual, cloud and where to get them
    •Facilities, energy and power, server, storage, networking and software
    •Do you know what your costs to deliver a given level of service are?
    •Sustainability for productivity and economics without the Green-washing
  • Pulverised coal combustion (PCC) power plant with supercritical (SC) steam parameters have been operational for over forty years and ultra-supercrital (USC) PCC plant have been operational for just over twenty years. This significant amount of operating experience is valuable regarding the performance of high temperatures steels. For example 9-12% chromium martensitic steels have had problems with cracking and some have not been as strong as they were projected to be. Additionally, PCC power plant have been operated outside of design parameters, such as severe cyclic operation, which has resulted in unforeseen problems for high temperature steels. This webinar reviews the performance, problems, solutions and research efforts for high temperature steels used in SC and USC technology.
  • The water industry has always been resilient in the rough economic conditions. To a certain extent this is true, bearing in mind that water will always be a national interest and international importance. Nonetheless, the water industry landscape is rapidly changing with globalization of economies and technologies. Companies need to change faster to be ahead in relevance in the fragmented water market place.

    Forget about SWOT and PESTLE analysis. There are more important
    matters and best practices that water companies need to know to
    sustain in the ever competitive water market.

    In addition to the above, this briefing may answer some key questions:
    •Can wastewater reuse make it big?
    •Are water companies targeting the right end-user segments, and right countries?
    •Where are the opportunities besides China and India?
  • When upgrading metro networks from 1 to 10 GigE, the distortions induced by chromatic dispersion and polarisation mode dispersion will limit the distance that can be attained. When upgrading core networks from 10 (OTU2, 10 GigE, etc.) to 100 (OTU3, 100 GigE, etc.) and soon to 400 Gbit/s, coherent systems will be able to post-compensate the linear distortions, but to what extent. What are the limits? What are the best fiber-characterization practices?

    In this Webinar, we are going to reveal the myths and realities about the critical parameters that need to be controlled when deploying hybrid systems, such as 10 Gbit/s (NRZ) and 100 Gbit/s (DP-QPSK), including:

    -Guard bands
    -Dispersion compensation
    -Nonlinear effects
  • Methodology for the appraisal process may change based on the asset being valued, but the end goal is always the same – establishing monetary value. Hotel valuation, a highly specialized process, is different from valuing any other cash flowing real estate as the appraiser must give consideration to four elements: land, business, improvements, and personal property. Join the Hotel Investor’s Marketplace Webcast on March 5, when Adam Cowart, MAI, Senior Appraiser and Director of Operations for Cowart Hospitality Services and HBI President Tony DeGeorge will discuss new trends emerging in hotel valuation, how hotel lending criteria has changed in recent years, and what impact this has on the valuation process.
  • ICT Enterprise architecture is the backbone of corporate IT systems, the question is are they or can they be sustainable?

    Join the MD of Carbon 3IT and Vice chair of the BCS Green IT SG John Booth and his guests Alex Bardell of Deloitte, Richard Lanyon Hogg of IBM, Bob Crookes from DEFRA and Chair of the BCS Green IT SG and IT4s Consultant Gary Thornton as they answer the core questions for sustainable enterprise architecture:
    - What is sustainable enterprise architecture?
    - Will it require additional skills or money to achieve?
    - Will enterprise architecture be superseded by cloud technologies?
  • Point of Sale (POS) systems have long been the target of financially-motivated crime. And in 2013 the magnitude of cybercrime against POS systems skyrocketed, with 97% of breaches in the retail sector and 47% in the healthcare sector aimed against POS systems. With sensitive financial and personal records getting exposed by the millions, the FBI recently warned that POS systems are under sustained and continued attack.

    During this webcast, we will take you into the three critical entry points to POS system attacks. We’ll discuss how the attacks look, the timelines for these breaches, and what proactive security measures you can take to help your organization minimize the risk to your POS systems.

    •3 Critical Entry Points to POS System Attacks
    •Impacts to an Organization
    •Top 3 Security Measures to Minimize Risk
  • Join Experis Engineering for a complimentary webinar designed to provide insights into employer demand for skilled engineers and valuable tips to take your engineering career to the next level.

    Employers continue to face an ongoing challenge finding the right people with the right skills – especially true in the field of engineering. In this webinar, we will share expert insights and valuable tips on where to focus your efforts and how to maximize impact so you can take your engineering career to the next level. We’ll also explore the demand and outlook for engineers and explore the factors causing the shortage of engineers – and how it creates opportunity for you.

    By participating in this webinar you will:
    • Get expert insights and valuable tips to take your engineering career to the next level.
    • Learn where to focus your efforts and how to maximize the impact of your job search.
    • Learn how to leverage this information in your current engineering position.
    • Understand factors causing the shortage of engineers and how it creates an opportunity for you.
    • Gain insights into the demand and outlook for skilled engineers.
    • Learn about the Human Age and the forces of change that are transforming the world of work.
  • Are you finding yourself a victim of your own success?  The prevailing thinking is colo or retail gives you everything you need for a “small phenomenal fee” and Wholesale gives you the basics at an affordable price. In the past, most companies had to wait till they were a lot bigger before being able to invest in enough infrastructure to move to Wholesale from Retail in order to take advantage of the better pricing and greater efficiency. These days, many traditional wholesale providers offer trimmed down versions of retail services (A.K.A. Wholo) in order to help you bridge the gap sooner and take advantage of wholesale pricing models. 

    The webinar will cover what to look for from Wholo providers and what you can provide yourself in order to make it work.
  • Data Center Efficiency is part of the new reality for the Mission Critical world. This has been driven by the corporate mantra to reduce operating costs in an era driven by financial constraint and increased focus on cost-effectiveness and efficiency or sometimes the added social pressure to be more sustainable.

    The Green Grid created the Power Usage Effectiveness metric “PUE” in 2008 and it is now a globally accepted basic reference for facility infrastructure energy efficiency. However, while PUE was never meant to compare different sites, nonetheless is has been used that way by many people. There are endless press releases about new super-efficient hyperscale data centers having PUE claims of under 1.2, while in contrast many existing data centers that were built only 5-10 years ago may still operate at a PUE of 2.0 or higher.

    This presentation will explore the latest technologies and methodologies (and their limitations) that can be considered for retrofit opportunities and practical tips for improving a traditional data center’s energy efficiency, some of which new data centers utilize to achieve extremely low PUE numbers.
  • Why even condition data centers? What really happens inside IT equipment? Do server fans really account for 20 percent of IT power consumption? This talk presents in-depth information from ASHRAE, IT system vendors, and industry case studies to detail what are the failure mechanisms, how big is the risk and opportunity in using economizers, and what really happens inside the IT equipment when inlet temperatures increase. As a bonus, the talk goes over the updated ASHRAE 2012 IT Equipment Power Trends, providing a unique view into the future power trends roadmapped by the major IT equipment vendors.
  • For decades our data center owners and operators have feinted at the thought of water and liquids in the data center. But, it is already happening in many data centers and has been for some time in some facilities. What are the different technologies available to data centers today? Where can they best be used? Which ones are best suited for which environments? When can we expect to see them in our data centers? Bruce will discuss the “ins and outs” of liquid cooled technologies yesterday, today and tomorrow. Get ready for some surprises in the process.
  • Data center infrastructure management (DCIM) is rapidly ascending the CIO agenda as a way to manage data center assets over their lifecycle more efficiently. Huge cost ramifications are at play given that older equipment consumes much higher rates of power, new data centers can easily cost $100 million dollars to build, and the only constant in a data center is change.

    Hear from Nlyte Software, a leader in DCIM, on how some of their largest clients have benefitted in these 3 case studies:

    Banking – how did one of the world’s largest banks with over 1 million square feet of data center space, 25,000 racks and 120,000 servers spread across North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific reach their goal of replacing 15% of their data center assets annually?

    Consumer Electronics – how did one of the world’s largest consumer electronics and technology companies running nine data centers on four continents with a capacity of more than 18,000 racks and 350,000 individual servers come to replace 800 assets…per day?

    Retail – how did one of the world’s largest home improvement retailers operating four data centers with over 1,500 servers across a national footprint get over 500 users to participate in asset management workflow?
  • Malware today is very different from just a few years ago. Traditional AV technology is no longer able to consistently and fully remediate or defend against today’s most advanced threats. New and emerging threats such as ransomware, social engineering driven attacks and micro variant financial threats are just some examples of difficult to remediate infections. This presentation will take a look at the malware landscape and explain why these tactics are so effective against traditional AV technology. We will examine three specific families of infections and highlight their tactics to evade detection and what issues occur with remediation. Lastly, we will talk about Webroot’s innovation and how our SecureAnywhere AV solution is capable of defending against, and remediating today’s most advanced threats.
  • First Asia-Pacific webinar from the IEA CCC. Presented by Toby Lockwood and Kyle Nicol.
  • Due to the upcoming FIFA World Cup in 2022, government legislation is mandating the usage of energy-efficient lighting in the Middle Eastern region. This growing environmental concern has resulted in wide awareness about green products. Growing infrastructure investments in the regions are steadily driving the energy-efficient and intelligent lighting market; therefore, LED lighting is expected to be the fastest-growing lighting technology in the Middle East.

    This analyst briefing will discuss the swift flow of infrastructure LED lighting investments in the Middle East region, with a focus on the GCC countries like KSA and Qatar.
  • Save time, money and trouble in your fiber optic networks

    In today’s competitive marketplace, where customer loyalty and retention is at risk, service providers need to maintain a high level of service and network reliability on a tighter budget.
    In addition to negotiating the best prices on fiber/cable, infrastructure, transmission and test equipment on a day-to-day basis, solving network weaknesses is yet another way to reduce operation costs.

    Join EXFO for a 40-minute webinar exploring the differences between a poor-quality network as compared to a solid and efficient network―and most importantly, how to optimize your own network efficiency.

    Check out the list below for a sampling of the topics that will be discussed during this webinar.

    • Fiber-optic Achilles’ heel: poor connections
    • A stressed network is not a good network: learn how to detect macrobends before they kill services
    • No plug and pray: qualify your fiber for high-speed upgradability
    • Fiber break—it happens, but how quickly can you react?
    • The quest for margin: optimize your OSNR for a few extra dBs that will make a difference
  • A number of companies are helping to build the green Internet by committing to power their operations with 100 percent renewable energy. Find out who is doing it and how they are doing it, in this talk from Greenpeace’s, Head of Technology, Andrew Hatton

    - Cloud Energy Snapshot
    A quick look at the different energy sources powering the internet today across the globe

    - Your Roadmap to a Green Internet
    The IT sector has made substantial progress in driving innovation in data centre and server energy efficiency design in the past 5-plus years, yet there is more to do.

    Here we look at the key ingredients for any company which wants to build their part of the internet with renewable energy.

    - Your own online world: Green in Real Life or #Dirty
    From social media to music, streaming video, we are increasingly moving much of our lives online. That means a lot of new data to store. But where is that databeing stored, which companies are storing it, and what kind of energy are they using?

    - Green Internet leaders and best practice
    Find out which companies have committed to a goal of powering data centres with 100 % renewable energy. Find out which organisations are providing the early signs of the promise and potential impact of a renewably powered internet.
  • In the 1970s and 1980s the Swiss watchmaking industry went almost extinct as Asian companies such as Seiko moved to factory mass manufacturing of the new, cheaper and more accurate quartz watch movement. The Swiss industry shrunk rapidly, most of the brands went under or were sold and had to find a new way to survive. The Swiss survived, at much smaller volume, by producing high cost mechanical watches which were expensively marketed as luxury items, a type of positional good (a good whose value is determined by its desirability to others) and creating an artificial scarcity.

    We have a similar economic event happening in the data center market today. The design, construction and operation of a data center to the minimum TCO has become commoditised, suppliers and operators no longer have any “secret sauce” or knowledge that enables them to substantially outperform the market, at the same time cloud technologies are driving down the market price at a huge rate thanks to the uber operators such as Google and Amazon.

    The questions this raises are;
    1. Which of the current types of data center or equipment supplier will survive?

    2. Will the whole market go to cloud services purchased by the hour and eliminate data center demand entirely?

    3. Will the modular, factory built, data centers become the Quartz watch and virtually eliminate legacy custom design and ‘stick build’?

    4. Are the modular vendors offering real TCO value for money or are they the new luxury brands selling only perceived value and marketing?

    5. What happens to the value of existing data centers for enterprise owner operators and data center businesses?
  • In today's data centers, the need for flexibility and agility is undeniable. As businesses continue to grow and leverage technology to remain competitive, they require a new way of simplified IT. IT organizations can no longer deal with complex, cumbersome legacy infrastructure that can't keep at the pace of the business.

    In this webinar, discover:
    - What is hyper convergence
    - The benefits of converged infrastructure
    - Best practices and use cases for leveraging hyper converged architectures
  • A new class of software defined storage ServerSAN solutions promise to bring to the staid world of storage the disruption, and efficiencies, that virtualization has brought to computing. ServerSANs, typified by VMware’s VSAN and hyperconvirged solutions from Simplivity and Nutanix use software, running under a hypervisor, to take SSDs and spinning disks into a common, high performance storage pool.

    Can ServerSANs replace the physical SANs and disk arrays the way virtual servers have replaced their physical counterparts or are ServerSANs a niche solution for remote offices and SMBs? Either way it’s clear this new technology should be in your storage solution bag of tricks.

    In this presentation we’ll explore the common elements ServerSAN solutions have and compare some of the leading solutions and their unique solutions to common problems like fault tolerance and data protection.
  • Study of data centers reveals the average computer room has cooling capacity that is nearly four times the IT heat load. When running cooling capacity is excessively over-implemented, then potentially large operating cost reductions are possible by turning off cooling units and/or reducing fan speeds for units with variable frequency drives (VFD). Using data from 45 sites reviewed by Upsite Technologies, this presentation will show how you can calculate, benchmark, interpret, and benefit from a simple and practical metric called the Cooling Capacity Factor (CCF). Calculating the CCF is the quickest and easiest way to determine cooling infrastructure utilization and potential gains to be realized by AFM improvements.
  • Transformation in data centers is actually just a part of a wider business and political transformation. In fact CIOs and IT departments who have the skills to meet the existing demands may not have the skills for the future.

    Join Data Center Industry veteran and consultant Gary Thornton as he discusses some major changes facing data center and IT teams and suggests how you can meet any new challenges head on
  • DCEP in the US has passed House of Representatives, NABERS in Australia is required for all Federal facilities, there is the impending CCA for data centres in the UK (possibly going to be required for all UK Government outsourced deals) in addition to EU Code of Conduct.

    With so much going on in regulation it can be hard to stay ahead, so join this expert Data Center panel, chaired by industry veteran and consultant Gary Thornton, as they discuss regulation, data centers and ask:

    -Is legislation just a matter of time?
    -What does it all mean for you?
    -How will it affect the future data centre landscape?
  • The practice of securing the data center is changing almost as fast as the technology in them. Historically protection of data center assets – physical and virtual – has been siloed. Increased physical terrorism and cyber terrorism are forging a new thinking about how to protect data centers. The requirements for securing the data center are becoming holistic with physical and cyber security integrated into a single discipline.

    So join Jerry L. Bowman, President of Square Mile Systems and Data Center industry veteran as he highlights ways to effectively deal with cyber security and discusses the 4 trends in Data Center security that could change everything:

    - The New Cyber Security – the new expectations of cyber security, including new framework like the NIST Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity and other important standards and best practices from organizations like ISACA, ISO, TIA and BICSI.

    - Public and Private Clouds – Public and private clouds bring new levels of risk as the emphasis on infrastructure security for data in motion becomes key. This trend is driving new levels of focus on the availability of data across a broader infrastructure.

    - Accreditation – More and more data center professionals are looking for accreditation of their facilities and networks against standards and best practices. The future of accreditation against standards is discussed and the role of the security professional.

    - Shadow IT – The most secure data center in the world isn’t going to provide any protection if IT services are sought by Shadow IT organizations. The increasing tolerance of BYOD (bring your own device) along with the use of often unapproved IT software and services could become the nemesis of cyber security.
  • All Data Centers, whether great or small, have one thing in common; they have a heat transfer (cooling) problem. Not even ten years ago, cooling problems were solved with the purchase and installation of another Computer Room Air Condition (CRAC). Today’s cooling methodologies are truly amazing, but can be very intrusive and expensive to implement. It seems that Data Center Managers ‘stuck’ with a ‘legacy’ data center have been given two options; either adopt the latest and greatest cooling methodologies or move your Information Technology (IT) to the cloud. In many cases today, the question may be “How do we keep the wheels on the donkey cart while we figure out how and when we go to the cloud?”

    Join Cask to understand issues such as:
    - Why your cooling solution may not be as pathetic as you think.
    - How Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) can help you understand how heat transfer works (or doesn’t work) in your data center.
    - What you can do to inexpensively update your cooling methodology.