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  • 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
  • Let’s be straight about this: snapshots are real beast to tame. Snapshots can devour space, make recovery harder, make protection riskier and lock you into hardware platforms that will drain your budget. It’s the reason why you probably only rely on them for a few critical systems today. But it doesn’t’ have to be this way; they could form the cornerstone of your modern IT data protection.

    Reverting to a previous snapshot after a terminal data corruption is a beautiful thing. Near instant, from an almost impact free protection operation. In a perfect world, modern IT would rely on array based snapshots and integrated copy/replication as the only protection method.

    In this session, Nigel Tozer will discuss the reality, and show you how to:

    - Significantly reduce the cost of array snapshots
    - Dramatically simplify the recovery of tier 1 & 2 applications
    - De-risk the protection of high workload VMs
    - Remove the risk and cost of scripting to manage snapshot integration
    - Break disk vendor lock-in
    - Enable Cloud DR and Dev & Test
  • Join this webinar to understand how to minimize the risk to your organization and learn more about Anixter’s unique approach to:

    • Data center security concerns and the best strategies to address them
    • Top risk management challenges and planning to guard against them
    • Regulatory standards and steps to comply with them
    • Industry best practices and how to implement them in your business
    • Interoperability and the path for achieving it
    • Engagement and how to put it into practice
  • Virtualization has revolutionized the modern data center. But traditional storage systems are struggling to keep pace, introducing performance bottlenecks and unnecessary cost and complexity. Flash offers the potential for relief, but where is it ideally placed – in the server, storage or both? And what software is required to best utilize this resource? PernixData FVP software enables an architecture decoupling storage performance from capacity to utilize high speed server media in conjunction with shared storage to deliver the maximum VM performance at the lowest cost.
  • In our always-connected business world today, customers expect instant and seamless communications. Come learn how companies of all sizes can decrease response times, increase agent productivity and improve customer satisfaction while reducing demand for IT support.

    What attendees will learn:
    - Trends in customer care and communications – expectations in our always-on world.
    - Ways to offer consistent customer experiences across an array of communications mediums
    - How to enable high-definition voice and video collaboration to users – even those on mobile devices
    - Exciting new developments in integrated communications and customer
    - Ability to streamline communications in the cloud
    - How Zendesk and RingCentral integrations enhance customer satisfaction
  • Confused by Big Data? Have applications ideally suited for Big Data but not sure how to manage the infrastructure? Facebook1 ingests 500 terabytes of new data every day; a Boeing2 737 will generate 240 terabytes of flight data during a single flight across the US; the proliferation of smart phones, the data they create and consume; sensors embedded into everyday objects will soon result in billions of new, constantly-updated data feeds containing environmental, location, and other information, including video3.

    The chances are that you are or at some point will be dealing with Big Data driven applications and managing the performance of those applications. In this webcast you will learn about MongoDB and its role in the Big Data universe and the role of APM with Big Data. CA Technologies and MongoDB have teamed to provide database performance insight with CA Application Performance Management to help quickly identify the source of degraded application performance and assure a flawless customer experience.

    1 http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57498531-93/facebook-processes-more-than-500-tb-of-data-daily
    2 http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/business_technology/big_data_the_next_frontier_for_innovation
    3 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_of_Things#Size_considerations
  • This webinar will provide strategies and best practices to secure your network and apps against threats while optimizing availability and performance.

    Computing has extended beyond the exclusive domain of the IT department - a fact that has significantly complicated security, privacy and has put tremendous pressure on today’s networks. IT managers are tasked to automate networking polices, protect against an ever growing and changing number of attacks and keep users happy with the highest level of performance.

    Attend this webinar to learn:

    - How to protect web applications with an integrated Web Application Firewall solution
    - Defend against DDoS and specific application layer attacks
    - Simplify access with SSO and securely authenticate to external applications
    - Encrypt all traffic while ensuring compliance visibility
  • For years vendors have been trying to drive down the cost of flash so that the all-flash data center can become reality. The problem is that even the rapidly declining price of flash storage can’t keep pace with the rapidly declining price of hard disk. As a result data that does not need to be on flash storage has to be stored on something less expensive. But does that less expensive storage need to be another hard disk array or could it be stored in the cloud?

    In this webinar join Storage Switzerland’s founder George Crump and Avere Systems CEO, Ron Bianchini for an interactive webinar Using the Cloud to Create an All-Flash Data Center.

    In this webinar you will learn:

    1. The Challenges to Building an All-Flash Data Center

    2. The Challenges to using On-Premise Hybrid Arrays

    3. The Cloud Answer

    4. The Three Steps to a truly All-Flash Future

    A. Identifying Data

    B. Designing The Right Infrastructure

    C. Implementing That Infrastructure

    Register today to learn how you can create an all-flash data center today, and be able to afford it. As always, we will leave plenty of time for an extensive Q&A session, so tune in to get your flash and cloud storage questions answered by our panel of storage experts. All registrants will also be able to access Storage Switzerland’s extensive library of on-demand webinars, many with exclusive white papers, without having to re-register.

    Special Offer: All pre-registrants for this webinar will receive a copy of Storage Switzerland's latest white paper "How Cloud can enable the All-Flash Data Center" emailed after they register.
  • With NFSv4.1 implemented on several commercial NFS systems, along with a new Linux server and client, there is a continued growth of NFS usage in the IT industry. NFSv4.1, first introduced in 2010, meets many needs in the modern datacenter, but there are still technologies and advanced techniques that NFS developers want to deliver. This presentation covers a brief update of where we are with NFSv4.1 and more detail on the proposed features for NFSv4.2 that are currently being ratified at the IETF.
  • As we move away from legacy models for providing network services, namely dedicated physical appliances, to virtualized network functions servicing single or multiple data centers, the industry is experiencing the heavy lifting of bringing up new technologies for orchestration, SDN, and integrating the dynamic NFV model with the OSS/BSS Telco providers are using to control their ever-growing networks.

    The community of vendors, enterprises, and service providers is using Open Source to share and expedite this technology shift with a focus on quickly modernizing the infrastructure.

    The lower three layers of the stack enjoy broad community support as the Reference Architecture for NFV and SDN:

    •OpenStack – Used to orchestrate the infrastructure
    •OpenDaylight (ODL) – The SDN controller, enabling feature-rich, scalable solutions for network virtualization, service chaining, and other functions
    •Open vSwitch (OVS) – An entity controlled remotely by the SDN controller, providing inter-VM connectivity and emerging SLA, QoS, and security functionality at customizable granularity down to per-flow levels

    In this webcast, ConteXtream and Intel will describe the roles of each layer and the status of the basic functionality available today. A special focus will be given to ODL’s scalability and functionality challenges and solutions for intra- and inter-data-center networks (e.g. Telco networks). We will further discuss how overlay network standards are used to achieve these goals and how ODL federation is performed along IETF-RFC lines to achieve robust fan-out of control capacity. We will also demonstrate new capabilities and levels of flexibility powered by a combination of inter-data-center ODL, service chaining, and NFV technologies.
  • Join this webinar to understand how to minimize the risk to your organization and learn more about Anixter’s unique approach to:

    • Data center security concerns and the best strategies to address them
    • Top risk management challenges and planning to guard against them
    • Regulatory standards and steps to comply with them
    • Industry best practices and how to implement them in your business
    • Interoperability and the path for achieving it
    • Engagement and how to put it into practice
  • Managing data has entered a higher realm. Enterprises are looking for a flexible approach to data management to move, store, protect, and recover data – without tying their business to specific hardware, network or interconnect protocols. Migrating data from old legacy platforms to new ones and having too many complex incompatible tools present challenges. Businesses need converged data services that work horizontally as well as modernizing data storage without “rip and replace.” FreeStor is the new paradigm in data services. With the brilliance of a single, software-defined platform that works across legacy, modern and virtual environments, IT managers can tap the smartest data solutions from one pane of glass.

    Peter McCallum from FalconStor will discuss the following topics on April 28th at 3:00pm:

     True Software Defined Storage and its impact on a hybrid datacenter

     How Intelligent Abstraction merges legacy and modern infrastructure for optimized IT processes

     Rethinking how we provision, protect, and recover data resources, and how that impacts your

    business.

     FalconStor in the modern datacenter: meeting you where you are, and getting you to where you

    want to be.
  • Whatever the reason for your data center transformation the challenges, complexities and costs associated with these projects can be daunting.

    Join this session where Ian Masters will discuss some of the top challenges faced, the ways to overcome them and look at how the right solution can deliver projects on time at a much reduced cost.
  • Businesses are struggling to keep up with unpredictable demands, extreme data growth, and aggressive service-level agreements related to application and data availability. IT management is changing, and there is need for greater application administrator control over backup and recovery. Research shows that most enterprises have not significantly updated their data protection processes in the last 5-7 years. This has resulted in highly fragmented environments with multiple copies of information owned and protected in silos—in turn elevating cost and complexity. The need is there, and customers are aware of current data protection shortcomings

    Join Tim Nolte for this webinar to understand how software and hardware can come together to deliver a joint backup, recovery and archiving solution
  • According to IDC, in the next two years, over 60% of companies will stop managing most of their IT infrastructure, relying on advanced automation and qualified partners to boost efficiency and directly tie datacenter spend to business value. In 2015 and beyond Cloud and Software Defined approaches will therefore continue to shift IT purchasing models. While the adoption of new business models continues at pace, the demand for storage will grow. This places broader pressures on IT Managers to manage their resources and budgets more effectively. The requirement for consistent Data Management supporting Data Governance and Stewardship will be a mandatory requirement in these Cloud and Software Defined migration Strategies. The need for a single, consistent, coherent data management process and methodology will be foundational, underpinning the concept of the Data Fabric enabled by Clustered Data ONTAP

    Join Laurence James as he discusses how Data Fabric could present the most powerful solution and demonstrates that while the standard model for IT provisioning and management is going through a revolution, the requirement for strong data management in a hybrid IT world will be paramount .
  • Backup appliances vendors promise more confidence to IT professionals and a reduced total cost of ownership via all-in-one solutions. Backup software vendors promise a low initial purchase price and say that their offerings are “easy to use” using shrink-wrapped software. The problem? All the vendors seem to be hopelessly biased toward whatever they are selling.

    Join Unitrends – which uniquely offers all-in-one physical backup appliances and virtual backup appliances as well as other data protection software – for an irreverent, unbiased review of how you can make the best decisions not only for your company – but for you personally.
  • Energy efficiency is the top strategic goal for data center operators for a number of reasons. Many indicators and metrics are available to help manage data centers from an energy perspective. However, energy efficiency is just one way of looking at a data center:

    Data center service providers, like enterprise data centers, colocation providers and others, find themselves in a challenging and fast-changing competitive environment. Focusing only on efficiency in the data center is like driving a car at its optimal motor efficiency without taking care whether being on the best way to your destination. Other influences towards the data center have to be taken into account such as transparency over all data center assets, delivering the expected service quality and having the right metrics in place to run your data center successfully.

    In this webcast Soeren Schroeder showcases in an integrated approach; 3 ways to run your data center infrastructure successfully by also utilizing the concept of the Data Center Business Value Dashboards to implement and measure strategies for successful data center operation.
  • A recent, global poll identified the key concern in deploying Skype for Business was how to deliver an outstanding end-user experience, across an environment with multiple vendors.
    This webcast will show you the key insights of how to not only oversee a successful Skype for Business deployment but how to make it work seamlessly with your existing unified communications environment, in turn, delivering an outstanding experience.