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Welcome to the virtualization community on BrightTALK! Whether it affects servers, storage, networks, desktops or other parts of the data center, virtualization provides real benefits by reducing the resources needed for your infrastructure and creating software-defined data center components. However, it can also complicate your infrastructure. Join this active community to learn best practices for avoiding virtual machine sprawl and other common virtualization pitfalls as well as how you can make the most of your virtualization environment.
  • Most organisations are investigating moving some internally hosted services to cloud service providers such as Amazon Web Services, Colt, Sungard, Century Link, to increase agility and reduce complexity. The key to this for all service providers is data centre automation. OpenStack is a Cloud Operating System that can help you quickly build and automate your own Cloud Infrastructure and gain the benefits of automation and agility it brings.

    There are many choices to make when building your OpenStack environment. Andy will introduce OpenStack, then review in detail the storage choices that need to be made. He will look at how SolidFire Agile Infrastructure for OpenStack simplifies and dramatically reduces OpenStack project deployment times.
  • Virtualization drastically changes how datacenters are designed and operated, from storage to networking, server and inventory management. Yet all-too often, endpoint security such as antimalware is overlooked. This leads to major performance problems due to the architecture of traditional security products.

    Bitdefender will detail these challenges, and cover solutions to the problems, including leveraging VMware vShield Endpoint technology.
  • Start delivering on your key datacenter initiatives with peak efficiency, agility, and lower costs. Join our panel of experts as they discuss the transformative technologies that are putting datacenters on the fast track to fitness.

    Join the panel discussion and learn:
    - How Empire Life lowered their infrastructure costs by 60% and reduced their datacenter footprint by 16:1
    - The questions you should be asking to assess your environment’s current fitness level
    - How technologies like server virtualization, hyperconverged architectures, and hybrid cloud strategy can help
  • Jayme Williams, Senior Systems Engineer at TenCate is protecting eight environments across the US and Canada – and each site has different storage. All sites require disaster recovery and backup across the application set. Having one solution would be ideal, but not possible – until they came across Zerto.
    Zerto Virtual Replication is storage agnostic and made it easy to integrate a new site into their disaster recovery plan. Their original business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) plan, affectionately named the “Hit by the bus” book due to its volume, has been greatly simplified and the service levels they are seeing are outstanding – single digit seconds for their recovery point objectives (RPO).

    Finally, they are incorporating public cloud into their IT plans by backing up their applications from their DR site to AWS. With one solution, they can achieve their BC/DR and backup SLA, while reducing costs and introducing public cloud into their IT strategy at a pace that supports changing business requirements.

    With Zerto Virtual Replication:
    •Manage all sites in one pane of glass with one tool for replication and automation of failover, failback and testing processes as well as backup
    •Increase efficiencies with the ability to track and manage consumption across the hybrid cloud
    •Hardware agnostic solution does not require a change in the infrastructure reducing costs
    •Consistency in the BC/DR solution dramatically reduces operational costs
    •Replicates between different types of storage and versions of VMware vSphere making it easy to add new sites to the process
    •Point-in-time recovery enables failover to a previous point to recover from any issue – logical corruption, datacenter outage, etc.
    •Leveraging a public cloud strategy with backups stored in Amazon
  • Many broadcast and streaming products that run on x86 technology haven’t yet scaled to their maximum potential density or met the need for lower cost. The network growth for video services is driven by many factors such as multiscreen OTT, video on demand, higher resolutions, more codec support needed, all pushing transcoding functions needed in MSO, ISP, CSP, CDN networks. Greater density is needed to scale these applications, and x86 technology running on standard servers can meet much higher density levels and much lower cost points to be competitive. The time is now for those applications to multiply density (by a factor of 6-8X) without any change needed to the underlying x86 architecture.

    With Intel tools offered such as Quick Synch and Media SDK, developers can advance the migration to the highest density, while preserving application development. Using Artesyn SharpStreamer technology developers can preserve existing application software and achieve 6-8 times the density/RU in standard PCIE, 1U, 2U and larger form factors that fit standard rack server and cloud environments. Using two example applications, Next-Day TV OTT content delivery and Real-time Broadcast ABR transcoding, CAPEX savings are dramatic, giving applications the ability to use only one server vs. 16 or 24 to handle equal densities, also consuming far less OPEX costs derived from power and cooling required. Through OpenStack and the SharpStreamer technology applications can also encompass cloud provisioning and management so they are not constrained to baremetal hardware and can be virtually deployed.
  • HP’s new Automation solution offering for the mid-market is an excellent way for customers to manage their day-to-day tasks and operations with ease, all from a single virtual appliance.

    Register for this webinar to hear more about HP Data Center Automation Appliance and how the new virtual appliance combines HP’s market leading Data Center Automation strengths from HP Server Automation (SA) and HP Operations Orchestration (OO), into a production-ready virtual appliance that can be easily personalized.

    During this webinar we will also highlight key use cases behind the new virtual appliance, such as:
    • Powered change management using industry leading out of the box content
    • Process IT Operations made easy
    • Frontline defense (control access to servers as well as securing exploits or open server and application vulnerabilities in the datacenter)
  • Have you ever seen a manager succeed in taking away an employee’s MacBook Air and replacing it with a traditional hard disk PC? Or tried to migrate application users from a flash-only array to a cheaper traditional hard disk (HDD) array? Have you ever had to remember to save your work on a flash-based smartphone?

    Join us and learn ways to help justify faster storage, both from an IT budget and an application user productivity perspective:

    •Fast and consistent system response times from any device, application, or system they are using improve a user’s individual productivity.
    •The vast majority of systems with very fast storage run better and take less time to manage.
    •Flash provides more productive ways of designing systems. For example, continuous saving of every keystroke is impossible with hard disk PCs, but is the norm in flash-based mobile devices.
  • Is your business prepared for a disaster? Join ESET and industry expert, StorageCraft, for a research overview presentation of modern business disasters. We'll look at the difference between back up and recovery and discuss best practice for building a recovery plan. Mike Kunz, VP of Sales with StorageCraft, will also look at specific solutions to quickly get your business up and running when disaster strikes.
  • After July 14, 2015, Microsoft will no longer issue security updates for any version of Windows Server 2003. If you are still running Windows Server 2003 in your datacenter, you need to take steps now to plan and execute to protect your infrastructure. The end of support means two things: newly discovered vulnerabilities in Windows Server 2003 will not be patched anymore, nor will they be documented and acknowledged by Microsoft. This represents an increase in the risk of using Windows Server 2003. However, many organizations still count on Windows Server 2003 for critical business operations. It’s important for organizations to understand the risks of running out-of-support platforms against the costs and effort of migrating to a new one.

    In this webinar, we will cover 2 important topics to help you secure, migrate and protect your legacy environment:
    * What risks you are facing for Windows Server 2003 end-of-support
    * How to shield vulnerabilities when the platforms are no longer be patched

    Join the webinar to know the most comprehensive protection to help manage the risks of out- of-support platforms like Windows Server 2003!
  • As the look and feel of the cloud evolves, matures and hedges toward main stream adoption, the Solution Architects, Developers and Infrastructure Engineers are facing the challenge of determining what technologies they will recommend their companies consume. Often trying to answer questions like "Should I go with something that requires vendor licensing?" or "Should I look to Open Source technologies, such as OpenStack?" Then, if they do decide that OpenStack solves for their needs, how best do they layout its pros and cons to their senior leadership team.

    This session will focus on a providing a broad picture that attendees can draw when talking about OpenStack. Enabling them to be able to address the types of questions that someone on their leadership team may pose.

    Please join us for this interactive session.
  • Join us for the first in a series of fast-paced and informative 60-minute webinars, as we discuss with VMware one of the hottest topics in the datacenter: VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVol). VVol is the industry's first solution to enable native virtual machine-awareness across a broad range of SAN/NAS arrays. VVol is packaged as a feature in nearly all VMware vSphere Editions and is being embraced by storage partners at an unprecedented rate. IT professionals, especially those involved in datacenter operations, are showing great interest in implementing VVol in their own environments.

    This moderated session features Juan Novella and Ken Werneburg, VVol experts from VMware, who will discuss VVol technology, the rapidly expanding ecosystem, and the impact this game-changing capability will have in the datacenter. Attendees will be encouraged to submit their questions during the session.
    Panelists:
    Juan Novella, Product Marketing Manager – Storage; VMware
    Ken Werneburg, Senior Architect - Technical Marketing; VMware
  • Part 2 of 2: Join Dave Simpson, 451 Research Sr. Storage Analyst, and Sean Derrington, Exablox Sr. Director of Product Management in a follow-up session about:
    1) Data protection trends and pain points
    2) How virtualization changes the game
    3) Array-based snapshots and replication for data protection
    4) Backup targets shift
    5) Cloud-based backup and recovery
    6) Why object-based storage?

    Did you miss Part 1: The Future of Enterprise Storage with Simon Robinson, VP of Storage at 451 Research? https://www.brighttalk.com/r/R5t
  • True sustainability is achieved in three discrete steps - Firstly Reduction of Consumption, secondly Minimisation of Losses and, finally, Power from Renewable Sources. All of these are possible in modern data centre design but come with some increased risks. These risks may be more perceived than real but we have to accept that the primary purpose of a data centre is not to save the user energy but to provide reliable digital services that meet their business case. The users risk profile comes at the top of the design wish list.

    Join Prof. Ian Bitterlin for this presentation as he shows how a sustainable design can be forged for a user with a low appetite for risk and a high appetite for risk with the rewards that accompany it.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.