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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.
  • 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.
  • Storage bottlenecks handcuff performance for many applications — especially those running on SQL Server. Using FlashSoft® software to cache I/O with a server-attached flash memory device lowers latency and improves IOPs. It might also mean that you can run more virtual machines on the same hardware or push out your storage upgrade — saving software licensing fees and hardware costs.

    Learn the highlights of FlashSoft for Windows and Hyper-V and how it can help you.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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 .
  • 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
  • The Modern Data Center is the central part of many organisations today. Running critical applications, a robust virtual infrastructure and storage resources that hold the central unit of every organization: data. While the data center is dealing with increased demands and growth of data; there is an inherent need to make it available whilst keeping operational expense in check.

    Attend this webinar to see how a timeless practice, the 3-2-1 Rule, can be used to enhance the availability of the Modern Data Center.

    Specific points covered in this session include:

    - Which technologies can be used to deliver the best RTO and RPO with the 3-2-1 Rule
    - How can the replicated VM be part of 3-2-1 Rule strategy
    - Define the off-site element of a data center availability strategy
  • 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.
  • The modern data center needs to support both traditional business applications and a host of new mobile, cloud, big data and social media applications. To support such diversity, data centers must deliver a wide variety of data services and access methods. To meet these needs, organizations rely on a variety of storage platforms from multiple vendors; each suited for particular application workloads. This diversity results in complexity and high operational costs that inhibit an organization’s ability to invest in new infrastructure to support modern applications and services.

    Software-defined Storage is much more than marketing buzz. Software-defined storage transforms today’s complex storage environments into simple, extensible and open platforms that are more agile and responsive to business users, developers and customers. SDS also delivers modern storage and data services as software-based services that can leverage existing infrastructure or commodity platforms to radically change storage economics and provide a clear path to the cloud.

    Join us to discover how you can use SDS to shift resources from repetitive, manual administrative tasks to innovative new data services that give you a competitive advantage.
  • Join Gemalto on April 29th to hear Stan Mesceda, Senior Product Manager at Gemalto give his expertise on data in motion and the importance of High Speed Encryption
  • 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