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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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Maximize your SharePoint experience with X1 Search. Watch this video to see the significant advantages of X1’s best-in-market SharePoint search over native SharePoint search for SharePoint 2013, 2010, and 2007, along with SharePoint online.
  • 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
  • Not having the right security as you migrate to virtual and cloud environments can lead to security gaps, lost ROI, performance lag, and difficulty proving compliance. Working together, Trend Micro and VMware have partnered to deliver the first agentless security platform architected for VMware virtualized data centers (including NSX), virtual desktops, and cloud deployments. A&W Food Services is Canada’s original—and fastest growing— burger chain and they have trusted in VMware and Trend Micro to ensure their modern data center is secure. In this session, A&W will share their story and you will learn how they…
    • Shield vulnerabilities before they can be exploited, saving the cost of emergency patching
    • Deliver automated security across environments
    • Ease security deployment and management for lower cost of ownership
    • Automate security deployments while increasing protection for virtual environments.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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.