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Networking With Your Servers & Storage: Cloud, Virtual and Physical Environments

Regardless of if yours is a cloud, virtual or physical data infrastructure environment, your server and storage need to network with each other. Granted this can range from local dedicated direct attached storage (DAS) to remote wide area and cloud storage with various types of block, file and object access using different shared or networked approaches. Which is right for your different needs will depend on many factors, as one size does not fit all scenarios. This is why there are many different types of server and storage I/O access and interface options that will be covered in this webinar. In addition to what are your options, we will also look at what to use when, where, why along with the tradeoffs for networking your servers with storage.

Key themes:
•Fast servers need fast storage that rely on fast networks
•There is more to storage networking than FC, iSCSI and NAS
•Role of PCIe, SAS/SATA, FC, FCoE, iSCSI, InfiniBand, Ethernet, IP, SAN, NAS, DAS and object
•What are your various options for shared local and remote storage access
•The argument should not be block vs. file vs. object rather how they complement each other
•What to use when, where, why and how for different scenarios
•Server and Storage I/O networking metrics that matter
•How will you move or access your data locally and in the cloud
•Cloud, virtual and physical environments for big and little data
Recorded Feb 18 2014 47 mins
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    Key themes:
    •Metrics that matter are those that are relevant and have context
    •Where to get metrics, measurements, insight and awareness
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    •Design for management and resiliency as well as metrics to measure
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    Key themes:
    •Performance and availability metrics and benchmarks
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    •SAN, LAN, MAN, WAN options
    •Cloud and converged server and storage options
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    •What to look for and various options
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    Greg Schulz, Founder & Sr. Advisory Analyst, StorageIO
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    Key themes:
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    •Industry trends including various hypervisors as well as containers
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    •Who’s doing what as well as decision making criteria
    •How to benchmark or compare apples to apples vs. apples to oranges
  • Data Protection Modernization - Protect, Preserve and Serve you Information Recorded: Dec 3 2014 46 mins
    Greg Schulz, Founder & Sr. Advisory Analyst, StorageIO
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    Key themes:
    • Revisiting the fundamentals of data protection including how backups, BC and DR are done today
    • Explore how data protection including BC, DR and archiving can be done in the future
    • What level of granularity do you need and require for your business and applications need
    • The 4 3 2 1 rule and how to implement it in a cloud, virtual and traditional environment
    • Why backup won’t die or go away as long as vendors keep talking about it
    • How to shift from Backup/restore, BC and DR to HA and BR leveraging application integrated protection
    • Availability = access + durability
  • Resilient Data Infrastructures Recorded: Nov 17 2014 47 mins
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  • Software Defined Storage Decision Making - Navigating Apples and Oranges Recorded: Nov 14 2014 45 mins
    Greg Schulz, Founder & Sr. Advisory Analyst, StorageIO
    There are many different facets of software-defined storage along with software defined storage management. However, which is right for you and your environment? The answer is that it will depend on what you are trying to do or accomplish as well as your view or perception and preference of what is or is not software defined storage.

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    Key themes:
    •Industry landscape sampling of who is doing what
    •What to look for and various options
    •Software defined storage decision making
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    •Different options and approaches for software defined
  • Software Defined Data Center: Moving beyond software defined marketing Recorded: Nov 11 2014 40 mins
    Greg Schulz, Founder & Sr. Advisory Analyst, StorageIO
    With so many conversations taking place with the theme of software defined including data centers, something that is missing is the discussion about management. What about software defined data center management, or software defined server management, software defined storage management or software defined network management? What about the role of software defining? This means not just the hardware, how about the software to create valueware while enabling Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM), IT Service Management (ITSM) along with other related themes? This webinar looks at various data center industry trends spanning from the facilities to the technologies that reside in those habitats along with the role of effective software defined or enabled management. After all, shouldn’t a software defined data center be the place of convergence between hardware, software, valueware and peopleware?

    Key themes:
    - Various aspects of software defined and moving beyond the marketing hype
    - Hybrid and converged environments including cloud, virtual and legacy
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    - Management means more than APIs and meta data, it also requires streamlined workflows
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    Greg Schulz, Founder & Sr. Advisory Analyst, StorageIO
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    Key themes:

    • Understanding and navigating your way around the various types of cloud storage options
    • How to address various issues and challenges
    • Public, private and hybrid cloud storage options, considerations, benefits and caveats
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    • Primary storage, secondary, backup, BC/DR and archiving
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    Greg Schulz, Founder & Sr. Advisory Analyst, StorageIO
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    Key themes:
    • Review public, private, community, hybrid and government clouds
    • What to use for accessing, deploying and managing clouds
    • Current and emerging technologies from hypervisors to containers
    • Cloud infrastructure decision making considerations
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    • Portability and interoperability between your private and public cloud environments
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    Greg Schulz, Founder & Sr. Advisory Analyst, StorageIO
    Converged storage means different things to various people, not to mention for some it is a new perhaps revolutionary topic while for others it might invoke a DejaVu moment. This industry trends and perspective session looks at the current landscape pertaining to converged storage and storage convergence including what’s causing the demand, issues and challenges to address, not to mention opportunities. In addition, we look at some various options as well as considerations for converged storage decision making across different environments.

    Key themes:
    • Moving beyond the hype in hyper-convergence
    • Scaling options and consolations for converged storage
    • Various application and environments (big data, cloud and virtual)
    • What are the industry trends driving the need and opportunity for converged storage
    • What are the various approaches including who is doing what with converged storage
    • What to look for and considerations for converged storage decision making
    • Cloud, virtual and software defined storage management and convergence
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    Greg Schulz, Founder & Sr. Advisory Analyst, StorageIO
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    Key themes:
    - Data center convergence objectives
    - How to implement convergence
    - Key issues in driving convergence
    - Short term and long term benefits
  • Resilient Data Infrastructures: Enable Resiliency, Flexibility and Scalability Recorded: Sep 16 2014 47 mins
    Greg Schulz, Founder & Sr. Advisory Analyst, StorageIO
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    Key themes:
    •Everything is not the same in the data center or information factor
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    •How to remove complexity, overhead and cost while supporting growth
    •Evolving from first generation disaster recovery to business continuance to business resiliency
    •Role of cloud, virtual and software defined management
  • SAN, LAN, MAN, WAN, POTS and PANs - Network servers and storage beyond the cable Recorded: Aug 21 2014 45 mins
    Greg Schulz, Founder & Sr. Advisory Analyst, StorageIO
    There are different aspects of networking ranging from physical cable (copper or optical) along with radio frequency (RF) or wireless mediums; however, there are also the software and logical considerations among others. In this webinar, we are going to look at how your servers and storage can network or communicate with each other. In order for servers to communicate with storage and vice versa on a local or remote basis. There is a mix of server, storage, networking hardware and software considerations to address. This discussion looks at what those considerations are as well as networking between different skills or knowledge groups to help network pro’s know a bit more about storage and vice versa across local, virtual and cloud servers and storage.

    Key themes:
    •What are your server and storage I/O networking options (local and remote)
    •Role of DAS, SAN, NAS, LANs, MANs and WANs including clouds
    •Virtual servers, virtual storage and virtual storage networking
    •Storage access protocols and personalities including block, file and object
    •Some common myths or misperceptions of SAN, DAS, NAS and storage networking
    •Data sharing vs. storage sharing along with metrics that matter
    •Hardware, software and tool considerations
  • What Is Your Virtualization Optimization Objective? Recorded: Aug 13 2014 46 mins
    Greg Schulz, Founder & Sr. Advisory Analyst, StorageIO
    What are you optimizing for? There are various ways to optimize virtual serve and storage environments to achieve different results depending on what your objectives are. There are plenty of tools, technologies, tips, products, solutions, service, best practices and rules of thumb that can be used in the virtualization management toolbox. However how do you know which approach is best for a given situation, or are you simply flying blind pushing buttons, turning knobs and pulling levers to see what happens. This webinar looks at some of the reasons for optimizing a virtual environment spanning Performance, Availability, Capacity and Economics including from applications through software and hardware.

    Key themes:
    •Software Defined Management and virtual management toolbox
    •Gaining insight and awareness, what’s normal vs. abnormal
    •What are you optimizing for, how will you know when optimized
    •Metrics that matter and the importance of context
    •Server, storage and networking hardware, software and applications
    •Balancing Performance, Availability, Capacity, Economics (PACE)
    •Availability = Accessibility + Durability
    •Keep the application service objectives in mind
  • The Many Facets of Virtual Storage and Software Defined Storage Virtualization Recorded: Jun 12 2014 45 mins
    Greg Schulz, Sr. Advisory Analyst, StorageIO
    Some say virtual storage, others say storage virtualization, yet others will say storage HYPErvisors and more recently we have software defined storage. However, what about software defined storage management and using virtual storage or storage virtualization for managing storage resources and enabling data infrastructures along with the associated business applications, they support?

    Some of these solutions are vendor propriety hardware or software that supports third party technologies while others are open source based. Likewise, they have different usage scenarios and technical capabilities leading sometimes to apples to oranges comparisons. This webinar looks at the current industry landscape exploring the many different facets of virtual storage, storage virtualization, software defined storage and software defined storage management.

    Key themes:
    - Hardware and software considerations along with networking you servers to virtual storage
    - Cloud, Virtual and Physical storage for various applications and workloads
    - Various facets or types of storage virtualization to address different needs and preferences
    - Block, File, Object and Cloud options along with commodity and vendor proprietary technology
    - What to use when, where and why along with other tips
    - Various industry trends and directions
  • The Changing Face and Landscape of Enterprise Storage Recorded: Jun 11 2014 46 mins
    Greg Schulz, Sr. Advisory Analyst, StorageIO
    Enterprise storage is alive and well, however there are many changes occurring both in technology along with usage and applications scenarios. There are many different application and workload usage scenarios with various performance, availability, capacity and economic considerations, likewise there are various technology options. These options range from local on-site traditional enterprise-class storage systems to mid-range along with software defined across commodity and vendor proprietary hardware.

    Some of these solutions are evolution, some may even be revolutionary, however they all fit into supporting technolutionary enterprise storage needs. This webinar will look at the current landscape options for enterprise storage along with what to use when or where for different applications requirements.

    Key themes:
    - Hardware and software defined storage and software defined storage management
    - Cloud, Virtual and Physical storage for various applications and workloads
    - Performance, Availability, Capacity and Economics along with management
    - Metrics that matter including relevant benchmarks and marketecture
    - Flash SSD, SSHD and HDD as part of a tiered storage environment
    - Networking with your servers and storage
    - Various industry trends and directions
  • Open Source and Cloud Storage - Enabling business, or a technology enabler? Recorded: Apr 16 2014 44 mins
    Greg Schulz, Sr. Advisory Analyst, StorageIO
    To some, open source cloud computing and storage are inclusive, yet to others they can be exclusive of each other used for separate purposes. Likewise, some open source and cloud technologies, solutions and services are marketed as business enablers, yet are there technology concerns to be considered? On the other hand, the focus can be on the technology as an enabler, yet does it address business needs and concerns or become a barrier. The key to leveraging open source and cloud technologies is realizing what to use when, where, why and how, not to mention in new ways vs. simply as a replacement for doing things how they have been done in the past.

    Key themes:
    · What is your focus and why are you interested in Open Source and Cloud solutions
    · Software Defined Marketing vs. Software Defined Management and enablement
    · Balancing costs of for fee vs. for free (time, money, staffing, on-going support)
    · How to leverage hard products (hardware, software, valueware, services) to create your soft product (services)
    · Using various tools, technologies and solutions in hybrid ways
    · What are the major open source and cloud (computing and storage) solutions, technologies and services
    · Who is doing what and how you can leverage those activities
  • Storage Decision Making for Fast, Big and Very Big Data Environments Recorded: Apr 9 2014 46 mins
    Greg Schulz, Sr. Advisory Analyst, StorageIO
    Big data is more than a big buzzword that by its name implies a need for data storage. A challenge with big data however are the many difference faces or facets of big data from Hadoop analytics and the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) to data warehouse, to large scale untinctured NAS supporting video, audio and other very big fast data. Then there are the Meta data needs including NOSQL and SQL key values that have similar characteristics to traditional little data. What is the role of block, file and object storage as well as virtual and cloud storage? Does big data need to be backed-up or protected? This webinar looks at the many facets of big data as well as the storage options and decision making to protect, preserve and serve these new and existing applications in cost effective ways.

    Key themes:
    •There are different types and aspects of big data that have diverse storage needs
    •Role of dedicated DAS vs. shared and scale out storage along with SSD
    •Data protection for big data, protect, preserve and serve
    •Persistent, ephemeral, temporal and other types of storage usage
    •High bandwidth vs. high IOPs vs. high capacity vs. low cost options
    •Shared vs. dedicated storage, block, file and object access
    •Bridging the gap between traditional HPC and old school big data with new big, fast and very big data
    •Unified and application optimized storage
  • Data Center Monitoring - Metrics that Matter for Effective Management Recorded: Mar 19 2014 46 mins
    Greg Schulz, Sr. Advisory Analyst, StorageIO
    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
  • Networking With Your Servers & Storage: Cloud, Virtual and Physical Environments Recorded: Feb 18 2014 47 mins
    Greg Schulz, Sr. Advisory Analyst, StorageIO
    Regardless of if yours is a cloud, virtual or physical data infrastructure environment, your server and storage need to network with each other. Granted this can range from local dedicated direct attached storage (DAS) to remote wide area and cloud storage with various types of block, file and object access using different shared or networked approaches. Which is right for your different needs will depend on many factors, as one size does not fit all scenarios. This is why there are many different types of server and storage I/O access and interface options that will be covered in this webinar. In addition to what are your options, we will also look at what to use when, where, why along with the tradeoffs for networking your servers with storage.

    Key themes:
    •Fast servers need fast storage that rely on fast networks
    •There is more to storage networking than FC, iSCSI and NAS
    •Role of PCIe, SAS/SATA, FC, FCoE, iSCSI, InfiniBand, Ethernet, IP, SAN, NAS, DAS and object
    •What are your various options for shared local and remote storage access
    •The argument should not be block vs. file vs. object rather how they complement each other
    •What to use when, where, why and how for different scenarios
    •Server and Storage I/O networking metrics that matter
    •How will you move or access your data locally and in the cloud
    •Cloud, virtual and physical environments for big and little data
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- Server, SSD, Storage I/O, networking, cloud and virtualization
- Object storage, SAN, NAS and DAS
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- Data Protection, Archive, Backup/restore, BC and DR
- Big bandwidth, big and little data applications
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