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Why Urban Outfitters Made the Move from StorSimple to Microsoft Azure and Nasuni

Microsoft has announced upcoming end of support for the StorSimple 8000 series and there's no time like the present to plan your migration strategy. The good news is by working with Microsoft ISV Nasuni and Azure, you can actually move to a superior platform quickly and efficiently.

Microsoft and Nasuni will be joined by retail leader Urban Outfitters to share how moving your data from StorSimple to Azure and Nasuni lets you get more value out of your file data, add unlimited capacity, multi-site sharing, synchronization, and data protection all in one solution.

Attend this webinar and you’ll learn:

Why moving to a cloud file services platform can actually improve data access performance and data protection
How Urban Outfitters planned and executed their migration
How to migrate your data to Azure and Nasuni efficiently and cost effectively
Recorded Jun 9 2020 56 mins
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Anne Blanchard, Nasuni Karl Rautenstrauch, Microsoft and Perry Golia, Urban Outfitters
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    Panel of Experts including David Totten, Microsoft, David Campbell, Goldman Sachs and Russ Kennedy, Nasuni
    Moving to a cloud strategy is the most effective way to break free of outdated IT practices and the financial constraints they put on a business, particularly during these uncertain times. Unfortunately, building a business justification for the cloud is not always as straightforward as it seems, often relying on false apples-to-oranges comparisons. What is often missed is that cloud solutions replace many existing hardware, equipment, and physical space expenses, and reduce “soft costs” with intangible benefits for employees and IT. Cloud initiatives can also harbor new, hidden costs on their own.

    In this live panel, leading industry experts with extensive cloud expertise will walk you through:
    • How to ensure your TCO and RIO models are built correctly and make an ‘apples to apples’ comparison
    • Uncovering and exploring your existing hard and soft costs that will be impacted by moving to the cloud
    • Understanding the financial impact of moving from a CapEx to a subscription based OpEx model

    Speakers
    Russ Kennedy, Chief Product Officer, Nasuni
    David Campbell, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
    David Totten, Chief Technology Officer US Partner Ecosystem, Microsoft

    Moderator
    Anne Blanchard, Senior Director Product Marketing, Nasuni
  • Data Center Design in a Hybrid Cloud World - NA Jul 21 2020 3:00 pm UTC 46 mins
    Panel of Experts including Gerry Fassig, VP of Cloud, CoreSite and Franceso Paola, Chief Strategy Officer
    Watch this panel discussion featuring thought leaders at AWS re:Invent 2018 for an in-depth discussion on how to properly design your data center in a hybrid cloud environment.

    In this Q&A session, you’ll hear world renowned Cloud, Data Center and Infrastructure experts discuss the following:

    – Hybrid cloud solutions to power your digital transformation
    – What edge computing means for next-generation data centers
    – The importance of network connectivity in a multi-cloud and hybrid cloud data center
    – On-premise vs. cloud data centers and the future of colocation
  • Data Center Design in a Hybrid Cloud World - EMEA Jul 21 2020 1:00 pm UTC 46 mins
    Panel of Experts including Gerry Fassig, VP of Cloud, CoreSite and Franceso Paola, Chief Strategy Officer
    Watch this panel discussion featuring thought leaders at AWS re:Invent 2018 for an in-depth discussion on how to properly design your data center in a hybrid cloud environment.

    In this Q&A session, you’ll hear world renowned Cloud, Data Center and Infrastructure experts discuss the following:

    – Hybrid cloud solutions to power your digital transformation
    – What edge computing means for next-generation data centers
    – The importance of network connectivity in a multi-cloud and hybrid cloud data center
    – On-premise vs. cloud data centers and the future of colocation
  • [Panel] How to Overcome Enterprise Storage Challenges Recorded: Jul 15 2020 44 mins
    Greg Schulz, Storage IO | Anne Blanchard, Nasuni | Jon Toor, Cloudian
    In 2020, data management, security, scalability and cost control are fast becoming the challenges that are dominating enterprise storage.

    And amid the explosion of data, storage is the protector of one of the modern enterprise’s most valuable assets, making it crucial that businesses’ storage infrastructure is robust, well-managed, scalable, efficient and flexible.

    Join this expert panel, where storage leaders get together to discuss and share insights into how to maximise storage performance across the ecosystem to ensure business success, including:

    - How IT leaders can overcome their storage security issue
    - How to marry capacity and performance as unstructured data continues to grow
    - What tools can help simplify the task of storage and data management

    Panel:
    Greg Schulz, Senior Advisory Analyst, Storage IO (Moderator)
    Anne Blanchard, Senior Director of Product Marketing, Nasuni
    Jon Toor, CMO, Cloudian
  • Solving the Biggest Headache in Data Center Consolidation - North America Recorded: Jul 15 2020 37 mins
    Anne Blanchard, Senior Director of Product Marketing, Nasuni and Coan Dillahunty Senior Product Manager, Nasuni
    Shifting file services to the cloud as part of a data center consolidation can reduce cost, footprint, and increase your future flexibility. But getting it right so that you don’t compromise end user satisfaction or application performance is a real challenge, especially across multiple data centers and apps.

    In this on-demand webinar you’ll hear the former Data Center Manager for TBWA discuss how to approach multi data center consolidation with the least amount of pain and without sacrificing application performance and end-user satisfaction.

    Watch this webinar to learn about:
    • How to overcome the challenges associated with application migration
    • The advantages of connecting file storage and object storage
    • What to look for in a Cloud File Services provider
    • and more
  • Solving the Biggest Headache in Data Center Consolidation - EMEA Recorded: Jul 15 2020 37 mins
    Anne Blanchard, Senior Director of Product Marketing, Nasuni and Coan Dillahunty Senior Product Manager, Nasuni
    Shifting file services to the cloud as part of a data center consolidation can reduce cost, footprint, and increase your future flexibility. But getting it right so that you don’t compromise end user satisfaction or application performance is a real challenge, especially across multiple data centers and apps.

    In this on-demand webinar you’ll hear the former Data Center Manager for TBWA discuss how to approach multi data center consolidation with the least amount of pain and without sacrificing application performance and end-user satisfaction.

    Watch this webinar to learn about:
    • How to overcome the challenges associated with application migration
    • The advantages of connecting file storage and object storage
    • What to look for in a Cloud File Services provider
    • and more
  • VDI Will Never be the Same (And Neither Will Your Workforce) Recorded: Jun 30 2020 47 mins
    Tom Rose, VP of Technical Marketing at Nasuni and John Webster, Senior Partner at Evaluator Group
    When stay-at-home work orders came down, enterprise IT administrators were under immediate stress to make sure that the required IT resources – VDI, augmented security/data protection systems and cloud services – were all within immediate reach.

    Enterprise IT’s response to COVID-19 demonstrates that VDI in the cloud is becoming the preferred environment for hosting an at-home workforce because it makes access to corporate desktops and apps available anywhere, anytime, through any device in a secure, centrally managed way. Resources are spun-up simply and immediately.

    Leading IT industry analyst Evaluator Group believes that the ability to support cloud VDI at scale will become a permanent fixture of enterprise IT strategies. This webinar reviews the evolution of VDI from on-premises to cloud and notes the cost-efficiencies gained along the way. It also highlights the effectiveness of converging cloud-based file storage with cloud VDI to reduce IT cost, complexity, ... and stress.
  • Why Urban Outfitters Made the Move from StorSimple to Microsoft Azure and Nasuni Recorded: Jun 23 2020 56 mins
    Anne Blanchard, Sr. Director of Product Marketing at Nasuni
    Microsoft has announced upcoming end of support for the StorSimple 8000 series and there's no time like the present to plan your migration strategy. The good news is by working with Microsoft ISV Nasuni and Azure, you can actually move to a superior platform quickly and efficiently.

    Microsoft and Nasuni will be joined by retail leader Urban Outfitters to share how moving your data from StorSimple to Azure and Nasuni lets you get more value out of your file data, add unlimited capacity, multi-site sharing, synchronization, and data protection all in one solution.

    Attend this webinar and you’ll learn:

    Why moving to a cloud file services platform can actually improve data access performance and data protection
    How Urban Outfitters planned and executed their migration
    How to migrate your data to Azure and Nasuni efficiently and cost effectively
  • Why Urban Outfitters Made the Move from StorSimple to Microsoft Azure and Nasuni Recorded: Jun 9 2020 56 mins
    Anne Blanchard, Nasuni Karl Rautenstrauch, Microsoft and Perry Golia, Urban Outfitters
    Microsoft has announced upcoming end of support for the StorSimple 8000 series and there's no time like the present to plan your migration strategy. The good news is by working with Microsoft ISV Nasuni and Azure, you can actually move to a superior platform quickly and efficiently.

    Microsoft and Nasuni will be joined by retail leader Urban Outfitters to share how moving your data from StorSimple to Azure and Nasuni lets you get more value out of your file data, add unlimited capacity, multi-site sharing, synchronization, and data protection all in one solution.

    Attend this webinar and you’ll learn:

    Why moving to a cloud file services platform can actually improve data access performance and data protection
    How Urban Outfitters planned and executed their migration
    How to migrate your data to Azure and Nasuni efficiently and cost effectively
  • VDI Will Never be the Same (And Neither Will Your Workforce) Recorded: Jun 3 2020 48 mins
    Tom Rose, VP of Technical Marketing at Nasuni and John Webster, Senior Partner at Evaluator Group
    When stay-at-home work orders came down, enterprise IT administrators were under immediate stress to make sure that the required IT resources – VDI, augmented security/data protection systems and cloud services – were all within immediate reach.

    Enterprise IT’s response to COVID-19 demonstrates that VDI in the cloud is becoming the preferred environment for hosting an at-home workforce because it makes access to corporate desktops and apps available anywhere, anytime, through any device in a secure, centrally managed way. Resources are spun-up simply and immediately.

    Leading IT industry analyst Evaluator Group believes that the ability to support cloud VDI at scale will become a permanent fixture of enterprise IT strategies. This webinar reviews the evolution of VDI from on-premises to cloud and notes the cost-efficiencies gained along the way. It also highlights the effectiveness of converging cloud-based file storage with cloud VDI to reduce IT cost, complexity, ... and stress.
  • The Best Way to Modernize Your File Infrastructure [North America] Recorded: Jun 2 2020 38 mins
    Anne Blanchard, Sr. Director of Product Marketing; Greg Palinckx VP, Solution Architecture; Tom Rose, VP, Technical Marketing
    Gartner predicts that by 2025, 99% of file storage will be in the cloud. Join us as we discuss how traditional file infrastructure evolved, it’s strengths and weaknesses, and why moving this infrastructure to the cloud is now inevitable.

    Find out why now is the time to be evaluating cloud solutions that replace your legacy file infrastructure.

    Understand why unstructured data is overwhelming traditional file storage architectures, especially for companies with multiple locations. Learn how cloud solutions have evolved to solve these problems, and why a file services platform offers the most comprehensive solution.

    Understand why a file services platform is emerging as the best way to modernize your file infrastructure today. Understand the 5 key areas of functionality that are essential to fully migrating your file storage, protection, and data sharing to the cloud.

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    -The impact of unstructured data on distributed storage architectures
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    - Why cloud migration of file infrastructure is likely to follow Gartner’s prediction
    - Why a file services platform represents the most mature cloud solution for file infrastructure
    - How a cloud native solution dramatically reduces cost, complexity and increases productivity
    - The three stages of a file journey to the cloud
    - How to get started on your journey to the cloud
  • The Best Way to Modernize Your File Infrastructure [EMEA] Recorded: Jun 2 2020 38 mins
    Anne Blanchard, Sr. Director of Product Marketing; Greg Palinckx VP, Solution Architecture; Tom Rose, VP, Technical Marketing
    Gartner predicts that by 2025, 99% of file storage will be in the cloud. Join us as we discuss how traditional file infrastructure evolved, it’s strengths and weaknesses, and why moving this infrastructure to the cloud is now inevitable.

    Find out why now is the time to be evaluating cloud solutions that replace your legacy file infrastructure.

    Understand why unstructured data is overwhelming traditional file storage architectures, especially for companies with multiple locations. Learn how cloud solutions have evolved to solve these problems, and why a file services platform offers the most comprehensive solution.

    Understand why a file services platform is emerging as the best way to modernize your file infrastructure today. Understand the 5 key areas of functionality that are essential to fully migrating your file storage, protection, and data sharing to the cloud.

    Watch to learn:
    -How legacy file storage architectures have evolved from their start in the data center
    -The impact of unstructured data on distributed storage architectures
    -The top 3 ways the cloud is being used to solve file infrastructure complexity
    - Why cloud migration of file infrastructure is likely to follow Gartner’s prediction
    - Why a file services platform represents the most mature cloud solution for file infrastructure
    - How a cloud native solution dramatically reduces cost, complexity and increases productivity
    - The three stages of a file journey to the cloud
  • Setting Up Your Knowledge Workers for Productivity At Home Recorded: May 21 2020 33 mins
    Anne Blanchard, Senior Manager, Product Marketing and Coan Dillahunty, Senior Product Manager @ Nasuni
    Today’s business climate is requiring every enterprise to re-evaluate their Business Continuity Plan (BCP) and remote work support. Files are at the center of everything employees do, and to support work-from-home flexibility, the need for fast, effective file sharing has never been greater. Knowledge workers must be productive, even as they work from hundreds or thousands of different locations. Learn how cloud-based file services from Nasuni combined with Azure, AWS, or Google cloud storage delivers instant unlimited scale at a much lower price while keeping workers connected. In this webinar, you’ll hear best practices on how to scale work-from-home file infrastructure, extend fast access to corporate file shares from any location, and simplify remote file access for IT.

    Anne Blanchard: Anne has extensive experience in storage and cloud-delivered solutions. She has spent more than 20 years working with storage customers and cloud solution buyers, and has helped customers in nearly every phase of cloud adoption. Anne joined Nasuni in 2016 to assist with application and industry specific solutions and now focuses on helping companies take a cloud platform approach to file infrastructure.

    Coan Dillahunty: Coan is a Senior Product Management for Nasuni, specializing in Nasuni Web Access and the Nasuni Management Console. Prior to joining Nasuni in 2018, Coan was a Nasuni Administrator for a large Nasuni customer, where he helped manage an environment deployed at more than 100 locations to provide access to more than 4 PB of data.
  • The Second Decade of Cloud Computing Recorded: May 20 2020 63 mins
    David Grant, Chief Marketing Officer, Nasuni
    The Cloud is not new, but the realization that the resilience and potential of the cloud to respond to global events is. But only if your IT infrastructure is already in the cloud. The COVID-19 Pandemic has impacted the IT landscape for good, will you shut down your data centers and move 100% to the cloud? Gartner says 8 out of 10 enterprises will by 2025. How do they take advantage of the second decade of cloud that is more vibrant, available, and flexible than ever before.

    There is still a lot of fear (the cloud is unsecure), uncertainty (how much will it cost), and doubt (I’ll be locked into one vendor) around moving to the cloud. In this dynamic panel, that includes industry leaders from Nasuni, AWS and former NetApp leadership, you will gain a comprehensive insight into future IT strategies covering:

    • How to paint your vision of using the cloud to its fullest potential
    • The hidden financial aspects and building a solid business justification
    • How the cloud will look in 2025

    Speakers
    Andres Rodriguez, Founder & CTO, Nasuni
    Joel Reich, Former EVP of Product Operations, NetApp
    Isaiah Weiner, Principal Technologist, AWS

    Moderator
    David Grant, Chief Marketing Officer, Nasuni
  • Why Industry Leaders Are Moving NAS And Windows File Servers To The Cloud Recorded: Apr 28 2020 13 mins
    Anne Blanchard, Sr. Director of Product Marketing, Nasuni
    Join Nasuni Senior Director of Product Marketing, Anne Blanchard for a look at 3 very different companies in three different industries and how they benefited from migrating their file infrastructure to the cloud. Understand why their search for a more efficient, cost effective, and flexible file infrastructure ultimately led them to a file services platform for a complete solution. For each case study we’ll look at:

    *Each company’s starting infrastructure and business needs

    *Key pain points that drove a search for a cloud solution

    *Benefits and results achieved by moving their file infrastructure to the cloud
  • Storage Wars: Object vs. File vs. Block Recorded: Apr 21 2020 78 mins
    Alex McDonald, Tom Christensen, Anne Blanchard, Sanjay Jagad, Bill Martin
    Research firm IDC projects that by the end of 2020, the world will generate 44 zettabytes (44 trillion gigabytes) of data per year. Data storage, therefore, is no longer simple, and in the age of cloud maturity and Digital Transformation, storage infrastructure strategies are shifting. With object stores having a very different set of characteristics than file and block storage, it can be confusing to know which is the right strategy that will keep up with an expanding digital universe.

    Even small businesses struggle to manage the ever-growing pile of files stored on various networks and systems, so the challenges for enterprise companies can be hard to wrap your head around.

    Join this panel of object, file and block storage experts as they discuss:

    - The best way to manage unstructured data
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    - Use cases for object storage

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    Alex McDonald - SNIA Networking Storage Forum and Office of the CTO, NetApp (Moderator)
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    Sanjay Jagad, Senior Director of Products and Solutions, Cloudian
    Bill Martin, SNIA Technical Council Co-Chair and Samsung
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    Andres Rodriguez, Chief Technology Officer and Founder @ Nasuni
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    Andres will share trends he's observed directly from the field through dozens of interviews with Nasuni customers and IT business leaders that will engage participants in a thoughtful dialog around the shift to an all-software data center and cloud-only strategy.
  • Busting Myths and Overcoming Fears of Moving AEC Files to the Cloud Recorded: Apr 9 2020 29 mins
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    In this webinar we’ll debunk some of the myths (AKA concerns) people have had about moving to a cloud-based file infrastructure. We talk with 29-year IT veteran from Perkins & Will to learn how he overcame similar corporate objections and made the transition to a modern file services platform built for the cloud.

    Join Jason Patterson of Nasuni, who has 10+ years of AEC IT experience, along with Greg Fait, Director of IT Infrastructure from Perkins & Will will discuss the realities of moving AEC files to the cloud.

    You will walk away with and understanding of:

    · The reality to myths surrounding using the cloud to store, access, and manage AEC files

    · What’s involved with transitioning AEC business assets to a file services platform built for the cloud

    · How Perkins & Will overcame the inertia of continuing to use traditional file servers and NAS hardware
  • Cloud Application Migration Strategies, File/Data Storage Architecture Recorded: Jan 7 2020 63 mins
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    One important factor driving these migrations is the growing expense and complexity of maintaining on-premises file storage. Constant storage refreshes, backup licenses, tape management, WAN networking, multi-site coordination and data protection requirements are some of the specific problems affecting your data center staff.

    Fortunately world-renowned Cloud Data Solutions Architect Steve Lindsey from Microsoft, plus Senior Director of Product Marketing Anne Blanchard from Nasuni, will offer answers and solutions in this informative webinar. They will discuss how to deploy a cloud-based, scalable file solution, to replace on-premises servers and NAS equipment, thereby accelerating/facilitating application migrations, with significantly improved DR/Backup functionality.
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