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How to Integrate Virtualized Server Environments with NVMe AFAs

As you likely know, the reason companies deployed virtualization in the beginning was to get more out of their hardware – and make their lives a little easier – it is the very same reason they are deploying it today. As a result, virtualized servers are the defacto standard in today’s data centers. While, it’s true that virtualization lowers IT infrastructure costs and allows enterprises to respond to new business needs quickly, it also creates an additional layer of infrastructure complexity. Complexity that the IT team has to manage across both the ESX and storage array layer.

We get it – it’s a double-edged sword. Virtualization is meant to lower costs and allow quicker response time, but when the infrastructure becomes complex, the resources required to manage it could increase and offset the savings you were hoping to achieve. Join us for this webinar where we’ll address how IT can more easily manage their virtual environment.

In this webinar, we’ll introduce you to the IntelliFlash vCenter Plug-in and share how the product offers visibility into storage datastore, offers the ability to self-provision VMs, and provides a consistent snapshot of VM-level performance metrics. In addition to better understanding the IntelliFlash vCenter Plug-in, you will learn:
>How to simplify your VMware administrative tasks
>How to take full advantage of All-Flash Arrays to create and deploy denser, faster VMs
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    Data is growing faster than ever before and shifting the data from infrastructure input to business asset will be the difference in an organization not only surviving, but thriving. To both manage and tap into the power and possibilities of data, businesses cannot afford any disruptions. Complex infrastructures make it worse and businesses end up spending too much time and money looking over disparate data in an attempt to pinpoint and resolve issues.

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    How IntelliCare simplifies storage administration and maximizes the uptime and efficiency of your IntelliFlash arrays
    How to proactively monitor all of your IntelliFlash arrays from a single web portal, set up alerts, and predict future storage requirements
    How Western Digital uses IntelliCare cloud-based analytics to predict issues before they develop and resolve the potential issues
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    Zoned-block storage layers are being increasingly adopted in the industry, including Zoned Namespaces (ZNS) developed within the NVM Express™ working group and the already-ratified specification for HDDs called ZAC/ZBC.

    Key topics are the new ZNS interface, additions to the Linux® eco-system, file-system integrations, and enabling key applications (RocksDB) with this new interface.

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    - How to scale TBs of system memory for SAP HANA data sets at a better TCO
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    - How to expand HANA server memory in a cost-effective manner vs. DRAM configurations
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  • How to Manage Your Data Growth with Oracle® or SQL Server® Recorded: Sep 4 2019 17 mins
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    >Is it better to store in the cloud or deploy a hybrid cloud initiative?
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  • How to Modernize Your Data Protection with Flash and Cloud Recorded: Aug 28 2019 25 mins
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  • How to Integrate Virtualized Server Environments with NVMe AFAs Recorded: Aug 21 2019 18 mins
    Matt Hebb, Product Marketing, Data Center Systems, Western Digital
    As you likely know, the reason companies deployed virtualization in the beginning was to get more out of their hardware – and make their lives a little easier – it is the very same reason they are deploying it today. As a result, virtualized servers are the defacto standard in today’s data centers. While, it’s true that virtualization lowers IT infrastructure costs and allows enterprises to respond to new business needs quickly, it also creates an additional layer of infrastructure complexity. Complexity that the IT team has to manage across both the ESX and storage array layer.

    We get it – it’s a double-edged sword. Virtualization is meant to lower costs and allow quicker response time, but when the infrastructure becomes complex, the resources required to manage it could increase and offset the savings you were hoping to achieve. Join us for this webinar where we’ll address how IT can more easily manage their virtual environment.

    In this webinar, we’ll introduce you to the IntelliFlash vCenter Plug-in and share how the product offers visibility into storage datastore, offers the ability to self-provision VMs, and provides a consistent snapshot of VM-level performance metrics. In addition to better understanding the IntelliFlash vCenter Plug-in, you will learn:
    >How to simplify your VMware administrative tasks
    >How to take full advantage of All-Flash Arrays to create and deploy denser, faster VMs
  • How to Create a Data Strategy for Virtualization Recorded: Aug 7 2019 28 mins
    Erik Ottem, Sr. Director, Data Center Systems at Western Digital Corporation
    Virtualization has been around for quite a while. Now might be a good time to review what you’re doing from a data perspective. Classic hardware virtualization has been the key to consolidation efficiencies and savings. Now data virtualization can provide similar benefits in a different way. A modern data strategy should consider the benefits and costs of data virtualization. Some people are surprised to find out that hardware virtualization is not the end of the story, that there is data virtualization as well. In this webinar we’ll take a look at how having the right data strategy can improve the way you provide value to business operations by making data more available by reducing siloes and reducing the amount of management required.

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    - Cost Savings: How implementing a data strategy can help you spend less on both building and
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    - Virtualization-Worthy Data: How to identify what data is better housed in a virtual environment;
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    - Case Study: we’ll take a look at how data virtualization can work in the real world and the benefits that
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    From a storage perspective, the option of going all-flash is now familiar; meanwhile, new connectivity mechanisms such as NVMeoF™ are looking to change the game once again. Evolving storage architectures are driving a move away from monolithic infrastructure and towards a composable, open architecture model. The benefits are profound, in terms of delivering a dynamic response to the needs of changing workloads, and hitting the target in terms of massively scalable service delivery.

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    - Western Digital’s experience building and deploying a Big Data Platform to create a
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    >Questions you should ask before building a strategy for analytics
    >How to identify the different data needs for typical analytic workloads
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    Rajeev Sharma, Senior Product Manager, Data Center Systems
    Businesses across the globe are grappling with how to not only capture and preserve their data, but more importantly, how to transfer the data into actionable insights. After all, data is the currency of the modern economy, and the speed by which an organization can unlock the possibilities of its data is paramount to its success. As a result, many organizations are turning to NVMe – a protocol that is disrupting all-flash array architectures – to provide higher performance and improve their data’s time-to-value. But, transitioning an infrastructure to NVMe may bring up questions, specifically how this will impact existing FC SAN and iSCSI environments.

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    - How to address the challenges of transitioning to NVMe-based storage
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    - How to effectively consolidate storage silos without any trade-offs in performance
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    • What is NVMe-oF
    • The business value of NVMe-oF
    • The role that NVMe-oF will play in transforming data centers of the future
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