Simon Ratcliffe, CIO Advisor and Mentor, IT Evangelist
The role of the architect has changed dramatically in the past few years and is headed for even more change as the landscape of possible technology options is only going to
increase. Faced with a list of options that is increasing almost daily across a highly
competitive landscape, many architectural decisions have become an exercise in avoiding error rather than exploring possibility.
Whilst an acceptance of failure is becoming the norm in smaller development faced activities, architects must make big decisions that can affect the entire operation of an organisation. This webinar explores some ideas for architectural best practice and mechanisms for reducing risk whilst empowering architects to unleash some of the exciting new options available to them.
Simon Ratcliffe, CIO Advisor and Mentor, IT Evangelist
Digital Transformation is an over-used phrase and one that is often used to describe what is
essentially business transformation that is underpinned by technology. Does this mean that
these transformations are deeply vertical and need deep industry experience to be
successful? In this webinar we examine how organisations can learn from other industry
sectors and also from breaking the standard rules within their own industry.
In this webinar, listeners will be able to learn:
- How do we look across industries and learn from success in others?
- How do we escape from the ‘me too’ transformational activity and break away from trying to keep up and get in front?
Simon Ratcliffe, CIO Advisor and Mentor, IT Evangelist
The majority of organisations today are running their IT estate across multiple platforms including private clouds, on-premise data centres, software as a service, and public clouds. Whilst this flexibility can drive significant business benefit, there are a number of key areas of operations and governance that require a different approach. Many organisations have suffered from cost management challenges despite the claims of many cloud providers that their platform will create savings and so we will examine options for effective cost management that actually work – and the pitfalls to avoid!
Cloud itself has a well-established security pedigree but managing security and risk across multiple clouds adds a layer of complexity that can lead to issues and so we will explore some of the key risks in such an environment and suggest how these can also be mitigated.
Howard Johnson, Broadcom; J Metz, Cisco; Tim Lustig, Mellanox
For a long time, the architecture and best practices of storage networks have been relatively well-understood. Recently, however, advanced capabilities have been added to storage that could have broader impacts on networks than we think.
The three main storage network transports - Fibre Channel, Ethernet, and InfiniBand – all have mechanisms to handle increased traffic, but they are not all affected or implemented the same way. For instance, placing a protocol such as NVMe over Fabrics can mean very different things when looking at one networking method in comparison to another.
Unfortunately, many network administrators may not understand how different storage solutions place burdens upon their networks. As more storage traffic traverses the network, customers face the risk of congestion leading to higher-than-expected latencies and lower-than expected throughput. Watch this webinar to learn:
•Typical storage traffic patterns
•What is Incast, what is head of line blocking, what is congestion, what is a slow drain, and when do these become problems on a network?
•How Ethernet, Fibre Channel, InfiniBand handle these effects
•The proper role of buffers in handling storage network traffic
•Potential new ways to handle increasing storage traffic loads on the network
Carl Leonard, Forcepoint | Raef Meeuwisse, ISACA Expert Speaker
Cloud security is a key challenge for today's data-driven businesses.
Join this interactive 1-2-1 discussion where Principal Security Analyst, Carl Leonard will share insights on;
- What are the top cyber threats and trends to look out for in 2019?
- Why are businesses continuing to suffer data breaches?
- How are businesses securing themselves as they embrace digital transformation?
- What is secure SD-WAN? Why is it increasingly important to businesses with distributed office locations?
- What are the most important security solutions for businesses wishing to safely adopt cloud services?
Moderated by Raef Meeuwisse, ISACA Expert Speaker and co-author of "How to Hack a Human: Cybersecurity for the Mind"
Dave Barnett, Forcepoint EMEA | Alex Hilton, Cloud Industry Forum
Effectively protecting critical data in the cloud is a key challenge for today's data-driven businesses.
Join this interactive 1-2-1 discussion where Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB), Dave Barnett will share insights on;
- Why and how today organisations are protecting data in the cloud.
- What are the main risks inherent in the adoption of cloud services?
- Where the key challenges are in protecting data in the Cloud?
- What to look for when selecting cloud security for your organisation
Moderated by Alex Hilton, Chief Executive, Cloud Industry Forum
Alex Hilton, Cloud Industry Forum | John Meakin, GSK | Patrick Grillo, Fortinet | Dave Barnett, Forcepoint EMEA
The cloud strategy of today's enterprise spans across multiple clouds and hundreds of applications. Point security solutions no longer work, so enterprises are turning toward a more orchestrated approach to achieving security and compliance in the cloud.
Join cloud and security leaders in an interactive discussion to learn about:
- Key security and compliance challenges associated with a multi-cloud strategy
- Recommendations for managing and automating security across multiple clouds and applications
- The future of cloud
- Improving enterprise security in an ever-changing threat landscape
Dave Barnett, Head of CASB, Forcepoint EMEA
Patrick Grillo, Senior Director - Security Solutions, Fortinet
John Meakin, Group Chief Information Security Officer, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
Moderated by Alex Hilton, Chief Executive, Cloud Industry Forum
David Chalupsky, Intel; Craig Carlson, Marvell; Peter Onufryck, Microchip; John Kim, Mellanox
In the short period from 2014-2018, Ethernet equipment vendors have announced big increases in line speeds, shipping 25, 50, and 100 Gigabits-per -second (Gb/s) speeds and announcing 200/400 Gb/s. At the same time Fibre Channel vendors have launched 32GFC, 64GFC and 128GFC technology while InfiniBand has reached 200Gb/s (called HDR) speeds.
But who exactly is asking for these faster new networking speeds, and how will they use them? Are there servers, storage, and applications that can make good use of them? How are these new speeds achieved? Are new types of signaling, cables and transceivers required? How will changes in PCIe standards keep up? And do the faster speeds come with different distance limitations?
Watch this SNIA Networking Storage Forum (NSF) webcast to learn how these new speeds are achieved, where they are likely to be deployed for storage, and what infrastructure changes are needed to support them.
Alan Bumgarner, Intel; Alex McDonald, NetApp; John Kim, Mellanox
Traditionally, much of the IT infrastructure that we’ve built over the years can be divided fairly simply into storage (the place we save our persistent data), network (how we get access to the storage and get at our data) and compute (memory and CPU that crunches on the data). In fact, so successful has this model been that a trip to any cloud services provider allows you to order (and be billed for) exactly these three components.
We build effective systems in a cost-optimal way by using appropriate quantities of expensive and fast memory (DRAM for instance) to cache our cheaper and slower storage. But currently fast memory has no persistence at all; it’s only storage that provides the application the guarantee that storing, modifying or deleting data does exactly that.
Memory and storage differ in other ways. For example, we load from memory to registers on the CPU, perform operations there, and then store the results back to memory by using byte addresses. This load/store technology is different from storage, where we tend to move data back and fore between memory and storage in large blocks, by using an API (application programming interface).
New memory technologies are challenging these assumptions. They look like storage in that they’re persistent, if a lot faster than traditional disks or even Flash based SSDs, but we address them in bytes, as we do memory like DRAM, if more slowly. Persistent memory (PM) lies between storage and memory in latency, bandwidth and cost, while providing memory semantics and storage persistence. In this webcast, SNIA experts will discuss:
•Traditional uses of storage and memory as a cache
•How can we build and use systems based on PM?
•What would a system with storage, persistent memory and DRAM look like?
•Do we need a new programming model to take advantage of PM?
•Interesting use cases for systems equipped with PM
•How we might take better advantage of this new technology
Matt Baldwin, NetApp and Former Founder StackPoint Cloud; Ingo Fuchs, NetApp; Mike Jochimsen, Kaminario
Kubernetes (k8s) is an open-source system for automating the deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. Kubernetes promises simplified management of cloud workloads at scale, whether on-premises, hybrid, or in a public cloud infrastructure, allowing effortless movement of workloads from cloud to cloud. By some reckonings, it is being deployed at a rate several times faster than virtualization.
In this presentation, we’ll introduce Kubernetes and present use cases that make clear where and why you would want to use it in your IT environment. We’ll also focus on the enterprise requirements of orchestration and containerization, and specifically on the storage aspects and best practices.
•What is Kubernetes? Why would you want to use it?
•How does Kubernetes help in a multi-cloud/private cloud environment?
•How does Kubernetes orchestrate & manage storage? Can Kubernetes use Docker?
•How do we provide persistence and data protection?
•Example use cases
Scott Sinclair, ESG; Michelle Tidwell, IBM, Mike Jochimsen, Kaminario; Eric Lakin, Univ. of Michigan; Alex McDonald, NetApp
Has hybrid cloud reached a tipping point? According to research from the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), IT organizations today are struggling to strike the right balance between public cloud and their on-premises infrastructure. In this SNIA webcast, ESG senior analyst, Scott Sinclair, will share research on current cloud trends, covering:
•Key drivers behind IT complexity
•IT spending priorities
•Multi-cloud & hybrid cloud adoption drivers
•When businesses are moving workloads from the cloud back on-premises
•Top security and cost challenges
•Future cloud projections
The research will be followed by a panel discussion with Scott Sinclair and SNIA cloud experts Alex McDonald, Michelle Tidwell, Mike Jochimsen and Eric Lakin.
Kubernetes, microservices, AI and machine learning have forever changed the traditional enterprise tech stack. As DevOps practices become increasingly more adopted and widely used, automation is imperative for your tech teams and cloud infrastructure to remain scalable and turnkey. Join this live panel discussion with experts in the Cloud, IT Infrastructure and DevOps communities as they discuss these and other major trends, and what to look out for in the coming years.
- How to accelerate software delivery in the era of automation and composable infrastructure
- Infrastructure as code and changing organizational design
- How to properly set up your DevOps automation and see big cloud cost savings
- The future of DevOps in the cloud and real life use cases for applications and machine learning
Moderator: Robert Starmer, Cloud Advisor & Founding Partner, Kumulus Technologies
Syed Rasheed, Director of Portolio Solution, Red Hat
Tarak Modi, CTO, TekNirvana
Alex McDonald, Vice-Chair SNIA Europe, and Office of the CTO, NetApp; Paul Talbut, SNIA Europe General Manager
We’re all accustomed to transferring money from one bank account to another; a credit to the payer becomes a debit to the payee. But that model uses a specific set of sophisticated techniques to accomplish what appears to be a simple transaction. We’re also aware of how today we can order goods online, or reserve an airline seat over the Internet. Or even simpler, we can update a photograph on Facebook. Can these applications use the same models, or are new techniques required?
One of the more important concepts in storage is the notion of transactions, which are used in databases, financials, and other mission critical workloads. However, in the age of cloud and distributed systems, we need to update our thinking about what constitutes a transaction. We need to understand how new theories and techniques allow us to undertake transactional work in the face of unreliable and physically dispersed systems. It’s a topic full of interesting concepts (and lots of acronyms!). In this webcast, we’ll provide a brief tour of traditional transactional systems and their use of storage, we’ll explain new application techniques and transaction models, and we’ll discuss what storage systems need to look like to support these new advances.
And yes, we’ll explain all the acronyms and nomenclature too.
You will learn:
• A brief history of transactional systems from banking to Facebook
• How the Internet and distributed systems have changed and how we view transactions
• An explanation of the terminology, from ACID to CAP and beyond
• How applications, networks & particularly storage have changed to meet these demands
Alex McDonald, SNIA SSSI Co-Chair (Moderator), Tom Coughlin, Coughlin Associates, Motti Beck, Mellanox Technologies
Join SNIA Solid State Storage Initiative (SSSI) Education Chair and leading analyst Tom Coughlin and SSSI member Motti Beck of Mellanox Technologies for a journey into the requirements and trends in worldwide data storage for entertainment content acquisition, editing, archiving, and digital preservation. This webcast will cover capacity and performance trends and media projections for direct attached storage, cloud, and near-line network storage. It will also include results from a long-running digital storage survey of media and entertainment professionals. Learn what is needed for digital cinema, broadcast, cable, and internet applications and more.
This webcast will present an overview of scale-out file system architectures. To meet the increasingly higher demand on both capacity and performance in large cluster computing environments, the storage subsystem has evolved toward a modular and scalable design. The scale-out file system is one implementation of the trend, in addition to scale-out object and block storage solutions. This presentation will provide an introduction to scale-out-file systems and cover:
•General principles when architecting a scale-out file system storage solution
•Hardware and software design considerations for different workloads
•Storage challenges when serving a large number of compute nodes, e.g. name space consistency, distributed locking, data replication, etc.
•Use cases for scale-out file systems
•Common benchmark and performance analysis approaches
After you watch the webcast, check-out the Q&A blog at http://bit.ly/2EWqXQO
John Burke, CIO and Principal Research Analyst, Nemertes Research
You need to rethink your WAN to survive the next 5 years. We can help show you how.
Think about it: half of your IT services come from the cloud, from folks such as Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, Microsoft Azure and Office365, and Oracle Cloud. Mixing cloud and internal sources, you serve an increasingly scattered and mobile staff. IoT is turning the physical environment into both a provider and a consumer of IT services.
Is the WAN you built for Client/Server really going to serve?
No. IT needs to rethink its WAN and re-engineer the economics of wide-area networking.
Join Nemertes as we bring our WAN technology research study and freshly updated, one-of-a-kind cost and performance benchmarks to bear on the challenges of remaking your WAN to drive success in the cloud age. We'll discuss:
• SD-WAN and the real benefits it can deliver for performance and cost
• Other cloud-friendly network technologies such as direct-connect and WAN-Cloud Exchanges
• Up-to-date cost and provider performance data for MPLS and Internet services.
Don Deel, NetApp, SNIA; Moderated by Richelle Ahlvers, Broadcom, SNIA
Tools for speeding your implementation of the next-generation storage management standard
The SNIA Swordfish™ specification for the management of storage systems and data services is an extension of the DMTF Redfish® specification. Together, these specifications provide a unified approach for the management of servers and storage in converged, hyper-converged, hyperscale and cloud infrastructure environments.
To help speed your Swordfish development efforts, SNIA has produced open source storage management tools available now on GitHub for your use. Join this session for an overview of these open source tools, which include a Swordfish API Emulator, a Swordfish Basic Web Client, an example Swordfish plugin for the Microsoft Power BI business analytics service, and an example Swordfish plugin for the Datadog monitoring service.
Containers are a big trend in application deployment. The landscape of containers is moving fast and constantly changing, with new standards emerging every few months. Learn what’s new, what to pay attention to, and how to make sense of the ever-shifting container landscape.
This live webcast will cover:
•Container storage types and Container Frameworks
•An overview of the various storage APIs for the container landscape
•How to identify the most important projects to follow in the container world
•The Container Storage Interface spec and Kubernetes 1.13
•How to get involved in the container community
After you watch the webcast, check out the Q&A blog at http://bit.ly/2GPkFET
Patty Driever, IBM; Howard Johnson, Broadcom; Joe Kimpler, ATTO Technologies
FICON (Fibre Channel Connection) is an upper-level protocol supported by mainframe servers and attached enterprise-class storage controllers that utilizes Fibre Channel as the underlying transport.
The FCIA FICON 101 webcast (on-demand at http://bit.ly/FICON101) described some of the key characteristics of the mainframe and how FICON satisfies the demands placed on mainframes for reliable and efficient access to data. FCIA experts gave a brief introduction into the layers of architecture (system/device and link) that the FICON protocol bridges. Using the FICON 101 session as a springboard, our experts return for FICON 201 where they will delve deeper into the architectural flow of FICON and how it leverages Fibre Channel to be an optimal mainframe transport.
Join this live FCIA webcast where you’ll learn:
- How FICON (FC-SB-x) maps onto the Fibre Channel FC-2 layer
- The evolution of the FICON protocol optimizations
- How FICON adapts to new technologies
All you need to know, what it means and why it matters
Cloud computing is a general concept that incorporates software-as-a-service (SaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS), infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and other recent well-known technology trends in which the common theme is reliance on the Internet for satisfying the computing needs of the users.
This channel features presentations by thought leaders who cover the key topic areas in this increasingly important field.