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Beyond Green IT – How Autodesk Uses IT to Improve Sustainability

Many IT teams have improved sustainability within their IT operations by adopting practices such as virtualizing their data centers, employing efficient data center cooling and purchasing EPEAT certified hardware. However, IT organizations can achieve a much broader influence on the company and on the environment by helping to build sustainable practices all across the business. Hear how Autodesk uses Information Technology to reduce GHGs and waste in business operations; sales and marketing; and manufacturing and distribution.
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  • Adapting Cloud Analytics for Practical Business Use Apr 7 2021 5:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Ben Howard, KinectAir; Glyn Bowden, HPE; Jim Fister, The Decision Place
    Start-up companies interested in using business analytics have a series of choices regarding different hardware, software, and services available in the cloud. The decision process for established companies, though, is more significant. Considering whether to use existing practices or start anew creates multiple decision points in any process. This SNIA webcast will feature views from both start-up and established companies on how to make the analytics decision. Attendees should expect to learn:
    • Real-world examples of the analytics decision process
    • How to use cloud resources in unique ways to accomplish business and engineering goals
    • Starting from the perspective of business requirements and developing technical metrics
    • Thoughts on when to start new vs. adapt existing analytics processes
  • NVMe-oF: Looking Beyond Performance Hero Numbers Mar 25 2021 5:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Erik Smith, Dell Technologies; Rob Davis, NVIDIA; Nishant Lodha, Marvell; Alex McDonald, SNIA NSF Vice Chair
    Over the past several years, many in the NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) ecosystem have used test results demonstrating NVMe-oF’s dramatic reduction in latency as a way to extrapolate the benefit it can provide to application consumers. To date, the focus has been on specialized fabrics like RDMA and Fibre Channel (FC).

    Unfortunately, the more important questions have been left as an exercise for the buyer: “How does the transport really impact application performance?” and “How does the transport holistically fit into my environment?”


    RDMA based fabrics (e.g., RoCE) provide the lowest possible latency, and FC provides the most reliability, but with the introduction of NVMe/TCP this conversation must also include scale, cost and operations. This webcast will attempt to answer these questions beyond “it depends.”

    Gain insights from an industry wide panel of NVMe and fabric technology experts as they discuss the thought process you can use to determine pros and cons of a fabric for your environment, including:
    • Use cases driving fabric choices
    • NVMe transports and their strengths
    • Industry dynamics driving adoption
    • Considerations for scale, security, and efficiency
  • The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence Mar 16 2021 5:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Rob Enderle, Enderle Group; Eric Hibbard, SNIA Security Technical Work Group; Jim Fister, The Decision Place
    Artificial Intelligence technologies are possibly the most substantive and meaningful change to modern business. The ability to process large amounts of data with varying degrees of structure and form enables large leaps in insight to drive revenue and profit. Likewise, governments and civil society have significant opportunity for improvement of the lives of the populace. However, with the power that AI brings comes the risks of any technology innovation. This interactive session will cover some of the ethical issues that AI can bring. Attendees should expect to learn:
    • How making decisions at the speed of AI could be ethically challenging
    • Examples of how companies have structures to approach AI policy
    • The pitfalls of managing the human side of AI development
    • Potential legal implications of using AI to make decisions
    • Advice for addressing potential ethics issues before they are unsolvable
  • Got Fibre Channel Questions? Come Get Answers. Recorded: Feb 24 2021 61 mins
    Scott Sinclair, Enterprise Strategy Group; Marcus Thordal, Broadcom; Craig Carlson, Marvell; Kiran Ranabhor, Cisco
    Got Fibre Channel questions? Here’s your chance to get them answered. Coming together from multiple vendors and various technical disciplines, the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA’s) depth of Fibre Channel expertise in unmatched.

    On February 24, 2021, FCIA experts will share their knowledge by answering your Fibre Channel questions. Wondering which workloads are best suited for NVMe over Fibre Channel or why Fabric Services are important? Perhaps you have a specific question on performance, peer zoning or cabling & connectors. Ask away!

    So, whether you’re a Fibre Channel novice or you’ve been working with it for 20 years, you likely have at least one question that could use some clarification. You may submit up to three questions for our panel. We’ll do our best to get to them all.

    Submit your Fibre Channel questions here: http://bit.ly/AskFCIA
  • Storage Technologies & Practices Ripe for Refresh Recorded: Feb 3 2021 63 mins
    John Kim, NVIDIA; Eric Hibbard, SNIA; Alex McDonald, SNIA; Tom Friend, Illuminosi
    So much of what we discuss within SNIA is the latest emerging technologies in storage. While it’s good to know about what technology is coming, it’s also important to understand the technologies that should be sunsetted.

    In this webcast, you’ll learn about storage technologies and practices in your data center that are ready for refresh or possibly retirement. Find out why some long-standing technologies and practices should be re-evaluated. We’ll discuss:

    •Obsolete hardware, protocols, interfaces and other aspects of storage
    •Why certain technologies are no longer in general use
    •Technologies on their way out and why
    •Drivers for change
    •Justifications for obsoleting proven technologies
    •Trade-offs risks: new faster/better vs. proven/working tech

    After you watch the webcast, check out the Q&A blog at https://bit.ly/3aGyeUK
  • Data Privacy and Data Protection in the COVID Era Recorded: Jan 20 2021 61 mins
    Eric Hibbard, SNIA Security TWG, Mounir Elmously, Ernst & Young; Alex McDonald, SNIA CSTI Chair
    The COVID-19 Pandemic has amplified cybersecurity concerns particularly related to the cloud. Threat actors have recognized a unique opportunity to exploit pandemic-related vulnerabilities through social engineering attacks, business email compromise, work from home or other remote weak points. This results in increased risk and occurrence of ransomware attacks and data breaches that can disrupt or totally compromise organizations’ ability to conduct business. These security incidents can also subject victims to liability for violations of privacy and data breach notification laws. Join this webcast as SNIA experts will discuss:
    • Changing threat landscape due to COVID
    • Recent attacker exploits
    • Common security failures and their consequences
    • Data Protection (Mounir)
    o Strategies to combat malware
    o Minimizing ransomware risks
    • How emerging technologies (5G, IoT, AI, etc.) expand the threat landscape

    After you watch the webcast, check out the Q&A blog at https://bit.ly/3qp2j0B
  • Digital Storage Stars in the Media and Entertainment Industry Recorded: Jan 13 2021 56 mins
    Tom Coughlin, President, Coughlin Associates & SNIA CMSI Education Chair
    Digital storage is a critical technology for professional Media and Entertainment (M&E). With the Covid-19 pandemic much M&E work went remote, enabled by cloud based services and private and public cloud storage. NVMe SSDs and emerging memories are assuming increased use in high resolution, high frame rate, high dynamic range video content workflows. Between 2019 and 2025, about a 3X increase is expected in the required storage capacity in the industry and a 3.4X increase in storage capacity shipped per year. Cloud storage capacity for the M&E industry will increase 13X between 2019 and 2025.

    This webinar looks at the trends driving demand for digital storage in all parts of the M&E industry, with data from the 2020 Digital Storage in Media and Entertainment report from Coughlin Associates presented by Tom Coughlin, who also serves as the volunteer Education Chair for the SNIA Compute, Memory, and Storage Initiative.
  • Cloud Data Management & Interoperability: Why A CDMI Standard Matters Recorded: Dec 9 2020 58 mins
    Mark Carlson, SNIA Technical Council Co-chair; Eric Hibbard, SNIA Security TWG Chair, Alex McDonald, SNIA CSTI Chair
    The Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI™) International Standard is intended for application developers who are implementing cloud storage systems, and who are developing applications to manage and consume cloud storage. It documents how to access cloud storage namespaces and how to manage the data stored in these namespaces. In this webcast we’ll provide an overview of the CDMI standard and cover CDMI 2.0:

    •Support for encrypted objects
    •Delegated access control
    •General clarifications
    •Errata contributed by vendors implementing the CDMI standard

    After you watch the presentation, check out the Q&A blog: https://bit.ly/3a8ohPX
  • Fibre Channel Outlook - 2021 and Beyond Recorded: Dec 3 2020 59 mins
    Casey Quillin, Quillin Research; Rupin Mohan, HPE; Craig Carlson, Marvell; Mark Jones, Broadcom
    Gen 7, the newest generation of Fibre Channel, doubles performance to 64GFC with switches and HBAs now available in the market. But what does 2021 hold for the network protocol standard? What impact will NVMe over Fibre Channel have in the datacenter? Tune into this webcast to hear answers to these questions and more.

    Founder and principal market analyst Casey Quillin of Quillin Research, will provide his perspective on storage networking trends and will join FCIA experts as they share insights on the continued innovation of Fibre Channel and what datacenter managers can expect in 2021 and beyond.

    Attendees will be provided with a link to the latest edition of the 2020 Fibre Channel Solutions Guide, packed with additional technical information to help you navigate the networking landscape.

    Join us for a look at:
    •Storage networking trends
    •The features and timing of Fibre Channel technology migration reflected in the Fibre Channel Roadmap
    •The need for standards
    •Fibre Channel security standards
  • How Video Analytics is Changing the Way We Store Video Recorded: Dec 2 2020 54 mins
    Kevin Cone, Intel; Glyn Bowden, HPE; Jim Fister, The Decision Place
    There is a new wave of cognitive services based on video and image analytics, leveraging the latest in machine learning and deep learning. In this webcast, we will look at some of the benefits and factors driving this adoption, as well as explore compelling projects and required components for a successful video-based cognitive service. This includes some great work in the open source community to provide methods and frameworks, some standards that are being worked on to unify the ecosystem and allow interoperability with models and architectures. Finally, we’ll cover the data required to train such models, the data source and how it needs to be treated.

    However, there are challenges in how we do this. Many archives were analog and tape based which doesn’t stand up well to mass ingestion or the back and forth of training algorithms. How can we start to define new architectures and leverage the right medium to make our archives accessible whilst still focusing on performance at the point of capture?

    We will discuss:

    •New and interesting use cases driving adoption of video analytics as a cognitive service
    •Work in the open source arena on new frameworks and standards
    •Modernizing archives to enable training and refinement at will
    •Security and governance where personal identifiable information and privacy become a concern
    •Plugging into the rest of the ecosystem to build rich, video centric experiences for operations staff and consumers

    After you watch the video, check-out the Q&A blog: https://sniacloud.com/video-analytics-qa/
  • IoT [Ep.4] Use Case Drilldown: Healthcare, Manufacturing, and Smart Buildings Recorded: Nov 24 2020 51 mins
    Johna Till Johnson, CEO and Founder, Nemertes Research
    Some of the top use cases for IoT are Healthcare, Smart Buildings, and IIOT (industrial IoT). How are companies approaching these use case? What security measures are they taking? How well are the teams driving these use cases engaged with one another, and with the IT, cybersecurity, and other technology teams? This webinar drills down into the current state of these critical use cases, and provides technology leaders with insight into how companies are organizing around delivering IoT.
  • Compute Everywhere: How Storage and Networking Expand the Compute Continuum Recorded: Nov 17 2020 61 mins
    Jim Fister, SNIA CMSI/CSTI, Steve Adams, Intel: Chipalo Street, Microsoft; Eli Tiomkin, NGD Systems
    In modern analytics deployments, latency is the fatal flaw that limits the efficacy of the overall system.  Solutions move at the speed of decision, and microseconds could mean the difference between success and failure against competitive offerings.  Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and In-Memory Analytics solutions have significantly reduced latency, but the sheer volume of data and its potential broad distribution across the globe prevents a single analytics node from efficiently harvesting and processing data.

    This panel discussion will feature industry experts discussing the different approaches to distributed analytics in the network and storage nodes.
  • Not Again! Data Deduplication for Storage Systems Recorded: Nov 10 2020 56 mins
    Abhishek Rajimwale, Dell; John Kim, NVIDIA; Alex McDonald, SNIA NSF Vice Chair
    Organizations inevitably store multiple copies of the same data. Users and applications store the same files over and over, intentionally or inadvertently. Developers, testers and analysts keep many similar copies of the same data. And backup programs copy the same or similar files daily, often to multiple locations or storage devices. It’s not unusual to end up with some data replicated thousands of times.

    So how do we stop the duplication madness? Join this webcast where we’ll discuss how to reduce the number of copies of data that get stored, mirrored, or backed up as we discuss:

    •Should I eliminate duplicates at the desktop, server, storage or backup device?
    •Dedupe technology
    •Local vs. global deduplication
    •Avoiding or reducing data copies (non-dupe)
    •Block-level vs. file- or object-level deduplication
    •In-line vs. post-process deduplication
    •More efficient backup techniques

    Register today (but only once please) for this webcast so you can start saving space and end the extra data replication.
  • IoT [Ep.3] IoT Dollars and Cents: What IoT Really Costs Recorded: Nov 10 2020 46 mins
    Johna Till Johnson, CEO and Founder, Nemertes Research
    IoT [Ep.3] IoT Dollars and Cents: What IoT Really Costs (And What Business Value IT Generates)

    What does it really take to make IoT successful? This webinar addresses both the hard dollars and soft dollars involved in driving success with IoT. We cover:
    * Up-front investment costs
    * Staffing
    * Anticipated revenue generated
    * Anticipated cost savings
    * Anticipated business process improvement
  • Storage Networking Security Series: Securing Data in Transit Recorded: Oct 28 2020 61 mins
    Claudio DeSanti, Dell; Ariel Kit, NVIDIA; Cesar Obediente, Cisco; Brandon Hoff, Broadcom; Alex McDonald, SNIA NSF Vice Chair
    Whether traveling by car, plane or train, it is critical to get from here to there safely and securely. Just like you, your data must be safe and sound as it makes its journey across an internal network or to an external cloud storage device. It's well known that data is often considered less secure while in motion, and attackers are finding increasingly innovative ways to compromise data in flight. And the risks associated with data in transit are dependent on the security measures that are in place. So how do you adequately protect data in transit?

    In this webcast, we'll cover what the threats are to your data as it's transmitted, how attackers can interfere with data along its journey, and methods of putting effective protection measures in place for data in transit. Included in this webinar will be:

    •What you should expect to happen to secure data in transit; what are the trade-offs
    •What transport layer security protocols (SSL, TLS, etc.) are best for protecting data in transit?
    •Different encryption technologies and their role in protecting data in transit
    •Which criteria should be used?
    •How do you know which encryption to use?
    •What’s applicable to different workloads?
    •Best practices for data protection in transit

    Join us on a journey to provide safe passage for your data by registering today!

    After you watch the webcast, check out the Q&A blog: https://bit.ly/2VXPD3e
  • IoT [Ep.2] IoT Nuts and Bolts: Technologies And Vendors That Enable Success Recorded: Oct 27 2020 52 mins
    Johna Till Johnson, CEO and Founder, Nemertes Research
    In our first IoT episode, we discussed the practices that make IoT successful. In this episode, we drill down into the specific tools, technologies, and vendors that most closely align with success, and explain why. We review best-in-breed solutions for:
    * IoT Networks
    * IoT Databases
    * IoT Platforms
    * IoT Analytics
    * IoT Cybersecurity
  • Data Ownership, Utilization & Security, Financial Growth & Skill-Management Recorded: Oct 22 2020 35 mins
    Farhad Mehraban, DCE®, DCM®, DCTP® | Keynote Speaker | IT | IoT | Big Data | AI | Data Center & Cloud Infrastructure
    Data ownership, security and utilization is of a big concern to individuals and end users. Many legislative actions have been put in place to address this issue but done so inconsistently. Data center modernization and scalability should be in line with client data Protection as a top priority. This will be evident in design, governance, maintenance, resilience and availability of the given data center.



    The nature of digital transformation and data center modernization will require a shift in skill-set utmost required for innovation and growth. Proper Data Structure, limitation of human error with automation along with the ethical responsibility of the organizations in leveraging technologies such as AI & ML will result in the financial growth of the said organization although the initial cost of operations might increase.
  • [Panel] Data Center Modernization in 2020 Recorded: Oct 22 2020 44 mins
    Simon Ratcliffe, Ensono | Chris Gatch, DC BLOX | Brad King, Scality | Dan Pitt, Palo Alto Innovation Advisors
    The need for IT organizations to partner with business stakeholders to meet new requirements - including business innovation, delivering new apps to market and transforming customer experience - has never been more pressing. As the beating heart of IT Infrastructure and as the digital economy becomes a reality, how is the data center meeting the demands of 2020?

    Join this expert panel to see how data centers are modernizing to keep pace with the highly competitive, fast-paced world of 2020. Topics of discussion will include:

    - Why the modern data center needs to be software‐defined, highly virtualized and automated
    - How to overcome the challenge of managing both private and public clouds
    - What you must consider to ensure your data center is secure and compliance
    - How to support both cloud-native and traditional applications
    - Why your data center needs to be able to deliver infrastructure as code

    Panel moderated by:
    Simon Ratcliffe, Technology Evangelist, Ensono
    Panelists include:
    Chris Gatch, Chief Technology Officer, DC BLOX
    Brad King, Co-Founder and Field CTO, Scality
    Dan Pitt, President, Palo Alto Innovation Advisors; Senior VP (retired), MEF Forum
  • Storage Implications at the Velocity of 5G Streaming Recorded: Oct 21 2020 60 mins
    Steve Adams, Intel; Chip Maurer, Dell; Michael Hoard, Intel
    The broad adoption of 5G, Internet of things (IoT) and edge computing will reshape the nature and role of enterprise and cloud storage over the next several years. What building blocks, capabilities and integration methods are needed to make this happen?

    Join this webcast for a discussion on:

    ●With 5G, IoT and edge computing - how much data are we talking about?
    ●What will be the first applications leading to collaborative data-intelligence streaming?
    ●How can low latency microservices and AI quickly extract insights from large amounts of data?
    ●What are the emerging requirements for scalable stream storage - from peta to zeta?
    ●How are yesterday’s object-based batch analytic processing (Hadoop) and today’s streaming messaging capabilities (Apache Kafka and RabbitMQ) work together?
    ●What are the best approaches for getting data from the Edge to the Cloud?

    After you watch the webcast, check out the Q&A blog: https://bit.ly/37pCC7X
  • Technology Implications of Internet of Payments Recorded: Oct 14 2020 53 mins
    Glyn Bowden, HPE; Richard George, Health Life Prosperity Shared Ltd; Jim Fister, The Decision Place
    Electronic payments, once the purview of a few companies, have expanded to include a variety of financial and technology companies. Internet of Payment (IoP) enables payment processing over many kinds of IoT devices and has also led to the emergence of the micro-transaction. The growth of independent payment services offering e-commerce solutions, such as Square, and the entry of new ways to pay, such as Apple Pay mean that a variety of devices and technologies also have come into wide use.

    Along with the rise and dispersal of the payment eco-system, more of our assets that we exchange for payment are becoming digitized as well. When digital ownership is equivalent to physical ownership, security and scrutiny of those digital platforms and methods takes a leap forward in significance.

    Assets and funds are now widely distributed across multiple organizations. Physical asset ownership is even being shared between many stakeholders resulting in more ownership opportunities for less investment but in a distributed way.

    In this talk we look at the impact of all of these new principles across multiple use cases and how it impacts not only on the consumers driving this behavior but on the underlying infrastructure that supports and enables it. We will look particularly at:

    •The cloud network, applications and storage implications of Internet of Payments
    •Use of emerging blockchain capabilities for payment histories and smart contracts
    •Identity and security challenges at the device in addition to point of payment
    •Considerations on architecting IoP solutions for future scale

    After you watch the webcast, check out the Q&A blog https://bit.ly/2JZNRvO
Best practices for achieving an efficient data center
With today’s pressures on lowering our carbon footprint and cost constraints within organizations, IT departments are increasingly in the front line to formulate and enact an IT strategy that greatly improves energy efficiency and the overall performance of data centers.

This channel will cover the strategic issues on ‘going green’ as well as practical tips and techniques for busy IT professionals to manage their data centers. Channel discussion topics will include:
- Data center efficiency, monitoring and infrastructure management;
- Data center design, facilities management and convergence;
- Cooling technologies and thermal management
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