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Is Your Storage Ready for Commercial HPC? - Three Steps to Take

In this webinar, join Storage Switzerland and Panasas to learn:

- Why HPC workloads are on the rise in the enterprise
- Why common enterprise storage can’t keep up with HPC demands
- Why traditional HPC storage is a poor fit for the enterprise
- A three-step process to designing an enterprise-class HPC storage architecture
Recorded Jun 20 2018 61 mins
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  • Designing a Storage Consolidation Strategy for Today, the Future and the Cloud Feb 28 2019 5:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Storage Switzerland and StorONE
    Most storage consolidation strategies fail because they attempt to consolidate to a single piece of storage hardware. To successfully consolidate storage, IT professionals need to look at consolidation strategies that worked. Server consolidation was VMware’s first use case. It was successful because instead of consolidating hardware, VMware consolidated the environment under a single hypervisor (ESXi) and console (vCenter) but still provided organizations with hardware flexibility. A successful storage consolidation strategy needs to follow a similar formula by providing a single software solution that controls a variety of storage hardware, but that software also has to extract maximum performance and value from each hardware platform on which it sits.

    Join Storage Switzerland and StorOne in which we discuss how to design a storage consolidation strategy for today, the future and the cloud.

    In this webinar learn:

    - The problems with a fragmented approach to storage
    - Why storage fragmentation promises to get worse because of AI, ML, and the Cloud
    - Why consolidating to a single storage system won’t work
    - Why hyperconverged architectures fall short
    - Why Software Defined Storage falls short
    - Why the organization needs a Storage Hypervisor
  • Myth Busting - The Four NVMe Myths Jan 30 2019 6:00 pm UTC 60 mins
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    NVMe enables storage system vendors to once again raise expectations on the performance capabilities of all-flash arrays. NVMe provides a higher command count, greater queue depth and leverages the PCIe interface to deliver a significant increase in IOPS potential with a corresponding reduction in latency. NVMe though, brings with it some confusion about who can best benefit from the technology and what are the right steps to implementing it.

    Watch the webinar and get answers to these questions:
    - Can “regular” data centers benefit from NVMe or just companies specializing in AI?
    - Does NVMe have to be end-to-end for data centers to benefit?
    - Do features such as deduplication and compression impact performance?
    - Does NVMe Flash mean that SAS Flash is no longer relevant?
  • The Hybrid Cloud Metadata Problem and How to Fix It Jan 24 2019 6:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Storage Switzerland, Infinite IO
    Most organization’s use of public cloud storage resources is the hybrid use case. A hybrid cloud strategy enables organizations to leverage the location and resources that make the most sense for the given workload. A hybrid cloud strategy though requires a free-flow of information between on-premises and cloud storage. The problem is that most of the information exchange is metadata, not actual data and most cloud solutions don’t specifically address metadata acceleration.

    Key Takeaways:
    - A clear understanding of why lack of metadata management breaks hybrid cloud
    - Why most cloud solutions don’t solve the metadata problem
    - How to finally fix the hybrid cloud meta problem and create the ideal hybrid cloud infrastructure
  • How to Put an End to Hyperconverged Silos Jan 17 2019 6:00 pm UTC 60 mins
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    Hyperconverged Infrastructure is supposed to simplify the data center by creating an environment that automatically scales as new applications and workloads are added to it. The problem is that the current generation of HCI solutions can only address specific use cases like virtual desktops or tier 2 applications. First generation HCI solutions don’t have the per node power to accommodate enterprise workloads and tier 1 applications. The organization needs a next generation HCI solution, HCI 2.0, that can address HCI 1.0 shortcomings and fulfill the original promises of HCI; Lower costs, faster innovation, simpler scale, single vendor and unified management. The combination enables HCI 2.0 to handle a variety of storage intensive workloads.
  • Understanding the 5 Most Common Oversights in a DRaaS Strategy Recorded: Jan 16 2019 56 mins
    Storage Switzerland, KeepItSafe, Veeam
    Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) is potentially one of the best use cases for cloud resources. DR sites owned by the organization are expensive to set up and maintain as well as challenging to get to when a disaster strikes. DRaaS resolves these issues by creating an on-demand DR site where the cloud delivers IT resources as they are needed. IT planners though, may overlook some aspects of DRaaS solutions, especially when using the large public cloud providers.

    In this webinar join Storage Switzerland, Veeam and KeepItSafe where we leverage a panel of backup and recovery veterans to identify common oversights seen in organizations’ DRaaS strategies and how to address them.
  • Fifteen Minute Friday: Tips for The Weekend - Stop the Unstructured Data Madness Recorded: Jan 11 2019 17 mins
    Storage Switzerland and Igneous
    Join Storage Switzerland and Igneous for another Fifteen Minute Friday: Storage Tips for the Weekend. Most organizations are not satisfied with their ability to backup, recovery and correctly retain unstructured data. The combination of unprecedented growth and increased scrutiny caused by regulations like GDPR and CCPA is pushing organizations to the brink. It's time to stop the madness!

    By joining this short webinar, you’ll learn tips to overcome:
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    - The Archive Challenge
    - The Data Privacy / Data Retention Challenge

    Attendees to the webinar will also receive a copy of Storage Switzerland’s latest white paper “How to Evolve from Unstructured Data Protection to Unstructured Data Management.”
  • Consumption Based Data Management Providing Peace of Mind Recorded: Dec 17 2018 59 mins
    Storage Switzerland, Veeam, HPE
    Consumption based IT is a curated set of IT solutions that focus on business outcomes. As the name implies it is purchased on a pay-as-you-go model. The goal of consumption based IT is to simplify establishing IT infrastructure that incorporates both the on-premises data center and the cloud to support a wide variety of workloads including traditional transactional databases, big data analytics, containers and many others.

    A key aspect of consumption based IT is how the data created by these workloads will be protected. In fact, the right consumption based IT solution should curate end-to-end backup directly into the solution.

    In our live webinar join Storage Switzerland, Veeam, and HPE to learn about consumption based IT, what to look for in a consumption based solution, how data protection can protect the solution and how data protection can be offered as a consumption based solution protecting both legacy and new architectures.
  • 15 Minute Webinar: Storage Consolidation vs. Storage Sprawl with SolarWinds Recorded: Dec 14 2018 16 mins
    Storage Switzerland and SolarWinds
    Join Storage Switzerland and SolarWinds for our Friday Flash webinar. In 15 minutes our panel of experts provide you the information you need so you can better deal with storage sprawl in your data center. Storage Switzerland finds that most organizations have five to six different storage systems and three or four different vendors within their storage infrastructure. These diverse storage architectures can be expensive and time consuming if not correctly managed.

    In 15 Minutes learn:
    - What is causing storage sprawl
    - How to stop storage sprawl
    - Is storage consolidation the right objective
    - How to manage a diverse storage infrastructure
  • 15 Minute Webinar: Talking GDPR and CCPA with Aparavi Recorded: Dec 7 2018 16 mins
    Storage Switzerland and Aparavi
    Join Storage Switzerland and Aparavi for our live PodCast dealing with data privacy regulations like the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and California’s Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). The regulations potentially force organizations of all sizes to rethink how they protect, retain and remove data.

    During the PodCast we cover:
    - The aspects of the GDPR and CCPA regulations that should concern IT
    - The challenges the regulations create for current data protection retention applications
    - How organizations need to change policies and products to address the regulations
    - Answers to live audience questions about data privacy, GDPR, and CCPA

    All attendees to the live event receive a free copy of Storage Switzerland’s latest eBook “GDPR IS FOR EVERYONE - Designing a Data Privacy Infrastructure”.
  • What’s Your 2019 NVMe Strategy? Recorded: Dec 6 2018 47 mins
    Storage Switzerland, Western Digital
    The flash optimized NVMe protocol has been on the market for over a year and the technology is available in several forms. NVMe, both storage and networking (NVMe over Fabrics) is more expensive than the typical SAS based solution and not all applications or environments can take advantage of the performance NVMe promises. At the same time there are workloads like artificial intelligence, machine learning and high velocity analytics that need all the performance that NVMe can offer and some organizations are buying NVMe solutions just for those workloads.

    Most data centers already have too many storage systems to manage, and adding another silo just for extreme performance workloads may make the problem even worse. IT needs a strategy to not only correctly integrate NVMe into the data center but to do so in a way that doesn’t further fragment the architecture. In fact, with the right strategy, IT can use the NVMe system as a point of storage consolidation.

    In this live webinar join experts from Storage Switzerland and Western Digital for an interactive webinar the will help you develop an NVMe strategy that makes the most sense for your organization.
  • Designing Storage Architectures for Data Privacy, Compliance and Governance Recorded: Nov 29 2018 59 mins
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    Managing data is about more than managing capacity growth; organizations today need to adhere to increasingly strict data privacy, compliance and governance regulations. Privacy regulations like GDPR and California’s Consumer Privacy Act place new expectations on organizations that require them to not only protect data but also organize it so it can be found and deleted on request. Traditional backup and archive are ill-equipped to help organization adhere to these new regulations.

    In this live webinar join Storage Switzerland and Hitachi Vantara for a roundtable discussion on the meaning of these various regulations, the impact of them on traditional storage infrastructures and how to design a storage architecture that can meet today’s regulations as well as tomorrows.
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    Join Storage Switzerland, Caringo, Cloudian and Scality, for a live roundtable discussion on Object Storage. Learn what you need to know to develop a strategy for object storage. Our panel of experts will discuss what object storage is, what is better/different about object storage than other types of storage and what are the use cases enterprises should consider.

    Our Object Storage Panel will provide specific details on how to get started with object storage, what use cases pay the most immediate return on the investment and where object storage fits in an organization's overall storage strategy. The panel will also discuss what is coming next in object storage. Each expert will also give a brief overview of their company's object storage solution. We will close out the roundtable by taking questions from our live audience.

    By attending one webinar, you’ll learn everything you need to know about object storage, provide actionable information in developing an object storage strategy and hear from three top vendors about how their products will fit into those plans.
  • Ransomware: Strategies for Protecting Your Weakest Link - Endpoints Recorded: Nov 15 2018 55 mins
    George Crump, Storage Switzerland and W. Curtis Preston, Druva
    Ransomware, when it infiltrates an organization, causes most of its damage to user endpoints (laptops, tablets, and smartphones). Endpoints typically make up more than 60% of impacted data. The problem is those endpoints are often the most exposed because they are the least likely to be consistently protected. Those endpoints have an increasing amount of unique data on them that is not adequately backed up. Ransomware is just part of the problem, user error and malicious insiders account for a considerable amount of data loss.

    External and internal threats to data combined with the increasing amount of unprotected unique data on endpoints mean that organizations need to reconsider their endpoint data protection strategy. The problem is that in many organizations, endpoint data protection is an ad-hoc process and is not adequately defined by IT. The reason? Most endpoint backup solutions start as consumer solutions and treat the enterprise as an afterthought. IT needs a solution that is designed from the ground up to provide enterprise-class endpoint data protection.

    Join George Crump, Lead Analyst at Storage Switzerland, and W. Curtis Preston (a.k.a. Mr. Backup), Chief Technical Architect at Druva for a live webinar to learn the latest strategies for protecting your organization from a Ransomware Attack.
  • Application Explosion - Rediscovering the Lost Art of Protection Service Levels Recorded: Nov 15 2018 57 mins
    Storage Switzerland, Micro Focus
    The number of applications in organization’s data centers is growing rapidly. No longer does IT need to worry about a few mission and business critical applications, it needs to worry about dozens. While all these applications are important to the organization, some are more critical than others.

    Establishing service levels greatly improves the organization's ability to meet application recovery expectations. Selecting a service level driven backup application enables IT to manage to those service levels instead of managing jobs. The problem is most backup applications provide little help in enabling IT to maintain service level consistency.

    By attending this webinar you’ll learn how to:
    * Implement service levels like RPO and RTO throughout the data center
    * Establish NEW service levels for copy management and recovered performance
    * Fix the disconnect between service levels and data protection applications
  • The Software Matters in Open Networking Recorded: Nov 13 2018 61 mins
    Storage Switzerland and Pluribus Networks
    Open networking offers the ability to break free of vendor lock-in and achieve white box economics. SDN promises automation, reduced OpEx and increased agility. However, the open networking and SDN landscape can be confusing, and migrating away from legacy infrastructure can seem fraught with peril. Is the journey worth it?

    Join Storage Switzerland and Pluribus Networks where we will answer the following questions:
    • What are the benefits of open networking and SDN in the data center?
    • How can I safely migrate to a disaggregated white box architecture when I have incumbent vendors deployed throughout my network?
    • How do I deploy SDN in my data center and do I need a full hardware refresh to do it?

    Register before November 9th and receive an exclusive copy of Storage Switzerland's newest eBook "Virtualizing and Automating the Network - A Guide to White Box Switches, Network Operating Systems and Software-Defined Networking."
  • Holistic Disaster Recovery; from Data Center to Endpoint Recorded: Nov 8 2018 62 mins
    Storage Switzerland, KeepItSafe, Veeam
    Most disaster recovery strategies focus exclusively on the data center but most users use laptops and other endpoints to get their work done. And those endpoints often have unique, business critical data on them. Data center servers and storage as well as endpoint need inclusion into the organization’s disaster recovery plan.

    Today disasters like ransomware and other cyber-threats can impact both data center servers and user endpoint. And, both endpoints and data center servers are susceptible to “minor” disasters like hardware failure and software bugs, which at the time seem major to those impacted. Endpoints, unlike servers also face another type of disaster loss or theft.

    Register now for our upcoming webinar where experts from Storage Switzerland, Veeam and KeepItSafe discuss how to create a disaster recovery plan that covers all of the organizations digital assets.
  • The Elephant in the Datacenter - Protect, Manage, & Leverage Unstructured Data Recorded: Oct 29 2018 60 mins
    Storage Switzerland and Igneous
    IT is facing new challenges in managing unstructured data. Organizations want to store more unstructured data and keep it longer for future analysis. However, the protection and retention methods of traditional backup and archive solutions are not keeping pace with new volumes of unstructured data, nor are they able to meet new business expectations. Given the growth in terms of quantity, total capacity, and criticality of unstructured data, IT needs to fundamentally change how it protects, manages, and leverages unstructured data.

    Join Storage Switzerland and Igneous for a live webinar, where we will dive into the results of a recent survey on the impact of unstructured data management and its challenges on organizations. During the webinar, we will discuss best practices that organizations like yours can implement to effectively manage the unstructured data elephant.

    Key Webinar Takeaways - The True Value of Unstructured Data - The Challenges Unstructured Data Creates - Best Practices for Protection, Management, and Monetization
  • Evolving Data Protection from Backup to Copy Data Management Recorded: Oct 24 2018 50 mins
    Storage Switzerland and Hitachi
    Copy Data Management promises to not only improve the data protection process, it promises to provide value to the organization even without a looming disaster. It can reduce storage costs by presenting virtual copies of data to test/dev, analytics and reporting. It also can make sure those copies are refreshed so those use cases are always dealing with the latest copy of data.

    Join Storage Switzerland and Hitachi Vantara for our live panel discussion where we will show how copy data management better protects the organization and makes protection more than an insurance policy by adding value to the organization. We’ll show how Copy Data Management can reduce the cost of storage throughout the data center while at the same time improving processes like test/dev, analytics and reporting. Finally we’ll also explain why copy data management solutions may actually be better at protection since they store data in its native form, enabling it to be recovered more quickly.

    The webinar will also include a live demo of Hitachi’s Data Instance Director. See Copy Data Management in action!
  • Data Management vs GDPR and Data Privacy-Solve the Right to Be Forgotten Problem Recorded: Oct 18 2018 56 mins
    Storage Switzerland and Aparavi
    The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) makes specific demands on organizations based in and doing business in the European Union (EU). Now several US states are considering similar legislation and California has already passed a GDPR-like law. Clearly this is not solely an EU problem.

    From a data management standpoint, GDPR presents IT with two challenges. First it has to ensure the on-going protection of data which given the growth of unstructured data is increasingly a challenge. The size and number of files is an ongoing data management problem but meeting the specific demands on retention of discrete files within the data set is a bigger problem.

    An even bigger challenge comes from the right to be forgotten aspect of these regulations where a user can request the removal of all their data from a backup set. Vendors are working on several potential solutions like delete on restore and isolated recovery zones but each of these creates their own challenges.

    In this live webinar, join Storage Switzerland and Aparavi as we dive deep into the impact of GDPR and similar regulations to data management and the data protection process. The time is now to get prepared to meet the ever-increasing demands on data retention and data privacy.
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    In this webinar we will discuss why their software bottlenecks current all-flash arrays. We will explain how inefficient storage software requires vendors to use more powerful and more expensive CPUs, as well as a greater quantity of flash drives. We'll also explain why technology advancements like NVMe and increasing flash density will only make the situation worse.

    Registrants for the webinar will receive a copy of Storage Switzerland's eBook "Why Does Storage Cost So Much - How to Dramatically Lower the Cost of Storage".
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