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Webinar - The Truth About Software Defined Storage

** All pre-registrants get an advance copy of Storage Switzerland’s latest report: “What is Software Defined Storage?” **

While there is no official definition, software defined storage is essentially an attempt to abstract typical storage controller functions away from storage hardware and move them into software. But can software defined storage really reduce hardware costs and operations time spent? And does it really eliminate vendor lock in? Find out in this webinar with Storage Switzerland's founder and lead analyst George Crump.
Recorded Jun 25 2013 48 mins
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    George Crump, Storage Switzerland
    Join Storage Switzerland, Micron and Nexenta for our live webinar "Modern Storage Infrastructures for Modernized Data Centers". We will discuss:

    * How organizations are leveraging OpenStack, Docker, Splunk and Hadoop to make data centers more agile and competitive
    * How default storage architectures limit the potential of modern applications
    * How storage needs to change to deliver performance, scaleability and flexibility
    * How a modern storage architecture can propel modern applications into new use cases
  • Performance vs. Cost - Solving The HPC Storage Tug-of-War Nov 10 2016 6:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    George Crump, Storage Switzerland
    The HPC storage performance tier is well defined: scale-out solid state storage systems. But the capacity tier is up for debate. Should you use a high end NAS file system or make the switch to object storage? More importantly: How do you move data from the performance tier to the capacity tier without placing additional burden on already overworked IT personnel?

    We will answer these questions and provide designs that solve the HPC storage-tug-of-war in our webinar with Caringo. Join us as experts on HPC, NAS and Object Storage discuss the HPC storage challenge, debate the potential solutions and provide you guidance on how to create the right architecture.
  • The Art of Storage Management Nov 9 2016 6:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    George Crump, Curtis Preston
    Any organization that takes a moment to study the data on their primary storage system will quickly realize that the majority (as much as 90 percent) of data that is stored on it has not been accessed for months if not years. Moving this data to a secondary tier of storage could free up massive amount of capacity, eliminating a storage upgrade for years. Making this analysis frequently is called data management, and proper management of data can not only reduce costs it can improve data protection, retention and preservation.
  • Sizing Up Object Storage for the Enterprise Nov 3 2016 5:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    George Crump, Storage Switzerland
    Object Storage promises many things - unlimited scalability, both in terms of capacity and file count, low cost but highly redundant capacity and excellent connectivity to legacy NAS. But, despite these promises object storage has not caught on in the enterprise like it has in the cloud. It seems like, for the enterprise object storage just isn’t a good fit. The problem is that most object storage system’s starting capacity is too large. And while connectivity to legacy NAS systems is available, seamless integration is not. Can object storage be sized so that it is a better fit for the enterprise?
  • How and Why to Containerize Your Legacy Applications Nov 1 2016 5:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    George Crump, Storage Switzerland
    Agile IT: it is far easier to say than to implement. But data centers need to make the move to Agile IT so their organizations can survive the digital transformation. At the heart of these efforts are modern DevOps environments that leverage container technology to create applications that are mobile and scale, up or down, as demand requires. The problem is most data centers also have legacy, not containerized, applications that are inflexible and immobile. The combination of a burgeoning DevOps Infrastructure and Legacy Applications is called “bi-modal IT” but it is not ideal.

    Join experts from Storage Switzerland and HyperGrid as they discuss new alternatives to bi-modal IT that allow organizations to containerize legacy applications to create a completely agile data center.
  • DR Strategies For Hyperconverged Architectures Oct 26 2016 5:00 pm UTC 60 mins
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    Hyperconverged infrastructure products promise to bring the best of virtualization to an easy-to-manage platform. One question is what they do to solve one of the greatest challenges modern IT environments have: DR? Virtualization itself has done wonderful things for DR, but hyperconvergence promises to take things further. Is what VMware and Hyper-V offer good enough? If not, is hyperconverged infrastructure the answer? That’s what W. Curtis Preston, Senior Analyst from Storage Switzerland and Mike Lyon, Service Delivery Manager from Scale Computing will discuss in this live webinar.
  • DRaaS vs. DIY DR - Which is Best For Your Organization? Oct 25 2016 5:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    George Crump, Storage Switzerland
    Organizations are under constant pressure to improve their ability to recover from a disaster while lowering the cost of the disaster recovery process. Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) is catching the attention of many IT professionals as a viable way to improve recovery times, lessen data loss and lower costs. But DRaaS may not be the right answer for every organization.

    In this live webinar Storage Switzerland and Carbonite will explain the differences between DRaaS and DIY DR and how to select the best strategy for your organization.
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  • Ransomware - Five Reasons You’re Not As Protected As You Think Recorded: Oct 19 2016 60 mins
    George Crump, Storage Switzerland
    Ransomware is the number one threat to an organization's data. These malware programs infiltrate an organization and encrypt every file they can access. The only way to unencrypt the data is pay a fee to the malware creator. Hence the title ransomware. Studies indicate that malware infected as many as 70 percent of businesses just this year!

    The problem is most of the recommended ransomware protection strategies are not able to protect an organization from this type of attack. In this live webinar join experts from Storage Switzerland and Nexsan as we discuss the five reasons you are not as protected from a ransomware attack as you think you are. More importantly learn how to create rock solid protection from any kind of ransomware attack.
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    George Crump, Storage Switzerland
    Learn the three R's of Disaster Recovery Planning on Today's SwissCast with Storage Switzerland and Carbonite.
  • What's Wrong with Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) and How to Fix it Recorded: Oct 13 2016 62 mins
    George Crump, Storage Switzerland
    Typical disaster recovery plans leverage backup and/or replication to move data out of the primary data center and to a secondary site. Historically, the secondary site is another data center that the organization maintains. But now, companies are looking to the cloud to become a secondary site, leveraging it as a backup target and even a place to start their applications in the event of a failure. The problem with this approach is that it merely simulates a legacy design and presents some significant recovery challenges.

    Join Storage Switzerland and ClearSky Data for a live webinar to discuss how organizations might be able to re-invent disaster recovery using the cloud.
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    VMware, NetApp and even EMC are proponents of using NFS based storage systems to support mission critical workloads like virtual machines, databases and performance sensitive unstructured data. But in comparison to mission critical fibre channel, the tools to monitor and optimize your NFS infrastructure are lacking. In this webinar Storage Switzerland and Virtual Instruments will discuss the five challenges facing IT professionals that depend on NFS-based storage infrastructure for performance-intensive workloads. You will learn how to detect and overcome:

    * Metadata Bottlenecks
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    * Server/VM Latency issues
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    To help you find out what to do next, join Storage Switzerland and Caringo for our live webinar and learn:

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    3. Other solutions; can all-flash or object storage solve these challenges
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