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Securely Building Clouds: Thoughts and Concerns

Edward Haletky provides Virtualization, Virtualization Security, Network Security, Secure Coding Consulting and Courseware as well as Linux Security and Application Development.

* Author of "VMware Virtual Infrastructure Security: Securing the Virtual Environment" and "VMWare ESX Server in the Enterprise: Planning and Securing Virtualization Servers", published December 2007, Copyright 2008 Pearson Education.

* Guru and moderator for and participant in the VMware Community Forums.

* Moderator for the Virtualization Security Podcast held every other week on thursday.

* Analyst and Managing Director for The Virtualization Practice, LLC.

* Participant in the VMware VMTN Communities Roundtable Podcast held every wednesday.

* Blogs about Virtualization on his own Blog, Blue Gears, as well as for the Virtualization Practice and TechTarget.

* Writer for various online and physical magazines.

Specialties
* Virtualization Security
* VMware Virtual Infrastructure
* Network Security
* Secure Coding
* Linux Security
* Linux Application Development
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    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
  • Using QA as a chisel to break apart your MONOLITH Mar 25 2021 3:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Patrick Grant, CEO at MCANTA
    We have all heard that customer experience (CX) can set your business (or brand) apart. It has been identified as a key battleground differentiator (Gartner, Zendesk, Deloitte, Forbes and everyone, really). As much as 84% of companies focusing on CX see an uplift in revenue (Global Customer Experience Benchmarking Report). Breaking apart working systems no matter how expensive, complicated or risky to maintain is high stakes work for any organization.

    Thinking about Application testing and QA before picking up that chisel leads to better software, better CX and higher customer satisfaction.

    From the world quality report (WQR) approximately 74% of responses said QA contributions are essential to business outcomes, and 77% said end user satisfaction was critical. This is great for businesses and consumers alike. With most businesses “getting it”, what does the survey tell us about how they are they doing at meeting their QA goals?

    This is where the difficulties begin… Only 29% of respondents felt they always achieve desired QA targets. In other words, over 70% of organizations felt that they didn’t meet their goals. That’s pretty bad. If organizations understand the importance of QA to the success of their business, why the gap in execution? Luckily (or maybe not) the WQR responses identify existing major challenges to successful QA programs:

    Over the course of this presentation we will share some best practices you can take, and items to consider as you leverage QA, Test Automation, and Robotic Process Automation to ensure your business processes keep running while you charge forward towards micro-services.
  • Reminder, Trains Don't Fly - Lessons in Hybrid Cloud Mar 24 2021 5:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Todd Wilson, Chief Strategist at Red Hat
    There are many similarities between your traditional data center and public cloud offerings - the same way there are many similarities between railroads and airlines. Don't get fooled into assuming your hybrid cloud operating model will run on the same rails as your data center - it's very different.

    In this talk we will explore:
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    Common problems faced by Dev and Ops and Sec teams
    Pitfalls of using the wrong set of operating assumptions
    Key outcomes and results to aim for on your hybrid cloud journey
  • Cloud Infrastructure in 2021: Protecting & Accelerating the Modern Business Mar 24 2021 3:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Panelists TBD
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    Join this panel of cloud and infrastructure experts as they discuss how IT leaders and businesses can effectively utilize cloud technologies in 2021. Topics of discussion will include:

    -Best practices for assessing which cloud strategy - public, hybrid, or multi - is right for you in 2021
    -Essential capabilities IT teams need to maintain modern cloud infrastructures and ensure ROI in a new global landscape
    -What to know about cloud cost management and gaining visibility of IT budget sprawl as the pandemic continues to impact organizations globally
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    Steven Woodward, Founder of Cloud Perspectives
    The multi-cloud marketing machine is at full power.

    Many cloud customers are becoming overwhelmed. Separating the “hype” from “reality” can be challenging, especially when terms such as “multi-cloud” are being used with different definitions and perspectives.

    Multi-cloud perspectives, options and updates from some of the standards groups addressing multi-cloud will be highlighted.

    A sample set of scenarios will be described where multi-cloud expectations might not meet reality, where careful analysis must be performed to avoid unpleasant surprises.

    A taxonomy model will be discussed with an approach to evaluate and govern multi-cloud journeys, while aligning back to business outcomes.
  • Getting to the New Edge Feb 25 2021 6:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Kim Scofield, Partner - the Bad Wolf Community, Founder - Blonde Bad Wolf Consulting and Space 42.ca
    COVID has been a massive collision of technology and people – a pileup. Overloaded bandwidth and learning to secure a work-from-home device was the easy part. For many businesses, next comes the “do or die” part where they must either pivot their business plan to accommodate their existing tech resources, or find viable ways to access and utilize the upgraded technologies they need to stay in business.
    This talk covers 3 key pieces to ramp up a business’ technology abilities. First is CSuite buy-in of the budget, the technology, and the training. Second is a Digital Transformation (DT) plan that is iterative, as well as inclusive of others in the organization. With this plan we can equip our organizations to handle, afford – and even enjoy – the cutting edge technologies that are now within their reach. Third is an emphasis on innovation. A tech-savvy company has a world of possibilities for growth and success.
    One example that I will share in the talk is the interoperability of geo-positioning (smart contracts), optimized search algorithms, and a logistics dashboard, using platforms that are unique, cutting-edge, highly effective, and within reach of the majority of businesses who will benefit from the services they provide.
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    Paul Krneta, CTO, BMMsoft
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    In this presentation we will describe in details the IoT data requirements, components of the system, build process of the system, efficiency, test results and the audit procedure. Can it independently grow storage and compute – and how easily? Can the analytic functionality be extended? What about reliability? How future-proof is it? Those and other questions will be addressed during the presentation.
  • Got Fibre Channel Questions? Come Get Answers. Feb 24 2021 6:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Scott Sinclair, Enterprise Strategy Group; Marcus Thordal, Broadcom; Craig Carlson, Marvell; Kiran Ranabhor, Cisco
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    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!

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  • [Panel] Delivering Digital Transformation in a New World Feb 24 2021 4:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Mitchell Ashley, Accelerated Strategies Group, Inc; George Gesek, Novarion Systems; Daniel Callao, HashiCorp
    As the dust settles on 2020 and businesses begin to find their stride in a previously unrecognisable landscape, there are new lessons to be learned about how Digital Transformation projects will be delivered to an increasingly digital world in 2021. In fact, according to the Salesforce MuleSoft Connectivity benchmark report, IT projects are projected to grow by 40%, and 82% of businesses are now holding their IT teams accountable for delivering connected customer experiences. How are technologies including 5G, Edge, and IoT helping to deliver this connected experience, and what is it imperative that businesses must know about utilizing these technologies?

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    - Real-world use cases of 5G for business transformation
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  • Promoting IoT Design Patterns: Best Practices in Construction of IoT Landscape Feb 24 2021 1:00 pm UTC 60 mins
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