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Gathering Clouds Together

Multi-cloud is everywhere. Even when we set out with a single vendor strategy we will have gathered up other clouds along the way, whether these are Hyperscale, Service Provider, Private or SaaS based, very few of us can truly say we have a single cloud supporting our business. With all of this change has come complexity and with complexity comes increased risk so we need to find an effective way of managing our new world.
Not only must we battle the complexity, but we must also cope with the ever-increasing demands for speed and agility from the business. Make it work, make it fast and make it happen now. What steps can we take now to wrap our arms around all of our clouds and ensure we can make sense of them, optimise them and ensure they perform the way our business demands?
Join this webinar to gain an understanding of some of the areas where we will need to think differently if we are to manage our futures effectively.
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Simon Ratcliffe, Principal Consultant, Advisory Services
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    Hybrid cloud, multi cloud, cloud first are all terms we blithely use but often forget we must manage. The increasing prevalence of cloud has also caused many strategies by accident and resulted in a lot of clouds forming outside of the world of IT.
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    Audience members will learn about:
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    • The erosion of the data center
    • Managing data-on-the-fly
    • Grid management
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    Enterprises are increasingly recognizing that hybrid working models and a "work from anywhere" approach will be a permanent part of their operations. Underpinning this model is the need for networking technologies and services that can deliver great user experiences while remaining adaptable and scalable. In this session we will look at how SD-WAN, SASE and multi-cloud networking can have an important role to play in this future state, including:

    • The benefits of moving to an Internet-centric architecture for the network edge
    • How concepts like SASE can improve end user experience for remote users by reducing performance bottlenecks
    • Building a better middle mile for the WAN that connects directly to multi-cloud workloads
    • Transitioning to an operating model that can incorporate these next-generation technologies and effectively support a hybrid workforce
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    The rate of change from the huge uptick in data demand is accelerating new product developments at an incredible pace. While much of the enterprise industry is still on 10G/40G/100GbE speeds, the next generation optics groups are already commercializing 800G with 1.6Tb transceivers in discussion! Today, it’s all about power, cost, and upgrade paths.

    In this SNIA Network Storage Forum webinar we’ll cover the latest in the impressive array of data center infrastructure solutions designed to address expanding requirements for higher-bandwidth and lower-power. This will include next-generation solutions leveraging copper and optics to deliver high signal integrity, lower-latency, and lower insertion loss to achieve maximum efficiency, speed, and density.
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    This presentation will help viewers make more informed decisions when comparing SD-WAN and SASE technology. It will cover the following topics:

    Challenge 1 - Creating your shortlist
    Challenge 2 - Recognising the WAN edge has changed
    Challenge 3 - SD WAN and SASE focus areas
    Challenge 4 - SASE vs SD WAN, is that a thing?
    Challenge 5 - What are the top 5 evaluation points to consider?

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    Elizabeth Thorne, Research Analyst, Enterprise Networks, TeleGeography
    Remote work is likely to continue and become integrated into corporate life across many industries. What will that look like in reality? What are the ramifications for securing and architecting the underlay? This talk will explore insights on how network professionals are approaching SASE/ZTS strategies in their networks from TeleGeography's WAN Manager Survey. We will then use that as background for examining different underlay configurations to maximize network performance and cost savings in the hybrid work era.

    Topics this presentation will cover:

    • How are real WAN managers currently approaching SASE/ZTS?
    • What are the greatest challenges with adopting SASE/ZTS in a brownfield environment?
    • How is the mix of enterprise access products changing? Are MPLS and DIA prices converging?
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    This session will introduce these concepts to demystify the FC SAN for the network professional.
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    Simon Ratcliffe, Principal Consultant, Advisory Services
    Multi-cloud is everywhere. Even when we set out with a single vendor strategy we will have gathered up other clouds along the way, whether these are Hyperscale, Service Provider, Private or SaaS based, very few of us can truly say we have a single cloud supporting our business. With all of this change has come complexity and with complexity comes increased risk so we need to find an effective way of managing our new world.
    Not only must we battle the complexity, but we must also cope with the ever-increasing demands for speed and agility from the business. Make it work, make it fast and make it happen now. What steps can we take now to wrap our arms around all of our clouds and ensure we can make sense of them, optimise them and ensure they perform the way our business demands?
    Join this webinar to gain an understanding of some of the areas where we will need to think differently if we are to manage our futures effectively.
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    • We talk about the hybrid cloud and disaggregated/peer-to-peer services, but are our mobile network elements built to handle the new services and use cases and network demands?
    • Autonomous networks are going to be a table stake in the future of the distributed/disaggregated networks.
    • It will be a big mindset change for vendors, Enterprises, CSPs, and consumers in every segment.
  • Solving the Privacy-by-Design AI conundrum with Privacy-Preserving ML Recorded: Sep 21 2021 39 mins
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    End-users, with their IoT and other personal computing devices, produce (big) data continuously collected and analyzed by millions of companies in data centers around the world. This decades-old paradigm of the lifecycle of data, including production, collection, and modeling of data, as well as business decisions driven by data, put increasing pressure to the current infrastructure at hand. However, recent privacy regulations in EU, USA and other parts of the world are forcing the tech industry, including IT platform designers and operators, as well as data-dependent companies, to renegotiate this paradigm and take into consideration user privacy at the design level.

    How do we consolidate the need for preserving user privacy, but still allow data-driven companies to remain relevant in the future, and continue extracting value out of these data?

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    - Report on recent advances in this area of Artificial Intelligence (AI)
    - Discuss the major tradeoffs between privacy and machine learning utility of PPML and potential adversarial attacks that can be mounted on such modeling.
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    This webcast explains how Fibre Channel is architected for unparalleled performance for storage protocols. If you are interested in this architecture, please join us to learn more on the Fibre Channel:
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    • Communication models
    • Interconnect topologies
    • Classes of service
    • General Fabric model
    • Generic Services
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