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The widespread deployment of flash memory-based solid state disks (SSDs) over the past few years has revolutionized the storage industry. Flash promises levels of performance unthinkable just a few years ago, but the cost can be as extreme as the performance. Vendors have tried to address this disparity by using SSDs in many ways, from PCIe flash cards in servers and all-solid-state arrays to hybrid storage systems that try to take advantage of the best attributes of flash and disk. In this session we’ll look at how flash-based SSDs work and the various ways they can be deployed. We’ll pay close attention to the workloads and use cases each deployment model is best suited to.
After a decade of relative technology stagnation, data center networking has seen dozens of new technologies emerge to offer new business services. This means more networking, more technology and more things to do. This vendor-agnostic, technology-focused session will outline how you can build the physical network that will serve as the foundation for the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC). You will be introducted to essential technologies, designs, protocols and processes so you can plan for the next-generation network.
Big data projects are moving from lab experiments to key corporate initiatives. Studies show that 70% of enterprise organizations will have deployed or plan to deploy big data projects in 2014, with average spend per company estimated at $8 million. The focus of big data going forward will be better decision making and a move toward real-time interaction with customers and partners. In a series of workshop sessions, we’ll bring out leaders of big data projects to talk about what they’ve learned and the skills required to be successful. We’ll talk about what it takes to bring project lengths down to manageable timeframes, how to incorporate analytical models, and how to optimize big data operations.
As an increasing number of valuable corporate assets are made available over computer networks, having the ability to understand the types of threats facing your organizations as well as possessing the skills required to identify and mitigate flaws on your networks are increasingly important components of an organizations' risk posture. This full day course will enable IT professionals to better understand the methodologies, tools, and techniques used by attackers against their technical infrastructure, with the primary aim of helping them develop better defense methods and capabilities. Attendees will learn to perform basic technical security vulnerability assessment tasks and gain a strong foundation for future studies in host and network security assessment. The workshop will use Kali Linux(tm), a collection of free and open source security tools many attackers and security practitioners use. Students will have access to a network of targets that will allow them to get hands-on experience, enhancing understanding of the process and tools, and how to effectively counter them. Guidance will be provided for continued learning after the course if students wish to go on to master the tools and techniques introduced in this course.
Whether it is an existing application that is running slowly or a new application that is ready to be deployed, the analysis of applications running over the network is on the minds of many IT professionals. This day is dedicated to the area of analyzing, troubleshooting, and understanding the impact the network has on applications. All too often, applications are deployed without any analysis being performed on them. After deployment, they begin running slowly or not at all. It is at this point the blame game begins. The developers blame the network folks, the network folks blame the server administrators, and the application vendors tell you that you are the only one ever experiencing the problem. This day will consist of a series of talks, demonstrations and panels. Each of these will help build your knowledge and understanding of: 1. How the network impacts the application 2. The benefits of setting up an Application Performance Team 3. Determining application performance, before it is deployed 4. Steps to take when troubleshooting problematic applications 5. Application analysis tools, their benefits and challenges 6. Where to start when troubleshooting an application problem
In this workshop we will look at the area of protocol analysis and how it can be used to help resolve the toughest of network and application problems. The focus of this class will be Wireshark and a number of other readily available tools. In this class we will: 1. Show you how to turbocharge Wireshark into a very powerful troubleshooting tool 2. Learn how to capture the right packets in the right place 3. Eliminate that traffic that is not part of the problem and focus on the problem traffic 4. Compare applications that work with those that don’t.
Private cloud deployments are often just a glorified facade for server virtualization, missing the flexibility, elasticity and self-service aspects of cloud services. The missteps leading to this sad state usually start in the design phase, making it even more important to focus on the design of your private cloud infrastructure. This workshop will focus on the design aspects of private cloud infrastructure including: -Failure domains and availability zones; -Disaster avoidance and recovery; -Optimal compute capacity; -Storage aspects, including software-defined storage (SDS); -Flexible network infrastructure; -Virtualized network services and security. After attending this workshop you'll be able to: -Prioritize your design and decision-making process; -Evaluate how emerging technologies (SDDC, SDN, SDS, overlay networks…) fit into your next-generation data center design; -Select the optimal infrastructure for your private or public cloud deployment. Who Should Attend: This workshop targets architects and designers who are planning, designing or building next-generation data centers supporting private cloud services. It will also help server, virtualization, security and networking engineers understand the limitations of traditional data center designs and the options made available with the emerging software-defined technologies.
Wireless and mobility are the new engines that drive much of today's business. As Ethernet to the network edge becomes less of a priority, employees and customers expect robust wireless access the moment they enter your premises. Users want mobile productivity tools and an always-connected experience to help them work better. And organizations that don’t have a mobile presence risk irrelevance. The pace of wireless innovation is relentless, but rather than try to hold back the flood, IT organizations should ride the wave and find ways to leverage mobility-oriented technologies to drive business success. Of course, “mobility” and “wireless” are complex subjects with many moving parts. There is no one-size-fits-all paradigm. Shaping the best wireless story for your own business needs is just as critical as recognizing that being in the mobility game is mandatory.
Everyone is talking about cloud storage services, but are they really appropriate for ordinary business applications? The cloud can provide massive capacity on demand, providing a big win for operational efficiency, but data can be “stranded” thanks to relatively slow links. Cloud storage can serve as a file distribution engine, yet many worry about security and privacy implications. In this workshop, storage expert Stephen Foskett will discuss the realities of cloud storage. This workshop focuses on practical applications for cloud storage rather than “cloudy” future strategies. We will begin with the basics, outlining the difference between file, block, and object storage to make it clear exactly what cloud storage is. We will discuss public cloud services and options for in-house private cloud storage. We will cover both primary and archive storage, including protocol gateways, caching, and integration. We will also discuss leveraging cloud for multi-site distribution and replication for disaster recovery.
This 2 days tutorial focuses on specific steps you can take to improve the effectiveness of your IT organization and ensure alignment with the business you support. We will focus on critical policy areas and the translation of those policies into standard operating procedure through the development and implementation of core ITIL processes. In an environment of constant change, IT accountability has taken on new levels of urgency. IT departments regularly struggle with staffing levels, turnover, burnout, lack of credibility, or end-user and managerial dissatisfaction. If you're questioning how to satisfy the end user, control or cut costs, determine the best sourcing options by category of work effort, and still offer a balanced and fulfilling career progression to IT professional staff, we have answers for you. Most importantly, over the 15 years this course has been offered at Interop, we have learned how to engage you and your fellow classmates to help each other through sharing what is working and why.
Cloud computing with OpenStack is a powerful way of providing and consuming IaaS to achieve the scale and agility required by IT departments today. In the most recent release, Havana included nearly 400 application-driven enterprise features. Organizations such as Fidelity, Bloomberg, Comcast, PayPal, Cisco Webex, Best Buy, Concur and Shutterstock are now deploying OpenStack-powered IaaS in production order to increase operational efficiency and create real business value. The OpenStack Boot Camp provides an opportunity for cloud architects, IT management and business leaders to gain a working understanding of OpenStack, its core projects, the current state of the technical components, use cases ideally suited to OpenStack, and considerations for taking OpenStack from dev/test into production environments. Join us for the 1/2 day Boot Camp and gain insight into: •The State of the Stack: what works and what needs work •Which components of OpenStack are fully featured today and which are in development •OpenStack vs. other open source cloud software choices •Getting started with OpenStack •Considerations for moving OpenStack out of dev/test and into your production environment
Enterprise Connect's Mobility track offers you the chance to learn about the latest developments in wireless technology, mobile device functionality. Sessions will feature a strong emphasis on mobility management, from the device to the networks to the back-end systems.
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