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Fall Forward 2016 Breakout Abstracts

Red 67 – PCM
How to embrace today’s new disruptive thinking technologies to adopt optimizing your virtual footprint while delivering a much more performance increased /robust environment.
Today’s technology enhancing business continuity, automation, and required security with a multi tendencies virtual switch/stretch cluster strategy. Brings in a new Hyper Converged Virtual design solution approach. And all finally includes the management layer with required business intelligences and analytics that has been missing.

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Red 68 – TierPoint
Software Defined DRaaS Enables a Viable Onramp to Hybrid IT Data Protection
Embracing Hybrid IT means organizations must also embrace the hybrid complexities that accompany it. DRaaS is commonly highlighted as one of the first steps to successfully implementing the cloud. However, the intricacies involved are unnaturally slowing organizations down as they look to protect varying types of workloads, with differing RPO/RTO objectives, while also exploring how public cloud platforms such as AWS and Azure can provide added benefits.

Enter Software Defined DRaaS. Featuring real-life client examples, this presentation will focus on TierPoint’s Software Defined DRaaS offering, and illustrate how this managed resilience approach enables businesses to adopt Hybrid IT while simultaneously maintaining existing technology investments and adopting new innovative ones.

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Red 69 – Unitrends

Take The Ransom out of Ransomware
If ransomware hasn’t held you data hostage yet, it’s only a matter of time. Ransomware like Cryptolocker has infiltrated countless businesses, encrypted files and demanded a pound of flesh for their safe release. With no relief in sight and new variations emerging regularly, you need a continuity strategy you can rely on when your number’s up. Join this session to learn how to protect your business from these type of attacks through the use of all-in-one backup and continuity solutions.

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Red 70 – OnX Enterprise Solutions
EUC/VDI is a Journey not an Implementation
Join OnX and FSLogix to discuss the components of a successful VDI and RDSH implementation, including user personalization, application delivery, broker, and hypervisor options. Learn how new initiatives like Office 365 can cause serious end user performance issues if not properly architected, and see how an upfront assessment can help with success allowing you to understanding resource utilization, application usage and application dependencies. Includes assessment demo and tools review.

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Red 71 – USENIX
Advanced Concepts in Data Storage: The Stuff Your Consultants Don’t Really Understand Yet
This session is a crash course in the new stuff that is changing the data storage landscape. By now you have heard all about SSDs, virtual SANs, and hyper-convergence. How about concepts like erasure codes, RDMA, object-based storage, RONNIEE-Express, NVMe & NVMf? This session is a preview of the topics you can learn about at the Data Storage Day. This is a free event being held on December 7 in Boston. It is part of the 30th Annual USENIX LISA Conference. LISA stands for Large Installation System Administration. It is a world-wide gathering of system administrators and DEV OPS practitioners.

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Red 72 – Expedient
Clouded Judgement
It is safe to say that we all know that focus is a primary key to success in life and business. More often than not we find ourselves focusing intensely on one specific thing to realize we were on the wrong path the whole time. The IT industry is at this point. We have shifted focus on providing technical services to the business from strategic to cost center mentality. At first we were tasked with business functions like accounting, communication, and customer interaction as everyone needed to have a presence on the world wide web. These were key and strategic but we focused on these items for far too long that we now have lost our way on innovating IT to enhance the business. Join Expedient for a talk about Focus, Chicken Sandwiches, and Cloud.

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Red 73 – Nutanix
Hyperconvergence to Enterprise Cloud: Why should you choose Nutanix?
Hyperconvergence has quickly become another “me-too” technology in IT. Learn about how Nutanix has evolved from the inception of HCI in 2012 to the robust Enterprise Cloud platform of today. We will dive deep on many exciting new capabilities that have recently been announced including significant updates to the acropolis hypervisor, scale-out NAS, native Docker integration, a fully self-contained self-service portal – and a few other surprises.

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Blue 64 – WEI
The Messaging from VMworld 2016
Did you miss VMworld, and want to hear a synopsis of the exciting announcements?
Did you attend VMworld, and want to hear the view a VAR has on the announcements?
While there is no way to cover EVERYTHING that happened in Las Vegas this year, by no means are we required to “….let whatever happened in Vegas, stay in Vegas.”
For this session, we will keep the topics focused on what was the most exciting: Cross-Cloud Architecture, VMware Cloud Foundation, and Hyper-Converged Infrastructure. These were the topics that most interested us at VMworld this year, and we want to share WHY these were the three things we are focusing on.
While our focus will remain on three core topics, we will share our perspective of the event, its vendors, and technologies. Be sure to bring your questions and perspectives, and join the conversation at this breakout!

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Blue 65 – Reduxio Systems
Best Practices of Benchmarking Application Workloads
What you’ll learn:
• Why one should run benchmarks.
• How to run IO benchmarks to investigate and simulate common application workloads.
• How to analyze benchmark results.
• Review common IO workloads – i.e. OLTP, virtualization, backup/restore.
• How to simulate these workloads using simple tools such as IOmeter and fio.
• The pitfalls of storage benchmarks and vendor performance claims.

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Blue 66 – Whalley Computer Associates
Breaking through to 100% virtualization
Join WCA and Nimble to discuss benefits that are revolutionizing the way IT organizations are thinking storage architecture in order to maximize application/systems performance.
While most organizations enjoy many of the benefits of vitalization, they hit a wall when they get to virtualizing 80% of their workloads – and storage is often the problem. Performance, availability, data protection, and scalability become increasingly harder to meet for the top tier of business critical applications. Storage is the foundation for your virtualized environment is storage considerations are important in getting to a completely virtualized datacenter. Join this session to learn how you can
– Use flash to tackle the I/O blender effects of server virtualization AND the bursty I/O of VDI with ease
– Leverage disk for capacity and cost-effective data protection
– Scale as your virtualized environment grows
– Use storage analytics to find and correcting ‘noisy neighbor’ VM issues