Gartner’s 2014 Data Center Conference is being held December 2-5 in Las Vegas and is chocked full of networking content (Data Center Networking, SDN, ADC, WAN, etc.).
This conference includes a networking track , which includes a ton of good sessions (see below). Bottom line is that if you’re a strategic networking decision maker, this is the conference to attend…
The Enterprise Networking Scenario: How SDN Changes Everything: Software-defined networking (SDN) has been rapidly identified as a key technology to solve longstanding network operations bottlenecks. However, the impact of SDN should result in fundamental changes to how enterprise architects procure and manage their infrastructure. SDN technologies enable innovation and allow enterprises to deliver a richer networking environment with reduced capital and operation cost structures. •What should enterprises be considering when planning their five-year networking road map? •What is the current state of enterprise-ready SDN technologies? •How can SDN provide for a more flexible and adaptable network foundation for the enterprise?
Roundtable: Next-Gen Wide-Area Network Architectures: This roundtable discusses recent trends in architecting and designing WANs, including hybrid Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)-Internet approaches, and optimization/acceleration techniques. Attendees are asked to share their concerns and approaches to WAN design, especially to address the proliferation of utilizing cloud resources.
Roundtable: Network Disruption in the Data Center: This roundtable discusses recent trends in designing data center networks. It compares and contrasts Ethernet fabrics, conventional, hierarchical and emerging SDN-based approaches to network design. Attendees are asked to share their concerns and approaches to network design, especially with regard to virtualized data centers.
The WAN is the New LAN: The cloud is impacting WAN architectures. IT leaders looking to use a cloud-based infrastructure or application services, especially high-bandwidth, real-time voice and video over Internet Protocol applications, should strategically locate communications hubs outside the enterprise data center. •Are traditional enterprise WAN architectures well-suited for the adoption of cloud computing? •Are your conventional WAN suppliers good enough for infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and SaaS connectivity? •How do you handle real-time voice and video?
To the Point: Three Questions to Ask Before Deploying an SDN Overlay: Infrastructure teams that do not consider the effects of changing traffic flows and dynamic workload assignments before deploying a software-defined networking (SDN) overlay solution may experience performance and availability issues that can be difficult to troubleshoot and resolve. •How will you prevent network congestion caused by dynamic workload placement and movement? •What is your strategy to deal with non-virtualized resources? •How will you achieve integrated management and visibility between underlay and overlay networks?”
Getting Beyond the Hype of SDN: Why, When and How to Get Started: Mainstream organizations must now strategize for the networking paradigm shift represented by software-defined networking (SDN). This session identifies a pragmatic road map for infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders to leverage the benefits associated with SDN.
Next-Generation Networking: It Starts (and Ends) With the Applications: Networking architectures have evolved over the years largely independently of the applications running on them. As we look forward, there is a significant opportunity to streamline network architectures. •What steps should you take to modernize your infrastructure to be more aligned with business objectives? •How should you promote better interaction between silos in your IT organization?
Magic Quadrant for Application Delivery Controllers: The application delivery controller (ADC) is a key component within enterprise data center architectures. Data center architects should evaluate ADCs on the basis of how well they integrate with a wide variety of applications and how well they support more advanced features.
The Strategic Effects of BYOD and IoT on the Enterprise Network: Wireless has changed the way we look at security, including guest access. Bring your own device (BYOD) — combined with the Internet of Things (IoT) for machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and real-time location system (RTLS) applications — is placing stress on the network. This presentation looks at the growing problem and a strategy to stay ahead of the game. •How will these demands change the types of services and networking for in the coming years? •What are the key strategies for meeting these new requirements? •What are the most crucial emerging technologies?
And in addition to these sessions, there will be many networking vendor exhibitors in attendance too, including Cisco, Dell, VMware, Citrix, Extreme, F5, Fortinet, Brocade, Riverbed just to name a few…
Hope to see you there…