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What Happens in the Data Center Does Not Stay in the Data Center

by Andrew Lerner  |  December 1, 2014  |  2 Comments

The Data Center is the epicenter of applications, in essence the center of the IT universe. The infrastructure decisions you make in the data center have wide ranging implications for the health of your overall business. Not to take anything away from Symposium, but our Data Center conference (next week in Vegas) is my favorite Gartner conference.  It is a techy crowd, definitely “my people”, so I look forward to seeing you there.  Some high-level thoughts going into the week…

We will be talking about new and emerging technologies, things on the leading and bleeding edge.  However, we understand very well that in many environments, legacy runs the world. That said, if you get fed up with hearing the buzzwords, here’s a buzzword bingo card you can use. Here’s a link to the full session guide, and below are the sessions most relevant to network folks (with some commentary).

How to Build and Occupy a Data Center in 12 Months

This is not part of the networking track but a high percentage of  clients are consolidating and/or migrating data centers. For those folks faced with data center consolidation or migration, I would strongly recommend you attend this end-user case study from Raymond James Financial in which they describe how they successfully moved thousands of production servers out of a hurricane zone, with near-zero impact. 

The Enterprise Networking Scenario: How SDN Changes Everything

This is the opening session to the networking track and Joe Skorupa and myself are excited to kick it off.  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.

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.  

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. 

Ask the Analyst: Data Center Networking

This is your chance to ask us direct questions on-the-spot in a public forum. Should be fun. 

Getting Beyond the Hype of SDN: Why, When and How to Get Started

Is anyone actually doing SDN in the real-world, attend this session to find out. 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

It truly is all about the Apps…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. 

Magic Quadrant for Application Delivery Controllers

I’ve been pushing to get ADC content added to our conference agendas for awhile now, and finally was obliged with a Thursday 5:30 PM timeslot.  Hopefully attendance is solid and we make this a tradition.  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. 

Hope to see you there…

Andrew

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Andrew Lerner
Research Vice President
6+ years at Gartner
21 years IT Industry

Andrew Lerner is a Vice President in Gartner Research. He covers enterprise networking, including data center, campus and WAN with a focus on emerging technologies (SDN, SD-WAN, and Intent-based networking). Read Full Bio


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  1. This is a great post. If you treat your Data Center right, then you know just what you need to do in order to protect it from disruptions. Basing on what you’ve just shared I bet this conference was a great success. I know for a fact that a lot of people learned from conference as most issues about a Data Center has been addressed.



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