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Gartner’s Data Center Conference

By Andrew Lerner | November 18, 2015 | 0 Comments


Gartner’s US-based Data Center conference is just a few weeks away. This is my favorite Gartner event as there is great content and a number of really smart people at the show.  We have a networking track, but in the interest of breaking out of silos, here are my top 5 ‘non-networking’ sessions, including content on containers, public cloud security, activist investors, hyper-convergence and building your private cloud @ scale…

What Every I&O Leader Should Know About Containers, Thomas J. Bittman

Overview: Containers (and the Docker framework) are among the hottest technologies affecting application developers and infrastructure management. I&O leaders need to understand the strengths and weaknesses of these technologies, as well as how to effectively utilize them both on- and off-premises.

What I&O Leaders Need to Know When Key Vendors Face Investor Pressures for Change, Gary Spivak

Overview: In light of many recent headlines regarding investor involvement leading to change (the proposed Dell/EMC merger and the CEO stepping down at Citrix as just the most recent examples), this session explores what I&O leaders need to know when activist investors take a significant position in one of their strategic vendors. Investors can influence public companies in many ways – activism, buyouts, structural changes – but investor goals may or may not coincide with those of the technology buyer.

End-User Case Study:  PayPal’s Private Cloud @ Scale, Jigar Desai

Overview: PayPal today runs one of the largest private clouds powered by OpenStack operating in three data centers with over 300K cores and more than 10PB of storage. Today nearly 100% of its web and service traffic is processed through OpenStack cloud. PayPal found that with OpenStack, it could exploit not only its own innovations, but also those of others in the community. Getting to OpenStack was not that easy though. There were a number of challenges faced in terms of scalability and reliability but at the end OpenStack has provided a huge benefit for PayPal developers and business in terms of agility to release and iterate over features quickly. OpenStack has been deployed in development as well as production environment and with a robust Platform as a Service (PaaS) layer on top of OpenStack, developers can test and release updates hundreds of times a day. PayPal plans to increase its investment in OpenStack particularly around automation of cloud deployment across multiple regions and leveraging features from newer releases. There is also a lot of effort around workload containerization and cluster management systems for better efficiency as well as resilience of workloads.

Secure Use of AWS and Azure: Comparison and Best Practices, Neil MacDonald

Overview: Cloud infrastructure as a service is a $10 billion market — growing to $30 billion in the next several years. Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft’s Azure are leaders, but there are differences in terms of their security capabilities that must be considered. This presentation explores the best practices for securing workloads in IaaS and looks at the IaaS security differences between Amazon and Microsoft.

The Future of Hyperconvergence and Its Impact in the Data Center, Andrew Butler , George J. Weiss

Overview: Hyperconvergence has appeared as a new, simpler and less expensive approach to converged infrastructures. These integrated appliances and reference architectures are delivering software-defined concepts that have the potential to create agile bimodal infrastructures for digital business and generate new DC architectures and procurement processes.

Hope to see you there…


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