Angelbeat Hartford Jan 28 Seminar on Security, Cloud, Storage, Mobility
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 from 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM (EST)
This comprehensive and tightly-focused seminar, ending with a full hot lunch and Microsoft keynote, covers the increasingly related topics of security/compliance, wireless/byod/network, storage/cloud/virtualization and big data/infrastructure. Angelbeat coordinates expert speakers from many leading firms listed below - scroll down to see the agenda - who deliver concise, technical and complementary talks. Content is pre-approved by Angelbeat and past attendees to maximize learning. CISSP's and other individuals can receive 4 CPE credit hours for attending. As one Wal-Mart attendee states, "Of all the seminars I attend, your format is by far the best. Brief informative talks from vendors, followed by one-on-one time at their booth to find out more. I am out of the office for less than a day yet I have access to all the different solutions. This year I will follow up with two vendors." As another IT Director commented, “Thanks for hosting a very informative meeting with vendors that tied in well… it was an integrated picture of technologies that work together to create a complete infrastructure solution for the workplace.”
Listen to Angelbeat CEO's Ron Gerber podcast to hear why you should attend. Watch Angelbeat on Youtube to see clips from past events and hear other attendee testimonials. Meals including a full hot lunch, Wi-Fi and parking are provided at no charge. There are raffle prize drawings for an HP Slate 7, Amazon/AMEX Gift Cards and other items at the end.
Join your peers from United Technologies, The Hartford, Travelers, Aetna, UnitedHealthcare, UConn Health Center, Health New England, Hartford Healthcare Corporation (Hartford Hospital), MassMutual, Lincoln Financial, John Hancock, Wellpoint, Webster Bank, Wells Fargo, Triangle Credit Union, Valassis, Rea Magnet Wire, Mott, Proton Onsite, Praxair, Reid and Riege, A.H. Harris, State of Connecticut, City of Norwich, City of New Britain, Yale, Rensselaer, Smith College, Gateway Community College, Manchester Community College, Capital Community College, US Coast Guard Academy, Village for Children, Vernon Schools and many more leading organizations who are confirmed attendees.
7:30 - 8:30: Breakfast, Registration, Exhibit Area Open, Peer Networking, Product Demonstrations
8:30 - 8:45: Security/Compliance: Securing Unstructured Data, The Next Evolution of eDiscovery and Data Loss Prevention with Varonis
The importance of securing and managing sensitive & confidential data was vividly reinforced by the recent NSA/Snowden and Wikileak incidents. Organizations must protect the rapidly growing volume of unstructured and semi structured data—documents, spreadsheets, presentations, media files and other business data - that can be stored in file servers, NAS devices, SharePoint, virtual data centers, cloud-based storage platforms, etc. This is taking ediscovery and data loss prevention (DLP) to the next level.
Attendees will learn about solutions to this important issue from Varonis, the foremost innovator and provider of access, governance, and retention solutions for human-generated data, the fastest-growing and most sensitive class of digital information. Based on patented technology and a highly accurate analytics engine, Varonis solutions give organizations total visibility and control over their data, ensuring that only the right users have access to the right data at all times from all devices, all use is monitored, and abuse is flagged.
Varonis makes digital collaboration secure, effortless and efficient so that people can create and share content easily, and organizations can extract more value from their content while being confident that it is protected and managed efficiently.
8:45 - 9:05: Anti-Virus, Malware Detection, Virtual/Cloud Security with Kaspersky
Kaspersky is the world’s largest privately held, and among the top four, security vendors, operating in 200 countries and protecting 300 million users. Its mission is to provide the world's most effective, responsive and efficient protection against cyber-threats: those from malware, spam, hackers, DDoS attacks, sophisticated cyber-espionage tools, and cyber-weapons that target organization's critical IT infrastructure with potentially catastrophic consequences.
Because malware is becoming increasingly sophisticated, traditional defenses are no longer sufficient to ensure adequate protection. In addition to award-winning anti-malware. Kaspersky will discuss vulnerability scanning and patch management technologies that eradicate vulnerabilities within both operating systems and application software. Flexible encryption functionality will be covered, that protects confidential data on a laptop and/or removable storage device that is lost or stolen.
Although shared storage offers many advantages, the presence of one infected file can spread malware across the corporate network. Kaspersky's anti-malware protection for file servers helps your business to benefit from shared storage, without compromising on security.
Many traditional, agent-based anti-malware products are not well suited to virtualized environments, e.g. they require antivirus and signature database installed on every virtual machine, which partly defeats the object of virtualization. Kaspersky Security for Virtualization delivers award-winning anti-malware protection for virtualized servers, desktops and data centers. An agentless anti-malware solution is a highly efficient way to protect your virtualized infrastructure, with greater performance and less impact on virtualization density. It is easy to deploy and includes advanced management features to simplify security management across both physical and virtual computing assets.
9:05 - 9:25: BYOD Bring Your Own Device, High-Speed Wireless, 802.11n/ac Migration with Ruckus
Gartner estimates that manufacturers will ship one billion smartphones and 184 million tablets this year. These devices are often employee-owned and are rapidly making their way to the workplace - the Bring-your-own-Device (BYOD) revolution - creating a new set of security and management challenges for IT departments. Experts will share best practices on supporting tablet, laptop, smartphone and other devices on your network, which often run different operating systems and rely upon different security protocols. For instance, how can sensitive corporate data be segmented/separated/encrypted from personal information when using the same device? How can you integrate a Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution with existing end point/anti-virus security products? Should you create specialized apps for your employees and/or customers, or do smartphone browsers have sufficient functionality?
Every tablet and smartphone shares a common feature - they can only connect to the Internet via wireless, which greatly increases the importance of a comprehensive wi-fi infrastructure and strategy. With unlicensed wireless device growth measured in the billions of units, combined with a growing role for machine-to-machine mobile communications (the "Internet of Things") and more wireless-based mission-critical applications, it is essential that IT professionals eliminate rf interference, ensure end user wi-fi performance and understand the next generation of standards including 802.11n and 802.11ac, which enables multi-station WLAN throughput of 1 gigabits per second. Learn how to combine existing a/b/g access points with higher-speed solutions now available, plus create an integrated Wi-Fi/4G wireless strategy for your mobile workers.
9:25 - 9:45 Curing the Mobile Madness – Going Beyond Device Management with Novell
The first step to "Curing the Mobile Madness" is understanding its cause. The consumerization of IT has led to a growing turf war between IT and end users. Learn from Novell how smart organizations align the needs of IT and end users to create a productive mobile enterprise. Click here to download an informative Novell moblity white paper before the seminar.
Three decades of experience in the enterprise make the Novell approach to mobility different. Its solutions give you file access and sharing without putting your files in the cloud. Novell also brings complete printing solutions to all devices and mobile platforms. If mobility is driving your organization mad, join us to find the cure.
9:45 - 10:05: Thin Client/Virtual Desktop Architecture: Citrix Strategies and Best Practices around Windows 8.1 upgrade, XP 2014 end-of-life, BYOD
Citrix will discuss how its thin client and virtual desktop architecture can help facilitate Windows 8.1 upgrades, eliminate risk from XP 2014 end-of-life, and support overall BYOD initiatives.
10:05 - 10:25: Secure, Fast & Reliable Application Delivery for Virtualized, Cloud and SDN Infrastructures from F5
Many organizations are now looking at SDN and Cloud services - with elasticity to burst from datacenter to datacenter, and even to utility clouds such as Rackspace - as the next logical evolution of their virtualized infrastructure. This evolving architecture presents many challenges.
Specifically, how can IT: 1) Guarantee that "No Application is Left Behind", 2) Satisfy speed, reliability, delivery and security QoS requirements for customers, both external and internal/users, who could be located anywhere, work on any number of devices, and connect over wired and wireless networks, 3) Future-proof investments made today and ensure compatibility across physical, virtual, cloud and SDN platforms?
F5's Software Defined Application Services ("SDAS") are a rich set of services - application and context-aware, highly scalable, and programmatic - that address all these issues. SDAS provide organizations with the opportunity to simplify application delivery architectures without compromising on service breadth and depth.
Other related topics covered by F5 during this informative session are its industry-leading TMOS proxy which optimizes the last leg of your network, whether across campus or the world, and performance services to enhance mobile and web application responsiveness by supporting SPDY and TCP optimization protocols and leveraging compression and caching technologies.
Break, Product Demonstrations, Exhibit Area Open, Peer Networking
11:10 - 11:30: HP: Software Defined Networks (SDN)
HP Software-Defined Networking (SDN) provides an end-to-end solution to automate the network from data center to campus and branch.
The world is moving faster than ever. Transactions must be processed at lightning speed. Mountains of data must be transformed into insights. Customers want exceptional service. Employees want access to information and applications from any device. Delivering on those expectations requires data centers that are more powerful, agile, and automated than ever before, and a campus environment that responds to a dynamic and changing workforce.
Server and storage architectures have modernized to keep pace with the unyielding expectations of an always-on world, but the underlying network has not. The data center network itself, while certainly bigger and faster, has largely been built the same way for two decades. Evolution of campus networks has been slow, despite the mobility revolution. Whether in the data center or on the campus, when legacy networks are pushed to the limit, they become fragile, difficult to manage, vulnerable, and expensive to operate. Manual configuration and operation simply won’t scale to the demands of today’s applications, users, and business requirements. Businesses whose networks are at this breaking point risk missing the next wave of opportunity.
This session provides an overview of the HP Virtual Application Networks (VAN) SDN Controller and how HP is fostering the development of a vibrant SDN ecosystem to help enterprises, cloud providers, and developers unleash new levels of automation and efficiency in data center and campus networks.
11:30 - 11:50: Flash Storage Technology with Astute Networks
Astute is the leading provider of Networked Flash™ appliances that accelerate application performance by 10x or more, enhance user productivity and lower IT costs for physical, virtual and cloud environments. The company’s ViSX family of Networked Flash appliances is based on a 100% solid state flash technology that cost–effectively delivers a high number of sustained IOPS to dramatically increase application performance. Powered by its patented DataPump Engine™, ViSX overcomes performance limitations by non-disruptively delivering shared performance to all servers and virtual machines over pervasively deployed Ethernet networks.
11:50 - 12:10: Integration of Storage Platforms with Data Center Virtualization, Thin Clients/VDI and Disaster Recovery Strategies with Netapp and Envision
Storage isn’t a one size fits all glove. Server infrastructure, VDI, and DR all have vastly different requirements and your approach to managing your storage should take that into account. This will be an information packed session that will include:
- Review of the storage profiles and use cases for Servers / VDI / Backup & DR?
- How does federated or hybrid cloud effect storage decisions?
- What are some examples of products that can address the specific needs of each use case?
- What are some of the most common mistakes made when pairing a storage solution with a use case?
12:10 - 12:30: IP Address Management with Bluecat
At BlueCat, we believe the explosive growth of connected devices requires a more intelligent network to ensure reliable, secure, always-on application access and connectivity. BlueCat IP Address Management (IPAM) solutions provide a smarter way to connect mobile devices, applications, virtual environments and clouds. With unified mobile security, address management, automation and self-service, BlueCat offers a rich source of network intelligence that can be put into action to protect your network, reduce IT costs and ensure reliable service delivery.
Enterprises and government agencies worldwide trust BlueCat to manage millions of devices and solve real business and IT challenges – from secure, risk-free BYOD to virtualization and cloud automation. Our innovative solutions and expertise enable organizations to build a network infrastructure that is more scalable, reliable and secure, as well as simplify the transition to next-generation technologies including IPv6, DNSSEC, M2M and SDN.
Full Hot Lunch, Exhibit Area Open, Peer Networking, Product Demonstrations
1:15 - 1:45 Microsoft Windows Azure Cloud & Infrastructure Services, Windows 8.1
Cloud computing in its broadest sense is the usage of external IT resources. Microsoft will provide an overview of cloud computing options/strategies, plus discuss their Azure and Hyper-V cloud/virtualization platforms:
- Distinction between private cloud and virtualized/in-house data center
- Benefits of moving some, most, if not all storage & server hardware to a co-location/hosting facility, e.g. perhaps only backup files and tapes are stored/located offsite?
- Tradeoff between purchasing public cloud services (operating expenses) versus expanding internal IT infrastructure (capital spending)
- Benefits of transferring some, most, if not all software applications to a cloud service provider, e.g. using a public cloud provider to handle peak/high-volume customer web demand only?
- Recommendations for an integrated or hybrid public cloud/private cloud/virtualized data center infrastructure, covering both internal/employee & external/customer-facing applications
- Strategies for securing, patching and updating virtual and cloud environments, while ensuring compliance with corporate standards
- Cloud computing definitions and framework: IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service), PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service), SaaS (Software-as-a-Service), to name a few acronyms/options that will be defined.
Windows Azure is a cloud solution platform with a set of capabilities enabling IT to define, deploy, and manage workloads. This presentation provides an opportunity to witness the capabilities in action by demoing the deployment of an application architecture in a self-service manner in minutes with Windows Azure.
Microsoft will also preview Windows 8.1, which now includes a start button and other widely-requested features that were not part of the initial product launch.
1:45 - 2:15: VMware: Private/Public Hybrid Cloud and Software Defined Data Center
VMware will first discuss their vCloud® Hybrid Service™ (vCHS) , an exciting hybrid cloud offering. vCHS is a VMware owned and operated external cloud offering that uses the same software stack as our customers and thus provides unmatched operational efficiencies that reduce operational complexity, risk and TCO. In essence, it is infrastructure as a service (IaaS) or capacity on demand recognized in an OpEx model that will enable firms to easily and confidently execute your Hybrid Cloud strategy.
Along with inherent data center compatibility and agility benefits, vCloud Hybrid Service offers:
- Seamless networking, burstable traffic and security (use your same IP and MAC addresses, FW, LB, NAT and VXLAN).
- Common management and orchestration platform (automation and provisioning) that spans on-premise and off-premise.
- No changes to new or legacy applications - move workloads to and from our external cloud without having to make any changes to the VM, vApp, network configurations or security policies.
- VMware world class support
Enterprises worldwide have used VMware vSphere® to significantly improve IT efficiency and performance, yet the mobile cloud era presents new challenges. To meet this challenge, IT organizations need to virtualize the rest of the data center so all infrastructure services become as inexpensive and easy to provision and manage as virtual machines.
The answer is the software-defined data center (SDDC): the ideal architecture for private, public, and hybrid clouds. Pioneered by VMware and recognized by the industry and analysts alike, SDDC extends the virtualization concepts you know— abstraction, pooling and automation — to all data center resources and services. Components of the SDDC can be implemented together, or in phases:
- Compute virtualization, network virtualization and software-defined storage deliver abstraction, pooling and automation of the compute, network, and storage infrastructure services.
- Automated management delivers a framework for policy-based management of data center application and services.
In a software-defined data center, policy-driven automation enables provisioning and ongoing management of logical compute, storage and network services. The result is unprecedented IT agility and efficiency, with flexibility to support today and tomorrow’s hardware and applications. Benefits include:
- Virtualization economics across your data center: Software-defined data center technology helps attain new levels of infrastructure utilization and staff productivity, substantially reducing both capital expenditures and operating costs.
- Applications at business speed: Enabling deployment of applications in minutes or even seconds with policy-driven provisioning that dynamically matches resources to continually changing workloads and business demands.
- Business-aware IT control: Driving right availability, security and compliance for every application via automated business continuity, policy-based governance and virtualization-aware security and compliance.
- Your data center on your terms: The software-defined data center can be leveraged as a private, hybrid or public cloud—in each case, infrastructure is fully abstracted from applications so they can run on multiple hardware stacks, hypervisors and clouds.
End of Event, Raffle Prize Drawings for an HP Slate 7, Gift Cards and other items!
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Before starting Angelbeat, Ron Gerber founded and managed Gerber & Company (“GC”), a specialized event firm holding sponsor-funded training in non-IT fields. GC held seminars for government inspectors on new building codes that were supported by construction firms, for example.
Ron Gerber served as an M&A/restructuring consultant to $4 billion Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), leading to a spin-off of its Authentec biometric fingerprint unit (purchased by Apple in 2012), Terion wireless two-way dispatch system for fleet management, and Intersil semiconductor operations specializing in Wi-Fi 802.11 chipsets. For $2 billion Systemax (NYSE:SYX), Gerber negotiated and implemented their ISP partnership with MSN, auction alliance with Amazon and on-line financial services tie with USABancShares.com.
From 1992 to 1996, Mr. Gerber worked for Honeywell, holding senior management positions including Vice President of Marketing, Vendor Relationships and Purchasing for its $1.2 billion ADI distribution subsidiary and Vice President, Business Development for its Ademco security manufacturing subsidiary. He launched their website, coordinated biometric initiatives such as incorporating voice recognition technology in alarm equipment, expanded sales of wireless alarm systems using low-cost, high-reliability and low-data-content transceivers, created new marketing programs for its Alarmnet wireless/cellular alarm monitoring network, developed an OEM spread spectrum product for high-reliability, low cost and low data content applications, advised its Cylink affiliate on new markets for its encryption technology and divestiture of its high data content wireless transmission business unit and structured an innovative home networking joint venture with Microsoft, Comcast and PG&E.
From 1988 to 1992, Mr. Gerber worked for the AVX Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:AVX). Gerber was in charge of and led a successful turnaround of its $400M Surface Mount Manufacturing Division, reversing a (10%) loss to 9% profitability in just two years while growing sales by 30%. Key customers included the world’s leading telecommunication firms such as Lucent, Nortel, IBM, Motorola, etc. Many of its products were used for military and NASA/satellite applications. He has also worked for Accenture.
Mr. Gerber received a B.S. in Engineering from Princeton University, summa cum laude, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He currently serves as Director of the Harvard Business School Club of New York and previously served as President of both the Harvard Business School Club of New York and the Harvard Business School Club of Dallas.
Ron Gerber can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 516-277-2057 . He is married to Andrea and they have four children, Lamarcus, Harry, Amanda and Sydney, plus their dog Scout, an Australian Shepherd. The Gerber’s reside in Long Island, New York.