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Houston Cloud April 29

Ron Gerber

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (CDT)

Houston, TX

Houston Cloud April 29

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Program Description:
This mid morning/lunch workshop focuses exclusively on cloud, virtualization, SDN and data center issues. Content is pre-approved by Angelbeat and past attendees to maximize learning. CISSP's and other individuals receive 3 CPE credit hours for attending.

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. Full Hot Lunch, Wi-Fi and parking are provided at no charge, with raffle drawings for prizes at the end.

Join your peers from Marathon Oil, Cameron, Solvay, BP, National Oilwell Varco, GDF Suez, Energy Transfer, National Oilwell Varco, TCM Offshore, Southern Union, Wyman, IFCO, Healix, CSC, AIG, Accenture, Jacobs, Fluor, Waste Management, WCA, HD Supply, Invesco, YMCA, Houston Community College, Harris County, City of Houston, FAA and other leading organizations who are confirmed attendees.

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10:00 - 11:00: Registration, Exhibit Area Open, Peer Networking, Product Demonstrations

11:00 - 11:20 Flash Primary Storage with Pure
Flash storage has revolutionized everything from smart phones and mobile computers, to web searches and social media. Unfortunately, its been nearly impossible to deploy flash across a data center without breaking the bank. Pure Storage has cracked the code and destroyed the disk status quo, which is facing performance limitations due to physical constraints on spindle speeds. All-flash storage from Pure is now affordable enough to use broadly across any enterprise. Organizations of all sizes can enjoy the performance, space and efficiency advantages of flash plus lower maintenance, power, cooling, rack space and management costs. No more wondering how much data you can analyze, how fast you can respond to a customer, or how quickly you can launch a new service. It’s time to unlock the productivity and creativity of your company while delivering a responsive experience to both customers and employees.

11:20 - 11:40: Backup/Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity for VMware and Hyper-V with Veeam
Today's IT requirements have changed and “3C” legacy backup problems—high costs, increased complexity and missing capabilities—are no longer acceptable for any organization. Veeam provides powerful, easy-to-use and affordable backup, recovery and replication solutions that are Built for Virtualization™ and the Cloud, work on both VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V platforms, and are a perfect fit for the modern data center.

Their solution helps organizations meet RPOs and RTOs, save time, eliminate risks and dramatically reduce capital and operational costs. Built-in advanced monitoring and reporting capabilities help organizations of all sizes increase administrator productivity and mitigate daily management risks, plus its Management Pack™ (MP) extends enterprise monitoring to VMware through Microsoft.


11:40 - 12:00: Software Defined Cloud Networking from Arista
Arista has defined a number of guiding principles for integration with Software Defined Networking (SDN) technologies, including controllers, hypervisors, cloud orchestration middleware, and customized flow-based forwarding agents. These guiding principles leverage proven, scalable, and standards-based control and data plane switching technologies from Arista. Emerging SDN technologies complement data center switches by automating network policies and provisioning within a broader integrated cloud infrastructure ecosystem. Arista defines the combination of SDN technologies and the Arista Extensible Operating System (Arista EOS®) as Software Defined Cloud Networking (SDCN).

The resulting benefits of Arista’s SDCN approach include: network applications and open,
scalable standards integration with a wide variety of cloud provisioning and orchestration
tools; seamless mobility and visibility of multi-tenant virtual machines via Arista’s
OpenWorkload technologies; and real-time Network Telemetry data for best of breed
coupling with cloud operations management tools.

12:00 - 12:20: Next-Generation Data Center and Virtual Computing Platforms - Adapting Google's Architect/Strategy to your Infrastructure - with Nutanix
Nutanix Nutanix delivers web-scale IT infrastructure - modeled after Google and Facebook's architecture - to medium and large enterprises with its software-driven Virtual Computing Platform, natively converging compute and storage into a single solution to drive unprecedented simplicity in the datacenter. Customers can start with a few servers and scale to thousands, with predictable performance and economics. With a patented elastic data fabric and consumer-grade management, Nutanix is the blueprint for application-optimized and policy-driven infrastructure.


12:20 - 12:40: Network Virtualization from Pluribus Networks
Pluribus Networks delivers an open architecture that fuses compute, network, storage and virtualization, enabling a new class of services and network-aware applications in the data center. Its Freedom architecture presents a combination of switch, compute, storage and bare-metal hypervisor OS technologies, and has been designed to accelerate the integration of services and applications into the network.

At the heart of Freedom is the Netvisor OS, the industry’s first and only distributed network operating systems with hypervisor bare-metal virtualization capabilities of computing resources - CPU, memory, and storage - and merchant silicon switch chips. Unleashing the full power of the Netvisor OS is the novel Freedom Server-Switch architecture, which includes a powerful server platform combined with a high-density 10/40 GbE merchant silicon switch and network processor.

In this architecture, the network switch becomes an extension of the server. Merchant silicon chips are fully integrated into the operating system, controlled and virtualized like a NIC, and used as an offload/hardware acceleration engine for application flows and network functions. The network switch is managed by a server-class control plane through multi 10Gbps high-speed connections, unleashing a new class of services and functions to run directly “inside” the network; examples include the ability to run scalable monitoring and analytics for “physical” and “virtual” (tunneled) flows, free of taps and external monitoring gear.


12:40: Full Hot Lunch, Exhibit Area Open, Peer Networking, Product Demonstrations

1:10 - 1:30: Cloud-based Network and WiFi Management Tools from Adtran

1:30 - 2:00 Microsoft: Windows Azure Cloud and Infrastructure Services
Windows Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. You can build applications using any language, tool or framework. And you can integrate your public cloud applications with your existing IT environment. Here are some of the major features that will be discussed by Microsoft during this informative session:

- Always On: 99.95% monthly SLA enables you to build and run highly available applications without focusing on the infrastructure.
- Open: Use any language, framework, or tool to build applications. Features and services are exposed using open REST protocols. The Windows Azure client libraries are available for multiple programming languages, and are released under an open source license.
- Unlimited Servers and Storage: Easily scale your applications to any size. It is a fully automated self-service platform that allows you to provision resources within minutes. Elastically grow or shrink your resource usage based on your needs. You only pay for the resources your application uses. Windows Azure is available in multiple datacenters around the world.
- Powerful Capabilities: Azure is a flexible cloud platform that can satisfy any application need. It enables you to reliably host and scale out your application code within compute roles. You can store data using relational SQL databases, NoSQL table stores, and unstructured blob stores, and optionally use Hadoop and business intelligence services to data-mine it.
- Security, Identity and Access Management: Azure Active Directory delivers an enterprise ready cloud identity service enabling a single sign-on experience across cloud and on-premises applications. It allows multi-factor authentication for added security and compliance.


End of Event, Raffle Drawings for Gift Cards and Other Great Prizes

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Each attendee acknowledges/understands that financial support from Angelbeat sponsors allows him/her to attend this event at no cost, and that the sponsors will be given your contact information 2 days after the event for follow-up email and telephone communications. All sponsors are required to provide you with an opt-out option, allowing you to be removed from their database.

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If you have any questions regarding Angelbeat's privacy policies and how your contact information is used, please contact CEO Ron Gerber directly at 516-277-2057 or at rgerber@angelbeat.com.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event
Angelbeat has arranged for complimentary self-parking for all attendees.

Who is eligible to receive a free pass
There is no charge to attend for an end user IT professional who works in the telecom/IT/networking/security/data center/desktop/purchasing departments of corporations (private and publicly-held, large and small), universities, school districts, government agencies, hospitals, manufacturers, retailers, banks, financial services firms, insurers, real estate/construction/property management, insurance/brokerage agencies, pharmaceutical companies, law/accounting/consulting firms, trucking/transportation/logistic firms, etc. and use, support, purchase and/or are involved in or influence the purchase of products and services offered by our sponsors. Systems integrators and consultants who attend with or are representing their enterprise clients are also eligible to receive a free pass. Full-time reporters from major newspapers, websites, television and radio stations can also attend as our guest. If you are a government employee and have limitations/restrictions on your ability to attend free events, then please contact the Angelbeat team by clicking below. For instance, some individuals simply reimburse Angelbeat for the cost of the meals, to avoid any perception of conflict-of-interest.

As a general policy Angelbeat does not offer free passes to individuals at companies that are looking to sell their products/services to the end user personnel described above who attend our events at no charge. If you fall in this category and would still like to attend then the fee is $300/person. To sign up please click here, complete the pdf document that appears and fax it back to Angelbeat at 703-783-8015.

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Have questions about Houston Cloud April 29? Contact Ron Gerber

When & Where


Crowne Plaza Galleria
7611 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX 77024

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (CDT)


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Ron Gerber

Ronald J. Gerber is the CEO of Angelbeat, Founder of Gerber & Company, and serves on the Board of Directors and is a former President of the Harvard Business School Club of Greater New York. To get the latest updates via social media on Gerber and Angelbeat (common hashtag #angelbeat), click here for Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook, Youtube, and Instagram, plus read Gerber's widely-respected blog at angelbeat.tumblr.com.

Angelbeat is the largest technology event company in North America, based on its 87-city geographic coverage, and has held over 1,000 seminars since its founding in 1999. These forums bring together thousands of IT professionals with global technology leaders from Microsoft, Intel, VMware, Citrix, Amazon, Google, HP, Dell, Verizon Wireless, Juniper, Cisco and many others. Content is updated annually and focus on the related areas of security/compliance, cloud/virtualization/sdn, storage/backup/infrastructure/data center, network/wireless/mobility/voip and big data/hadoop/Internet-of-Things. To complement their participation in live programs, IT vendors use Angelbeat's 300K contact database for webinar promotions, email blasts and online/social media campaigns.

Through these activities Ron Gerber has an unmatched level of knowledge, contacts and credibility among both technology vendors and their CTO/CIO customer base. Based on his industry reputation, he was selected to write six supplements on the mobility and security topics for the New York Times. Further details are available at www.angelbeat.com.

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 rgerber@angelbeat.com 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.

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