This comprehensive seminar covers the increasingly related topics of IT security/compliance, network infrastructure, storage/backup, mobility, private/public/hybrid cloud, containers, OpenStack and DevOps. Scroll down to see the full agenda and click on links to see company information and speakers' biographies, who deliver concise, technical, educational and non-salesy talks. There are Microsoft and Google keynotes, plus subject matter experts presenting from VMware, Dell EMC, Red Hat, Nutanix, Zerto and IGEL.
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As one Walmart 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."
Join your peers from Bon Secours, NBC12, Chesterfield County, Commonwealth of Virginia, City of Newport News, US Navy, US Coast Guard, University of Richmond, ChildFund International and many more organizations who are confirmed attendees.
Every attendee receives meals including breakfast and lunch, free parking, complimentary Wi-Fi, plus 4 CPE credit hours towards your CISSP or other certification. There are drawings for gift cards and other prizes at the end.
7:30 - 8:40: Registration Begins, Breakfast Served, Exhibit Area Open with Product Demonstrations, Time For Peer Networking/Interaction
8:40 - 9:00: The Enterprise Immune System - A New Approach to Cyber Defense with Darktrace
Fast-evolving cyber-threats call for a change in the way we protect our most critical information assets, in a digital world more interconnected than ever. Understand from Darktrace how new self-learning technology, known as the “Enterprise Immune System,” marks a fundamental transition in cyber defense, allowing organizations to gain indispensable visibility into their network, and detect emerging cyber-threats that bypass traditional security controls.
Thanks to fundamental advances in mathematics and unsupervised machine learning developed at the University of Cambridge, UK, Darktrace's technology is capable of learning what is normal and abnormal within an organization, detecting genuine behavioral anomalies, without using rules or signatures. More than 250 organizations across the world rely on its Enterprise Immune System to defend against novel cyber-threats, including insider threat, and protect themselves in today’s changing threat landscape.
Austin Eppstein, one of Darktrace's top cyber security experts, will cover the following subjects during this session:
- Learn why “immune system” technologies represent a fundamental innovation for cyber defense
- Discover how to apply machine learning and mathematics to detect advanced, internal threats
- Understand how to gain 100% network visibility to investigate emerging anomalies in real time
- Hear real-world examples of threats detected by the Enterprise Immune System
9:00 - 9:20: From Traditional to Next-Generation: Demystifying Hyperconvergence and Enterprise Clouds with Nutanix
As enterprises look beyond traditional IT workloads including cloud-native applications and DevOps, they should consider how technologies such as software-defined infrastructure and cloud can drive real-world benefits.
During this informative session featuring Kyle King of Nutanix, learn how IT can move away from traditional environments to hyperconverged infrastructure and onward to Enterprise Clouds. These new platforms can handle all your challenging applications and business needs, with clear agility, productivity and availability/security benefits. At the end of this session, you'll:
- Aquire proven strategies for delivering frictionless IT services while retaining the precise control your business needs
- Understand new capabilities that tear down IT silos and unify the technology stack
- Learn best practices in virtualization, application design and cloud technologies
9:20 - 9:40: All-Flash Primary Storage from Dell EMC
Now more than ever, business is all about speed, flexibility and reliability, and Flash is the high-octane storage media behind it.
An All-Flash Array, also referred to as a SSA or Solid State Array, is data storage that contains multiple Flash memory drives. All-Flash storage contains no moving parts, which means significantly less heat generated, less power utilized, and less maintenance. From a functional standpoint, All-Flash technology provides vastly superior performance: fewer spikes in latency, better disaster recovery, support of real-time analytics, much faster data transfer rates, and the ability to free IT staff to focus on other tasks.
During this informative and technical talk featuring Dell EMC and Mavenspire, you will learn how Flash Storage can be deployed within your existing data center infrastructure.
9:40 - 10:00 IT Resilience, Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity, Backup/Archiving with Zerto
In today's hyper-connected, always-on world, it is mandatory your employees and customers have 24/7 access to the applications, data and services they need, without interruption, downtime or delay. But when extreme weather and/or technical problems disrupt operations, it can be extremely challenging to recover, with data at rest, in use and/or in motion, stored onsite or offsite, on private, public and/or hybrid clouds. Fortunately, Zerto has a solution.
Zerto is committed to helping enterprises embrace IT Resilience with a simple, scalable solution that future-proofs technology initiatives. Charles Sawyer will discuss how businesses can gain the confidence to withstand any disruption, incorporate new technology and meet changing business priorities with ease.
Some of the specific capabilities with Zerto's Virtual Replication that will be covered include:
- Seamless application mobility and portability, so organizations can easily leverage resources across public, private and hybrid clouds.
- Automated replication and recovery with point-in-time journaling, so businesses can recover from anything, including ransomware, in minutes.
- Freedom from hardware and hypervisor lock-in, so enterprises can leverage the best technology at the best prices.
10:00 - 10:20: Get Control of your End Points in a Cloud-Driven Virtual World with IGEL
Organizations generally have a comprehensive strategy for servers, storage, networking and applications, yet often overlook the endpoint. In this informative session featuring Joshua Robinson, Presales Engineer at IGEL, you will learn why and how to develop your endpoint strategy.
Specific topics include:
- Gain insight into options available for existing desktop, laptop and thin client assets
- Learn what to look for in enterprise device management
- Explore the capabilities and limitations of a virtual desktop/application solution
- Understand the costs associated with thin client devices
Coffee/Snack Break, Exhibit Area Open, Peer Networking, Product Demonstrations
11:00 - 11:30: Linux, Windows Server and Hyper-V Containers: What They Are, Which One to Use, Why and How, plus Integration with Azure Private/Public/Hybrid Cloud, with Microsoft
A container is an isolated and portable operating environment. It provides a mechanism for IT to deploy services in a portable, repeatable and predictable manner. Container technology is the next evolution in virtualization, and in addition to Linux, Windows now also offers two different types of containers for addressing various business needs.
In this session Dan Stolts, world renown Technical Evangelist at Microsoft and a dynamic/engaging presenter, will examine the similarities and differences between a container and a virtual machine, review the requirements and walk through the processes and essential operations of enabling, creating, deploying and managing Linux and Windows containers and resources. Mr. Chou will also evaluate when to use which containers, why and how?
For those who are new to containers, his delivery serves as a jumpstart to accelerate your learning of containers. If you have already had some experience on Linux containers, his session familiarizes you with the specifics on Windows containers and helps bridge and extend your skills for bringing business value to both Linux and Windows communities.
Mr. Stolts will conclude this session by highlighting the top five new features in Microsoft's Azure cloud platform for 2017, and how to integrate your organization's public/private/hybrid cloud and container strategies. Lots of valuable content for infrastructure, data center and DevOps professionals.
11:30 - 12:00: Google Cloud Platform
The Google Cloud Platform enables organizations of all sizes to build, test and deploy applications on Google’s highly-scalable and reliable infrastructure, choosing from computing, storage and/or application services for your web, mobile and/or backend solutions. Leo Kahng, a top enterprise and technology strategist at Google, will discuss how and why to use this innovative platform, covering the following items:
Run on Google’s infrastructure: Build on the same infrastructure that allows Google to return billions of search results in milliseconds, serve 6 billion hours of YouTube video per month and provide storage for 425 million Gmail users.
Mix and match services: Virtual machines. Managed platform. Blob storage. Block storage. NoSQL datastore. MySQL database. Big Data analytics. Google Cloud Platform has all the services your application architecture needs.
Performance you can count on: Every millisecond of latency matters. Google’s compute infrastructure gives you consistent CPU, memory and disk performance; its network and edge cache serve responses rapidly to your users across the world.
Focus on your product: Rapidly develop, deploy and iterate your applications without worrying about system administration. Google manages your application, database and storage servers so you don’t have to.
Scale to millions of users: Applications hosted on Cloud Platform can automatically scale up to handle the most demanding Internet-scale workloads and scale down when traffic subsides. You pay only for what you use.
Get the support you need: With our worldwide community of users, partner ecosystem and premium support packages, Google provides a full range of resources to help you get started and grow.
12:00 - 12:30: VMware's Networking and Security NSX Platform, for the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC)
VMware NSX is the Network Virtualization and Security Platform for the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC). By bringing the operational model of a virtual machine to your data center network, you can transform the economics of network and security operations. NSX lets you treat your physical network as a pool of transport capacity, with network and security services attached to VMs with a policy-driven approach.
As organizations go down this path towards a completely Software Defined Enterprise (SDE), VMware and Mavenspire will discuss these main components/features/benefits of NSX:
Agility and Streamlined Operations, plus DevOps:
As with server virtualization, NSX network virtualization treats your physical network as a pool of transport capacity, with services attached to workloads using a policy-driven approach. Some specific benefits are:
- Reduce the time to provision multi-tier networking and security services to minutes, by creating virtual networks, with each network customized for supported workloads and isolated from other virtual networks.
- Leverage a new operational approach to networking as you programmatically create, provision, snapshot, delete and restore complex software-based networks.
- Develop, test and deploy new applications faster - DevOps functionality - by aligning network, security, compute and storage provisioning.
Security and Micro-Segmentation:
NSX micro-segmentation provides these security benefits/functionality:
- Isolation, with no communication across unrelated networks
- Segmentation, offering controlled communication within a network
- Fine-grained policies, enabling firewall controls at the level of the virtual NIC.
- Automation, as policies are automatically applied when a virtual machine spins up, moved during migration and then removed after deprovisioning, eliminating the problem of stale firewall rules.
- Integration with leading third party products through security tags.
Platform for Advanced Networking
Change in traditional networks can be slow and error-prone, making them poorly suited to fluctuating data center demands. By contrast, virtual NSX networks can be configured dynamically and automatically, with new services - virtual or physical - added as needed. Manual reconfiguration of physical network devices is eliminated, plus you can build advanced workflows to automate provisioning of networking and security, including switching, routing, firewalling, and load balancing.
Lunch is Served
1:30 - 2:00: OpenStack-based Management of Cloud Computing Platforms with Red Hat
In 2004, Linux was a lot like OpenStack is today. Developers and technologists around the world now collaborate on OpenStack. to create tools for building and managing public and private clouds.
While OpenStack's development, distribution, and adoption are overseen by the OpenStack Foundation, an independent body providing shared resources, this presentation will focus on RDO, a community deploying OpenStack on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Fedora, and distributions derived from these (CentOS, Scientific Linux, and others).
End of Event, Raffle Prize Drawings for gift cards and other great items!
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