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Networking to play large role at Gartner's Data Center Infrastructure & Operations Management Conference

24 Nov 2016

Gartner will be hosting its annual Gartner Data Center Infrastructure & Operations Management Conference in Las Vegas in just a few weeks, December 5 – 8, 2016.

The analyst firm is highlighting its Networking Track, packed with 16 sessions.

Andrew Lerner, Gartner research vice president, explores what just a few them involve:

The Enterprise Network Scenario: Digital Business Requires Digital Plumbing

Network infrastructure must be highly agile and available to truly support digital business. This session describes the people, process and technology required to evolve networking to support business requirements for the next five years. In this session, we will cover:

· What external factors will impact enterprise networks?

· How will new technologies impact enterprise networks?

· What best practices should clients employ within their networks?

SD-WAN: Smoke and Mirrors or a Better Way to WAN? 

The software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) market is evolving quickly, with multiple vendors entering the market, including large networking vendors, focused WAN specialists and venture-funded startups.

Network designers can use this session to create a shortlist of vendors to engage with when seeking an SD-WAN solution. We will specifically cover the following key issues:

• What is SD-WAN, and why should I care?

• Who are the key technology vendors in the SD-WAN space?

• What is the relationship between SD-WAN and NFV/vCPE?

How to Increase Data Center Network Agility (Without Getting Fired) 

Networking leaders need to improve operational agility and support Mode 2 applications, while maintaining high availability in the data center. Despite the hype surrounding software-defined networking, there are multiple paths to this goal, including network automation and new procedural approaches.

And because it is always good to think beyond the network silo, here are three sessions worth checking out that aren’t on the networking track.

Containers Are Coming to a Network Near You 

Containers enable agility and portability for developers, but create several new operational and technological challenges for networking teams. The time is now time for network architects to prepare for the unique challenges brought on by containers. This session will cover:

1. What are containers and when are they coming?

2. What is the impact of containers on the enterprise network?

3. How should network teams adapt to support containers?

The New IT Monitoring World 

As a result of the impact of technologies such as cloud computing, microservices and containers, the IT monitoring world is changing.

In this session, we’ll review the current state of the monitoring world, what is causing it to change, how technology providers are responding, and what enterprises can do to prepare for the new IT monitoring world.

Avoid the Hyperconvergence “Minefields” 

Hyperconverged systems are one of the fastest growing areas of data center infrastructure today. This presentation will give you the “best practice” steps you should take whether you are just exploring hyperconvergence, planning to implement or adding to your hyperconverged infrastructure.

Learn the most common issues that other end users have discovered so that you can get the most out of a hyperconverged integrated systems choice.

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