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Mar 17 2015

All-Conference Keynote: The Perfect Storm Intensifies - The Convergence of BigData, Cloud and the Internet of Things is Now at Full Strength

Mac Devine, VP/CTO, SDN & Innovation Services, Cloud Division (SoftLayer), IBM

Almost everyone sees the potential of Internet of Things but how can businesses truly unlock that potential. The key will be in the ability to discover business insight in the midst of an ocean of Big Data generated from billions of embedded devices via Systems of Discover. Businesses will also need to ensure that they can sustain that insight by leveraging the cloud for global reach, scale and elasticity. Without bringing these three elements together via Systems of Discover you either end up with an Internet of something and/or a big mess of data.  

Implications of Cloud, Analytics, Mobile and Social Computing on a Data Center Infrastructure

Mike Hogan, Site & Facilities, Technical Specialist, IBM

Four distinct yet increasingly interconnected technology trends--cloud computing, mobile technology, social collaboration and analytics--are reshaping business and marking a turning point for IT. These technologies are rendering traditional data center facility strategies unsustainable or even obsolete. Learn about the space, power and cooling implications of these trends, and the techniques that IBM is using to help companies build data centers that hold up in the face of such disruptive technologies.

Design + Strategy

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Bullet Proof Your Migration of Core, Mission Critical Apps to the Cloud

Joseph Schwartz, CRO, RampRate Sourcing Advisors

Astute CIOs today understand that cloud migration benefits can be quantified financially and operationally. Indeed, it will likely become core to the data center capacity strategy. Such migrations come with risk elements that require diligent planning to ensure success. Ultimate business success may depend on how quickly and sure-footedly you plan and manage your migration. Learn how to avoid the pitfalls and gain the full benefits.

App > Cloud

How IT Can be Essential in Your Company’s Hybrid Cloud Strategy

Tony Chiofalo , Cloud Solutions Executive, IBM

IT leaders are under increasing pressure to innovate and leverage IT as a business differentiator for the company, yet 80% of IT budgets are spent keeping the lights on.  All the while, lines of business are increasingly adopting cloud-point-solutions, sometimes without even involving IT until it’s too late.  IT leaders can get ahead of this trend by leveraging the data center to deliver a cohesive dynamic hybrid cloud strategy.

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Enterprise Users Have a Stake in Fixing the Network Edge Traffic Jam for CDN and Cloud Apps

Christian Koch, Board of Directors, Open-IX Gabe Cole, Chair, Data Center Standards, Open-IX

As the demand for streaming content and cloud apps grows, meeting the demand for efficient, economic transfer of data traffic among disparate networks is a challenge. North American markets don’t benefit from the consistency and efficiency enjoyed across European exchanges. Open-IX develops and promotes open, level playing field IXP standards for data centers and peering points to support better, more ubiquitous Internet exchanges.

IT + Networks

Virtualization, Commoditization and the Cloud Are Changing How We Consolidate and Migrate

Bob Hintze, Director, Institutional Technology, TIAA-CREF Frank D. Muscarello, CEO, MarkITx John O'Connor, Manager, Datacenter Operations, Bloomberg Shawn Mills, President, Green House Data

Best practices for planning and executing a consolidation today have changed. While having the right team, plan and process are still essential, new approaches to the secondary market for legacy equipment and implementation of cloud and virtual environments is making Opex and Capex goals more achievable. The challenge comes in coordinating these new elements to maximize total return on IT investments.

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