5th DIGS Special Interest Group Next-Gen Infrastructure (formerly SDN)

Topic: Hyperconverged Infrastructure

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Is your CIO talking about SDN or Next-Gen Infrastructure? Are you expected to prepare an Next-Gen Infrastructure strategy for your organization? Are you confused by inconsistent and incompatible messages from various vendors? Trying to figure out what Next-Gen Infrastructure really means? Wondering how it will affect your career?

We’ll try to answer all these questions in the DIGS Special Interest Group Next-Gen Infrastructure.

Target Audience Chief Information and Technology Officers, Chief Information Security Officer, Head of IT/IT Directors, Head of Data Center/Data Center Managers, Infrastructure und Network Managers, IT Operations Professionals, Technical Architects

In addition, only technical staff from Consultancies and Resellers. Vendors and people with a sales/marketing roles are not allowed to take part.

CPE Credits Earn 3.75 CPE (Continuing Professional Education) for attending. Please request a confirmation.
Location Hilton Zurich Airport Hotel
Hohenbuehlstrasse 10
8152 Opfikon-Glattbrugg

(there are a lot of free park spaces available)

Date of Event 6th of April 2017
Language English
Schedule see agenda below
Participation Costs Fr. 190.– per event / Fr. 700. – for a yearly membership (4 workshops)
Sponsor NIL


1:30 – 2:00 Registration & Coffee
2:00 – 2:30 Welcome & Introduction by Ivan Pepelnjak

Hyperconverged Infrastructure: Hype or Panacea?
With numerous startups as well as virtualization and networking vendors talking about hyperconverged infrastructure and Software Defined Storage, one has to wonder: does it make sense to scrap the storage arrays we invested in for the last 20 years and move to this brave new world, or does it still make sense to use more traditional approaches?

We’ll try to answer that question from storage, networking, and operational perspective in the April 2017 meeting of DIGS Special Interest Group.

2:30 – 3:30 Mitja Robas

Mitja Robas is a leading data center expert, with more than 15 years of experience in designing, implementing and supporting high-demand data centers, complex networks and virtualization solutions that NIL has done all over the world. Apart from field and consulting engineer role, he acts also as an instructor and content developer for specialized courses and workshops, sharing his knowledge with engineers around the world. Lately he’s been mostly interested in all-flash storage, software defined networking and cloud computing, exercising his curiosity in testing and analyzing those solutions.

What you’ve not been told about (hyper)converged infrastructure
Cloud-scale architectures used and propagated by the likes of Google and Amazon made hardware and software vendors mimic them trying to replace declining revenues or create new revenue streams.
We’ve seen lots of converged and hyper-converged solutions (Vblock, Nutanix, VSAN, …) offered by traditional vendors and emerging startups, all of them promising simplified and seamlessly scalable infrastructure. As always, all that glitters is not gold, and in reality you’re always forced to make trade-offs that you should be aware of but will never hear about from vendors.

In his presentation Mitja will focus on hands-on aspects of designing and deploying converged and hyper-converged infrastructure and describe lessons learned implementing and operating hyper-converged solutions, including hiccups encountered in day-2 operations, and data integrity and lock-in challenges.

3:30 – 4:00 Break
4:00 – 6:00 Roundtable Discussion (moderated)
The roundtable discussion following the presentation(s) will be driven by attendee needs and requirements and will focus on real-life aspects of Next-Gen Infrastructure/SDN: deciphering the vendor messages, demystifying the marketing materials, and identifying potential benefits and deployment opportunities.

This time it will focus on your challenges and help you figure out how get started and where to use these concepts in your environment.

Profit from Ivan’s extensive know-how by asking whatever is of specific interest to you during this discussion. You will get answers that will save you time and money and help you avoid bad experiences!

6:00 – open end Apéro & networking

This is a ‘must attend’ event for all which are interested in Software Defined Everything and other Next-Gen Infrastructure solutions! We are confident that the relationships you develop here will prove to be crucial to your continuing success. So don’t wait and register:

Cancellations of registration are free of charge until 30 days before the event. Cancellations received beyond this point will incur 100% of the admission fee. You will get an invoice for the respective amount. In any case, however, a delegate may be sent at no additional costs.

Register here!

We’re looking forward to see you there!


Ivan Pepelnjak is part of the organization committéé and advisory of the Data Center Interest Group Switzerland.
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