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The Future of Networking

November 18, 2021 | FREE Admission

Many major business trends, including the wide-spread use of cloud, digital transformation, and the mainstream use of sophisticated analytics and artificial intelligence, are outpacing legacy infrastructures. We'll explore strategies, new technologies, and best practices to provide a secure, robust infrastructure that cost-effectively delivers the performance, flexibility, elasticity, scalability, and reduced management burden needed to support today's modern technologies. We'll cover topics such as converged infrastructures, SD WANs, 5G, and Edge technologies.


The demands on networks are ever-increasing: Faster, smarter, and more secure have never been more important – and essential – goals for network professionals. And today, of course, the challenge is to maintain the highest service level to every employee, regardless of whether they are in the board room, the living room, or the local coffee shop. In this wide-ranging talk, our expert will provide advice on extending your network's range and capability in the most safe and reliable fashion.

Cloudifying the Enterprise Edge for Performance and Efficiency
Edge computing, where compute is moved closer to the user, such as in the enterprise branch office or on a device, is driving a re-think of the enterprise demilitarized zone (DMZ) and its connectivity to the cloud. Rather than a collection of individual appliances, the enterprise DMZ is moving to a cloud architecture using a shared compute infrastructure with software modules (virtual network functions, or VNFs), providing traditional DMZ functions such as a security, load balancing, SD-WAN, and WAN optimization. This session will highlight how this new perimeter-less enterprise architecture will allow for rapid deployment of new applications and increased performance.

What's Next for SD WANs and SASE?
SD WANs have become the Swiss Army knife of networking, letting enterprise users leverage different transport services to securely connect sites and users. SASE complements SD-WAN by integrating networking and security into a centrally-managed service designed to meet the needs of modern applications and today's distributed work environments. Our experts will share their experiences with SD WANs within their organizations, emphasizing how they have changed their overall approach to networking and what they hope to gain from SASE capability in the future.

How HCI Makes Edge Computing Simple and Secure
The need for enterprises to improve business processes, save costs, and keep their employees safe has never been greater. At the same time, the nature of devices and applications is changing – data collection and real-time processing are becoming increasingly important in helping enterprises gain a competitive advantage and develop new products. As a result, latency and bandwidth are becoming key performance determinants, driving the need for more computing power to be placed closer to end users and machines. This poses unique security and management challenges that enterprises will need to solve. This session explores the growing need for computing and storage at the edge and how hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) can alleviate configuration, deployment, and management complexities. 

Transitioning from Monitoring to Observability
Observability is the next step for monitoring. It uses telemetry data about applications, devices, and infrastructure to ensure they perform properly and optimally. Increasingly, observability relies on AI to better manage and understand basic telemetry data. Many observability applications use prescriptive methods to go from reactive to proactive to automatic responses to alerts, triggers, and incidents. This session examines the industry's transition to observability and the challenges and benefits of using the technology. 

5G and Wi-Fi 6
Steadily maturing 5G technology and infrastructure is finally a real option for the enterprise, providing more efficient and effective mobile capabilities and potentially supercharging the value businesses are gaining through IoT, AI, and other emerging services. However, as 5G becomes more widely available, so too does Wi-Fi 6, the next generation of wireless connectivity. In this session, our experts will help you envision how 5G and Wi-Fi 6 play within your organization, where each is best suited for use, and the key steps you’ll need to take to their use a reality.