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Webcast Series: De-Clouding the Issues – Managing Storage Performance, Complexity & Cost in the Ever-Evolving Data Center

Webcast 1: Storage Infrastructure Performance - Building the Foundation for setting SLAs

Here’s a surprising fact: A recent Enterprise Storage Group (ESG) study found that 94% of respondents have storage performance & availability monitoring tools in use today.

Why is this surprising? Because if you ask these same respondents if they use these tools to implement and measure performance-based SLAs, only about half of them actually do. This first webinar in our new series “De-Clouding the Issues - Managing Storage Performance, Complexity & Cost in the Ever-Evolving Data Center” features newly published research from the ESG.

Series: De-Clouding the Issues
Webcast 1: Storage Infrastructure Performance - Building the Foundation for setting SLAs
When: Tuesday, September 12th
Time: 8 AM PT / 11AM ET
Duration: 40 minutes

In this live webinar, Mark Peters, Practice Director & Senior Analyst for the ESG will share findings on storage spending and purchasing trends, the Pursuit of SLAs & Next Gen Architectures, and the solutions that are enabling them. The webinar will be a discussion and Q &A format moderated by Virtual Instruments CTO John Gentry, who was recently a recipient of Information Age’s Data 50 industry leadership awards.

ESG-Mark Peters-250px.jpgESG Senior Analyst Mark Peters is focused on all types of storage systems, virtualized storage, multiple solid-state media, and the emerging opportunities represented by both software-defined storage and converged systems. This seasoned analyst has three decades of data storage industry experience, holding senior management roles in sales, marketing, product management, business development, and customer intimacy in the U.S. and internationally, and even running his own communications consulting business focusing on storage and IT. Mark uses his real-world experience and rock-solid ESG research to disentangle the market outlook and lead his clients to progress and profit.


john-gentry_jpg_250px.jpgCTO John Gentry is responsible for being the voice of the customers, and understanding the key IT infrastructure trends that affect product strategy and strategic alliances. A leader within Virtual Instruments since 2009, he first led the global systems engineering organization, then the marketing team from mid-2012 until the merger with Load DynamiX. John brings nearly 20 years of IT industry experience, and is recognized as a thought leader on the topics of data center IT infrastructure performance management. He has held a number of senior level sales, sales engineering, and product marketing positions at industry leaders such as Qlogic, Borland, McData, and CNT. John was a double-major in Economics and Sociology at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

About the series De-Clouding the Issues – at the heart of every Cloud is a data center, it changes constantly, and is very complex to manage. Moving business-critical enterprise workloads to the Cloud is not an easy, clear-cut decision. Performance matters, accountability matters, service assurance matters – yet nearly all cloud providers refuse to offer performance based SLAs. This three-part series features trends & analysis, guidance and best practices from subject matter experts on the topic of data center infrastructure performance.

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