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Business Intelligence from Mining VoIP Voice Recordings

Raymond Lucchesi Download

Today the convergence of telephony and the digital world due to the VOIP changeover is creating unprecedented opportunities to exploit and mine voice data not readily available before. Our presentation will describe technology used to record VOIP voice calls and detail typical storage architectures for voice storage. We conclude with how to mine voice recordings using keyword spotting, phonetic search, and other technology readily available today and discuss future voice recognition trends.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand VOIP recording and analysis technology and its impact on your storage and networking technology today
  • Understand some potential future voice analytic capabilities and how this may impact your business
  • Understand VoIP recording, storage, and analysis technology architecture and performance requirements so as to be able to speak to vendors about your needs and expectations

FAN:  An Architecture for Scalable, Service-oriented Data Management

Rick Gillett Download

With the advent of Web 2.0 and Service Oriented Application architectures, file-encapsulation is rapidly becoming the pervasive means for storing, distributing, and managing business data by policy, however, until very recently, a unified scalable, light weight, policy-based file management architecture was not available. Today, enterprises have a tool at their disposal that leverages file virtualization, network-based policy enforcement, and globally distributed access, in an inclusive and open approach that not only 'allows' but 'calls for' multiple vendor technologies to interoperate - the file area network or FAN. The changes brought about by FAN architectures are analogous to the changes that took place in the 1990's as storage area networks (SANs) became the popular means to improve heterogeneity and capacity provisioning for block mode data; however while the problems of growth and complexity remain the same, the challenge today is managing file-based information, rather than raw blocks.

Learning Objectives

  • How a FAN approach can provide a common reference framework for all file-related technologies
  • How a FAN delivers huge improvements in management efficiency, access to data, and business agility
  • The 'Do's and Don'ts' of implementing a FAN, told through actual end user case studies.

WAN Application Infrastructure Fueling Storage Networks

Andrea Chiaffitelli, Ian Perez-Ponce Download

In previous years, the vast majority of large I/T organizations have incorporated secondary data center [recovery] sites within the Metro perimeter to enhance application resiliency and generally improve business operations uptime in the event of an unplanned disruption or series thereof. The next evolution in the business continuity lifecycle expands the benefits of such technology-related insurance policies well beyond the traditional Metro scope while countering the inherent limitations of distance, cost, reliability, and performance. Policy elements may include policy control systems, policy execution points, and application optimization capabilities in the context of a WAN application infrastructure to fuel storage networks. This would tie together higher layer services such as application networking to storage network-layer capabilities. This is driven by customer policies, business continuity policies, and other algorithms to power a proactive policy based engine to reconfigure network and equipment based on demand, business rules, and service level.

Learning Objectives

  • This tutorial will communicate business relevance and critical importance for such capabilities. The ability to extend such WAN application infrastructure to fuel storage network capabilities dynamically across our multiple layers (network, storage, servers) in an end-to-end way is key.
  • In this session with storage networking experts from Cisco and AT&T, attendees will take part in an interactive discussion covering the practical considerations and technology options required for effectively extending the reach of your current-day business continuance framework and the thinking behind WAN application infrastructures to power storage networks.

Attendees will benefit from practical technical advice on deploying a storage network over distance as this session will cover 1) Architectural and technology options available, 2) Considerations for deployment, 3) Technical risks and how to lower your exposure to them, 4) Driving operational efficiency and return on investment.

Unification of Data Center Fabrics with Ethernet: A High Speed Peek into the Future!

Matthew Brisse Download

A key challenge that the network and storage industries are now facing is the abundance of new high speed interconnect protocols proposed for future data center applications. The challenge of reducing the number of disparate networks and minimize the complexity surrounding the management of data centers is key to cost reduction. In this presentation we take a peek into what the future may hold for high speed fabrics and investigate the potential for their unification. We will provide a market and technical overview of the competitive landscape for next generation 10Gb technologies with particular focus on the operational characteristics and implementation aspects of Ethernet. Also we will postulate as to how fabric unification may continue to evolve. Attendees will gain an insight into the pragmatic issues surrounding the deployment and management of connectivity infrastructure as we move towards the data center of the future.

Learning Objectives

  • The audience will learn how hardware, software, standards and innovation are all needed to derive the vision of a unified fabric utilizing 10GE for the data center of the future. The unification of fabrics is not an all or nothing approach. There is a clearly defined unified fabric sweet spot within a data center. The audience will learn to identify and assess if this approach is right for their data center and business level objectives. In this session you will learn the differences between reactive innovation vs proactive innovation and how it applies to 10G, Acceleration, OS virtualization, HW virtualization and the evolution of storage fabrics.
  • The audience will learn the basic fundamentals of Ethernet and 10Gb.