WAN Application Infrastructure Fueling Storage Networks

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Monday, April 16, 2007
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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.

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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.