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New Conference Brings Sharp Focus on Software-Defined Infrastructure (SDI) for Data Center Transformation

SDI Summit To Take Place December 1-3, 2015

The SDI Summit will highlight the ways in which SDI software technology is transforming data centers worldwide, bringing a new approach to efficiently managing workloads running on hundreds, or thousands, of servers and storage devices housed within a data center, or reaching across a network to connect with one or more clouds.

SDI and the Era of Cloud and Big Data

In the era of Cloud Computing and Big Data, efficient management in these large data centers is vital to providing real-time responsiveness to applications – and the end-users accessing them.

Enterprise data centers and cloud service provider (CSP) data centers are already using SDI to evolve their existing infrastructure – and to automate many management and security procedures. This software-led automation speeds up management processes, allowing applications and databases to scale up as workloads peak -- and as end-user demands grow.

In the SDI world, as the software is changing, the hardware is changing, too – with a wider use of converged and hyperconverged systems hardware for cloud-ready infrastructure. In these systems, compute, storage and software are tightly integrated, to reduce delays associated with one-off configurations that often lead to operational issues at peak processing times.

Summit Features Business and IT Tracks

"SDI – and the change it brings to the data center – will have a big impact on IT organizations and the businesses they support," said Jean S. Bozman, SDI Summit Program Chair, and Director of Infrastructure Research at Neuralytix, Inc. "The SDI Summit acknowledges this change by delivering two types of tracks: business tracks focused on management and business processes, and technical tracks focused on detailed technical information for IT professionals."

Business leaders from a variety of industries will speak to the changes they’re seeing from SDI-led projects – and the positive impact they're having on operational costs (OPEX).

IT professionals will be able to attend technical sessions about the ways in which SDI is introduced into the data center – often through multi-phased projects as the technology is adopted. They will learn how SDI deployments bring about changes in the software environment and in the hardware infrastructure of the data center. The exhibits and demos at SDI Summit will show how the IT industry is addressing SDI technology, with new products and services.

Key Topics at SDI Summit 2015

The SDI Summit 2015 program will focus on three distinct areas of server design: SDI-enabling software; software-defined storage (SDS); and SDI's impact on hardware computing platforms and hyperconverged systems.

Keynotes and plenary sessions will speak to the overall scope of SDI-led changes in technology, and to the business transformation that results from SDI deployments.

Key topics will include:

Innovative Three-Day Program Brings It All Together

On December 1, pre-conference sessions will provide business attendees with overviews of SDI, with technical “how-to” sessions for IT professionals and software developers.

The two-day conference on December 2-3 is organized into tracks including business, technical, and SDI software methodology.

Industry analysts will provide insights into IT and business transformation. IT professionals from financial services, retail companies and logistics/distribution companies will speak about their experiences in using SDI technologies, discussing the business value that SDI-enablement of the data center brings.

What the industry is saying

“The Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) war is coming, and it will reshape the information technology landscape like nothing has since the invention of the PC itself.”

Trevor Pott, The Register, October 2014

“The reasons for a implementing a highly virtualized, software-defined infrastructure are many - but it all boils down to one word: Economics. If it weren't for buyers realizing the overall cost savings by moving away from the rigidity of acquiring and maintaining hardware-defined or hardware-based infrastructure, software-defined anything would have been dead on arrival. But it has not. In fact, it is wildly successful in the computing space, and making promising in roads into the networking and storage space.”

Ashish Nadkarni, IDC on Software-Defined Storage, Community Blog entry, August, 2014

“Agility, elasticity and cost optimization become an imperative for future state of IT infrastructure. SDI (Software Defined Infrastructure) enables these imperatives at optimized cost structures, while ensuring interoperability across multiple technology providers and architectures. Combined with the ‘manageability’ and programmability advantages it brings, SDI becomes the strategic path for ensuring IT’s alignment with business.”

Anuj Bhalla, Global Head and Vice President, System Integration and Maintenance Services, Wipro, in CXOToday, March, 2015

“The benefits of software-defined infrastructure are potentially unlimited. It can simplify the lives of a mobile workforce in terms of how they get information and lead IT administrators to focus more on high-level activities instead of maintenance. It can also expedite business insights and allow business to transform their information and data into something entirely new that can unlock value and develop competitive advantage.
The bottom line is simple. Fast-moving businesses need agile IT service delivery to transform what has until now been fixed into something flexible. SDI allows businesses to create tailored IT services to go faster, work efficiently and transcend the limits of the physical world.”

Saravanan Krishnan, Business Director, Infrastructure Solutions, APAC, HDS (Hitachi Data Systems), in CXOToday, April, 2015

“With SDI, compute, network, and storage resources are deployed as services, potentially reducing deployment times from weeks to minutes. Once services are up and running, hardware is managed as a set of resources, and software has the intelligence to manage the hardware to the advantage of the supported workloads.
The SDI environment automatically corrects issues and optimizes performance to ensure you can meet your service levels and security controls that your business demands.”

Ed Goldman of Intel, the Data Stack Blog, May 2015

“Software-defined storage (SDS) is part of the software-defined data center (SDDC), an evolving architecture and set of technologies designed to speed delivery of IT services to application owners. SDS enables greater operational efficiency, higher availability, and lower cost in both SAN and NAS environments.
SDS does for storage what virtualization did for servers—breaking down the physical barriers that bind data to specific hardware.”

NetApp webpage, 2015


Conference Chair

Lance LeventhalLance Leventhal
Tel: +1.858.756.3327
Email : Lance@SDISummit.com

Program Chair

Jean BozmanJean S. Bozman
Tel: +1.408.239.6795
Email : Jean@SDISummit.com

Exhibit Sales Director

Kat PateKat Pate
Sales Director
Tel: +1.505.238.3208
Fax: +1.505.856.7251
Email: Sales@SDISummit.com

Exhibits Operations

Marty FoltynMarty Foltyn
Operations Manager
Tel: +1.858.720.9780
Email: Marty@SDISummit.com

Public Relations

Melissa KallosMelissa Kallos
Public Relations Director
Tel: +1.408.758.0080
Email: Melissa@SDISummit.com