Featured Infrastructure Sessions
A No-Nonsense Approach to Hyperconvergence
The market is flooded with a large number of buzz words around how to build an IT stack. From reference architectures to various levels of building block-style convergence, it seems that everywhere you turn there’s a new, shiny, and often better way to stand up infrastructure. But, is it really worth deviating from traditional architecture designs that provide the “business as usual” requirements? This session will focus on why the converged technology stacks are worth digging deeper in to, how teams are integrating them with their existing systems, and what sort of culture and skill-set shifts this trend pushes.
Speaker: Chris Wahl, President, Wahl Network, LLC
A Practical Look at Network Automation
Are you tired of hearing about how SDN means you'll need to be a programmer if you want to keep your job? While this makes for compelling headlines, it's important to distinguish what's real and what's hype. This session will bring network automation and programmability to life for the traditional network engineer, with a focus on how to make networks more consumable. This session will review various API types such as Cisco's onePK and Arista's eAPI and discuss how to use them. We'll also take a brief look at Python and Jinja2 specifically for network engineers. Finally, we'll look at how to use a modern DevOps-style tool such as Ansible for building and deploying network configurations.
Speaker: Jason Edelman, Founder, Network To Code
Best Practices for Building Visibility Fabrics in the Enterprise
Join this session to learn how best practices in management, collaboration, tool validation, and architecture can lead to a successful deployment of a visibility fabric for your data center security and monitoring tools. J. Scott Haugdahl, industry expert, speaker, and author of the classic "Network Analysis and Troubleshooting," will share his proven methods and lessons learned at US Bank, where he founded and lead the Network Application Analysis (NAA) team. He helped create a network analysis infrastructure for a new, $5 million state-of-the-art Shared Data Access Network (SDAN) that was deployed across multiple US Bank data center locations. Scott then moved to Blue Cross Blue Shield to build its Shared Visibility Fabric (SVF). He’ll talk about the drivers for building a visibility practice, examine challenges, and share best practices.
Speaker: Scott Haugdahl, Principal Architect, Blue Cross Blue Shield MN