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June 28, 2010

Mtg: Cloud Computing: Impact on IT Architecture, Data Centers and the Network

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WEDNESDAY July 14, 2010
SCV Communications Chapter?
Speakers: Robin Ren, Director of R&D, VMware; Alan G. Hakimi, Senior Cloud Architect, Microsoft; Arpit Joshipura, VP of Strategy, Ericsson Silicon Valley; Colin Constable, Chief Enterprise Architect, Juniper Networks
Time: Refreshments and Networking at 6:00 PM, Presentations at 6:30 PM
Cost: none
Place: National Semiconductor, Building E, Conference Room, 2900 Semiconductor Dr, Santa Clara
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Cloud computing is on every CIO’s top priority list nowadays. However, like any “game-changer” technologies in history, today’s Cloud Computing field can appear to be both exciting and chaotic. Most large technology companies claim to have at least one cloud product or service. Many start-up companies are also trying different ideas. In the introduction, we will offer answers to some basic questions:
– What is Cloud Computing?
– Why does Cloud matter?
– How will Cloud change the IT industry?
We’ll look at the major Cloud Computing players, trying to analyze the big trend and compare different approaches. In the end, there are several valid ways to move from traditional IT to the Cloud, targeted at different audiences and workloads. It is important to understand how you can participate and benefit from this new “IT gold rush.”

The data center is at the heart of cloud computing. It brings dynamic virtualized server and storage environments to users via networks that provide cloud connectivity. The networks used to access cloud services will need more intelligence in several areas. They will have to quickly react to changes in the computing/storage environment, recovering from faults, and increasing or decreasing scale. This session will describe some architectural patterns in IaaS with respect to designing around resiliency and bandwidth. We will discuss the differences between traditional data centers and cloud data centers including intra-data center and inter data center communications. This session will also address networking trends with respect to federating clouds and providing secure, high quality network access to the data center.

Cloud services and advanced devices are worthless without connectivity. At the same time, cloud services are increasing in value with the addition of mobility. This talk focusses on value of connectivity to the cloud and discusses the mobile aspects that an operator can leverage. With the asset of connectivity, an operator can use Cloud as both an offensive and a defensive strategy. This talk outlines the details of this strategy and identifies requirements on connectivity including type of access, SLA, QOS, Interoperability and standardization.

Additional Panelist: Colin Constable, Chief Enterprise Architect within the office of the CTO, Juniper Networks

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