Sharpen your IT skills at Edge2013
In just a few high-powered days, you can connect with IT leaders and practitioners from all industries to discover new innovations and learn industry best practices for managing storage growth, accelerate and optimize x86 server and cloud deployments, unlock insights from big data and secure critical information.
Edge2013 will offer 4.5 days of world-class technical education for IT professionals and practitioners including:
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TechnicalEdge is a 4.5 day technical event for IT professionals and practitioners focused on sharpening expertise, discovering new innovations and learning industry best practices.
ExecutiveEdge is a 2.5 day event for IT executives and leaders focusing on discovering new innovations for managing storage growth, accelerating cloud deployments, unlocking the insights from big data, and securing critical information and processes.
This year, Edge2013 will be better than ever with an expanded agenda including:
Cloud computing is transforming the economics and the strategic value of IT with the promise of unprecedented flexibility and support for business innovation. But cloud environments may introduce risks and complexities, including placing unique demands on infrastructure. This track will explore how successful storage and compute clouds are helping companies like yours lower operational costs, improve quality of service and achieve greater business agility. Sessions will describe case studies and share best practices that comprehensively illustrate how you can take advantage of new IBM tools and solutions to efficiently and effectively implement storage and compute clouds.
Big data and analytics
The exponential growth in data volume, variety and velocity is impacting every enterprise IT environment. At the same time, the need to develop not only traditional back office analytics but also "front office" analytics capabilities, combined with the emergence of big data platforms, will have a major impact on your data center. How can you best embrace this shift and take the right steps now to make your business "data ready"? Join us to learn how to leverage IBM products and unparalleled expertise to capitalize on your analytics and big data opportunities. This track will provide practical examples of how IBM Smarter Storage, combined with other IBM capabilities and technologies, is changing the way companies design and leverage their IT architectures to achieve competitive advantage.
Business continuity is vital to business success -- and in today's interconnected world, virtually every aspect of a company's operation is vulnerable to disruption. Some risks could take your business offline for days, but in a competitive environment, even minutes of downtime could prove disastrous. This track focuses on how IBM Data Protection and Recovery systems can be best utilized in small to midsized businesses (SMBs) as well as enterprise environments to form resilient solutions. Architects, technical experts and users will discuss how the latest advances in both software and hardware, including disk and tape, data protection and retention solutions can form a high-performing, efficient infrastructure that ensures robust business continuity for all aspects of your organization.
Flash storage is about more than data capacity. It is about optimizing your critical applications and infrastructure to drive real-time strategic decisions and actions that enable your business to compete, innovate and grow. Sessions in this track will focus on exploring how the latest in micro-latency flash storage and other advances are revolutionizing application performance and creating macro efficiencies across the data center and the business. You’ll hear from technical experts and directly from clients how IBM is helping organizations like yours leverage optimizing technologies like flash and automated tiering. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how you can maximize your data center storage performance, gain macro efficiencies and reduce time to decisions.
With information volume and diversity growing at unprecedented rates and budgets rapidly shrinking, efficient IT has never been more important for companies. IBM leads the industry in efficiency solutions that maximize utilization and simplify management. In this track, you'll learn how customers are using these solutions to run their operations more effectively, save money and deliver better service. Examples of some IBM efficiency solutions include Real-time Compression, ProtecTIER, Easy Tier, thin provisioning, IBM FlashCopy and our top-rated storage management interface.
Enterprise Virtualization is a comprehensive approach to virtualization that enables enterprises to reap the benefits of virtualizing the entire data center -- including complex, mission-critical applications and infrastructure such as analytics, ERP and online transaction processing. These advanced virtualization capabilities can ensure application and service availability; scalability and security while reducing total cost of ownership. Come learn how the best-practice principles of server virtualization can be extended to the rest of the data center, from storage, networks and devices to application infrastructure, for maximum resource pooling, utilization and efficiency.
This track will highlight sessions from event Sponsors where they will feature the latest advancements within their portfolio.
ISV, database and business applications
Today's software applications generate staggering volumes of data, which must be rapidly accessible, highly available and secure. Storage Infrastructure solutions that are well optimized for today's databases and business applications are critical to success. This track focuses on how IBM Smarter Storage has been optimized and integrated with various applications and middleware solutions that drive businesses across multiple industries. ISVs, IBM Business Partners and IBM Solution Architects will discuss how the latest advances in disk, tape, storage virtualization, cloud infrastructure and data protection and retention solutions can form a high-performing and efficient infrastructure for leading databases and ISV applications.
On a Smarter Planet, data centers must be agile and intelligent. Networking products must be designed for complex workloads, optimized for high performance and automated for virtualization. IBM System Networking solutions are fast, virtualization-aware and interoperable – helping clients to harness the full capabilities of IBM systems and storage, including PureSystems, flash storage and software-defined networking (SDN). Sessions in this track will help companies achieve improved IT economics by connecting your infrastructure with a smarter, faster, more scalable, standards-based and dynamically manageable network fabric that supports consolidated operations.
The world is continuously changing and so is the technology needed to stay ahead. IBM has an industry-leading roadmap to drive increased efficiency, agility and self-optimization. In this track, you'll hear about some of the latest IBM Storage, System x and PureSystems product enhancements to help you stay ahead of the pace and gain greater competitive advantage moving forward. .
Success in today’s business environment requires the ability to innovate and respond quickly to change. Learn how to accelerate delivery of new applications, unleash the power of analytics, and exploit big data – all while changing the economics of IT to create strategic value. It's all possible with IBM PureSystems. ―Built for Cloud,‖ integrated by design and simple to use and manage, IBM PureSystems products combine the flexibility of a general-purpose system, the elasticity of cloud services and the simplicity of an appliance. Join this track to discover how to transform the IT lifecycle to cut costs, save time and resources and speed innovation.
IBM Technical Computing is no longer just about high-end supercomputers. High performance computing, that was used predominantly by government agencies and universities, is now driving revolutionary advances across a wide range of organizations. Financial services, life sciences, the automotive supply chain, energy and utilities, consumer electronics and even retailing businesses recognize the need to exploit technical computing power to stay competitive. IBM has a new agenda—unleashing the transformational power of Technical Computing across the entire business spectrum. Join us to participate in this new era of Technical Computing and learn how it can deliver your competitive edge.
Security and compliance
Security-ready enterprises can efficiently and effectively address the growing complexities and costs of IT security risk management and compliance. This means identifying and prioritizing the enterprise’s strategic objectives, and then managing the business to meet those objectives. Successful organizations will leverage security solutions and capabilities integrated into all elements of the IT environment, including services, processes, data and infrastructure technology. IBM provides comprehensive services, software and hardware with security built-in. Sessions in this track will center on how these solutions support the entire spectrum of end-to-end security needs for assessing, planning, implementing, monitoring and maintaining enterprise compliance.
Storage solutions for mainframe environments
As the gold standard for truly enterprise-class computing, the System z mainframe relies on enterprise-class storage that is powerful, secure, and flexible enough to support its tremendous capabilities. In this track, you'll learn how IBM Smarter Storage is meeting that challenge head on with integrated solutions to satisfy the world's most demanding workloads. Topics will include discussions on advanced mainframe storage optimization technologies, such as High Performance FICON for System z, IBM System Storage Easy Tier, List Prefetch Optimizer, I/O Priority Manager, z/OS Discovery and Auto Configuration, HyperSwap, and IBM Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex (GDPS).
IBM has long been a leader in storage virtualization technologies, which complement and enhance server virtualization and help to improve flexibility, responsiveness, and efficiency in the data center. Virtualized infrastructures are also at the core of cloud deployments. This track focuses on virtualized storage, including both storage systems such as IBM XIV and IBM Storwize V7000 and storage virtualization systems such as SAN Volume Controller (SVC). Attendees will learn about the benefits these offerings can deliver, hear real-world deployment experiences, and discover how they can complement and enhance your own server virtualization initiatives.
Systems Management in today's business environment goes way beyond the traditional IT concepts of performance and availability. All systems now require careful management to keep a business running at peak efficiency and in compliance with government regulations. These challenges are compounded by the growing pressure put on departments and internal organizations to lower operational costs while continuing to maintain and improve service levels. With limited in-house skills and resources to meet these demands, organizations are increasingly looking to cloud-based solutions to provide the high levels of visibility, control and automation required to manage these critical components of the business. This track provides a unique opportunity to learn best practices for managing critical systems and processes while continuing to innovate and enhance business outcomes.