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SDC Channel Summit promises valuable MSP insights

Conference Chair Ian Luckett outlines the content of the second virtual SDC Channel Summit event, taking place 10-11 May. A mixture of keynote presentations, roundtables and panel discussions promise to produce plenty of valuable insights for Channel companies dealing with the challenges and opportunities of digital transformation.

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Understanding and addressing Active Directory security issues

Mickey Bresman, Co-Founder and CEO and Ran Harel, Senior Security Product Manager, both at Semperis, discuss the findings of the company’s recent Microsoft Active Directory security survey, and also explain how the Semperis Purple Knight security assessment tool not only highlights AD security gaps, but also provides recommended fixes.

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Securing a seamless user experience

Emely Patra, RVP and Head of EMEA Customer Success Strategy and Architecture at MuleSoft, discusses the findings of the company’s recently published 2022 Connectivity Benchmark report, highlighting some of the obstacles to creating fully connected user experiences, and explaining how APIs and low code tools can help to address the major integration challenges which need to be overcome as part of a successful digital transformation strategy.

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All-Flash NVMe platform meets modern application requirements

Surya Varanasi, Storcentric’s CTO, talks through the launch of the Nexsan Unity NV10000 enterprise class platform, which supports block, file and object storage protocols and addresses data security, including ransomware, and regulatory compliance concerns.

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Exchange infrastructures – all change?

Michael James and Terence Chabe, Capital Market Specialists at Colt Technology Services, discuss the implications for data centre infrastructure as some of Europe’s largest financial exchanges address the fallout from Brexit, with geography, latency, security, cloud services, software defined networks and the edge all in the spotlight.

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Are you ready for a ransomware attack? - Huntsman Security

Piers Wilson, Head of Product Management at Huntsman Security, discusses the importance of carrying out a ransomware readiness assessment to discover any potentially costly security gaps within an organisation’s IT infrastructure. The company’s recently launched SmartCheck for Ransomware is designed to help companies fortify their cyber risk management.

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Smarter power and cooling • Mitsubishi Electric Europe

Mike McAdam, Data Centre Director EMEA, and Simon Prichard, Product Strategy Manager, both at Mitsubishi Electric Europe, explain how real-time data visualisation and smart insights can help to optimise data centre power and cooling infrastructure, before discussing the wider sustainability challenges and opportunities facing the industry into the future. They also share the company’s plans to leverage its critical infrastructure expertise to expand its presence within the data centre sector.

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Ancoris GreenLab adds the sustainability dimension to IT decision-making

Andre Azevedo, CEO at Ancoris, explains how the company’s new GreenLab Google Cloud service helps organisations to understand the actions they can take around their IT infrastructure to achieve their sustainability goals, with cloud migration a high priority for many.

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Let’s get physical

Nick Smith, Business Development Manager at Genetec, discusses the changing role of physical security as it impacts IT infrastructure, identifying some key trends. He also details the company’s recent Streamvault Edge launch and highlights the particular physical security challenges faced by the data centre sector.

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Step change required when it comes to IT sustainability?

Coeus Consulting, an independent IT advisory focused on delivering strategic change, recently published the findings of its report: ‘The critical role of technology leaders in delivering on sustainability targets’. Graeme Trevayne, Associate Director at Coeus Consulting, talks through the survey results, highlighting the progress which has already been made, whilst suggesting that there is much more that can be done, not least when it comes to the need for some commonly agreed, IT sustainability objectives and the accompanying metrics.

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Shapeshifting Druid and cloud databases!

Imply has recently launched the Polaris cloud database service. Imply’s Vice President of Product Marketing, David Wang, puts the launch in context as he details the company’s Project Shapeshift work around Apache Druid, going on to explain how today’s analytics opportunities require the very latest and best database solutions.

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DevOps for the digital age

Chris Wey, President of the Power Systems Business Unit, Rocket Software, talks through the tell-tale signs of a DevOps programme that isn’t delivering, before outlining the key components of a truly ‘modern’ DevOps solution, with some major benefits for end users.

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News

ASX Sports, the world’s first fantasy sports platform with live in-game trading founded by Paddy Power, has partnered with Aventus Network as its blockchain provider.
According to a recently published report from Dell’Oro Group, global data center capex is on track to reach $377 billion by 2026, with the hyperscale cloud service providers accounting for more than half the market total. We predict increasing the adoption of accelerated computing will generate market growth opportunities.
Half of businesses looking for space in the Metaverse to facilitate hybrid working.
Okta’s fourth annual State of Zero Trust Security report reveals that budgets for Zero Trust initiatives are increasing for 85% of organisations.

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