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One of the biggest pain points for IT professionals is keeping up with today’s storage requirements. Raw data growth is exploding. Research firms like Gartner and IDC predict that the rate of data growth will be 30-50% per year. This massive growth is fueled by a number of factors in including an influx of new mobile devices, requirements for new data insights using Big Data as well as data from new types of devices and sources like IoT (Internet of Things). Plus, there are the ever-present requirements to provide fast-data access, as well as the need to backup and archive this data. 

In this webcast, attendees will learn about the latest storage trends and technologies that are emerging to cope with these demanding storage requirements and see where they can be put to best use. Join IT Pro’s Senior Contributing Editor Michael Otey to learn about latest storage trends. He will discuss using virtual SAN technologies like Microsoft’s Storage Spaces Direct to replace standalone SANs. He will explain how hyper-converged technologies change the way that servers access data and how they differ from traditional server storage architectures. He will also talk about the latest movement toward All Flash Storage and see how it can be used to both replace and supplement traditional HDD storage. And finally, he will share how companies are leveraging the hybrid cloud to keep mission-critical data on-premise and utilizing the cloud for lower-priority data as well as backups and HADR.

Following Michael Otey's session will be a presentation from Alex Bykovskyi with StarWind, who will reveal the hyper-converged solutions that offer an unprecedented extent of fault-tolerance. It allows the user to build a new IT infrastructure based on Microsoft Hyper-V foregoing any on-site storage expenses.

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Speakers:

Michael Otey is a senior contributing editor for Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Pro and is president of TECA a technical writing, content creation, software-development and consulting company in Portland, Oregon. Michael is a former SQL Server Microsoft MVP. He covers the topics of data center, SQL Server, Windows Server, hardware, storage, Azure, systems management, VMware vSphere, virtualization, containers, PowerShell and .NET development. Michael has written hundreds of technical articles and a dozen technical books. He does frequent webcasts, is a frequent presenter at IT/Dev Connections and other technical conferences.

Alex Bykovskyi is a Solutions Architect for StarWind. He has more than five years of IT experience working with networking and storage, building highly available environments, Windows and Linux technologies, and a deep knowledge of storage virtualization.