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Charleston IT Seminar: Cloud, Storage, Security, BYOD, Unified Communications

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Program Description:
This tightly-focused seminar, including a full/hot lunch plus Microsoft, VMware, AT&T and Dell keynotes, covers the increasingly related topics of cloud/virtualization/storage and security/BYOD/unified communications. Angelbeat coordinates expert speakers from other leading firms shown below who deliver concise, technical and complementary talks. Content is pre-approved by Angelbeat and past attendees to maximize learning. CISSP's and other individuals can receive 4 CPE credit hours for attending. As one Wal-Mart attendee states, "Of all the seminars I attend, your format is by far the best. Brief informative talks from vendors, followed by one-on-one time at their booth to find out more. I am out of the office for less than a day yet I have access to all the different solutions. This year I will follow up with two vendors." As another IT Director commented, “Thanks for hosting a very informative meeting with vendors that tied in well… it was an integrated picture of technologies that work together to create a complete infrastructure solution for the workplace.”

Listen to Angelbeat CEO's Ron Gerber podcast to hear why you should attend. Watch Angelbeat on Youtube to see clips from past events and hear other attendee testimonials. Meals, Wi-Fi and parking are provided at no charge, though we will acccomodate any and all special requests/limitations from government employees who want to attend. The agenda allows all attendees to stop by their office in the morning, fix any immediate problems, attend the program (essentially an expanded lunch-n-learn), and avoid both morning and late afternoon traffic.

9:45 - 10:30: Registration, Peer Interaction, Product Demonstrations

10:30 - 10:50: Security/Compliance: Securing Unstructured Data, The Next Evolution of eDiscovery and Data Loss Prevention
The importance of securing and managing sensitive & confidential data was vividly reinforced by the recent NSA/Snowden and Wikileak incidents. Organizations must protect the rapidly growing volume of unstructured and semi structured data—documents, spreadsheets, presentations, media files and other business data - that can be stored in file servers, NAS devices, SharePoint, virtual data centers, cloud-based storage platforms, etc. This is taking ediscovery and data loss prevention (DLP) to the next level.

Attendees will learn about solutions to this important issue from Varonis, the foremost innovator and provider of access, governance, and retention solutions for human-generated data, the fastest-growing and most sensitive class of digital information. Based on patented technology and a highly accurate analytics engine, Varonis solutions give organizations total visibility and control over their data, ensuring that only the right users have access to the right data at all times from all devices, all use is monitored, and abuse is flagged.

Varonis makes digital collaboration secure, effortless and efficient so that people can create and share content easily, and organizations can extract more value from their content while being confident that it is protected and managed efficiently.

10:50 - 11:50: Virtualization, Storage, Big Data, Software Defined Networks, Cloud Computing, with Coraid, Dell, VMware and data center/virtualization expert Veristor
Organizations must optimize their existing and internal storage/server/data center infrastructure for maximum efficiency - combining the best of virtual and private cloud functionality - and then consider external/outsourced cloud services. Topics covered by Coraid, Dell, VMware and Veristor include:
- Virtualization recommendations for and across servers, storage and data centers to increase utilization, create R&D testing sites without impacting live production, support disaster recovery/business continuity requirements, etc.
- Feasibility of private cloud architecture, with on-demand services provided to business units.
- Integration of networking, server and storage protocols/equipment under a common virtualization platform and data center/network "fabric"
- Flash storage performance/cost benefits versus traditional hardware platforms
- The impact of software defined networking ("SDN"), which allows network administrators to have centralized control of network traffic/performance without requiring physical access to the network's hardware devices
- Server/Storage Reliability/Uptime, critically important with significantly fewer hardware platforms with virtualization, all running at much higher utilization levels
- Growth trends for iSCSI, Fibre Channel, NSA and SAN storage deployments, and how this affects your virtualization strategies
- Centrally-hosted application/file delivery/storage architecture to optimize performance of thin clients/virtual desktops
- Scale-up vs Scale-out storage strategies, pros and cons
- Tiered storage strategies to match data access requirements and update frequency with hardware costs
- Data Warehousing hardware compatibility with Data Center storage platforms, to support Big Data analytics and business intelligence applications.
- Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Best Practices; the importance of cost-effective and efficient recovery systems.
- Data Deduplication on primary and backup hardware, to eliminate unnecessary storage of redundant nformation.
- Backup/DR for data in use, in motion or at rest, stored on physical or virtual platforms
- Why organizations are still buying storage and expanding their internal data centers, despite cloud-based and co-location services from Amazon, Rackspace and others.

11:50 - 12:30: BYOD Bring Your Own Device, Wireless, VoIP/Unified Communications, Video, with AT&T, Shoretel, Ruckus Wireless, HP, IPC
During Q1 2013, Apple sold almost 40 million iPhones and 20 million iPads, while Google and its partners sold over 156 million Android-powered devices. These devices are often employee-owned and are rapidly making their way to the workplace - the Bring-your-own-Device (BYOD) revolution - creating a new set of security and management challenges for IT departments. Experts will share best practices on supporting tablet, laptop, smartphone and other devices on your network, which often run different operating systems and rely upon different security protocols. For instance, how can sensitive corporate data be segmented/separated/encrypted from personal information when using the same device? How can you integrate a Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution with existing end point/anti-virus security products? Should you create specialized apps for your employees and/or customers, or do smartphone browsers have sufficient functionality?

Every tablet and smartphone shares a common feature - they can only connect to the Internet via wireless, which greatly increases the importance of a comprehensive wi-fi infrastructure and strategy. With unlicensed wireless device growth measured in the billions of units, combined with a growing role for machine-to-machine mobile communications (the "Internet of Things") and more wireless-based mission-critical applications, it is essential that IT professionals eliminate rf interference, ensure end user wi-fi performance and understand the next generation of standards including[masked]n and[masked]ac, which enables multi-station WLAN throughput of 1 gigabits per second. Learn from Shoretel, Ruckus Wireless and IPC how to combine existing a/b/g access points with higher-speed solutions now available, plus create an integrated Wi-Fi/4G wireless strategy for your mobile workers.

The growing importance of unified communications in today's always-on, always-connected world, is widely accepted by all IT professionals. Learn how to combine Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other social networking applications with email, instant messaging, voice mail, call center and traditional telephone communications, thereby increasing the productivity of your workforce and enhancing customer service. Understand the evolution of telephone systems - from premise-based PBX or VoIP installations to hosted or cloud-based delivery platforms - and see what changes are recommended within your own organization, based on workforce demographics. See how you can provide your employees with a common unified communications platform supporting desktop, smartphone, laptop and tablet devices. IPC will demonstrate Shoretel's iPad docking station that seamlessly converts your tablet into a telephone, while AT&T will compare/contrast smartphone platforms from Google, Apple, Microsoft and Blackberry.

Full Hot Lunch, Product Demonstrations

1:30 - 2:30 Microsoft Windows Azure Cloud & Infrastructure Services
Cloud computing in its broadest sense is the usage of external IT resources. Microsoft will provide an overview of cloud computing options/strategies, plus discuss their Azure and Hyper-V cloud/virtualization platforms:
- Distinction between private cloud and virtualized/in-house data center
- Benefits of moving some, most, if not all storage & server hardware to a co-location/hosting facility, e.g. perhaps only backup files and tapes are stored/located offsite?
- Benefits of transferring some, most, if not all software applications to a cloud service provider, e.g. using a cloud provider to handle peak/high-volume customer web demand only?
- Recommendations for an integrated or hybrid public cloud/private cloud/virtualized data center infrastructure, covering both internal/employee & external/customer-facing applications
- Strategies for securing, patching and updating virtual and cloud environments, while ensuring compliance with corporate standards
- Cloud computing definitions and framework: IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service), PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service), SaaS (Software-as-a-Service), to name a few acronyms/options that will be defined
Windows Azure is a cloud solution platform with a set of capabilities enabling IT to define, deploy, and manage workloads. This presentation provides an opportunity to witness the capabilities in action by demoing the deployment of an application architecture in a self-service manner in minutes with Windows Azure.

End of Event, Raffle Drawings for Great Prizes

FAQs

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Each attendee acknowledges/understands that financial support from Angelbeat sponsors allows him/her to attend this event at no cost, and that the sponsors will be given your contact information 2 days after the event for follow-up email and telephone communications. All sponsors are required to provide you with an opt-out option, allowing you to be removed from their database.

However each attendee can opt-out of sponsor follow-up by informing Angelbeat staff at the event, or by emailing Angelbeat immediately after the event, but before Angelbeat releases the attendee list to the event sponsors.

If you have any questions regarding Angelbeat's privacy policies and how your contact information is used, please contact CEO Ron Gerber directly at[masked] or at [masked].

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event
Angelbeat has arranged for complimentary self-parking.

Who is eligible to receive a free pass
There is no charge to attend for an end user IT professional who works in the telecom/IT/networking/security/data center/desktop/purchasing departments of corporations (private and publicly-held, large and small), universities, school districts, government agencies, hospitals, manufacturers, retailers, banks, financial services firms, insurers, real estate/construction/property management, insurance/brokerage agencies, pharmaceutical companies, law/accounting/consulting firms, trucking/transportation/logistic firms, etc. and use, support, purchase and/or are involved in or influence the purchase of products and services offered by our sponsors. Systems integrators and consultants who attend with or are representing their enterprise clients are also eligible to receive a free pass. Full-time reporters from major newspapers, websites, television and radio stations can also attend as our guest. If you are a government employee and have limitations/restrictions on your ability to attend free events, then please contact the Angelbeat team by clicking below. For instance, some individuals simply reimburse Angelbeat for the cost of the meals, to avoid any perception of conflict-of-interest.

As a general policy Angelbeat does not offer free passes to individuals at companies that are looking to sell their products/services to the end user personnel described above who attend our events at no charge. If you fall in this category and would still like to attend then the fee is $300/person. To sign up please click here, complete the pdf document that appears and fax it back to Angelbeat at[masked]-8015.

All free attendees must be pre-approved in advance by Angelbeat and Angelbeat reserves the right to accept or reject a free pass request at its discretion.

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