• InfoSight and Intelligent Storage by Connection & Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    Connection and HPE are hosting a showcase of HPE's Intelligent Storage portfolio, including HPE 3PAR, HPE InfoSight™ and HPE Nimble. The event is being held at The Clubhouse Golf & Entertainment in Middleton, MA. Registration is required at https://marketing.rsvpportal.com/acton/fs/blocks/showLandingPage/a/3648/p/p-01e6/t/page/fm/0 Agenda: 12:00 – 12:45 Lunch/ reception / registration 12:45 – 1:00 Welcome Message 1:00 – 2:00 HPE Storage Presentations 2:00 – 3:00 Golf simulator & other interactive activities Raffle - HPE Discover tickets, Amazon cards and more Intelligent storage from HPE extracts value from data, reveals actionable insights and helps to provide outcomes that can transform today’s businesses. Keep calm and work on your golf swing at the golf simulator. Or test your skills at table tennis, billiards, darts, and many other interactive games. There will not be a Cloud Centric Boston Meetup at Microsoft this month, so we are pleased to offer this very informative event instead!

  • DR Network and Business Continuity by FatPipe Networks and Stay In Business

    Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery – How Effective Is Your Plan? SD-WAN: How will it improve security and prevent productivity losses? Meeting schedule: 6:00 - 6:45 Networking, introductions, food and refreshments 7:00 - 8:00 DR Network and Business Continuity Speaker: FatPipe’s CEO, Dr. Bhaskar Ragula 8:00 - Raffle and meeting concludes See Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Solutions On: • Identifying and Analyzing potential disruptions to your business, and their probability of reoccurrence. • Identifying and assessing variables affecting the level of exposure to your mission critical business functions. • Strategy Development to determine resource requirements and differences between your recover requirements and current capabilities. • Plan Creation, relocation plans, document recovery procedures, and other disruptions to your business. • Technical Impact Analysis on impact and costs associated with technology outages. • Infrastructure Strategy and Design – Examine your infrastructure, applications, staff, and data and determine how to best meet your business continuity requirements. • Plan Development – Develop and document the policies and procedures for restoring your mission critical IT infrastructure, applications, and data in the event of a disruption. Discuss How SD-WAN Technology: • Eliminates productivity losses from carrier outages with seamless multi-carrier failover and failback. • Integrates both Private and Public networks for optimal security and high availability. • Uses Internet bandwidth as a secure transport to replace an MPLS network. • Deploys through Virtualization Network Functionality: Azure, Microsoft, AWS, WindRiver, KVM, VMware, ARM, etc. • Real world case studies deliver benefits at all infrastructure levels-from SMB to enterprise networks.

  • Windows Virtual Desktop - An Overview

    Microsoft Corporation

    While desktop virtualization helps in many business scenarios, it has historically been complex and expensive to deploy and manage. To solve some of these complexities, Microsoft have developed Windows Virtual Desktop with both IT and the user in mind. Enter the Windows 10 Multi-Session discussion. Meeting schedule: 6:00 - 6:45 Networking, introductions, food and refreshments 7:00 - 8:00 Windows Virtual Desktop - An Overview Speakers: Robert Corradini, Director of Strategic Alliances, Liquidware Ray Dusseault, Director of Application Strategy, Liquidware 8:00 - Raffle and meeting concludes

  • HPE- SimpliVity Hyperconvergence & Nimble InfoSight Predictive Storage Analytics

    Why are Hyperconvergence, Hybrid IT, and Predictive Analytics redefining the Data Center? HPE and Connection will present on these technologies and discuss the value and benefits of SimpliVity and Nimble. Meeting schedule: 6:00 - 6:45 Networking, introductions, food and refreshments 6:45 - 7:30 The Power of Predictive Analytics Speaker: Gene Costanza, Sales Engineer, HPE Nimble Storage 7:45 - 8:30 Is your Virtualization Strategy Ready for an Upgrade to Hyperconvergence? Speaker: Mario Brum, Sr Director of Solutions Architects, Connection 8:30 - Raffle of a $500 Visa cash card and 5 $100 cards thanks to Intel! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- More information about the sessions are below: 6:45 The Power of Predictive Analytics Learn how HPE delivers an unparalleled flash storage portfolio that is predictive, cloud-ready, and timeless. HPE InfoSight leverages advanced machine learning to pave the path toward the autonomous data center — and delivers 4 ways to pave your path to business growth and enhanced profitability. Business Value: - Predictive: Bring AI to the data center to predict and prevent issues in real-time before they impact your business - Cloud Ready: On-premise infrastructure that enables easy mobility between on-premise and the public cloud - Timeless: Storage investment that does not age prematurely. With all-inclusive licensing, flexible controller upgrades and a variety of consumption models, your HPE storage is timeless. - Cost Effective: Enterprise Strategy Group researched hundreds of HPE customers and found a 79% savings in operational costs. 7:45 Is Your Virtualization Strategy Ready for an Upgrade to Hyperconvergence? Learn how HPE SimpliVity combines IT infrastructure and advanced data services to accelerate application performance, improve VM management and storage efficiency, and provide higher resiliency with built-in backup and DR that restores VMs in seconds. Virtualization offers significant benefits, but without a cohesive, centralized approach, it can also lead to complicated resource silos, multiple management interfaces, and policy misalignment. Hyperconverged infrastructure can help you avoid the downsides of virtualization, regardless of the size or virtualization maturity of your organization. SimpliVity is an innovative, all-in-one virtualization solution that integrates compute and storage into a single, easy-to-manage, software-defined solution.

  • Citrix WorkSpace Experience

    Microsoft Corporation

    Meeting schedule: 6:00PM - 7:00PM Networking, introductions, pizza and salad 7:00PM - 7:45PM Citrix - What’s new with Citrix WorkSpace Speaker: Dorsan DeLisle, Sales Engineer The way users interact with apps, files and data has always evolved and the introduction of cloud has accelerated this evolution. Like any evolution there are great achievements and unexpected consequences. Users demand flexibility and performance while IT requires insight and security. The Citrix WorkSpace Experience provides everything employees need in a secure, contextual, unified workspace with a great user experience. 8:00PM - Raffles. Meeting concludes Speaker Bio: An IT professional working to deliver virtual apps, desktops and data to end users all over the world since the turn of the century. As a crusader for delivering the best in virtual apps, desktops and data, I have held roles as an IT Admin, Delivery Engineer, Team Lead, Systems Architect and Sales Engineer most recently with Citrix Systems.

  • Consolidate and Unlock the Power of your Data in the Cloud

    Microsoft Corporation

    Meeting schedule: 6:00PM - 7:00PM Networking, introductions, pizza and salad 7:00PM - 7:45PM Panzura - Consolidate and Unlock the Power of your Data in the Cloud Unstructured data growth, particularly Machine generated data, is growing 50X faster than all other data. Existing data storage methodologies, and associated IT budgets, are unable to keep up with this explosive rate of growth. The Cloud promises a solution to this problem, but has its own challenges. 80% of Enterprises are already engaged in a some type of Cloud-first initiative, and 85% expect to adopt a best-of-breed multi-cloud strategy by 2021. Learn how enterprises can leverage the economic and operational benefits of Cloud storage without sacrificing local performance or security; and more importantly, how to unlock the value of that data and gain greater control of your data in the Cloud. Speakers - Tim Allen- Account Executive | Panzura Bob Hart - Solution Architect | Panzura 8:00PM - Raffles. Meeting concludes

  • FireEye - Cyber Security Threat Landscape

    Microsoft Corporation

    Meeting schedule: 6:00PM - 7:00PM Networking, introductions and pizza. 7:00PM - 7:45PM FireEye - Cyber Security Threat Landscape Technology alone is not enough to combat cyber threats. FireEye will present a frontline perspective of today's threat landscape and discuss their unique innovation cycle that combines technology with expertise to continuously improve solutions at a speed and sophistication unmatched in the industry. Presenter: Andrew Lasser, Channel Systems Engineer 8:00PM - Raffles. Meeting concludes.

  • TierPoint: Hybrid IT for the Enterprise

    Microsoft Corporation

    Topic: Nick is going to discuss the confusing world of cloud. There are many choices for IT transformation. What TierPoint is seeing is many Enterprises creating environments that are best for their applications. This could be physical, IaaS as well as public cloud. In the cloud and in their many data centers, TierPoint delivers secure, reliable, and connected infrastructure solutions at the edge of the internet. As your IT strategy evolves, TierPoint can meet you where you are in your journey to solve for data storage, compute, and recovery. Presenter: Nick Molina, Senior Solution Engineer at TierPoint Meeting schedule: 6:00PM - 7:00PM Networking, introductions, and pizza. 7:00PM - 7:45PM First sponsor, TierPoint, presents. 7:45PM - 8:00PM Short break for networking. 8:00PM - Meeting concludes and raffles drawn by the sponsoring companies.

  • Windows 2016, Docker Containers and DR presented by Microsoft and Zerto

    Win 2016, Docker Containers and DR - presented by Microsoft and Zerto 6:00-7:00 Networking, Introductions, Food and Refreshments 7:00-7:45: Microsoft - Containers & Windows Server 2016 Description: Windows Server 2016 - What's New? Containers & much more! Join our favorite IT Guru, Dan Stolts, for an deep dive into Windows Server 2016 and it's native support for Docker containers. Speaker: Dan Stolts, Microsoft Chief Technology Strategist 8:00-8:45 - Zerto - Replication Technology and Disaster Recovery Comparison Description: We live in a world of many choices. With choices around backups and disaster recovery, snapshots, replication, agents….where do we get started? In this session we will introduce the Zerto technology, but also bring education and understanding around different solutions to help you find the right fit for your enterprise.In some cases, an organization may need multiple solutions to best fit their needs, and in other cases a single solution can handle everything for them. You’ll also see a brief peek into the Zerto architecture and use cases. Speaker: Justin Nordeste, Senior Solutions Engineer 8:45- Cleanup and prizes