We're bringing you something extra special for the summer months. This is a three month Data Center Instant Insight webinar series that will focus on mainframes, client servers and cloud (the Third Platform). This series is hosted by David Lover and Chad Frazier.
Part 1: The Evolution of Computing
Aired Live on June 23, 2016
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This session focuses on the evolution of computing to the Third Platform. We will discuss the importance of virtualization as a driver and the changes it has imposed on the computing platform as we have evolved from the single purpose server all the way to the hyper-converged platform.
Part 2: Extending the Reach
July 21, 2016
This session delves into the key role data networking plays in enabling the Third Platform. Networking has undergone a similar transformation to computing in order to support the massive amounts of data being moved from one place to another. Higher line rates and faster interfaces are only one part of the story. Improved performance resulting from advances in computer networking technologies such as the IEEE 802.1aq standard for Shortest Path bridging and the impact of Network Function Virtualization will be key topics covered.
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Part 3: Putting on the Wrapper with Security
August 18, 2016
This session wraps it all up. The downside of a connected world is the pure number of vulnerable points which can be exploited. For every mobile or IoT device added to the network there is another potential exploitation point. Security is a pervasive topic and it is important to understand the types and levels of security available today. Understanding the difference between a firewall, IDS/IPS, UTM and endpoint protection is important in today’s world.
Back in the 1950’s the First Platform of computing was established with the introduction of mainframe computers. Mainframes were very large, very expensive and largely limited to use by large organizations who had the funding to afford them so the general public had very little access. The boom of the PC in the 1980’s helped set the stage for a transition to the Second Platform of computing. The Second Platform is a Client/Server model where PCs tap into mainframe databases and applications. This was a fundamental change in many people’s lives as they now had the power of computing on their own desktop or at home, breaking the closely held model of the First Platform. The Second Platform proliferated all over the globe until changes in technology brought about another paradigm shift. The Third Platform of computing arrived in the early 2010’s. It was driven by four distinct technology advances: social technology (including VoIP), Mobile Devices, Analytics/Big Data and Cloud Services. The Third Platform has effectively spanned cultural and generational gaps by revolutionizing the way we communicate and interact with information.
Some argue that IoT is a proper inclusion in the Third Platform but that view is far from universal. In any event IoT is a reality today and it only exists as a result of the Third Platform. While all of the components of the Third Platform are important, the usefulness of mobile devices and big data would be greatly compromised without the cloud to provide access whenever and wherever the user desires. In addition to providing connectivity the cloud offers vast storage and computing resources that serve as a repository for the vast amounts of information generated by the mobile devices (including IoT) and users interacting with applications hosted in the cloud. This is the domain of the Data Center.
Data centers can be private or public but have basically the same function: to provide a secure and resilient environment to house computer systems and associated components, such as telecommunications and storage systems. The data center generally has redundant power, data communications connections, environmental controls and security devices. In a series of three webinars we will feature some of the key components of the Third Platform that are routinely deployed in the data center.
Type: Summer Webinar Series from Instant Insight
Date/Time: Jun 23 - Aug 18
David Lover leads the strategy for our core Enterprise Communications portfolio. He focuses on products and solutions to address the customer needs of Unified Communications and Collaboration, Customer Experience, CEBP, and End-User Adoption.
David works closely with the product marketing and development teams of our top partners to understand their strategy, and while representing Arrow SI and their customers, collaborate with those teams to provide guidance and feedback to shape the future direction of those partners’ portfolios. He uses these relationships and set of product knowledge to work with Arrow Systems Integration teams to be in alignment with the total portfolio strategy. As a member of Arrow Systems Integrations executive leadership team, he works with every part of the business. From Sales to Professional Services, from senior leadership to end-users, from overall business strategy to nuts and bolts technical understanding, his skills at identifying, articulating and managing our strategic technology direction to customers, partners and employees sets Arrow Systems Integration apart as a leader in our industry.
David is a former Senior Engineer at Lucent Technologies and Avaya and has applied communications technologies in a business environment for large Fortune 500 and Enterprise multi-site corporations. David is a nationally recognized keynote speaker and presenter at numerous industry conferences, forums, and seminars across the United States. He has built tremendous, strategic relationships with analysts and manufacturers alike, insuring relevancy and the best possible “future state” outcome for Arrow Systems Integration and their customers. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Technical Training and Development.
Vice President, Strategy and Technology
Chad Frazier is Vice President, Emerging Markets at Arrow Systems Integration and is responsible for the Data Center and Cisco Centers of Excellence. His team focuses on delivering solution sets in the Data Center (private, public and hybrid deployment models) that include servers/virtualization/integrated solutions, storage, networking and security. Chad has extensive experience in business development, presales and delivery roles.
During his career in technology industries, spanning close to 30 years, Chad has fulfilled a variety of roles. His early career in the telecommunications industry included time as a product manager for Intellicall, a leading pay phone manufacturer, where he was responsible for bringing the first line powered phone to market. He later served as Director of Technical Services for Revcom, the only private Line Information Database (LIDB) provider where he was responsible for establishing full SS7 TCAP capabilities to all other LIDB providers. Chad also served as Chief Technical Officer and subsequently President for DataVon/Transcom, an Enhanced Service Provider where he established a nationwide VoIP network that carried 15 million minutes per month by the time of his departure. He later served as Vice President, Professional Services for Communications Management Systems and Shared Technologies.
Vice President, Emerging Markets