7th DIGS Special Interest Group Next-Gen Infrastructure – Workshop

Automating Software-Defined Data Center

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Network and virtualization vendors have been promoting their software-defined solutions for years. While these solutions solve some of the pressing data center problems (and ignore other more inconvenient ones), they often replace one graphical (or CLI) interface with another one. Ask yourself: is clicking around a software-defined GUI really that much better than finding your way around a traditional one? Weren’t we promised seamless deployment of data center resources?

There’s still a huge gap between the vendors’ offerings and the needs of a modern data center environment, and you’ll have to bridge most of that gap yourself. This event will help you understand the shortcomings of common software-defined data center solutions, and approaches you can use to automate infrastructure and application deployments.

In the associated half-day workshop we’ll focus on data center infrastructure automation and explore simple solutions to most pressing deployment, troubleshooting and validation problems.

Target Audience Chief Information and Technology Officers, Chief Information Security Officer, Head of IT/IT Directors, Head of Data Center/Data Center Managers, Infrastructure und Network Managers, IT Operations Professionals, Technical Architects

In addition, only technical staff from Consultancies and Resellers. Vendors and people with a sales/marketing roles are not allowed to take part.

CPE Credits Earn 3.75 CPE (Continuing Professional Education) for attending. Please request a confirmation.
Location Hilton Zurich Airport Hotel
Hohenbuehlstrasse 10
8152 Opfikon-Glattbrugg

(there are a lot of free park spaces available)

Date of Event (tbd)
Language English
Time 9:00 – 12:30
Participation Costs Fr. 190.– per event / Fr. 700. – for a yearly membership (4 workshops)


8:30 – 9:00 Registration & Coffee
9:00 – 9:30 Welcome & Introduction by Ivan Pepelnjak

Automate Data Center Infrastructure
In the introductory presentation we’ll try to figure out whether it makes sense to automate data center infrastructure, and what level of automation and self-service should be given to application developers.

9:30 – 10:30 Mitja Robas, Senior IT Architect at NIL Ltd.

Data Center Applied Automation
There’s no doubt everyone hears or even is asked to implement automation. Like cloud, SDN, and other preceding “next-big-things”, automation on its own does not save the day. Neither it brings instant benefits. Can it be used to make IT operations better, easier? Definitely.

How and where? There is no universal answer. Where to start? What to start with? Do we all need to become programmers? What framework or vendor to choose to address all needs? What do we need to be careful about? Instead of making grandiose plan for omnipotent automation, we’ll discuss practical approach to Data Center automation based on real-life examples accompanied with tidbits and gotchas for using tools and frameworks like Chef, Powershell, vRealize and the likes.

10:30 – 11:00 Break
11:30 – 12:30 Roundtable Discussion (moderated)
The roundtable discussion following the presentation(s) will be driven by attendee needs and requirements and will focus on real-life aspects of Next-Gen Infrastructure/SDN: deciphering the vendor messages, demystifying the marketing materials, and identifying potential benefits and deployment opportunities.

This time will focus on your challenges and help you figure out how get started and where to use these concepts in your environment.

Profit from Ivan’s extensive know-how by asking whatever is of specific interest to you during this discussion. You will get answers that will save you time and money and help you avoid bad experiences!

12:30 – 13:30 Joint Lunch

This is a ‘must attend’ event for all which are interested in Next-Gen Infrastructure solutions! We are confident that the relationships you develop here will prove to be crucial to your continuing success. So don’t wait and register:

Cancellations of registration are free of charge until 30 days before the event. Cancellations received beyond this point will incur 100% of the admission fee. You will get an invoice for the respective amount. In any case, however, a delegate may be sent at no additional costs.

Register here!

We’re looking forward to see you there!


Ivan Pepelnjak is part of the organization committéé and advisory of the Data Center Interest Group Switzerland.
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