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

Introduction to Software-Defined Data Center and VMware NSX

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Can you afford to deploy new applications in days or weeks when your competitors can do it in minutes? Are your developers satisfied with the time it takes to move a new application from development through QA and CA to production? Are you able to deploy new releases daily? Are you happy that your development teams prefer public cloud services over internal IT?

If you’ve answered NO to at least one of the questions, it’s high time to put Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) near the top of your priority list.

Now imagine you’d combine virtualized network services with programmable network elements – you’d get highly flexible infrastructure allowing you to deploy, configure and migrate application stacks in minutes, not days or weeks.
Excited? The day-long DIGS Next-Generation Infrastructure event on April 19th 2018 based on real-life design and implementation experience of the presenters will help you understand how to build a software-defined data center with VMware NSX, one of the leading products in this category.

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 19th of April 2018
Language English
Time 9:00 – 12:30
Participation Costs Fr. 190.–


8:30 – 9:00 Registration & Coffee
9:00 – 10:00 Welcome & Introduction by Ivan Pepelnjak and Mitja Robas, Senior IT Architect at NIL Ltd.

Introduction to SDDC and VMware NSX
The day will start with a morning session sponsored by NIL Data Communications. The introductory presentation by Ivan Pepelnjak (ipSpace.net AG) will explain the need for software-defined data centers in modern IT environment, its fundamental concepts, and architectural approaches used by vendors like VMware or Cisco.

The second presentation by Mitja Robas (NIL Data Communications) will focus on a practical deployment case study – Mitja has designed and built software-defined data center infrastructure for numerous large customers and will share his successes and lessons learned.

Mitja start his presentation by discussing SDDC and VMware NSX solution design, particularly the sizing implications that are extremely important if you want to have seamless implementation and day-2 operations experience. whose important part is sizing, is tightly interrelated not only with implementation but operations also. He’ll also cover the operational aspects of migration to NSX, change management, updates and upgrades, scaling, and maintaining and monitoring the NSX environment.

10:30 – 11:00 Break
11:30 – 12:30 Roundtable Discussion (moderated)
The rest of the morning is dedicated to a roundtable discussion focused on real-life challenges of introducing SDDC concepts into existing IT organizations, in particular the boundaries between application development and operations groups.
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 ist Mitglied des Organisations-Komitees des DC Days und Advisor der Data Center Interest Group Switzerland.

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