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The Why, When, and How of Network Convergence

Friday, March 23, 2012 11:00 AM EDT / 8:00 AM PDT

The data center sits on the precipice of a major revolution. The era of virtual computing is here and if organizations want to fully leverage the power of virtualization, the data center network needs to transform. A network capable of realizing all the potential benefits of virtual computing must eventually converge storage and data onto a single network. However, storage convergence will not happen overnight because migrating to a converged storage and data network is not a trivial task. Most organizations should carefully assess the risk to decide the right time to start down this path. Migrating to a converged data/storage network requires a clear strategy, significant advance planning and should be done in stages to avoid putting the organization at risk.

What Attendees will learn?
  • Risks and benefits of moving to a converged storage and data network
  • Criteria to be evaluated in defining a strategy for achieving a converged data center network
  • Best practice recommendations for
Who should attend?
  • IT Managers responsible for setting strategy for the Data Center Network
  • Storage Networking Professionals concerned about the risks of convergence
  • CIO’s looking to understand risk, benefits and a practical approach to convergence

Zeus Kerravala
Yankee Group

Zeus Kerravala is a member of Yankee Group’s Affiliate Program focused on unified communications and collaboration, cloud computing and network infrastructure.

Kerravala is the founder and principal analyst of ZK Research, where he provides a mix of tactical advice to help his clients in the current business climate and long-term strategic advice. He works with end-user IT and network managers, vendors of IT hardware, software and services and the financial community looking to invest in the companies he covers. His research includes a mix of end-user and channel interviews, surveys of IT buyers, investor interviews and briefings from the IT vendor community, all of which provide a 360-degree view of the technologies he covers from buyers of technology, investors, resellers and manufacturers.

Cliff Grossner, Ph.D.
Director Strategic Marketing,
Network Business
Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise

Cliff is currently responsible for Strategic Marketing covering Alcatel•Lucent Enterprise’s Network business. Previously within Alcatel-Lucent, Cliff was responsible for commercialization of technology from Bell Labs.

Cliff has over 20 years of experience in bringing new products to market in information and communications technology industries. He was Vice President, Product Marketing at Sesame Networks, where Cliff was responsible for product vision, go-to-market strategy and product positioning for the company’s products, media and analyst relations. Previous to Sesame, Cliff was the Vice President, of Product Line Management for NewStep Networks, a successful telecom start-up. Cliff has also served in a variety of senior positions at both March Networks and Nortel.
Previous to Nortel, Cliff worked as a Research Scientist and Faculty Lecturer in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Distributed Computing, and Computer Architecture.

Cliff has a Ph.D. from McGill University and M.Sc. Computer Science from Concordia University, Montreal.


Peter Bernstein
Senior Editor

Peter Bernstein is a seasoned writer and professional with deep experience in the communications and IT industries. As a top-level industry analyst, Peter has keynoted major technology events and has been cited numerous times by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, Business Week, Fortune Magazine, ComputerWorld, NetworkWorld, Communications Week, among other publications.

Bernstein has authored or co-authored market research studies, CEO speeches, white papers, articles, and other content for major companies in the technology markets. His experience includes work with Alcatel-Lucent, Avaya, Equant, France Telecom, HP, Siemens, Verizon, Nortel, Wave Systems, and many more. He held the position of director of global marketing and communications at Telcordia.

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