It's Round 2 for the largest and most comprehensive "full stack" data center event: under the motto "The Future of the Data Center", the five-day Datacenterdynamics Converged conference – a cooperation between Datacenterdynamics and CeBIT – will provide important insights into future IT infrastructure trends and solutions.
Numerous renowned experts will be on hand to help attending IT specialists strategically plan and implement their data landscapes. The talks will revolve around business-critical IT infrastructure and the subject of software-defined data centers.
One of the speakers is Rene Büst, Senior Analyst and Cloud Practice Lead for IT consulting firm Crisp Research. "The cloud has now arrived in small and medium-sized companies. Multi-cloud environments are the wave of the future,” he said. “What many people don't realize, however, is that this comes with a large portion of responsibility." In his talk “Cloud trends beyond 2016: What CIOs should have on their radar screens," he illustrates the challenges this development presents for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in particular, and how CIOs should prepare themselves and their teams for successfully operating in the cloud.
Important concepts in this connection for dealing with matters such as risk management are microservice architectures and multi-cloud environments. "Intelligent IT infrastructures able to autonomously adapt themselves to changing situations will also play an important role in future," says Büst. He sees the qualification gap presently facing many firms as one of the most important challenges for SMEs: Both within the IT sector and in companies themselves, there is ever more need for IT architects and developers to provide software-based solutions. You can find out why this cloud expert urges companies to live an active innovation and startup culture in his lecture on at 11:30 a.m. on 16 March, in Hall 12, at Stand B04 .
Gunnar Menzel of the consulting firm and IT service provider Capgemini will devote his talk at the Datacenterdynamics Converged Conference, "DC in the age of microservices – the full digital world is on your doorstep, what is your data center?", to the important topic of microservices. "Microservices represent the next step in IT evolution," he says. While IT architecture in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s was designed on a monolithic scale, with all applications found in a single application and infrastructure, Menzel notes that, since the year 2000, the appearance of SOA (service oriented architecture) and microservices had given rise to new scenarios having a fundamental impact on our future data centers: IT architectures comprising a multitude of small, interface-independent processes and capable of modular assembly. Compared to monoliths and SOA, microservices offer numerous advantages such as improved scalability and greater flexibility.
"We're in the process of making the leap to that next step," says Menzel. "However, this will require a rethink on the part of IT decision makers: data centers need to be reconceived." Menzel offers his outlook on what that might look like, what capacities are needed, and what approach should be taken in order to accompany one’s data center on that next evolutionary step in his talk at 11 a.m. on 16 March, in Hall 12, at Stand B04 .
Another speaker will be Michael Hausenblas from the Big Data startup Mesosphere. In his lecture "How can you achieve webscale-level data center automation?", he explains how various data centers can be combined into a large data center. "The first wave of virtualization is over. Container virtualization is next," he says. This can be achieved with the Apache Mesos open-source project: The software models a data center as a unit and makes the resources of the machines available for the use of 'mesos frameworks'. Different operating systems such as Linux or Android cease to matter, as they are integrated in the computer network. "For companies, this means that they can achieve greater performance from their machines with less effort and expense," says Hausenblas.
When requirements change, the "Data Center Operating System," a software for data centers, allows a flexible response. In addition, computer resources can be freely allocated. That's especially exciting because the average capacity utilization of data centers in the industry is between 10 and 15 percent," says Hausenblas. Only under extreme circumstances, such as during the Christmas business season, so companies exploit as much as 90 percent of their capacities. With this new technology, IT decision-makers can not only combine their computer resources, but also freely allocate them. Many companies have already made the leap to Mesos. Apple uses the software for its Siri intelligent personal assistant, and other users include Twitter and Airbnb. In his talk at 1 p.m. on 15 March, in Hall 12 at Stand B81 , Mesosphere expert Michael Hausenblas will prepare the audience for the possibilities opened up by container-based data centers and explain how small and medium-sized enterprises can successfully implement them.
These and many other inspirational topics involving the cloud, microservices, and other future trends on the datacenter landscape will be addressed by numerous speakers and experts at the Datacenterdynamics Converged Conference. The event program provides full details. Participation is free to CeBIT ticket holders.