Hyper-Converged Infrastructure, Windows Systems and Network
Article | July 11, 2023
IT infrastructure is of utmost importance because it enables organizations to manage and deliver data & services to their employees, customers, and partners.
The events mentioned in the following paragraphs cover a range of topics related to cloud infrastructure, including cloud security, hybrid cloud, multi-cloud, cloud automation, and cloud-native applications. These events are taking place in United States, Denmark, China, and Rome among others from May 2023 to December 2023.
Let's take a closer look at each of these events and know what attendees can expect to gain from them.
1. Data Center World
May 8-11, 2023 | Austin (Texas)
Data Center World is an important virtual event focusing on digital infrastructure aimed at professionals working in data centers, technology leaders, and innovators driving the digital industry forward. It is the longest-running data center conference and expo, blending decades of experience with insight into today's and tomorrow's strategic issues. The conference will provide attendees valuable knowledge and strategies on various technologies and concepts necessary for planning, managing, and optimizing data centers. The event will feature multiple themes as edge computing, colocation, hyperscale and more. The conference will offer a platform for experts to share their insights on the latest developments and trends shaping the future of digital infrastructure.
2. Gartner IT Infrastructure, Operations and Cloud Strategies Conference 2023
November 20-21, 2023 | London (England)
Gartner IT Infrastructure, Operations and Cloud Strategies Conference 2023 is a two-day event that will cover various topics related to IT infrastructure, operations, and cloud strategies. These topics include the cloud cookbook, disruptive practices, trends, technologies, and more. The conference is designed for attendees who are responsible for servers, storage & backup/recovery among others. It will provide a platform for IT professionals to share knowledge, learn from experts in the field, and discuss best practices as well as emerging trends in IT infrastructure, operations, and cloud strategies. It is an excellent opportunity to stay up-to-date with the latest industry developments and gain valuable insights that can help drive their organizations forward.
3. Stackconf: The Open Source Infrastructure Conference
September 13-14, 2023 | Berlin (Germany)
Stackconf is an event that will focus on open-source infrastructure solutions in continuous integration, containers, hybrid, and cloud technologies. It will provide a platform for international experts to present their ideas on bridging the gap between development, testing, and operations. The event will offer lectures on various infrastructure topics throughout the entire DevOps lifecycle, including building, CI/CD, running, and monitoring. Participants can learn about innovative technology mixes and future-oriented designs for large infrastructures. The event promises to be an exciting opportunity to explore the latest advancements in open-source infrastructure solutions.
4. 2023 5th International Conference on Hardware Security and Trust (ICHST 2023)
July 8-10, 2023 | Wuxi (China)
This fifth international conference is a workshop for ICSIP 2023. With the increasing use of computing and communication systems in various aspects of modern life, the importance of system security has grown significantly. This is true for the internet-of-things, which has created new attack surfaces and requirements for secure system operation. Furthermore, the design, manufacturing, and distribution of microchips, PCBs, and other electronic components have become more complex, which has led to potential security vulnerabilities. ICHST will promote the growth of hardware-based security research and development, highlighting new hardware and system security results. The conference will cover topics such as techniques, design/test methods, and more.
5. Capacity Caucasus and Central Asia 2023
June 21-22, 2023 |Baku (Azerbaijan)
Capacity Media is pleased to announce the launch of a new digital infrastructure event for the Caucasus and Central Asian markets. This event is the only kind in the region and is being introduced when virgin markets open up. In addition, significant investments are being made into digital infrastructure, such as the Digital Silk Way project. This presents boundless opportunities for IP transit and content, with a growing demand for digital services ranging from e-commerce to e-learning, telemedicine, and telecommuting. The event aims to bring together infrastructure professionals and digital service providers in this emerging digital hub to explore the latest trends, technologies, and opportunities in the field of digital infrastructure.
6. DATACENTER FORUM HELSINKI 2023
June 1, 2023 | Helsinki (Finland)
This eighth annual Datacenter Forum Helsinki is a highly-anticipated event that will bring together over 400 professionals from the data center sector in Finland and the Baltics. The conference is free-of-charge for those involved in managing and operating IT infrastructure, making it accessible to a wide range of professionals. Attendees can expect to network with peers, learn about the latest trends as well as technologies in the field of data centers, and participate in informative sessions and discussions led by industry experts. The event promises to be an exciting opportunity for professionals in the region to connect, collaborate, and gain valuable insights into the future of data center infrastructure.
7. DICE East
May 24-25, 2023 |Virginia (US)
DICE East is a highly-anticipated two-day national event focused on data centers. This premium event will allow attendees to explore the latest opportunities, challenges, and innovations in the digital infrastructure industry. Attendees expect to gain valuable insights into the future of data center technology and connect with industry experts and peers. It promises to be a must-attend event for anyone involved in the digital infrastructure industry. Some key themes that will be discussed include cloud computing, artificial intelligence, edge computing, and more. The event will also include an exhibit hall where attendees can see the latest products and solutions from leading vendors in the digital infrastructure space.
8. International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC-CIE 2023)
August 20-23, 2023 | Massachusetts (United States)
The International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC-CIE 2023) is a significant event in the field of design and related manufacturing. It will comprise a series of sub-conferences, providing an opportunity for researchers, academicians and professionals from around the world to present and discuss the latest advancements, trends, and challenges in the field of design and related manufacturing. The conference will feature keynote speeches, paper presentations, panel discussions, and interactive sessions, providing attendees with a comprehensive view of the latest developments in the industry. The IDETC-CIE 2023 conference is a must-attend event for professionals, researchers, and students involved in the design and related manufacturing industries.
9. International Intelligent Building and Green Technology Expo (IBG 2023)
November 15-17, 2023 | Shanghai (China)
The International Intelligent Building and Green Technology Expo (IBG 2023) is a specialized event dedicated to creating an intelligent and energy-efficient building ecosystem. The expo will focus on presenting the latest products & services related to fire and safety systems, intelligent building equipment and management, intelligent building management systems, building information systems, and information application systems. The IBG 2023 expo will attract attendees from various industries, where participants can gain insights into the latest trends & technologies related to intelligent building as well as green technology and learn about industry developments and advancements. This is a must-attend event for professionals and businesses looking to stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in the intelligent building.
June 06, 2023 | Singapore EXPO (Singapore)
ConnecTechAsia is a leading conference that will focus on the latest advancements in communication, enterprise, and broadcast technologies. The event will comprise three separate conferences, namely BroadcastAsia, CommunicAsia, and NXTAsia, covering a wide range of topics related to the respective fields. It will provide attendees with the opportunity to explore the latest trends and innovations in communication, enterprise, and broadcast technologies, and to connect with industry experts, thought leaders, and peers from around the world. The conference will also feature keynotes, panel discussions, workshops, and exhibitions that showcase the latest products and services in the industry.
11. Data Summit 2023
May 10-11, 2023 | Boston (United States)
The Data Summit 2023 is a leading conference that will focus on data management and analytics. The event will feature a wide range of topics related to data and analytics, including What’s Next in data and analytics architecture, modern data strategy essentials, AI & machine learning, and data mesh and data fabric, among others. The event will also include keynotes, panel discussions as well as workshops that showcase the latest products and services in the industry. One of the main highlights of the Data Summit 2023 is the Data Solutions Showcase, which offers attendees the opportunity to explore and get demonstration on the latest data management and analytics solutions from leading vendors in the industry.
12. Advancing Data Center Construction: West 2023
July 17-19, 2023 | Washington (United States)
The Advancing Data Center Construction: West 2023 conference is a three-day event that will bring together professionals from the data center construction industry to discuss the latest trends and strategies. It will focus on the latest trends and strategies in data center construction. The event will feature keynote speeches from industry leaders, panel discussions, and networking opportunities. Covering a variety of topics, such as optimizing prefabrication strategies, managing supply chain disruption, enhancing collaborative project delivery, looking into the future of data center projects, and more, the event will also cover sustainable construction approaches, including strategies for reducing energy consumption and minimizing environmental impact.
13. International Data Center and Cloud Computing Expo (CDCE 2023)
November 15-17, 2023 | Shanghai (China)
The International Data Center and Cloud Computing Expo (CDCE 2023) is a trade show that will offer a platform for exhibitors to showcase their latest products & services in the field of data centers and cloud computing. Featuring a wide range of products, such as data center management software, monitoring systems, power generators, air conditioning and cooling systems, security systems, and more, the event will attract attendees from various industries, such as internet service providers, financial institutions, energy companies, research institutions, hospitals, and manufacturers. The exhibition will showcase products & services in different categories, such as data center management, infrastructure solutions, cloud computing services, system integration and development, and advanced construction materials.
14. Datacenter Forum Copenhagen 2023
September 21, 2023 | Copenhagen (Denmark)
This ninth edition of Datacenter Forum is an annual event that will focus on the latest trends and developments in the data center industry. The one-day event will bring together over 300 professionals from the data center sector in Denmark, including IT infrastructure managers and operators. Nordics Events, a company that specializes in putting on industry-specific events in the Nordic region, is in charge of organizing the event. Topics covered at the event will include data center design, energy efficiency, security, and more. Attendees can also visit the exhibition area, where they can meet with vendors and learn about the latest products and services in the industry. Attendance at the event is free for those who are involved in managing and operating IT infrastructure.
15. Telco Infrastructure Summit (TIS) 2023:
September 21-22, 2023 | Rome (Italy)
CC (Carrier Community) is a global telecom club organizing its fourth specialized annual event called CC-TIS 2023 Rome. The event is a hybrid gathering, bringing together leading industry telco and ICT players to learn, share, network, and shape industry trends related to digital transformation and telecom infrastructure development. During the two-day event, attendees will discuss market-relevant topics related to digital transformation, such as submarine and connectivity, as well as other emerging trends in the industry. Attendees can expect to engage in lively discussions and gain a deeper understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing the telecom industry.
These events will help organizations stay ahead of the curve in today's rapidly evolving landscape and capitalize on the opportunities presented. The events mentioned above aim to facilitate collaboration, knowledge exchange, and discussions toward finding novel solutions for the computing systems of tomorrow.
Hyper-Converged Infrastructure, Application Infrastructure
Article | July 19, 2023
The success of 5G technology is a function of both the infrastructure that supports it and the ecosystems that enable it. Today, the definitive focus in the 5G space is on enterprise use cases, ranging from dedicated private 5G networks to accessing edge compute infrastructure and public or private clouds from the public 5G network. As a result, vendor-neutral multitenant data center providers and their rich interconnection capabilities are pivotal in helping make 5G a reality. This is true both in terms of the physical infrastructure needed to support 5G and the ability to effectively connect enterprises to 5G.
Industry experts expect 5G to enable emerging applications such as virtual and augmented reality (AR/VR), industrial robotics/controls as part of the industrial internet of things (IIoT), interactive gaming, autonomous driving, and remote medical procedures. These applications need a modern, cloud-based infrastructure to meet requirements around latency, cost, availability and scalability. This infrastructure must be able to provide real-time, high-bandwidth, low-latency access to latency-dependent applications distributed at the edge of the network.
How Equinix thinks about network slicing
Network slicing refers to the ability to provision and connect functions within a common physical network to provide the resources necessary to deliver service functionality under specific performance constraints (such as latency, throughput, capacity and reliability) and functional constraints (such as security and applications/services). With network slicing, enterprises can use 5G networks and services for a wide variety of use cases on the same infrastructure.
Providing continuity of network slices with optimal UPF placement and intelligent interconnection
Mobile traffic originates in the mobile network, but it is not contained to the mobile network domain, because it runs between the user app on a device and the server workload on multi-access edge compute (MEC) or on the cloud. Therefore, to preserve intended characteristics, the slice must be extended all the way to where the traffic wants to go. This is why we like to say “the slicing must go on.”
The placement of network functions within the slice must be optimized relative to the intended traffic flow, so that performance can be ensured end-to-end. As a result, organizations must place or activate the user plane function (UPF) in optimal locations relative to the end-to-end user plane traffic flow.
We expect that hybrid and multicloud connectivity will remain a key requirement for enterprises using 5G access. In this case, hybrid refers to private edge computing resources (what we loosely call “MEC”) located in data centers—such as Equinix International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers—and multicloud refers to accessing multiple cloud providers from 5G devices. To ensure both hybrid and multicloud connectivity, enterprises need to make the UPF part of the multidomain virtual Layer 2/Layer 3 interconnection fabric.
Because a slice must span multiple domains, automation of UPF activation, provisioning and virtual interconnection to edge compute and multicloud environments is critical.
Implementing network slicing for interconnection of core and edge technology
Equinix partnered with Kaloom to develop network slicing for interconnection of core and edge (NICE) technology within our 5G and Edge Technology Development Center (5G ETDC) in Dallas. NICE technology is built using cloud-native network fabric and high-performance 5G UPF from Kaloom. This is a production-ready software solution, running on white boxes built with P4 programmable application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs), allowing for deep network slicing and support for high-performance 5G UPF with extremely fast data transfer rates.
With NICE technology in the 5G ETDC, Equinix demonstrates:
5G UPF deployment/activation and traffic breakout at Equinix for multiple slices.
Software-defined interconnection between the 5G core and MEC resources from multiple providers.
Software-defined interconnection between the 5G core and multiple cloud service providers.
Orchestration of provisioning and automation of interconnection across the 5G core, MEC and cloud resources.
Architecture of NICE technology in the Equinix 5G ETDC
The image above shows (from left to right):
The mobile domain with radio access network (RAN), devices (simulated) and mobile backhaul connected to Equinix.
The Equinix domain with:
Equinix Metal® supporting edge computing servers and a fabric controller from Kaloom.
Network slicing fabric providing interconnection and Layer 2/Layer 3 cloud-native networking to dynamically activate UPF instances/interfaces connected with MEC environments and clouds, forming two slices (shown above in blue and red).
Equinix Fabric™ and multicloud connectivity.
This demonstrates the benefit of having the UPF as a feature of the interconnection fabric, effectively allowing UPF activation as part of the virtual fabric configuration. This ultimately enables high-performance UPF that’s suitable for use cases such as high-speed 5G fixed wireless access.
Combining UPF instances and MEC environments into an interconnection fabric makes it possible to create continuity for the slices and influence performance and functionality. Equinix Fabric adds multicloud connectivity to slices, enabling organizations to directly integrate network slicing with their mobile hybrid multicloud architectures.
Successful private 5G edge deployments deliver value in several ways. Primarily, they offer immediate access to locally provisioned elastic compute, storage and networking resources that deliver the best user and application experiences. In addition, they help businesses access a rich ecosystem of partners to unlock new technologies at the edge.
Secure, reliable connectivity and scalable resources are essential at the edge. A multivendor strategy with best-of-breed components complemented by telemetry, advanced analytics with management and orchestration—as demonstrated with NICE in Equinix data centers—is a most effective way to meet those requirements. With Equinix’s global footprint of secure, well-equipped facilities, customers can maximize benefits.”
- Suresh Krishnan, CTO, Kaloom
Equinix and its partners are building the future of 5G
NICE technology is just one example of how the Equinix 5G and Edge Technology Development Center enables the innovation and development of real-world capabilities that underpin the edge computing and interconnection infrastructure required to successfully implement 5G use cases. A key benefit of the 5G ETDC is the ability to combine cutting-edge innovations from our partners like Kaloom with proven solutions from Equinix that already serve a large ecosystem of customers actively utilizing hybrid multicloud architectures.
Article | July 13, 2023
With infrastructure as code (IaC), you write declarative instructions about compute, storage and network requirements for the infra and execute it. How does this compare to platform as code (PaC) and what did these two concepts develop in response to? In its simplest form, the tech stack of any application has three layers — the infra layer containing bare metal instances, virtual machines, networking, firewall, security etc.; the platform layer with the OS, runtime environment, development tools etc.; and the application layer which, of course, contains your application code and data. A typical operations team works on the provisioning, monitoring and management of the infra and platform layers, in addition to enabling the deployment of code.
Article | July 11, 2022
Data Center as a Service (DCaaS) is a hosting service that gives clients access to actual data center infrastructure and amenities. Through a Wide-Area Network, DCaaS enables clients to remotely access the provider's storage, server, and networking capabilities (WAN).
Businesses can tackle their on-site data center's logistical and financial issues by outsourcing to a service provider. Many enterprises rely on DCaaS to overcome the physical constraints of their on-site infrastructure or to offload the hosting and management of non-mission-critical applications.
Businesses that require robust data management solutions but lack the necessary internal resources can adopt DCaaS. DCaaS is the perfect answer for companies that are struggling with a lack of IT help or a lack of funding for system maintenance.
Added benefits data Center as a Service allows businesses to be independent of their physical infrastructure:
A single-provider API
Data centers without Staff
Effortlessly handle the influx of data
Data centers in regions with more stable climates
Data Center as a Service helps democratize the data center itself, allowing companies that could never afford the huge investments that have gotten us this far to benefit from these developments. This is perhaps the most important, as Infrastructure-as-a-Service enables smaller companies to get started without a huge investment.
Data center as a service (DCaaS) enables clients to access a data center remotely and its features, whereas data center services might include complete management of an organization's on-premises infrastructure resources. IT can be outsourced using data center services to manage an organization's network, storage, computing, cloud, and maintenance. The infrastructure of many businesses is outsourced to increase operational effectiveness, size, and cost-effectiveness.
It might be challenging to manage your existing infrastructure while keeping up with the pace of innovation, but it's critical to be on the cutting edge of technology. Organizations may stay future-ready by working with a vendor that can supply DCaaS and data center services.