Fabric Computing: How to Decide If It's Right For You

Sponsor: Cisco Systems
Featured Analyst Firm: Gartner
Speakers: Andrew Butler, Wendy Mars
Type: Video (25 minutes)

Fabric computing is on the radar screen of more and more IT organizations as they deal with the growing use of virtualization and also search for a cloud computing platform that throws off the shackles of legacy server architectures.

They're looking for a solution that better integrates server, storage, and networking to provide greater agility and faster time to deployment. So why are they turning to fabric computing?

In this program, leading experts from Gartner and Cisco look at the main challenges arising from the way that data center infrastructure is architected today, why fabric computing can help you address those challenges, the key capabilities that you should look for in a fabric computing solution, and most importantly, if and how you should deploy fabric computing in your organization.

We'll also find out why many organizations are looking at the Cisco Unified Computing System to address those concerns.

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About Wendy Mars, Senior Director, Data Centre and Virtualisation, EMEAR
Wendy Mars leads a team who are responsible for leading Cisco’s ability to innovate and maintain technical leadership within our customers and the market. She works with Cisco’s customers to help them to understand how Cisco’s data centre strategy can be applied in their environment to benefit their business. Wendy communicates Cisco’s vision into the marketplace through a number of forums and speaking engagements.

Wendy joined Cisco in 2008 from ThruPoint, where she held the position of Global CTO, working with enterprise and service provider clients across the globe with specific responsibility for the ongoing development of the company’s services portfolio. Prior to joining ThruPoint in 1996, Wendy worked for Morgan Stanley on a series of major technology initiatives in Europe, the U.S and Asia.

Wendy has developed a number of trusted executive-level relationships within key clients in the enterprise and SP space and has operated regularly as a key note speaker at a number of IT industry events.

Wendy holds a BEng(H) in Electronic Engineering form York University and an MSc in Operational Research from Lancaster University.

About Andrew Butler, VP Distinguished Analyst, Gartner
Andrew Butler is a vice president and distinguished analyst in Gartner Research. Initially recruited to address the Unix and midrange server market, his coverage area now encompasses market and technology trends for most server technologies (other than mainframes), including operating system evolution, architectures, platforms and vendor strategies. He is also the lead analyst on blade servers and is the co-author of the Server Evaluation Model online tool accessible from the Gartner for IT Leaders' IT Infrastructure & Operations home page.

Prior to joining Gartner in 1997, he worked for HP for 14 years in the U.K. and Germany, most recently as European marketing manager for midrange Unix servers. His period of employment at HP also included channel marketing, European and worldwide product management roles for messaging and imaging software products, and a consulting role in the professional services organization. His previous industry experience includes software development on IBM midrange computers for Altergo, a leading U.K. software developer during the 1980s, as well as programming and systems analysis roles on IBM mainframes and midrange computers for Boehringer Ingelheim, Schwarzkopf and Nielsen Research.