CRN's Software Defined Data Center Roundtable


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Industry leaders say through the rapid rise of automation and orchestration technology, businesses are starting to realize the cost benefits of a software-defined data center compared to the public cloud. So what does that mean for solution providers?

CRN gathered the IT industry's leading software-defined data center experts during a roundtable discussion at XChange Solution Provider 2018 in Orlando.

The Panel:

Frank Rauch, vice president of VMware's Americas Partner Organization

Prashant Gandhi, chief product officer for Big Switch Networks

Peter McKayCo-CEO and president of Veeam

Paul Miller, vice president of marketing at HPE

Chad Dunn, ice president of product management and marketing at Dell EMC

The Discussions:

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