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Kurt Hildebrand - Director of Converged Data Center Practice

Kurt Hildebrand

Kurt is Practice Director, Converged Data Center at Connection with over 15 years of experience in storage, networking, virtualization, clustering, disaster recovery, and business consulting. He holds several professional certifications, including Citrix Certified Enterprise Administrator (CCEA), Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Certified Novell Engineer (CNE), EMC Certified Integration Engineer (EMCIE), Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE), VMware Certified Professional (VCP). In his free time, Kurt enjoys chess, hiking, gardening, and theater.

Articles by Kurt Hildebrand


Addressing Virtualization Challenges with SDDC

Virtualizing Hardware Enables Greater Flexibility, Reduced Capex and Opex

by Kurt Hildebrand | 03.22.17

The rise of virtualization has shifted focus and control away from physical hardware, initially for servers, and eventually for storage and networking. A study by MarketsandMarkets predicts that the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) market will surpass $77 billion by 2020. SDDC is an important concept because it virtualizes, abstracts, and automates all major IT infrastructure, enabling far more flexibility and eliminating much of the complexity in configuring and making changes. 

Tags:Converged InfrastructureNetworkNetworkingServersSoftware-defined data center managementStorageVirtualization

The Logic of Logic Layer

Moving to a Converged Data Center is Easier Than You Think

by Kurt Hildebrand | 02.17.17

The software-defined data center (SDDC) is increasingly considered to be the next step in the evolution of virtualization and cloud computing. It typically consists of three core components: network virtualization, server virtualization, and storage virtualization. But a business logic layer is also required to translate application requirements, SLAs, policies, and cost considerations into provisioning and management instructions.

Tags:Cloud ComputingConverged Data CenterConverged InfrastructureData CenterNetwork VirtualizationSDDCServer VirtualizationSoftware-Defined Data CenterSoftware-defined data center managementStorage VirtualizationVirtualizationVirtualization

The Virtues of Virtualizing with SDDC

It’s Easier than You Think

by Kurt Hildebrand | 02.13.17

The software-defined data center (SDDC) is emerging as a means of simplifying and cost-reducing enterprise computing—as well as deploying software-defined appliances that leverage existing technologies to enable a standardized, repeatable framework for data center operations. But is implementing SDDC worth the effort it takes you to virtualize data center resources?

Tags:Converged Data CenterConverged InfrastructureData CenterData Center VirtualizationHardware PlatformsITNetworkingSDDCServersSoftware-Defined Data CenterStorageVirtualization

The Evolution of Desktop Virtualization

End-user Computing as the Next Generation of Workforce Productivity

by Kurt Hildebrand | 02.09.17

Desktop virtualization, also known as virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), as a technology born out of the hypervisor revolution of the past 10–15 years, has moved from cutting edge to mainstream, and today is regarded as a highly mature solution for delivering secure, reliable, centrally managed desktops with many advantages over traditional PCs and laptops. The features and benefits of VDI are well-known in the industry and include:

Tags:Cloud ComputingConnectionDesktop-VirtualizationEUCMobile devicesVDI

DR/BC: Protecting What's Important

DR/BC: Protecting What’s Important

by Kurt Hildebrand | 12.06.16

For a business, disasters come in all shapes and sizes: a downed server, power outage, flood, fire, and even a plague of frogs. But while all of these have varied consequences, especially the frogs, each one shares a common theme—they put your data at risk.

Tags:BC-DRBusiness-ContinuityCloudClusterConverged Data CenterDisaster RecoveryModern Data CenterSoftware defined technologiesTraditional backup

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