Over the past few years, IT consolidation has reached a fever pitch with most organizations moving as many IT assets as possible from remote locations and small data centers into more cost-effective optimized corporate facilities. The applications and data in these centralized sites, however, are still accessible to remote/branch offices at the other end of the wire. Inadequately managed remote PCs combined with poorly trained workers at these locations creates a vulnerable population that could be an easy entry point for cyber criminals and advanced persistent threat (APT) attacks.
Too many people talk about IT consumerization as if it were an emerging trend. As ESG research clearly indicates, IT consumerization is well on its way with massive proliferation of consumer devices like smartphones and tablet computers. This trend has serious and immediate implications for IT risk management. CISOs can’t delay; they need detailed security strategies for IT consumerization that include executive buy-in, acceptable use policies, mobile device management, security controls, and pervasive monitoring oversight.
Driven by data center consolidation, server virtualization, and network convergence, data center networking technology is in the midst of a profound transition. As part of this evolution, IT professionals can expect to hear new terminology like "flat networks," "programmable flow," and "virtual Ethernet bridging" from networking vendors. What do these terms mean? Are they really important or just marketing hype? Most importantly, how will data center networking change and in what timeframe? This ESG market landscape report answers these and many other questions. The report is intended to provide a clear roadmap for IT professionals so they can plan appropriately for data center networking technology innovation and capitalize on its use.
In order to determine the IT priorities and challenges currently faced by remote office/branch office (ROBO) locations, and how organizations plan to address those challenges, ESG recently surveyed 454 North American senior IT professionals representing midmarket (100 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations. All respondents worked at headquarters locations or other centralized corporate sites and were responsible for ROBO IT operations and/or strategy, including the delivery of IT services to these locations, authorization of expenditures, or establishment and enforcement of corporate IT policies for remote/branch offices. Respondent organizations were required to have at least two ROBO locations to qualify for the survey.
Jon Oltsik is an ESG senior principal analyst and the founder of the firm’s cybersecurity service. With almost 30 years of technology industry experience, Jon is widely recognized as an expert in all aspects of cybersecurity and is often called upon to help customers understand a CISO's perspective and strategies.
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