Jon Oltsik

Senior Principal Analyst

  • briefs
    Jan 6, 2009

    IBM System z: The Enterprise Server Virtualization Platform?

    As the IT world prepares for cost cutting in 2009, server virtualization seems like one of the few technologies bound for continued growth and success. That said, x86 server virtualization technologies remain immature and may not be ready for real enterprise workloads. While Citrix, Microsoft and VMware continue their development efforts, the IBM System z may be the best enterprise-class virtualization platform available today. Organizations with mainframe investments, UNIX/Linux consolidation projects or web application development initiatives may find mainframe virtualization TCO especially attractive.

  • Blogs
    Jan 2, 2009

    IT Forecast for 2009 (Chapter 3)

  • News
    Dec 30, 2008

    Networking predictions for the new year CnetNews

    As 2008 draws to a monotonous close, there is still a sliver of time left for me to make my 2009 networking predictions. Yes, money will be as tight as a Minnesota Senate race next year, but there certainly will be a number of bright spots. Here is my list of 10 technology areas to watch in 2009 (in no particular order): Click the link to read more.
  • News
    Dec 17, 2008

    Nebulous cloud computing CNet News

    When discussing cloud computing, I often think of Joni Mitchell's haunting lyrics from the song, Both Sides Now. Click the link to read more.
  • News
    Dec 9, 2008

    Data backup security tutorial

    Jon Oltsik, a senior analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group, Milford, Mass., says tape encryption today is mostly done in appliances, with Decru Inc. (a division of NetApp Inc.) boasting one of the most substantial customer lists. Click the link to read more.
  • News
    Dec 8, 2008

    Lack of Controls, IT Budget Hurting Database Security Efforts

    When it comes to that, Enterprise Strategy Group analyst Jon Oltsik said senior managers need to be educated on the specific vulnerabilities and security needs associated with databases. Click the link to read more.
  • News
    Dec 4, 2008

    Microsoft to embed data classification, strengthen ties with DLP

    DLP tools have also been notoriously sluggish to use, but they have been getting better, said Jon Oltsik, a senior analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group Inc. Click the link to read more.
  • News
    Dec 1, 2008

    Cloud-Powered SaaS Needs No-Nonsense Backend On-Demand Enterprise

    Jon Ottsik, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, says Viprion "combines state-of-the-art hardware with extremely good software chops. The result is a platform that can throw a lot of horsepower at a lot of application delivery tasks while remaining flexible to accommodate dynamically changing needs on a moment's notice." Click the link to read more.
  • Blogs
    Nov 25, 2008

    How Will the Economic Meltdown Alter IT Spending? (Part 2)

  • News
    Nov 25, 2008

    Jon Oltsik's Video Blog Part II

    How will the Economic Meltdown Alter IT Spending? Part 2: Technology Spending and IT Vendor Strategy
  • News
    Nov 24, 2008

    Russian Kaspersky Lab offers antivirus protection in U.S. USA Today

    It's the tender, loving care model, says Jon Oltsik, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG). Click the link to read more.
  • Blogs
    Nov 18, 2008

    How Will the Economic Meltdown Alter IT Spending?

  • News
    Nov 18, 2008

    Jon Oltsik's Video Blog:

    How will the Economic Meltdown Alter IT Spending? Part 1: IT Trends and Priorities
  • briefs
    Nov 17, 2008

    IBM's Comprehensive Security Play

    While macroeconomic conditions create some uncertainty around IT budgets, ESG believes that large and small organizations will continue to spend on information security, IT governance, regulatory compliance, and risk management. With its end-to-end business-focused security portfolio, IBM should benefit greatly from this trend. If the company marries its existing security strengths with thought leadership, additional vertical industry security solutions, and best practice guidance, it could separate itself from the security pack and win the lion's share of large security deals across the globe.
  • research briefs
    Nov 10, 2008

    ESG Research Brief: Midmarket IT Priorities and Skills Gaps Provide a Bright Spot for Security Vendors

    Analysis of ESG research on IT priorities among medium-size businesses provides some encouraging news for information security vendors. While IT budgets overall will be tight in 2009, information security and risk management initiatives remain high priorities. Technology and services companies that can help medium-size businesses accelerate technology benefits, secure business processes, lower security costs, and supplement high-value security staff and skills will have the greatest chance for success.

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Jon Oltsik is an ESG senior principal analyst and the founder of the firm’s information security service. With over 25 years of technology industry experience, Jon is widely recognized as an expert in all aspects of information security and is often called upon to help customers understand a CISO's perspective and strategies. Recently, Jon has been an active participant with cybersecurity issues, legislation, and technology within the U.S. federal government.

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