Kerry Dolan

Lab Analyst

  • lab reports
    Oct 6, 2014

    Next-generation IBM Storwize V7000 Disk System

    Extending Enterprise-class Services to Midrange Storage

    This report documents the results of ESG Lab hands-on testing of the IBM Storwize V7000 Midrange Disk System. It focuses on the powerful, enterprise-class features and functionality offered by the next-generation hardware platform including Real-time Compression with hardware acceleration, heterogeneous storage virtualization, tiering, capacity-efficient point-in-time snapshots, and unified storage capability.

  • lab reports
    Sep 3, 2014

    Symantec Backup Exec 3600 Appliance

    Evaluating the Out-of-the-box Experience

    This ESG Lab Validation report documents hands-on testing of the Symantec Backup Exec 3600 Appliance, which offers advanced data protection for virtual and physical environments. The report focuses on the out-of-the-box experience, ease of management, and cost effectiveness.

  • lab reports
    Jul 1, 2014

    ExaGrid with Veeam: Virtual Machine Backup without Compromise

    This ESG Lab review documents hands-on testing of the ExaGrid backup appliance using Veeam Backup & Replication software, and demonstrates the ability to execute Veeam Instant VM Recovery alongside ExaGrid’s capacity- and cost-saving deduplication.

  • lab reports
    Jun 2, 2014

    Symantec Backup Exec 2014

    Achieving Best Practices for Virtual Machine Backup and Recovery

    This ESG Lab Validation report documents hands-on testing of Symantec Backup Exec 2014. Testing focused on advanced virtual server data protection and how Backup Exec 2014 measures up against best practices in virtual data protection.

  • Blogs
    May 12, 2014

    EMC World 2014 – Initial ESG Analyst Impressions (Video)

    As usual ESG had a strong analyst representation at this year’s EMC World, held last week in Las Vegas. Watch this 6 minute video blog, to get a flavor of the event and to hear the key “takeaways” and initial high level insights from a broad spectrum of ESG experts – on the storage ‘beat,’ there’s Terri McClure and myself, for data protection there is Jason Buffington, and you can also see and hear from Kevin Rhone (channels/partners) and Kerry Dolan (ESG Lab).

  • lab reports
    May 12, 2014

    Enterprise-class Backup Performance with Dell DR6000

    This ESG Lab review documents hands-on testing and audits of Dell tests of the DR6000 purpose-built backup appliance. Testing was focused on the throughput performance and accelerated ingest.

  • lab reports
    May 8, 2014

    Fusion ioVDI and VMware Horizon View

    Reference Architecture for VDI

    This document outlines a tested reference architecture for ioVDI with VMware Horizon View desktop virtualization for organizations of all sizes. Included in this document are results of scalability, performance, and manageability tests that were validated by the ESG Lab.

  • lab reports
    Apr 11, 2014

    Fusion-io ioControl n5-SPX

    Optimizing SQL Server Clusters with End-to-end Flash Hybrid Storage

    This ESG Lab Validation report documents hands-on testing and validation of Fusion-io’s ioControl n5-SPX end-to-end flash hybrid storage solution. Testing was designed to confirm the ease of use, manageability, and performance benefits that can be achieved in a clustered Microsoft SQL Server environment with Fusion-io PCIe flash technology at both the storage array and server level.

  • lab reports
    Dec 9, 2013

    HP and Microsoft Serverquarium

    Private Cloud Solution for Virtualized Workloads

    Any organization interested in cloud computing expects to gain some kind of economic and agility benefits, but few truly understand the extent of what clouds can achieve. How many workloads can be consolidated on a single server? How complex can the workloads be?  How many VMs can run at the same time? How quickly can they expect to change direction? While there is plenty of hype, actual details are often fuzzy. At the 2013 Microsoft Management Summit (MMS), attendees had the chance to see a cloud deployment “in the flesh,” complete with real-time stats on its accomplishments.

  • lab reports
    Oct 17, 2013

    Lab Spotlight: DataStream 1000 from Coho Data

    Featuring Intel 910 Series PCIe SSDs

    This spotlight provides a brief overview of the recently announced DataStream 1000 based on a half day of remote ESG Lab analysis and testing via the Coho Data Sunnyvale, CA corporate facilities.

  • lab reports
    Oct 7, 2013

    Dell Integrated Data Protection: DR4100 with NetVault

    This ESG Lab Review documents hands-on testing of the Dell DR4100 disk-backup appliance with Dell NetVault Backup software. The paper details the end-user and business benefits that are realized when leveraging this combined solution, including the ease of use, performance, and capacity savings.

  • lab reports
    Sep 30, 2013

    Avere FXT with FlashMove and FlashMirror

    Seamless Data Management Features with AOS 3.0 

    This ESG Lab validation report documents hands-on testing of the Avere FXT Series Edge Filer with the AOS 3.0 operating environment. The report focuses on the Global Namespace and the FlashMove and FlashMirror capabilities.

  • lab reports
    Sep 26, 2013

    Field Audit: Cisco Unified Fabric Technology

    Multi-protocol Networking

    ESG recently completed interviews with several customers using Cisco networking solutions. This ESG Field Audit documents their successes in deploying Cisco Unified Fabric and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) solutions.

  • lab reports
    Sep 26, 2013

    Symantec NetBackup 7.6 for VMware

    Robust Data Protection Solutions for VMware Environments

    This ESG Lab Validation report documents remote testing of Symantec NetBackup 7.6, with a focus on new integration with VMware. Chapters are included on fast and efficient data protection, backup-managed storage snapshots, and integrated vCenter management.

  • lab reports
    Aug 13, 2013

    MozyEnterprise: Secure, Efficient Cloud-based Backup

    This ESG Lab Validation documents hands-on testing of the MozyEnterprise cloud backup solution, with a focus on ease of installation and use, security and trust, and efficiency.

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Lab Analyst Kerry Dolan contributes to ESG’s independent, hands-on validations and analyses of emerging storage hardware and software products. Kerry brings more than 15 years of storage industry experience to her role. Prior to joining ESG, she spent 11 years as a technical marketing consultant in the storage industry, a natural offshoot from her years in product marketing at EMC Corporation. Kerry earned A.B. and Ed.M degrees from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. As an avid golfer, bird photographer, and classically trained soprano, Kerry has plenty to occupy her time outside of work.

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