This ESG Lab review documents hands-on testing of the Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) Anywhere solution with a focus on ease of use, security, and efficient deployment.
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.
This ESG Lab Validation report documents hands-on testing of the EMC VSPEX Proven Infrastructure with Brocade networking for supporting 100 virtual machines (VMs). The report is focused on ease of use, performance, and high-availability networking.
This ESG Lab Validation documents the results of hands-on testing of Citrix CloudPlatform, a flexible, scalable solution for deploying public and private clouds. The report focuses on ease of deployment and management, flexibility, and scalability.
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.
This ESG Lab Validation report documents hands-on testing of Symantec Backup Exec 2012’s advanced virtual server data protection. The report focuses on how Backup Exec 2012 measures up against best practices in virtual data protection.
A lot of organizations think the cloud can help them save money and improve IT service delivery. And they’re right—for many, it can transform operations. But often the biggest questions are “How the heck do I get there? Where do I begin? What will it actually get me?”
A good place to start answering those questions is to see what companies with successful clouds have done. ESG has been following EMC on its cloud voyage since 2004, and we recently completed our IT Audit on the topic. While the first two were more about the journey, this last one focused on their achievements—which are, quite frankly, stunning.
ESG Lab recently completed hands-on testing and analysis of Hitachi Unified Storage VM (HUS VM) and Hitachi Command Suite (HCS) 7.3 software. This report focuses on the evolutionary enhancements to both HUS VM and HCS that enable the Hitachi Data Systems vision of one platform for all data providing shared storage services in the data center and private cloud. This validation also focuses on how HUS VM and HCS improve administration, operations, provisioning, performance, and resilience for enterprise storage environments.
EMC Corporation’s IT organization launched a transformational journey toward cloud computing beginning in 2004. In 2009, ESG published an initial audit of EMC’s achievements, documenting their impressive initial savings on equipment and power as well as improvements in productivity, efficiency, and resource utilization. We published an update in 2010 as EMC reached important milestones in its server virtualization, tiering, and automation efforts.
This 2013 update finds EMC leveraging the firm foundation of efficiency they have built; a key focus is on new levels of agility and productivity that EMC can achieve through a new cloud operating model for offering IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS). By sharing its experience through its EMC IT Proven program and a series of IT Audits, EMC offers a valuable service to other organizations that may have a vision for such a transformation but are struggling with what steps to take and what results to expect.
This ESG Lab report documents hands-on testing of Veeam Backup & Replication, designed to assess Veeam’s claims that they deliver a Powerful, Easy-to-Use, and Affordable data protection solution Built for Virtualization.
This ESG Lab Validation report documents hands-on testing of an EMC VSPEX Proven Infrastructure with Brocade networking for supporting 500 virtual desktops. The report is focused on ease of use, performance, and high-availability networking.
This report documents the results of ESG Lab’s hands-on testing and validation of the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7000 storage array, with a focus on autonomic simplicity, efficient unified storage, application performance, and resilience for mid-range enterprises.
Riverbed Technology provides a performance platform for enterprises implementing strategic initiatives such as virtualization, consolidation, cloud computing, and disaster recovery in a globally connected enterprise. Riverbed solutions are designed to enable a fluid, dynamic IT architecture by eliminating bottlenecks and increasing the performance of a full range of business applications including e-mail, ERP, CRM, backup, and file sharing. This ESG Lab Validation examines Riverbed’s WAN optimization as well as the Riverbed Granite Edge Virtual Server Infrastructure that enables organizations to consolidate servers and data considered impossible to consolidate due to the response time requirements of branch-bound applications that rely on local storage.
This ESG Lab Validation report documents the results of hands-on testing of NetApp clustered Data ONTAP in Oracle database environments, with a focus on ease of management, non-disruptive operations, and efficient scaling.
This ESG Lab Validation documents the hands-on testing of the NEC SIGMABLADE server systems with Egenera PAN Manager software, a fully integrated foundation for integrated computing environments. The report focuses on the benefits an integrated computing environment can provide to IT organizations, including streamlined operational procedures, more efficient resource utilization, and greater management flexibility for both physical and virtual resources.
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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