Mark Peters

Mark Peters

Mark Peters is an ESG senior analyst focused on storage systems. His particular areas of emphasis are block and unified storage systems, virtualized storage, all types of solid-state storage, and the emerging opportunities represented by “software-defined storage.”

Recent Posts by Mark Peters:

Making Infrastructure Less Visible Shines a Light on Other Issues

In my recent blog and video covering my predictions for infrastructure in 2018, I promised to return to the key themes, saying that I thought their simplicity could obfuscate their importance. So, here goes on adding a little more color to the first one.

The onward march from IT as infrastructure technology [back] to IT as information technology makes for memorable semantic fun…but it covers way more than that. Yes, it’s important to have IT focused on the overall delivery model, SLAs and – most important of all – the achievement of relevant business outcomes. However, the move of individual infrastructure elements somewhat out of the immediate spotlight and more into the (literal and figurative) IT shadows should never be interpreted as any lessening of the value associated with, or attributed to, these elements. Quite the reverse. As we increasingly rely on more integrated IT systems – convergence, cloud services, and software-defined being three common contemporary manifestations – so we inevitably also increasingly rely on those systems being “better.” In this context “better” does not necessarily mean things like price-performance – which remain nice-to-haves of course – but absolutely means things like reliability, ease of use, automation, and interoperability.

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure

Infrastructure Predictions 2018 - includes video

So, with the Christmas presents unwrapped, and yet with New Year resolutions still to be self-negotiated, it's about time for me to put forth my predictions for infrastructure in 2018.  

Topics: IT Infrastructure 2018 Predictions

HPE Discover in Madrid  (includes video)

Here is my summary video from HPE's latest Madrid installment of its Discover user event series. It's a little different from the usual ESG On Location video format inasmuch as I spent the vast majority of my camera time interviewing HPE execs and customers, rather than my ESG colleagues. The customer interviews were done for HPE and will appear on its channels over the coming weeks. Meantime, in this summary video you'll find sample "snippets" from some of the HPE exec interviews (with full versions to follow soon), together with a comment from me about mega-events in general, and then specifically my key takeaway from Discover in Madrid.

Topics: HPE HPE Discover

Dell EMC - Guaranteed to Please?

Dell EMC made a broad swathe of announcements pertaining to its midrange storage systems this week.

Aside from the product news (and there’s certainly some important technological advances/catch-ups in the announcement*) there’s notable news on the commercial front, with Dell EMC launching its full blown “Future Proof Storage Loyalty Program.” It is a mix of assurances, flexibility, and guarantees - and I think one would have to say that objectively it’s pretty darned good. Certainly, having such assurances from a market leader like Dell EMC will be especially welcome for its myriad users (and channel partners too, I would imagine). 

Topics: Storage Future Proof Storage Loyalty Program

Storage Trends Research – Data Center Storage Technology Revolution (#4 in a series) - includes video

ESG recently completed in-depth research on the state of the storage market; its own technologies and market trends as well as its key intersections to other notable IT implementations and shifts. We are presenting some of the extended highlights from the findings in multiple ESG Briefs (each focused on a particular topic), as well as tighter summaries of those Briefs in accompanying ESG videos. These will be rolling out over the next few weeks and we’ll capture all the available links in these blogs each time a new piece is posted.

Topics: Storage data center

Storage Trends Research – The Impact of CI/HCI (#3 in a series) - includes video

ESG recently completed in-depth research on the state of the storage market; its own technologies and market trends as well as its key intersections to other notable IT implementations and shifts. We are presenting some of the extended highlights from the findings in multiple ESG Briefs (each focused on a particular topic), as well as tighter summaries of those Briefs in accompanying ESG videos. These will be rolling out over the next few weeks and we’ll capture all the available links in these blogs each time a new piece is posted.

Topics: Storage Converged Infrastructure storage trends research hyperconverged infastructure

Dell’s IQT – A New Work State of Mind? (Video)

Dell hosted at least 3 varied events (that I know of) in New York last week. In terms of the future, the most important was its “IQT Day”…IQT is the acronym-progeny of IoT and IQ (“Making Things Smarter” as Dell expands it). You know that something matters when it is launched with both a new term and a new acronym.

Topics: Storage Internet of Things Dell IQT

Storage Trends Research - Flash Storage (#2 in a series) - includes video

ESG recently completed in-depth research on the state of the storage market; its own technologies and market trends as well as its key intersections to other notable IT implementations and shifts. We are presenting some of the extended highlights from the findings in multiple ESG Briefs (each focused on a particular topic), as well as tighter summaries of those Briefs in accompanying ESG videos. These will be rolling out over the next few weeks and we’ll capture all the available links in these blogs each time a new piece is posted.

Topics: Storage flash storage IT Spending Intentions

Storage Trends Research (#1 in a series) – includes video

ESG recently completed in-depth research on the state of the storage market; its own technologies and market trends as well as its key intersections to other notable IT implementations and shifts. We are presenting some of the extended highlights from the findings in multiple ESG Briefs (each focused on a particular topic), as well as tighter summaries of those Briefs in accompanying ESG videos. These will be rolling out over the next few weeks and we’ll capture all the available links in these blogs each time a new piece is posted.

Topics: Storage hybrid cloud IT Spending Intentions

NEXT Up: Hitachi Vantara (includes video)

Last week, Hitachi held its NEXT conference in Vegas. The saying goes that “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” but I don’t think Hitachi wants that to be the case here! This is because it turns out that three previously merely linked organizations under the Hitachi umbrella formally got together as one (maybe they nipped off to one of those Vegas wedding chapels!?)—HDS, Hitachi Insights Group, and Pentaho are now a single organization: Vantara.

Topics: hitachi Hitachi Vantara