Mike Leone

Mike Leone

ESG Senior Analyst Mike Leone covers converged and hyperconverged infrastructure, data platforms, data management, data analytics, and the emerging blockchain segment. Since joining ESG, Mike has primarily been a part of the validation team, where he provides third party validation of claims made by vendors about their solutions with coverage across all aspects of enterprise IT. Mike has a strong technical background with early roles in software/hardware engineering and gradually moved into marketing roles by helping translate deep technical concepts into understandable business benefits. His enthusiasm for bleeding edge technology is contagious and his combo engineering/marketing background helps IT vendors improve everything from product development and marketing to go-to-market strategies and road-map adjustments.

Recent Posts by Mike Leone:

Is HCI Bringing Change to the Hypervisor Market?

Hyperconverged infrastructures (HCIs) are anchored in virtualizationvirtual storage, virtual compute, and virtual networking. And we know the big names in the hypervisor space: VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V. Recent ESG research asked organizations what they consider to be their primary hypervisor deployed in production. Fifty five percent of organizations selected VMware vSphere, while another 36% primarily leverage Microsoft Hyper-V.

Topics: Microsoft VMware nutanix Virtualization hyperconverged infastructure kvm hypervisor

Converged vs Hyperconverged – What’s Driving the Decision

Organizations are being told to digitally transform, to become more agile, and to respond to the business faster in order to survive in a highly competitive market. And one way organizations are digitally transforming is by modernizing their infrastructures, which means shifting from a traditional 3-tier architecture to a solution that integrates compute, storage, networking, and virtualization. Such a solution must deliver a more cloud-like experience on-premises, making the eventual transition to the cloud easier or better yet, enabling organizations to confidently move cloud-native applications from the public cloud back to an on-premises private cloud. Both converged infrastructure (CI) and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) fit the bill, but what is driving organizations to pick one over the other?

Topics: Converged Infrastructure Digital Transformation HCI hyperconverged infastructure

Accelerating to a Data-centric Architecture with Pure Storage

Having taken a few days break from the color orange, I’m ready to share my thoughts on Pure Accelerate. The show started with Pure Storage CEO Charlie Giancarlo talking about stools, with the three legs of a stool representing the core components of the data center: compute, networking, and storage. We were left with a new Pure vision anchored in storage, but focused on more than storage: a data-centric architecture that addresses the simplicity, agility, and performance requirements of the modern business. 

Topics: Data Management artificial intelligence pure storage NVMe Pure Accelerate NVIDIA

Narrative of Nutanix .NEXT in NOLA

Well Nutanix .NEXT has come and gone and as I continue to digest all the announcements from Nutanix, one word comes to mind that expresses my thoughts: ambition. Why? They don't want to just be the HCI infrastructure in a data center. They want to be the data center. They want to enable hybrid cloud. They want to enable multi-cloud. They want to simplify the smart edge and enable IoT. And they want all the complexity associated with all of it to be invisible.

Topics: nutanix hybrid cloud Multi-Cloud hyperconverged

Delivering on the Promise of AI and ML at Dell Technologies World 2018

We’re off and running at DTW 2018. As expected, there’s been a whole slew of announcements, but for this blog I’ll be focusing on data analytics, specifically AI and ML. Dell EMC is starting to weave a very effective story across all of their product lines, between their server, storage, and workstation divisions, their Ready Solutions, and Services (think pillars of the modern data center).

Topics: Data Management machine learning artificial intelligence dell-emc Dell Technologies World

CI and HCI Traction and Updates from Dell Technologies World 2018

In February of this year, Dell EMC announced the VxBlock System 1000 solution as their converged infrastructure (CI) solution to help enterprises speed IT transformation by removing the physical boundaries of traditional CI. And of course there were some updates on the success of that launch and early traction. On the hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) side of things, they made announcements related to VxRail and VxRack. And while these announcements may not be as futuristic and forward-looking as some of the AI and ML topics discussed in my other blog, they’re all part of Dell EMC’s concerted efforts to help modernize enterprise infrastructures to meet enterprise goals of being more operationally efficient while enabling organizations to embrace a hybrid- or multi-cloud approach.

Topics: Converged Infrastructure hyperconverged infastructure Dell Technologies World

Amazon Throws Its Hat Into the Blockchain Ring

If you haven’t been paying attention, welcome to the year of blockchain. It was only a matter of time until the next big hyperscaler announced a blockchain service offering. There’s IBM with Hyperledger, Microsoft, Oracle, and now AWS has some skin in the game.

Late last week, Amazon announced AWS Blockchain Templates with a goal of simplifying the deployment and management of customized blockchains. Start by selecting the underlying blockchain technology – either Ethereum or Hyperledger – and instantly deploy and customize. You can selecte the type of consensus algorithm, set access controls (think private blockchain), and create applications with smart contracts. And being AWS, you have the ability to easily manage and monitor the service, as well as leverage the on-demand resource capabilities, meaning you only pay for what you consume when you consume it.

Topics: IBM Microsoft Data Management Huawei Amazon AWS Blockchain hyperledger

And the Current Number #1 Challenge with HCI Is…

While HCI offers several impressive benefits related to simplicity, manageability, scalability, and cost savings, challenges still exist. ESG asked over 200 IT pros who have implemented HCI what their top challenges are since implementing HCI in their organization and the most commonly cited challenge was difficulty finding the root cause of issues. And when you think about it, it makes sense.

Topics: Cisco VMware nutanix machine learning artificial intelligence HPE dell-emc hyperconverged HCI

The ELI5 version of Blockchain Technology Components (Video)

In my previous blog, I walked through why blockchain matters, highlighted the core tenets that make it disruptive, and mentioned some of the enterprise IT vendors to keep an eye on. What I left out was a deep dive on the technology. So, based on feedback, requests, and the ongoing level of confusion that can be seen across the internet, here is my Explain It Like I'm 5 (ELI5) version of what a blockchain is and how it actually works.

Topics: IBM Microsoft Blockchain hyperledger

Blockchain Progresses in the Enterprise IT Space (Video)

As blockchain continues to progress outside of cryptocurrencies and into the enterprise IT space, organizations are beginning to look for ways to leverage the benefits of blockchain. Let me stop right there. You’re probably thinking, “What benefits? It’s just Bitcoin.” While Bitcoin gets the headlines, as it should since it’s the top use case within the financial vertical and has a massive consumer-based following, blockchain is so much more than Bitcoin. It’s truly disruptive technology that will enable organizations to recognize massive efficiency gains and cost savings across all verticals, from communications & media, and transportation & logistics to business services and retail. Check out my video below where I talk about the top reasons why blockchain should matter to you.

Topics: IBM Microsoft Cybersecurity Data Management infrastructure Blockchain hyperledger