Talking Validation (ESG 360 Video Series)

In this discussion, part of ESG's 360 Video Series, VP of ESG's Validation Services Brian Garrett explains how the ways that ESG conducts its validation services have changed over the years - not only driving a better appreciation of the value that vendors' offerings can deliver but also reflecting a change in users’ demands. The change is twofold: Whereas early testing and proving was most often around individual products and features, now the functional emphasis is much more likely to be around a complete solution - anything from HCI to data protection to cloud and “...as a service” offerings; in all these situations, flexibility and ease of use have come to the fore. Secondly the validations that ESG conducts are now much more frequently focused on the economic and business value of a solution instead of - or as well as - merely its functional efficacy. Brian discusses the reasons for these changes, and notes that actual user input is now also increasingly important to the process.

Topics: Storage ESG Validation Services

Talking Mobility (ESG 360 Video Series)

Here, Mark Bowker starts his discussion of IT mobility by defining it broadly--but-clearly--as the secure delivery of apps and data wherever and however needed. This major practical change in IT is conceptually simple to grasp but brings multiple complex challenges for IT organizations - not least of which is the dual threat of unpredictability and associated [potential for] lack of control. Mark explains that the major foci for IT around mobility are therefore security, policy, and management structures - but that isn’t to say that there is not also a major, gratifying pay-off for IT organizations that get mobility done well...

Topics: Enterprise Mobility ESG 360 Video Series

The Need for Better Monitoring of Cloud-native Applications

As companies adopt new technologies to support digital transformation, the need to update and adapt their monitoring and management tools becomes more and more critical. Companies that have already started to leverage public cloud and more cloud-native applications are finding that they need better monitoring tools, with the capability to monitor new application frameworks and a more application, rather than infrastructure, orientation. ESG conducted research on companies that were already using two or more public cloud providers and when we asked what they have learned about systems management based on their public cloud experiences, 30% responded they need better application and end-user experience monitoring of workloads.

Topics: Systems Management

Talking Data Protection: ESG 360 Video Series

This conversation with Christophe Bertrand, part of ESG's 360 Video Series, is a reminder of the importance of data protection (DP) - especially the recovery element rather than 'just' the backup element. This may seem obvious; however, Christophe reminds us that the importance of DP is not to be measured so much as a only a necessary basic cost of doing business, BUT that - when optimized - it can actually return genuine value to the business. So, while the technologies and processes of DP's mechanics continue to improve, it is the resulting data-ROI opportunities of DP that should really be driving the business discussions and decisions in this area.

Topics: Storage Data Protection backup and recovery ESG 360 Video Series

Discovering a Renewed HPE (Video)

One of the fascinating parts of my job is watching companies ebb, flow, and change over time. Sometimes it’s stealth ideas in borrowed offices, sometimes it’s start-ups that are “Roman Candles” or bloom to maturity and/or acquisition; and sometimes it is the venerable industry giants really making a substantive change. The last is rare, often painful, and invariably slower than the others...but the recent HPE Discover event persuaded me that I am probably witnessing such a transformation.


Topics: Storage HPE Discover

HPE Re-Discovers Its Roots and Looks Forward to an Intelligent Edge (Video)

This year’s Discover event was the first time the 20-year HPE employee and engineer, Antonio Neri took the stage as President and CEO. Antonio was engaging and humble – a very approachable CEO, he seemed to be acutely aware of the HP legacy, but is determined to drive HPE forward.

Topics: Networking HPE Discover

Rancher Labs Simplifying Kubernetes

As container and Kubernetes adoption grows, more and more companies are looking for support in adopting and running their environments. Rancher Labs has been leading the way with helping enterprise companies adopt and run container and Kubernetes environments. The Rancher Labs founders have a background similar to mine, in OpenStack, and all of us have learned what worked and didn't work with enterprise adoption.

Topics: Systems Management

Talking Cybersecurity Threat Landscape (ESG 360 Video Series)

This discussion with Doug Cahill, part of ESG's 360 Video series, covers the changing nature of cybersecurity threats across generations. As Doug makes clear, it’s not just the point and complexity of attacks that has changed, but their nature has too - both in terms of the perpetrators and their motivations. From the earliest generation of “nuisance” attacks on PCs, via application and operational disturbances as the Internet grew, and through to the systemic, malicious, and often monetarily motivated modern generation of attacks (that now includes 'crypto-jacking' and even state-sponsored actions), the threat landscape has become increasingly complex. The situation is even more challenging as the various generations and styles of threat do not supercede each other but are accretive and all continue today. This means that defense in depth and prevention are the watchwords for today; and this helps explain the rise of cybersecurity 'umbrella' platforms rather than simply an ever-increasing number of point products. It is a serious situation, but not without hope!

Topics: Cybersecurity ESG 360 Video Series

Actifio Highlights the Value of Data at Data Driven 2018

I recently went to Actifio Data Driven 2018, Actifio's global user conference held at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. At Data Driven, Actifio's customers and partners showcased how and why they use Actifio solutions. I had a number of key takeaways from the conference.

Actifio clearly understands the value and importance of data. This was not just another data protection company adopting the term "Data Management" to frame themselves as more than just backup and recovery. Data Driven 2018 demonstrated that Actifio understands that the value comes from how customers use the data, not just that the data is made available. In session after session and customer meeting after customer meeting, I saw how customers and partners discussed the uses of the data made available by Actifio. I was impressed by the real-world benefits that were highlighted by everyone.

Topics: Data Protection Data Management Actifio Systems Management

The New Endpoint Security Market: Growing in Size and Scope

Venture capital investments in cybersecurity companies are aggressive these days but yesterday’s news was startling nonetheless. First, Cylance announced a round of $120 million led by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities. Cylance says that the funding will help it expand sales and marketing initiatives and extend its global footprint. 

Topics: Cybersecurity endpoint security antivirus EDR