2017 ESG Channel Acceleration Awards - Part 1

One of the really cool parts about my job is that I get to see, meet, and hear from lots of experienced, focused channel leaders who are constantly trying to pull all the levers at their disposal: technology and product sets, program elements and options, resources and teams… in order to earn and receive more than their fair share of time and attention from IT partners of all types. And that’s not just any old IT partners, but the same ones who all the other b channel leaders are trying to gain time and attention from. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it.

Topics: channel Citrix trend micro Actifio esg channel acceleration awards

Forbes Article Talks About Actifio and EMC - A Point of Clarification and How To Make A Few Billion Dollars

First, I can't believe that after changing the name of ESG from Enterprise Storage Group to Enterprise Strategy Group almost 13 years ago, I still got called the former in this Forbes Article.

Topics: Storage EMC IT Infrastructure Actifio

Off The Beach - Back To The Business Model

Summer is over. It always ends too fast and launches me back into reality with a tad bit of melancholy. I'm sure you feel for me.

Topics: Backup Data Protection Information and Risk Management Actifio Asigra

Broad Network Access or Broad Data Access

I get to talk to a lot of companies – literally hundreds a quarter. Sometimes I have a hard time understanding the value proposition, other times it hits me right away. Sometimes I struggle with the definitions of things. Take for instance the NIST Cloud tenet – "broad network access." Really? Isn’t that kinda obvious? The original use of the term "cloud" was always used to refer to the networks that connected companies to the Internet and to their other locations. Today’s use of broad networks access of course has evolved – now it means something more like "able to connect from any device to any service via the Internet." I think we can go further with that – why not say broad data access? We don’t really connect over the network for the sake of using the network – we have some information destination in mind.

That brings me to one company that provides broad data access – Actifio. Most people think of them as a data protection company – and yup they are definitely all that. But after the briefing I had with them last week – I had the light bulbs go off and I really do see a lot more – I see a cloud company providing broad data access.

Topics: Cloud Computing Netapp EMC cloud Data Protection Private Cloud Infrastructure Actifio Copy Data Management Public Cloud Service