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SDSN: Software-defined What?

Posted: November 11, 2016   /   By: Jack Poller   /   Tags: network, SDN, ESG Lab, SDSN

the_network.jpgA few weeks ago, I blogged about some of the many networking acronyms that can transform your data center.

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NV, NFV, SDN, SD-WAN: Networking Acronyms That Can Transform Your Data Center

Posted: October 26, 2016   /   By: Jack Poller   /   Tags: networking, SDN, ESG Lab, SD-WAN, nfv

virtualization-revolution.jpgArguably, nothing in the last decade has been more revolutionary in IT than virtualization.

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The Newest Member of the ESG Lab Analyst Team

Posted: September 26, 2016   /   By: Evan Marcus   /   Tags: ESG Lab, High Availability

Greetings Blogosphere,

I’m Evan Marcus, the latest addition to ESG’s Lab Analyst team.
Although I am new to ESG, I am certainly not new to the industry. I have worked for a variety of tech companies over the years, including Veritas Software, Sun Microsystems, Riverbed, and VMware from here in the Metro New York area.

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Targeting the Best of Both Worlds with Next-generation SQL Databases

Posted: September 17, 2015   /   By: Mike Leone   /   Tags: Big Data, Data Management, database, rdbms, NoSQL, SQL, ESG Lab, next-generation SQL

DB-Part4Conventional relational databases and recently-developed NoSQL databases have led some enterprises to an impasse. They want to scale the systems that are handling their data. However, an RDBMS used to guarantee transaction integrity is difficult to expand. NoSQL systems, although scalable, typically do not offer full transaction integrity via the ACID properties discussed in earlier posts. The latest solution in the SQL/NoSQL saga—next-generation SQL databases—may have the answer.

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NoSQL - The Great Escape from SQL and Normalization

Posted: September 10, 2015   /   By: Mike Leone   /   Tags: Big Data, Data Management, database, rdbms, NoSQL, SQL, ESG Lab

For the last decade or so, data and data structures have been moving at the speed of the web. They change rapidly to keep pace with end-users and markets that are in constant flux. The data model is volatile and will continue to be as more and more unstructured data (images, videos, social media content, online purchase histories, and more) is generated. The solution of the pre-Internet era, meaning the RDBMS, can’t keep up. Enter the NoSQL database—a solution for handling data with highly variable formats in massive quantities at lightning speeds.

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Why Won’t the RDBMS Go Away?

Posted: September 03, 2015   /   By: Mike Leone   /   Tags: Big Data, Data Management, database, rdbms, NoSQL, SQL, ESG Lab

DB_Part2The relational database management system was a breakthrough when it first appeared about 40 years ago. A relational database puts power into a user’s hands. Few assumptions are needed about how data is related or how it is to be extracted. Data can then be viewed in a variety of ways, each one illustrating different connections or correlations. This power, history, and a little user inertia have led to the RDBMS being implanted and used in practically every sector of business today. Well-known RDBMS product examples are IBM DB2, Microsoft SQL Server, and Oracle databases.

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Today’s Database Landscape at a 50,000 Foot Level

Posted: August 27, 2015   /   By: Mike Leone   /   Tags: Big Data, Data Management, database, rdbms, NoSQL, SQL, ESG Lab

DB_Part1We all know the drill—data is exploding in size, but it’s not just the volume of data that is wreaking havoc on organizations. It’s how quickly it’s growing, how many different forms it can take, and how it’s constantly changing. And that’s just scratching the surface. How can the potential of data truly be harnessed? The database technologies for organizing the data that we generate and manipulate continue to morph and multiply. The hugely successful relational database management systems (RDBMSs) continue to soldier on using principles now over 40 years old, while newer database technologies have come along and been widely adopted to address specific needs in the data storage, management, and analytics space. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be going through the evolution of database technology at a 50,000 foot level to highlight the old and the new, how they’re used today, and what vendors to keep an eye on.

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Converged and Hyper-converged – We’ve Got It Covered

Posted: December 12, 2014   /   By: Mike Leone   /   Tags: Private Cloud Infrastructure, Mark Bowker, integrated computing platform, ESG Lab, integrated infrastructure, Hyper-converged, Converged

In the last few years, we’ve seen a major boom in the converged infrastructure space. This coincides with ESG research findings, where more than 50% of respondents said they currently or plan to utilize a converged solution in their IT environments. We’re not at all surprised, since they make infrastructure tasks significantly easier for IT pros – easier to plan, easier to configure, and easier to grow. By deploying a converged solution, companies have realized gains across all facets of IT, from faster deployment times and improved service and support, to ease of management and improved TCO, scalability, and agility.


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Enterprise Hadoop with VCE and Isilon

Posted: November 25, 2014   /   By: Mike Leone   /   Tags: EMC, Big Data, NAS, Hadoop, VMware, Isilon, VCE, ESG Lab, Big Data Analytics, Scale-out

What happens when you combine two field-proven, widely-adopted technologies from tech power houses? You get a super flexible, scalable Hadoop platform to address your big data analytic needs. And the best part is that it really doesn’t matter where you currently fall on the Hadoop adoption spectrum. Deploying a traditional Hadoop distribution? Expanding one that’s already deployed?  Starting a brand new Hadoop implementation to merge with your existing IT infrastructure? VCE and Isilon have come together to make your life easier.


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Backup AND RECOVERY for the Little Guy

Posted: November 21, 2014   /   By: Mike Leone   /   Tags: data protection, Dell, disaster recovery, SMB, ESG Lab, cloud archiving, backup & recovery

Let’s face it, tools for backing up your data have become ubiquitous. Everyone can do it. It provides peace of mind, especially for small businesses (think law or a doctor’s office) who don’t have IT pros on staff. “All my data is backed up somewhere so if something bad happens, I’m covered.” Unfortunately backup is only a piece of the data protection puzzle. How do you get the backed up data back into production if something goes wrong? How long will it take to get up and running again? And the killer question: How will it impact my small business if it takes a long time to recover? Recovery is just as important as backup, and probably MORE important.

Dell is concentrating on just that for small businesses. It’s not just about backup. It’s about guaranteeing application uptime through various recovery options. And replication for disaster recovery. And archiving to the cloud. And keeping costs down. And making it dead simple for anybody to set up and manage a data protection solution. The Dell DL1000 Backup and Recovery Appliance is designed for smaller organizations to address their data protection concerns. It has a compact, lightweight design, runs quietly, cools easily, and won’t consume lots of power. And it comes packaged with Dell AppAssure software, which provides protection for local servers through incremental snapshotting.


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