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 economic validation ESG Validation Services technical validation

Mid-range vs. Enterprise Storage: Is Size All that Matters?

We often hear small and mid-sized organizations talking about how management constantly urges them to “do more with less.” Keeping competitive requires them to squeeze all they can out of their infrastructure, and their staff. ESG research bears this out; respondents chose cost reduction as one of the business initiatives that will drive the most technology spending at their organizations this year, appearing second on the list, only bested by strengthening cybersecurity.

Topics: Storage ESG Validation Services

The 90s called—they want their PDF files back!

It’s amazing how prescient the creators of the PDF were. In 1993, they designed a file format that captured physical output in extremely high fidelity. Twenty-five years later, PDF is the gold-standard for content distribution.

And ESG has always delivered technical validations—and much of the rest of our content—as PDF files.

Topics: PDF Dynamic Content HTML5 ESG Validation Services

Change is Constant

The one constant in IT is change. This aphorism applies not only to the technology, but to people, processes, and organizations. Like the rest of IT, ESG’s validation services have been undergoing change.

In my last few blogs, I wrote about benchmarking tools and performance analysis because, for a long time, these were significant parts of our validation process.

Topics: Cybersecurity Networking software-as-a-service (SaaS) economic validation ESG Validation Services

Motive, Means, and Opportunity for Evaluating HCI Performance

With all the hype surrounding hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), ESG’s technical validation practice has been busy evaluating various HCI solutions.

Motive

According to my colleagues Mike Leone, Edwin Yuen, and Terri McClure, organizations are now confident enough in HCI that they’re deploying HCI as their primary infrastructure housing their tier-1 applications. Thus, buying criteria has evolved from answering “Can this offering support my applications?” to “How well can it support my application?”

Topics: Converged Infrastructure hyperconverged infrastructure performance ESG Validation Services

SDSN: Software-defined What?

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

Topics: network SDN SDSN ESG Validation Services

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

Arguably, nothing in the last decade has been more revolutionary in IT than virtualization.

Topics: Networking SDN SD-WAN nfv ESG Validation Services

The Newest Member of the ESG Lab Analyst Team

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.

Topics: High Availability ESG Validation Services

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

Conventional 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.

Topics: Big Data Data Management database rdbms NoSQL SQL ESG Validation Services

NoSQL - The Great Escape from SQL and Normalization

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.

Topics: Big Data Data Management database rdbms NoSQL SQL ESG Validation Services