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What Users Tell Infrastructure Vendors in Recent ESG Research (Video, Part 2 of 2)

Posted: May 30, 2017   /   By: Mark Peters   /   Tags: Storage, Internet of Things, IT Infrastructure, IoT, business initiatives, 2017 IT Spending Intentions Survey

Mark_Peters_Infrastructure.jpgIf the words that follow seem more than a tad familiar to those of you that saw the first installment on this topic,  I am thrilled that you pay such close attention!

Every year, ESG’s IT spending intentions survey provides a broad look at the key themes and tides in the contemporary IT world. Its sheer breadth is certainly fascinating for practitioners and purveyors of IT alike. Anyone can access the abstract here, while ESG subscription clients can obviously enjoy the entire report.

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What Users Tell Infrastructure Vendors In Recent ESG Research (Part 1 of 2)

Posted: May 22, 2017   /   By: Mark Peters   /   Tags: Cloud Computing, Storage, Cybersecurity, IT Infrastructure

cloud-infrastructure-security.jpgEvery year, ESG’s IT spending intentions survey provides a broad look at the key themes and tides in the contemporary IT world. Its sheer breadth is certainly fascinating for practitioners and purveyors of IT alike. Anyone can access the abstract here while ESG subscription clients can obviously enjoy the entire report.

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The Contemporary Opportunity for Traditional IT Hardware (Video)

Posted: February 21, 2017   /   By: Mark Peters   /   Tags: Storage, IT Infrastructure

Mark_Peters.pngDespite the fact that most things in the big wide world of infrastructure actually change relatively slowly in the practical air of data centers, we nonetheless love to talk about actual and impending changes in far more hyperbolic and dramatic ways. I guess cataclysmic statements are more exciting than pragmatic progress!?

Anyhow, while I am certainly a believer in the value of many, varied types of cloud deployments, I am certainly not a believer in the meteor-hits-earth type of prognostications about the end of on-premises infrastructure, neither by type nor location! Traditional hardware is not going away - at least not for the foreseeable future.

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“Discover”ing HPE in London (includes video)

Posted: December 11, 2015   /   By: Mark Peters   /   Tags: Storage, IT Infrastructure

composable infrastructureA few months ago, HP (sic) held its US Discover conference in Las Vegas; the European version of the same happened early this month….only this time it was HPE that was holding the event. It’s fair to say that the name does not yet roll easily off the tongues of long-established [ex-] HP personnel, but I don’t think it was the new moniker or even the new green rectangle logo that had the interest of attendees at the conference in London’s Docklands. What mattered was whether HPE could bring something to the contemporary party.

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IBM Edge "Is Breadth Manifest" (Includes Video)

Posted: May 26, 2015   /   By: Mark Peters   /   Tags: IBM, Storage, IT Infrastructure, IBM Edge, storage virtualization

Vegas_signThe 2015 edition of IBM’s Edge conference recently took place in Las Vegas. While it lacked some of the showbiz sheen of other big industry events, the feeling of being at a cult reunion was just as strong; and any lack of hype was more than balanced by the focus on links to real world business/societal outcomes that permeated everything. There’s a telling irony in that comment: while many vendors declare lofty goals in their conference descriptors that are sometimes based on spurious - or at best strained – links to eventual value, and then actually talk about products, IBM (as so often) treads a different path: It actually declares that the conference is indeed about infrastructure, but then wraps that iron fist of infrastructure in a beguiling and compelling velvet glove of end-user achievement and proven value. 

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Yet Another Proof Point for Network and Endpoint Security Integration

Posted: October 17, 2014   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: Information Security, End-User Computing, IT Infrastructure, network, Networking, Information and Risk Management, endpoint, Security and Privacy

As I’ve mentioned many times in my blog, there is a lot of evidence suggesting a trend toward the amalgamation of endpoint and network security.

Here’s another recent data point that supports this further. ESG recently published a new research report titled Network Security Trends in the Era of Cloud and Mobile Computing. The report is based upon a survey of security professionals working at enterprise organizations (i.e., more than 1,000 employees). ESG asked them: “Is your organization engaged in any type of project to integrate anti-malware and analytics technologies on networks and endpoints?” Nearly one-quarter (22%) said, “yes, extensively,” while another 39% responded, “yes, somewhat.”

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How to Protect an EVO RAIL (video series)

Posted: October 13, 2014   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: EMC, EVO, IT Infrastructure, Data Protection, JBuff, VMware, Private Cloud Infrastructure, Information and Risk Management, HP, Dell

VMware’s EVO RAIL is an architecture for a hyper-converged, software-defined data center in a single appliance form-factor … to be delivered by various hardware partners. But how do you protect that all-in-one solution?

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Oracle Open World…& the new FS1 SAN (with video)

Posted: October 08, 2014   /   By: Mark Peters   /   Tags: Cloud Computing, Storage, Big Data, Data Management & Analytics, IT Infrastructure, Oracle Open World, Hadoop, Enterprise Software, Mark Peters, Data Management, Oracle

This year’s Oracle Open World (OOW) was – as ever – huge from just about every measurable dimension. While the weather is seemingly always lovely (except at SFO where “flow control” seems to have been the order of the day all September), it is not available to any regular tourists unless they are prepared to pay the stupendous rates that a sold-out city can charge.

Stealing a page from Microsoft when it “got” the Internet (what seems like an eternity ago!) Oracle spent its time at OOW confirming that its flirtation with this cloud thing is a full blown romance! Of course there were a ton of specific product announcements (a very beguiling new SAN product – the FS1 – being of course what caught my eye! More on that below). But this event was also about the occluded front that often accompanies clouds: that occlusion being the change in role for Larry Ellison and the emergence of the Safra-Mark show (lest there be one more “Hurd-ing Katz” jibe….). The change was managed effortlessly with Larry revelling in his “lead techy” role. What were the key takeaways? My colleague Nik Rouda and I already commented in our esg-recap-of-oracle-openworld-2014/index.html" target="_blank">joint blog about Oracle OpenWorld but here’s a bit more depth in one of our ESG on Location video reports….

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HP - Parsed and Future

Posted: October 07, 2014   /   By: Mark Peters   /   Tags: Storage, IT Infrastructure, Hewlett-Packard, HP

So, after a furor of news, we can all settle down now in the knowledge that there will be two HP's. I so wanted one to be called Hewlett and the other Packard! Maybe with a lower-case "i" in front of each name for a contemporary nod and wink to the founders. By the way, if ever you are having trouble remembering which HP is which, they did at least make that easy for us: the ink is in the Inc.

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Leading Enterprise Organizations Have Established a Dedicated Network Security Group

Posted: October 06, 2014   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: IBM, Network Security, Check Point, Palo Alto Networks, Fortinet, Cisco, IT Infrastructure, Networking, Information and Risk Management, Juniper, Sourcefire, FireEye, HP, McAfee, Security and Privacy, Security

When an enterprise organization wanted to buy network security equipment a few years ago, there was a pretty clear division of labor. The security team defined the requirements and the networking team purchased and operated equipment. In other words, the lines were divided. The security team could describe what was needed but didn’t dare tell the networking team what to buy or get involved with day-to-day care and feeding related to “networking” matters.

This “us-and-them” mentality appears to be legacy behavior. According to ESG research on network security trends, 47% of enterprise organizations now claim that they have a dedicated group in charge of all aspects of network security. Additionally, network security is done cooperatively by networking and security teams at 26% of organizations today but these firms insist that they are in the process of creating a dedicated network security group to supplant their current division of labor.

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