Storage Trends Research - Flash Storage (#2 in a series) - includes video

ESG recently completed in-depth research on the state of the storage market; its own technologies and market trends as well as its key intersections to other notable IT implementations and shifts. We are presenting some of the extended highlights from the findings in multiple ESG Briefs (each focused on a particular topic), as well as tighter summaries of those Briefs in accompanying ESG videos. These will be rolling out over the next few weeks and we’ll capture all the available links in these blogs each time a new piece is posted.

Topics: Storage flash storage IT Spending Intentions

Storage Trends Research (#1 in a series) – includes video

ESG recently completed in-depth research on the state of the storage market; its own technologies and market trends as well as its key intersections to other notable IT implementations and shifts. We are presenting some of the extended highlights from the findings in multiple ESG Briefs (each focused on a particular topic), as well as tighter summaries of those Briefs in accompanying ESG videos. These will be rolling out over the next few weeks and we’ll capture all the available links in these blogs each time a new piece is posted.

Topics: Storage hybrid cloud IT Spending Intentions

2016 Big Data and Analytics Spending Intentions Survey

One of the highlights of the year for ESG is the publication of our annual IT Spending Intentions Survey. For enthusiasts, I've pulled out a few highlights specifically around big data and analytics.

Topics: Analytics Big Data Data Management IT Spending Intentions

Hybrid Cloud Spending likely to increase in 2016

When ESG started tracking the use of public cloud computing services as a measure for containing IT costs back in 2009, it ranked dead last among a list of nine potential strategies. In ESG's upcoming 2016 Spending Intentions survey, however, the use of public cloud computing services now ranks as the number one IT cost containment measure.

Why the big change?

Topics: hybrid cloud IT Spending Intentions

Where ‘Data Protection’ Fits among 2015 IT Spending Priorities (Video)

Each year, ESG publishes its annual IT Spending Intentions report – and each year, I look at the research from a “Data Protection Guy’s” perspective.

I've already shared my 2015 Data Protection Predictions that were in part based on that research, but my friends in the ESG video studio let me share my data protection interpretations of the IT Spending Intentions research itself.

Topics: Data Protection IT Spending Intentions IT Spending Priorities

Cutting Through Endpoint Security Marketing Hype is a Challenge for Buyers and Vendors Alike

Endpoint security is a fast-paced, dynamic market right now. The amount of funding, M&A, and general product development is moving at what can feel like a blurring speed, and separating the facts from the marketing language can be a challenge.

For a thought experiment, imagine for a moment you are a CIO/CISO/equivalent in charge of the security budget.  You are a little behind, maybe updating from an AV-only environment to a more advanced endpoint solution. How do you go about selecting a vendor? How do you begin quantifying your organizational needs? 

Topics: Information Security endpoint endpoint security IT buyers IT Spending Intentions skills shortage IT purchasing IT skills security spending

2014 Cloud Spending Intentions – Research, Trends, and Analysis

It’s that time of year again when we publish our IT buyer outlook for the coming 12-18 months. This year, our 2014 IT Spending Intentions and Public Cloud Computing Trends research has some really interesting new twists to it. Here are a few insights …

What got me most excited this year were two new things. We usually collect a tremendous amount of demographic data about the companies who are surveyed – company size, industry, etc. -- but this year we also capture the age of the company itself (i.e., for how many years the organization has been in existence). No big deal right? Well, I can assure you that the data for pre-Internet companies was a lot different when compared to companies born in the web age. We also looked at all of the data by the individual respondent’s age group. Once again, we found some fascinating differences. What’s more, this really gets interesting when it is compared and correlated to the age of the company.

Topics: Cloud Computing cloud IT Spending Intentions AWS Public Cloud Service

Market Research: Reacting To Change

I love saying I told you so. It's one of the real pleasures in my business life. I never get to say it in my personal life, so I take it out on you.

Topics: IT Infrastructure IT Spending Intentions

Is Data Center Networking Discontinuity Driving Increased Network Budgets and Network Headcount?

As organizations continue to consolidate data centers and increase their use of server virtualization technology, IT departments are forced to respond by building out massively scalable data center network environments. However, are data center networks evolving fast enough to survive (in current form) in a rapidly changing world? Jon Oltsik called this problem data-center-networking-discontinuity/index.html">Data Center Network Discontinuity and data from the forthcoming ESG's 2012 IT Spending Intentions survey (which I've gotten a preview of) indicates that we may be starting to see the first signs of this occurring.

Topics: Cisco IT Infrastructure Networking Riverbed Citrix Blue Coat IT Spending Intentions Gigamon VoiP WAN Optimization

Business Process Improvement - The Most Important Consideration for Justifying IT Purchases in 2012

For a number of years ESG has been conducting an annual IT spending survey to better understand users' buying intentions for the coming year. The ESG research team is busy putting the final touches on the 2012 IT Spending Intentions Survey, which should be ready at the end of January, but I've taken a look at some of the data that I can share with you now. In addition to determining whether organizations will be spending more or less, and on what technologies, the report also explores how organizations justify their IT purchases to the business. As one might expect, these considerations could change dramatically based on the macro-economic environment.

Topics: IT Infrastructure Networking IT Spending Intentions