HPE GreenLake: IT Flexibility on Steroids (Video)

Sure, the letters "i" and "t" can be found together in the word "flexibility," but getting genuine flexibility in terms of the provision of IT - in other words to build IT capabilities dynamically around necessary outcomes rather than foundational inputs - has long remained a big challenge for the industry and consumers alike, both operationally and commercially.

Topics: Storage hybrid cloud HPE Discover

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 ESG Validation Services

Talking Data Protection: ESG 360 Video Series

This conversation with Christophe Bertrand, part of ESG's 360 Video Series, is a reminder of the importance of data protection (DP) - especially the recovery element rather than 'just' the backup element. This may seem obvious; however, Christophe reminds us that the importance of DP is not to be measured so much as a only a necessary basic cost of doing business, BUT that - when optimized - it can actually return genuine value to the business. So, while the technologies and processes of DP's mechanics continue to improve, it is the resulting data-ROI opportunities of DP that should really be driving the business discussions and decisions in this area.

Topics: Storage Data Protection backup and recovery ESG 360 Video Series

Discovering a Renewed HPE (Video)

One of the fascinating parts of my job is watching companies ebb, flow, and change over time. Sometimes it’s stealth ideas in borrowed offices, sometimes it’s start-ups that are “Roman Candles” or bloom to maturity and/or acquisition; and sometimes it is the venerable industry giants really making a substantive change. The last is rare, often painful, and invariably slower than the others...but the recent HPE Discover event persuaded me that I am probably witnessing such a transformation.


Topics: Storage HPE Discover

ESG in Conversation with 'Coz' at Pure Accelerate (Video)

John Colgrove (universally known as 'Coz') is one of the founders at Pure - that alone makes him interesting. But he also happens to be a genuinely interesting person; so when I got a chance to interview him at the recent Pure Accelerate event, naturally I took it.

I wanted to avoid the obvious “tell us about the products, Coz” (if you want to know about the happenings at the company and the event, you can see ESG's On Location video and other blogs by Bob Laliberte, Scott Sinclair, and Mike Leone)....and so instead in just 5 minutes or so we manage to touch on the motivation of the company founders, the satisfaction of Pure implementations that deliver real value to humanity and not just to balance sheets, and the future - or at least semantic longevity! - of the storage and data industries.

Topics: Storage pure storage Pure Accelerate

Pure Accelerate 2018 – Data Centric in the City (includes video)

If nothing else, Pure has, to date, managed to pick some interesting locations for its Accelerate conferences – this year the now-signature food trucks that exemplify the event were lined up right across from City Hall in San Francisco at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. I wrote ‘if nothing else,’ but of course that’s unfair, as Pure also always manages to have an excellent combination of style and substance.

Topics: Storage ESG on Location pure storage Pure Accelerate

Pure Accelerate: The Future is Now

As we have watched the flash storage industry evolve over the past several years, vendors tend to follow one of two different approaches. The first approach is often one that tries to time the market and figure out when to make the transition. This approach tends to involve tiers of storage infrastructure, where more emergent technologies are more expensive and targeted at higher value workloads, while the established technologies are delivered to the masses. As time goes on, technology vendors figure out how to balance the transition. And we in the industry debate things like the cost benefit tradeoffs of the different options.

Topics: Storage flash storage Pure artificial intelligence NVMe All-Flash Array Pure Accelerate NVIDIA

Talking IT Evolution (ESG 360 Video Series)

In this discussion, Steve Duplessie and I consider the dramatic shifts that have occurred in the nature of IT in the last few years. What was once an industry dominated by technology - its attributes, shortfalls and specializations - has shifted to one where the outcome is king. As entire organizations have digitized, so the internal lines-of-business are increasingly the decision makers. IT, and its foundational technologies, is demonstrably more important than ever, but it serves horizontally as opposed to being master of a vertical domain.  

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure IT Transformation ESG 360 Video Series

At .NEXT Nutanix Adds App & System Visibility to its Infrastructure-invisibility Foundations (video)

Intriguingly located just down the New Orleans Convention Center hallways from a cannabis-growers conference that was also called ‘Next,’ Nutanix just held its user and partner event. What were the folks at the Nutanix .NEXT event ‘smoking!?' This year it was a heady mixture of (to borrow the company’s theme) “freedoms” – not just in terms of infrastructure and on-premises IT, but also in terms of a hybrid multi-cloud world…and even personal progress.

Topics: Storage nutanix Nutanix .Next

Taking Dell's Marketing to the Market - More From DTW (video)

As mentioned in my first blog reviewing the key takeaways from Dell Technology World (DTW), there was so much to cover that we decided to split our customary "ESG On Location" video into two parts. The first one covered some of the key technologies and announcements that were made at DTW, together with some overall insights about the event and the company

Topics: Storage Dell Technologies World