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Application Development & Deployment Truths               The Bigger Truth Insecure About Security
Cloud Computing Truths               Big Data, the Universe, and Everything IT Artillery
Data Management & Analytics Truths               The Business of Storage IT Depends
Data Protection Truths               Channeling IT Liquefying IT
Information Security Truths               Decoding Development and Developers Technical Optimist
Networking Truths               ESG Lab Blog  
Storage Truths                  

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  • December 19, 2014

    Sony Baloney

    As an information security analyst, I’ve been following the cyber-attack details at Sony Pictures for some time now, just as I followed other events (i.e., Home Depot, JP Morgan Chase, Staples, UPS, etc.) earlier this year.

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  • December 17, 2014

    Cisco: See No EVO, Hear No EVO, Speak New Partnerships

    It hasn’t been lost on the IT vendor community and IT professionals that Cisco is absent from the VMware EVO:RAIL partner program. With all of the powerhouses participating in the program, you’d think that Cisco would jump right into the mix. Considering Cisco’s growth in the server market and the fact that it doesn’t currently have its own storage play, this opportunity appears to be ideal for Cisco. EVO:RAIL with VSAN would make perfect sense—or would it?

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  • December 16, 2014

    Software-defined Storage by Any Other Name

    We conduct quite a bit of research around here at ESG. While all of it helps provide us with insight into the challenges and needs of IT organizations, there is one project in particular, on the future of storage, that seems to come up in my recent conversations more often than the others. We conducted in-depth interviews with multiple IT leaders across a number of industries discussing their thoughts and impressions on a number of emerging technologies, such as the cloud, hyper-converged, and software-defined storage. There was one finding in particular that I wanted to discuss. The results relative to software-defined storage presented a unique paradox…

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  • December 16, 2014

    NAC Renaissance

    Remember NAC? Cisco first introduced the concept of Network Admission Control back around 2004. Back then, NAC’s primary role was checking the security status of PCs before granting them access to the network. This type of functionality was really in response to a wave of Internet worms in the early 2000s that were infecting and clogging up corporate networks.

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  • December 12, 2014

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

    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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  • December 11, 2014

    SaaS Backup ... Hunger Games style

    There is a great scene in the first Hunger Games movie where the 24 combatants are just about to start fighting. In front of them is a small stash of weapons. Some of the combatants charge toward the weapons, knowing that if they get one, they will gain a huge advantage—but if they don’t, they will be prime targets for being immediately “defeated.” Other combatants choose to ignore the premade weapons and run for the forest, presuming that they will be able to forage and somehow make a weapon themselves.

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  • December 11, 2014

    Cisco Acquires Neohapsis: A Sign of the Times

    Yesterday, Cisco Systems announced the acquisition of Neohapsis, a Chicago-based security consulting and services firm. Now Cisco’s forte is in moving bits from source to destination and inspecting packets to enforce security rules and policies. So why is an equipment manufacturer buying a cybersecurity body shop? Several reasons:

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  • December 9, 2014

    The Top 5 Opportunities for VMware EVO:RAIL Partners

    In a recent survey, ESG found that more than one-third of research respondents have deployed integrated computing platforms (ICPs). The results validate the idea that an alternative IT infrastructure consumption model other than DIY methods has tremendous value. What’s responsible for driving this trend? All three points of the iron triangle—improved economics, reduced time, and predictability.

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  • December 9, 2014

    Platform-as-a-service: 12 Questions Separating Market Leaders from Laggards

    The platform-as-a-service (PaaS) market got its start back in 2007 and it has taken 7 years for the last of the leading ISVs to deliver a product. Seven years is a long time. Apple launched the original iPhone back in 2007. It’s been said that until the iPhone, the only thing smart about a smartphone was you had to be smart in order to use one. Given the accelerating rate of change in the application development and deployment market, 7 years is almost an eternity.

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  • December 9, 2014

    Cybersecurity Skills Shortage Panic in 2015?

    As part of its annual IT spending intentions research, ESG asks IT professionals around the world to identify areas where they have a problematic shortage of IT skills. Over the past three years, information security skills topped this list. In 2014, 25% of all surveyed organizations said they had a problematic shortage of infosec skills.

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