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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?
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…
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.
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.
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.