A majority of organizations plan to increase spending on the applications, services, and infrastructure underlying big data initiatives, especially those larger in size and affiliated with the retail and health care verticals. This may be attributable to the fact that not only are many organizations that have been experimenting with big data pilot projects now moving into full-scale enterprise deployments, but also those more conservative organizations that have been waiting for more market maturity are now confident enough to proceed with their own initiatives.
Nearly half of the Western European IT organizations surveyed by ESG report that they’ve put restrictions in place prohibiting the storage of information in U.S.-based data centers as a result of the NSA’s PRISM program. Organizations born in the digital era are more likely than their older counterparts to have introduced restrictions as a direct result of PRISM. What can U.S.-based cloud service providers do to assuage user concerns in regions—especially Europe—with more stringent data privacy regulations in the aftermath of the NSA spying scandal?
Emerging storage provider DataGravity introduces data-aware storage, providing a unique level of content insight capability unknown to the storage industry until now. The DataGravity Discovery Series storage solution endeavors to provide detailed, actionable insight with integrated discovery, search, and data governance capabilities, resulting in an evolved storage system capable of not only protecting content, but also understanding it.
A majority of organizations plan to increase spending on the software, services, and devices to enable mobile productivity among their employees in 2015. This is not surprising given the fact that most report at least one of their top IT priorities is mobility-related, including desktop virtualization and deploying applications specifically for mobile devices. It is also interesting to note the connection between formalized BYOD policies and the likelihood of increased enterprise mobility investment levels.
Software-defined storage (SDS) fuels a healthy, sometimes contentious, level of debate across the IT industry. The technology appears to be equal parts reality and hype, equal parts gimmick and disruptive game changer. Multiple solutions leverage the term software-defined storage, each providing different levels of capability and targeting different use cases. One common theme, however, is hardware abstraction, delivering storage capability as software and providing the ability to leverage a variety of hardware. As different solutions offer different levels of software functionality, the vast majority of the conversation focuses on what that capability should look like and ultimately what the definition of software-defined storage is. Software abstraction, however, will likely also have a profound effect on the future of storage hardware development. Despite SDS discussions blindly referencing the term “commodity” when discussing hardware, hardware differentiation opportunities are available for SDS solutions.
Software AG began rebranding its middleware products as a Digital Business Platform in the fall of 2014. The impetus for this grew out of recent acquisitions, including Terracotta and Apama, and the recognition that enterprise IT needs are evolving due to advances in technology. These acquisitions provide Software AG with complete platform-level support for data, events, decisioning, and process, and enable the company to effectively address new types of applications focused around real-time operations. Now that mobility has raised the bar on systems of engagement, new machine to human and machine to machine interaction patterns are becoming a focal point for application development. Developing applications to support these new interaction patterns requires a platform that provides development and runtime support for data, events, decisioning, and process. Developmental agility to reduce time to market and high-performance services are also expected. Software AG, with its Digital Business Platform, is well positioned to support these emerging business- and mission-critical enterprise needs.
Two particularly interesting data points from ESG’s 2015 IT Spending Intentions Survey tell a story that is grounded in two important realities related to what is driving data protection modernization.
At a recent Analyst Day in San Francisco, Cloudera all but declared the company’s dominance of the core Hadoop distribution market. The case was made around three measures of success, namely:
A majority of organizations plan to increase information security spending this year—especially in industries such as retail, transportation/logistics, manufacturing, and communications & media. These budget increases make sense as business and IT executives come to terms with the dangerous threat landscape and persistent wave of highly-publicized data breaches. Rather than a minor spending correction, ESG believes that these changes will last several years as organizations modernize their security defenses, improve infosec oversight and analytics, and adopt internal security controls and processes to accommodate cloud and mobile computing.
Endpoint security has grown more difficult, driven by new types of multi-dimensional threats. This changes everything—CISOs are being forced to implement additional endpoint security controls, collect endpoint forensic data, integrate endpoint and network security defenses, and dig deeper into endpoint security analytics. Given this transition, many organizations no longer have ample resources or the right skills for endpoint security, prompting CISOs to offload some or all endpoint security tasks to service providers. ESG research illustrates growing demand for endpoint security services and discusses the implications for enterprise organizations, endpoint technology vendors, and service providers.