• February 11, 2016

    PTC Sees the Future of IoT Through Augmented Reality Lenses

    PTC’s ThingEvent in Boston revealed how its Vuforia platform will be used to integrate augmented reality (AR) into broader IoT initiatives for industrial and enterprise customers. AR has the potential to act as a conduit between the digital and physical worlds, and demonstrates that IoT initiatives are truly the convergence of a number of emerging technologies. A string of software and platform acquisitions (including Vuforia) over the past two years has positioned PTC as a leader in the emerging IoT ecosystem and has created a set of assets to increasingly provide enterprises with the puzzle pieces with which to construct industrial IoT solutions.

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  • February 10, 2016

    Cybersecurity Skills Shortage: A State of Emergency

    ESG has been researching, writing about, and addressing the cybersecurity skills shortage for a number of years. Unfortunately, this situation continues to deteriorate. In a disquieting development, nearly half of organizations now claim to have a problematic shortage of cybersecurity skills. Additionally, a vast majority of organizations acknowledge that it is difficult to recruit and hire cybersecurity talent. ESG believes that this trend represents a national security risk demanding a comprehensive strategy from national governments. 

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  • February 1, 2016

    Data Protection Considerations for Converged and Hyperconverged Systems

    “When you modernize production, you must modernize protection.” That claim is true in most IT transformational discussions. But it’s especially true when you’re trying to determine how your data protection strategies and methods should evolve as you embrace converged and hyperconverged (C/HC) systems.

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  • January 12, 2016

    Plan for Hybrid Data Protection Media

    Primary and secondary storage requirements are growing at around 40% year over year, which can make a “disk-only” protection strategy economically unfeasible these days. For that reason, just as you should plan for a hybrid approach to data protection that includes backup, archiving, snapshots, and replication—you should also plan for a hybrid data protection media strategy. 


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  • December 9, 2015

    Arista Cloud Connect

    Arista Networks recently announced Cloud Connect, an interconnect solution for spine switches between data centers. This includes (1) Spine Transit: a long-haul optical Coherent DWDM, 6-port 100G line card with integrated MACsec encryption for the Arista 7500E Spine switches; (2) Spine Interconnect: VXLAN-based Layer 2 service extension between sites; and (3) Spine Peering: Arista EOS support for full Internet routes. Arista’s approach of extending its traditional VXLAN approach to inter-data center connectivity will create a smooth path for existing Arista EOS users. Arista customers can benefit from guidance on the specific use cases where features such as selective route download (SRD) apply to their workloads.

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  • December 2, 2015

    Cisco APIC-EM

    Cisco made Application Policy Infrastructure Controller Enterprise Module (APIC-EM) generally available on November 3rd, 2015. It is an SDN controller that supports apps that make WAN and access networks easier to deploy and manage. Cisco’s focus on a low-risk, incremental approach to adopting SDN will appeal to its user-base. Cisco needs to describe the policy control capabilities benefits of APIC-EM, and also highlight its power as a platform and its ability to distinguish apps from point solution offerings from many other companies with competitive features.

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  • November 30, 2015

    Brocade: Meeting the New IP Initiative for Enterprises

    Brocade has announced the Open Mobility solutions program and the SDN Controller 2.0 recently. Do these announcements support Brocade’s New IP initiative? They do meet the four criteria of openness, software-driven innovation, a user-centric ecosystem, and a customer-centric focus, as Brocade established for the initiative. Brocade can offer more clarity by tying New IP concepts closely to upcoming launches and offer transparency on how new solutions and products support this initiative. 

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  • November 18, 2015

    PLUMgrid CloudApex

    PLUMgrid, a provider of software-defined networking for OpenStack, recently announced the availability of CloudApex, an SDN visualization and monitoring platform for its overlay network virtualization system PLUMgrid Open Networking Suite (ONS). PLUMgrid’s focus on usability for operators will help address a gap by providing an easy-to-use management console for OpenStack networking operators. Since it is still in technical preview stage, PLUMgrid can benefit by evolving its user interface through usability testing, but this user interface already helps to demonstrate the benefits of its IO Visor technology in a highly consumable manner.

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  • November 17, 2015

    Dell-EMC Customer Sentiment Analysis

    ESG recently surveyed 202 senior IT decision makers at organizations that currently purchase from Dell and/or EMC Federation companies. This research found that customers are overwhelmingly positive about the possibility of a combined Dell-EMC, with 75% of respondents indicating that they view this pending merger of tech titans as a positive development for their firm. 

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  • November 16, 2015

    Object Storage Trends

    Under pressure resulting from years (and in some cases decades) of digital capacity growth, many IT organizations are seeking alternatives to manage unstructured data volumes. ESG research reveals that in many cases, IT organizations are looking toward object storage solutions as a potential remedy. What expected benefits are driving this interest and how do organizations expect object storage to impact NAS storage footprints? 

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