Microsoft recently opened up its Office software suite to work with third-party vendors. This new attitude has heads nodding in approval, and industry-acknowledged power players Box, Citrix, Dropbox, and Salesforce are already on board. This fresh, expansive approach to doing business could not only be a boon for third-party vendors, but would also allow end-users and IT departments across the board to reap the benefits—one of which is enhancing workspace delivery models. Microsoft’s willingness to have others hop on the bandwagon could give the vendor a big competitive advantage in the nascent enterprise mobility market.
ESG research indicates that the corporate usage of public cloud computing continues to grow, including infrastructure (IaaS) and application development (PaaS) services. Being one of the first movers in these areas, it’s not surprising that Amazon Web Services is one of the most widely leveraged providers among current users, but how do these organizations view AWS as a long-term IT partner? And, perhaps more importantly, how have these sentiments manifested themselves in the form of budget shifts away from traditional IT vendors?
Since the administrations of George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, Washington politicians have pledged to address cyber-vulnerabilities within critical infrastructure industries. Has anything changed? Not really. The research conducted by ESG and presented in this brief reveals that critical infrastructure organizations continue to experience numerous security incidents and believe that the threat landscape is only getting worse. Furthermore, security professionals working at these organizations remain unclear about the U.S. government’s cybersecurity strategy. In spite of this confusion, critical infrastructure organizations believe that it’s time for Washington to get more involved in cybersecurity issues and create cybersecurity programs that offer real help.
These days, stakeholders other than traditional backup admins influence (or even dictate) data protection decisions and operations. Often, the situation arises because “general-purpose IT pros” actually do the lion’s share of day-to-day data protection work. Clearly, therefore, communication and collaboration within the IT organization should be getting more attention. And IT vendors selling protection technologies should be expanding their outreach efforts beyond pitching their products to backup admins alone.
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.
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.
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?
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.