Lots has been written recently on the topic of DevOps. Most of the growing interest in DevOps is simply a result of the evolution in technology and products that is enabling the industry to fulfill the DevOps agenda. Open source, open governance, and de facto standards are all playing important roles in the development of DevOps. Because of how DevOps is evolving, there is now an interesting opportunity for PaaS vendors to define a meaningful and differentiated agenda for PaaS. This brief looks at some of the key changes going on in DevOps, examines what the DevOps roadmap could look like, and suggests how vendors can leverage these DevOps opportunities.
With the volume of corporate content increasing at a staggering rate, organizations are being challenged with not only managing that content, but also ensuring compliance with government and industry regulations. Adding to this challenge is the fact that numerous content repositories (or silos) are also popping up within organizations—but with no centralized means of managing them. So, between organizing and managing content on multiple repositories and securing this uber content over multiple platforms, IT has their work cut out for them.
The options seem limited. Traditional heavyweight enterprise content management systems (ECMs) are complex to deploy and use, not to mention expensive to maintain. On the other hand, enterprise file sync and share systems (EFSS) are simple to deploy and use, but fairly lightweight when it comes to functionality over and above file sharing and collaboration. Add the security factor, and organizations are facing a conundrum across the board: How can we manage content simply, smartly, and securely, and in compliance with regulations?
A provider of modern ECM and business process management (BPM) software, Alfresco is positioning itself as “simple for users, smart for IT, and secure for business.” Over ten years old, the company’s goal is to disrupt traditional ECM with an easy and secure means of content management across multiple deployment models of the same platform—on-premises, cloud, hybrid, and mobile. If that proves to be the case, Alfresco could have a significant advantage over traditional solutions in the content management market.
Endpoint security is getting more difficult as organizations struggle to manage, secure, and inventory their devices. IT security professionals are expected to support bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and mobility initiatives, but the realities of implementing those initiatives at scale can be overwhelmingly complex. Organizations seeking to improve their operational efficiency when it comes to endpoint management and security may want to investigate Tanium, a security vendor that can help organizations manage and secure endpoints in a variety of ways.
FireEye recently unveiled an expanded endpoint threat protection platform that includes the prevention of endpoint attacks. FireEye has ridden a tremendous amount of momentum in security investigation, endpoint forensics, and professional services, yet endpoint protection has not been considered a foundational strength. This offering should change that perception by positioning FireEye as a more holistic endpoint security provider for organizations—before, during, and after a cyber-attack.
The Group-based Policy (GBP) project is an evolving open source project that is beginning to influence commercial products. Inspired by concepts from Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure, the project was designed for OpenStack and OpenDaylight to provide infrastructure policy and has emerged as a platform that can become a foundation for commercial products for policy-based networking, as well as other areas, such as service chaining. GBP’s generalized approach shows that it is not tied to any particular vendor and stands alone as an independent project with industry influence. GBP needs to continue accepting contributions from a variety of vendors and extending its reach.
With the burgeoning workplace mobility trend, and the pervasive requirements for file sharing and collaboration, organizations must provide employees with the necessary tools to stay productive and secure anywhere, at any time, and on any device. Since security is top of mind for IT, leaving employees to their own devices is not an option. Companies cannot take the chance of losing control of business-critical and sensitive data by having it compromised, corrupted, deleted, or worse. So while organizations are taking steps to find ways to embrace the ubiquitous “anywhere, anytime, any device,” mantra, cloud-based enterprise file sharing still has enterprises wary.
Varonis, a provider of software solutions for unstructured, human-generated enterprise data, appears to be taking on the ever-present security issue in the growing file sharing and collaboration movement. With DatAnywhere, the Varonis alternative to a cloud-based enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) solution, the vendor says it is transforming the corporate infrastructure into a secure cloud-like file synchronization platform. If this is the case, it could give Varonis a competitive advantage over entirely cloud-based solutions.
Pure Storage recently unveiled several new offerings aimed at maximizing the long-term value of solid-state. The announcement covered new enhancements to hardware, management, and support, along with a new business model, Evergreen Storage, seeking to extend the storage lifecycle and ease the pain of storage ownership across multiple generations. With a new hardware architecture designed for modularity, FlashArray//m, Pure looks committed to focusing on a longer lifecycle for storage. Finally, Pure offers a new management and support platform, Pure1, for a collaborative and analytical approach to storage management and support. It seems that Pure’s intention is for these three new announcements to work in concert, extending the value of solid-state beyond the simple array specs and elevating the solid-state conversation to a more strategic level within the IT ecosystem.
Evaluating and acquiring data protection technologies has historically been a channel-driven (or at least channel-accelerated) activity and means to market. But recent ESG research on role diversification within IT organizations revealed lackluster involvement by VARs and SIs in regard to data protection—and diminished confidence among end-user organizations in the ability of their VARs and SIs to discuss data protection alternatives meaningfully. This brief explores those sentiments and offers initial guidance on how data protection vendors can help their channel partners be more profitable and differentiable.
Software has always been a critical part of networking infrastructure (being found in hardware devices and virtual appliances), and its importance has continued to grow with the advent of software-defined networking. Yet debates on the type of network processing hardware (ASICs versus merchant silicon) draw a disproportionate amount of attention. A clear understanding of where the hardware matters and where the software matters will provide clarity on how to make purchase decisions. ESG recommends that customers evaluate their devices in a holistic manner that includes reviewing the software capabilities in addition to the core hardware capabilities. The networking vendors need to provide clear metrics on their software capabilities, quantified if possible.
As employees demand the flexibility of working anywhere, at any time, and on any device, IT is often forced to respond with appropriate support and investment. This trend is reflected in recent ESG research that reveals both an emphasis on mobility spending and support for bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs in the enterprise. And these efforts are yielding tangible results: Those organizations that have implemented formal BYOD policies are much more likely to see increased productivity among their employees and reduced support calls.