This ESG Lab Validation report documents hands-on testing and validation of the Pure Storage FlashArray//m storage system. The goal of the report is to prove that tier-1 application workloads such as desktop virtualization, databases, and e-mail can be run on a shared, consolidated storage array without compromising service levels, while delivering consistent sub-millisecond response times. A 5,000-user enterprise was simulated to validate this premise, running on a single all-flash storage array. In addition, failure scenarios were introduced to test resiliency.
In this ESG Video Capsule, ESG Senior Analyst Mark Bowker reviews IT's transformation from PC (personal computing) to PCS (Productivity, Communication, & Security).
From a user’s perspective, a workspace is a window into an environment that includes all the necessary tools and information for performing her job. In some sense, this is akin to the consumer view of an app store, but there is more to the story in a business setting. We covered the details of Supporting Enterprise Mobility: How to Create a Workspace in a previous blog and discussed the options IT has to create Supporting Enterprise Mobility: Cloud Assembled Workspaces. Let’s cover two of the key ingredients that a user should expect:
In my recently posted blog, Supporting Enterprise Mobility: Cloud Assembled Workspaces, I touched upon how IT vendors are taking the ingredients that include multiple delivery models, identity and access management controls, device management, and granular persona management to create policies and assemble workspaces for end-users. The idea can be compared to how we interact with our TVs today via smart TVs (or TV add-ons like Roke and Apple TV).
The demands of mobile are driving change at an incredible pace inside businesses. As a result, IT organizations are tasked to deliver applications securely and without compromising the end-user experience. It’s also extremely likely that all the applications are not neatly lined up in a row inside the data center, ready to be broadcast out to a variety of devices. The reality is that applications are going to be hosted and executed from a variety of locations—some corporate-owned and some publically hosted. This very real scenario creates a bit of a dilemma for IT.
This ESG Lab Validation report documents the hands-on testing and validation of the HP ConvergedSystem 200-HC StoreVirtual hyper-converged appliance. The report highlights the ability of the CS 200-HC StoreVirtual to meet the workload, budgeting, and mobility needs of the business. Special attention will be paid to ease of deployment, manageability, efficiency, high availability, recoverability, and scalability.
ESG Lab Analyst Kerry Dolan discusses ESG's recent testing of Dell Foglight for Citrix XenDesktop.
In my previous blog, What’s a Workspace?, I helped put some structure around workspaces and highlighted the key attributes. Now that we have a better understanding of what goes into a workspace and provisioning based on identity, we turn our focus to creating a workspace.
The user should be at the nucleolus of a mobility strategy. In the past, we have really managed everything from a device perspective, but with the onslaught of businesses embracing mobility to enhance their employee productivity, the swing toward putting the user at the center of the workspace is upon us.
In this ESG Video Capsule, ESG Senior Analyst Mark Bowker reviews the parameters of a workspace, which is comprised of a set of applications, communication tools, and policy based on an employee’s role and responsibilities.
We are all aware of the PC era when desktop computing made massive waves inside businesses and truly transformed the way employees worked. Today, we are headed into a very similar situation with mobility as it relates to new devices, new roles, and an interesting balance between corporate and personal computing. The days of being tethered to a desktop or laptop are rapidly changing. Heightened awareness concerning security, the many threat vectors being injected into every instantiation of the corporate computing environment, and the opportunities to unleash the potential inside smartphones and tablets are fascinating subjects.
ESG has been tracking cloud-delivered desktop and applications closely and while we don’t see businesses making massive shifts to this delivery model, it certainly has its benefits...
Here are some topics ESG will be monitoring closely this week at Citrix Synergy.
Larry Ellison and Oracle have EMC’s VCE and Cisco’s UCS square in the crosshairs. The question is, can Ellison's “highest performance, lowest purchase price” converged infrastructure value proposition be enough to sway IT buyers to adopt Oracle’s Virtualized Computing Appliance (VCA)?
Endpoint security is a fast-paced, dynamic market right now. The amount of funding, M&A, and general product development is moving at what can feel like a blurring speed, and separating the facts from the marketing language can be a challenge.
In order to assess IT spending priorities over the next 12-18 months, ESG recently surveyed 601 IT professionals representing midmarket (100 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations in North America and Western Europe. All respondents were personally responsible for or familiar with their organizations’ 2014 IT spending as well as their 2015 IT budget and spending plans at either an entire organization level or at a business unit/division/branch level.
ESG Founder and Senior Analyst Steve Duplessie interviews Senior Analyst Mark Bowker on his 2015 predictions for the Cloud and IT Transformation segment.
Citrix recently acquired software-defined storage from Sanbolic and teamed up with technology partners, including global technology leader HP, to announce a new converged infrastructure solution line up targeted at simplifying and streamlining the deployment of mobile workspaces. These pre-engineered offerings include integrated compute, storage, and networking in converged “pods,” which have the ability to reduce the time, cost, and complexity of delivering applications and virtual desktops to end-users. The converged infrastructure appliances will be available in three offerings, which focus on differently sized deployments—from small to mid-sized to large organizations. While reducing the cost and complexity of application delivery and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployments, this new solution also adds sophisticated new storage capabilities and positions Citrix side-by-side among the converged infrastructure players in the mobile workspace arena today—as long as Citrix can provide the architectural differentiation, economic advantages, and go-to-market awareness and execution to get prospective customers on board.
To reduce IT complexity while catering to the tractability of a flexible, self-service approach demanded by end-users, the IT industry requires a unified approach that aggregates delivery models, centralizes management and security, and supports a wide variety of endpoint devices. ESG defines this unified approach as Workplace Delivery Platform.
Though current delivery models fall short of this business demand, a growing number of vendors have stated their intentions to innovate workplace delivery platforms that focus on the management and support of various delivery models and devices.
This report addresses:
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?