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.
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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?
I've been thinking about the internet of things (IoT) for a while, but am only now finally starting to grasp the magnitude of what is going to happen - in short, everything (literally) is going to change. Everything.
An exceptional desktop virtualization end-user experience is essential to the success of such projects, and is more challenging than ever before. The VSPEX reference architecture using EMC XtremIO and Brocade networking is designed to eliminate planning and configuration burdens and deliver in a big way on both IT and end-user requirements.
This ESG Lab Validation report documents the hands-on testing and validation of the HP ProLiant DL560 Gen8 Server. Testing was designed to confirm the performance scalability, improved consolidation levels, and manageability that can be achieved when leveraging the server in virtualized, mission-critical database environments with Microsoft SQL Server 2014.
TechEd 2014 will be looked back on as an important point in time for Microsoft. If you are an avid follower of Microsoft or viewed TechEd from the sidelines, it was clear that Microsoft is charging hard toward a cloud-first and mobile-first strategy.
Virtual desktop environments can present one of the most challenging workloads an infrastructure must deal with. Random, shifting I/O and bottlenecks in the storage domain will have a significant impact on performance. Delivering an exceptional user experience is essential to the success of desktop virtualization deployments because users are becoming conditioned to the performance of flash drives in their business and personal computers. Users demand performance equal to or better than what they already have.
This document outlines a tested reference architecture for ioVDI with VMware Horizon View desktop virtualization for organizations of all sizes. Included in this document are results of scalability, performance, and manageability tests that were validated by the ESG Lab.
I am headed off to attend Citrix Synergy and Microsoft TechEd with a sharp focus on these five topics.
Central management and migration across a multitude of form factors is critical.
Could mean security woes and bad news for Microsoft while opening creative opportunities for security vendors and service providers.
M&A activity foretells industry direction and new competitive segment.
Active debate with many remaining questions, but this option may impact the endpoint security market as we know it.
VMware’s much heralded “Virtual SAN”—the hypervisor-managed provisioning of shared storage using pooled server storage capacity—is another line in the sand regarding the future of IT in general and storage in particular. VMware’s new product adds further clarity to the notion that convergence driven by software is a real direction—and a real choice—not only for the provisioning of business IT infrastructure, but also for the management of that infrastructure. While the functionality of the product still have room to grow, the simplicity and economy of Virtual SAN represents clear writing on the (software-defined data center) wall that traditional storage models are under threat.
The days of IT handing out a standard device across the company and maintaining a perimeter fence with known holes are fading fast. Employee preferences and modern applications are driving alternative device types while data security makes national news on a nightly basis these days. The opportunity to embrace alternative computing devices is massive and the requirement to simultaneously tighten policy and control is a must have for organization that are serious about their mobility efforts.
POS malware used for Target attack whistled past endpoint security.