Data Management & Analytics

  • blogs
    Feb 26, 2015

    Strata + Hadoop World = Big Data x Innovation

    The recent Strata + Hadoop World show in San Jose was again a fascinating cross-section of the larger big data and analytics market space. Watch our "man on the scene" video or read on below for some quick highlights. Note: the one-side flared collar is a fashion fad you saw here first!

  • blogs
    Feb 26, 2015

    Instart Logic Use of Optimization to Disrupt the CDN Market

    The content delivery network (CDN) market largely appears to be a mature market that is dominated by Akamai due to the market’s apparent affinity for a high degree of physical network infrastructure and caching to minimize the impact of last mile issues. It’s therefore surprising to see the degree of attention focused on Instart Logic by some of Silicon Valley’s leading entrepreneurs and VCs. Instart Logic is a west coast application delivery startup with funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Sutter Hill Ventures, Tenaya Capital, and several notable Silicon Valley angel investors. This is the A-team when it comes to investors and a group whose attention is not easy to attract.

  • research reports
    Feb 24, 2015

    2015 IT Spending Intentions Survey

    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.

  • blogs
    Feb 24, 2015

    TDWI Gets Fresh

    I'm a "big data" guy, in the broadest, most aggressively futuristic sense of the term. So when Tom Davenport opened the TDWI keynote saying he doesn't like the Kardashians and he doesn't like the term "big data," I was alarmed. Was this going to be another grandpa-style lecture on how business intelligence and data warehousing didn't need any of them new-fangled gizmos? You know the spiel, "Back in my day we did analytics on the way to school, for 10 miles, uphill both ways, in the snow, without shoes, and we were happy to do it!" When he started on his history of decision support analytics, I began to wonder if there there any earlier flights available out of Las Vegas that day....

  • blogs
    Feb 23, 2015

    Big Data Deployment Trends (Part II)

    In my first post of this blog series on big data deployment models, I discussed some of the fundamental choices enterprises must make and shared a somewhat tongue-in-cheek flowchart to help people think about their options on how to host a new big data environment.

  • blogs
    Feb 19, 2015

    Organizing Principles for Optimization

    Optimization is surfacing more frequently in the applications and tools markets. I was recently speaking with a vendor who competes in the content delivery network (CDN) market about their optimization technology. Consequently, I started thinking about optimization, its role in decision analytics, and how it is applied.

  • blogs
    Feb 13, 2015

    Sorting the Big Data Hype from the Bigger Truth (Video)

     Here at ESG, we keep exploring the broader big data, business intelligence, and analytics market space. We do this because there is a lot of hype, FUD, and confusion out there.
  • lab reports
    Feb 11, 2015

    Quantum DXi6900 Deduplication Appliance, Powered by StorNext 5

    Agile, Intelligent Data Protection for Modern Data Centers

    This report examines Quantum’s DXi6900 deduplication disk backup appliance, powered by Quantum’s StorNext 5 data management technology, with a focus on how the DXi6900 fits into Quantum's broad and deep data protection portfolio. ESG Lab examined the performance, deduplication, replication, data availability, scalability, and encryption capabilities of the DXi6900. Additional testing included virtual machine backup and archiving with Quantum’s vmPRO, disaster recovery solutions with Quantum’s Scalar tape libraries and Q-Cloud services, management with Quantum Vision software,  and  integration with independent software vendor (ISV) offerings such as Symantec's NetBackup OpenStorage (OST) and Auto Image Replication (AIR).

  • blogs
    Feb 11, 2015

    Big Data 2015 Predictions: Right So Far!

    At the start of the year, about 6 weeks way back, I made a number of predictions about the big data, business intelligence, and analytics market. See my previous posts here, here, and here. While it may seem early to measure the results for the current year, from this collection of recent vendor announcements it sure looks like the accuracy will be proven out!

  • video
    Feb 6, 2015

    ESG 360: ESG 2015 Predictions - Data Management

    ESG Founder and Senior Analyst Steve Duplessie interviews Senior Analyst Nik Rouda on his 2015 predictions for the Data Management segment.

  • esg tech truths
    Feb 5, 2015

    ESG TechTruth: Apple + IBM = A Winning Enterprise Formula

    The Apple and IBM partnership is paying off in key industry verticals.

    In addition to announcing record revenues and profits, Apple’s recent Q1 2015 earnings call included an update on the firm’s mobile app development and analytics partnership with IBM. New ESG research finds that the alliance is resonating with customers: A considerable 30% of enterprise organizations say that the partnership will significantly accelerate their use of iOS devices and applications. This is especially true in key industry verticals (and traditional Big Blue bulwarks) highlighted by Apple CEO Tim Cook as the focus of initial app delivery, including retail and financial services. 

     

  • blogs
    Feb 5, 2015

    How to Choose the Right Big Data Infrastructure

    I get asked all the time about the "best" option for deploying big data. Most people are curious about the impact of choices between...

  • briefs
    Feb 4, 2015

    Cisco and IBM Create VersaStack Converged Infrastructure

    Long-time collaborators IBM and Cisco recently introduced a new converged infrastructure solution, VersaStack. Available through IBM and Cisco’s qualified business partners, this new solution focuses on making cloud, big data and analytics, and mobile deployments attainable and efficiently packaged for simplified deployment. This solution gives IBM and Cisco a unique advantage in the integrated full-stack market, as long as it can demonstrate the value of the B Series Blade Servers coupled to the strategic direction Cisco is headed in with ACI architectures, and Cisco Intercloud Fabric with IBM’s enterprise accounts.

  • blogs
    Feb 4, 2015

    Exciting Data Visualization: Understanding the Federal Budget

    Ok, I admit that examining the US Federal government's budget doesn't sound exciting. Unless you are a politics junkie, looking for a sound bite to get outraged around, no one wants to pore through a big spreadsheet of long line items. We pay our taxes, we grumble about it, and then we get back to doing something more pleasant.

  • blogs
    Feb 2, 2015

    Dell Debates Big Data in 1, 5, 10 Years

    Where will you be on Groundhog’s Day 2016? What about 2020 or 2025? Unless you are Bill Murray or Andie MacDowell, answering this question and predicting the future can be tricky stuff. Yet Dell recently called together some friends to attempt just this sort of long-range prognostication around big data. I was recently joined on a discussion panel by the brilliant Rebekah Iliff (Chief Strategist at AirPR), the ever-curious Jai Menon (Chief Research Officer at Dell), and the lovely Matt Wolken (VP and GM of Dell Software), and then again with a wider group of technologists for a bigger roundtable.

  • blogs
    Jan 23, 2015

    Oracle Re-engineers Big Boxes for the Data Center

    Announced at a live event at the Oracle headquarters this week was a complete overhaul of the company's high-end engineered systems for the data center. These pre-integrated appliances have always been big and fast, with a big starting price to match, so it wasn't surprising to see them get bigger and faster. The interesting bit was how they also got cheaper. Or offer more price/performance value, if you prefer the spin.

  • research reports
    Jan 13, 2015

    Enterprise Big Data, Business Intelligence, and Analytics Trends

    There is much confusion in the market about the current state of data initiatives, especially when it comes to the potential impact of big data on traditional business intelligence and analytics practices. Customers and vendors alike sense a sea-change in the industry as new approaches, technologies, and best practices are rapidly evolving today, but few can accurately assess the motivations, impacts, and implications of the shifts. ESG undertook a broad study to establish a baseline on various data initiatives and their relative maturity.

  • lab reports
    Jan 8, 2015

    ESG Lab First Look: Acaveo Smart Information Server: File Analytics for Your Unstructured Data

    This report provides a first look at the key features and functions of Smart Information Server, the latest technology from Acaveo that provides visibility and control over growing, unstructured datasets. 

  • blogs
    Jan 5, 2015

    Top Trend Predictions for Big Data in 2015 (Part III)

    One always feels a bit meta- when discussing analyst predictions about predictive analytics. This is part 3 in my continuing series of posts on what’s coming in 2015 for big data. If you missed the earlier ones, don’t worry, they are preserved for posterity here and here

  • blogs
    Jan 2, 2015

    Top Trend Predictions for Big Data in 2015 (Part II)

    Welcome back. If you missed Part I of the predictions, due to holidays and champagne, well, just clicky here. Else, read on to hear more about what is 100% guaranteed to happen in the world of big data this year.
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