ESG Brief: Flash Storage: Growth, Acceptance, and the Rise of NVMe


Solid-state storage (that’s invariably flash today) continues to be adopted across IT, delivering not only performance benefits, but also other key data center benefits such as reliability, cost per I/O, and TCO savings. In terms of the overall storage environment, however, flash still has room to grow, as storage decision makers currently perceive that solid-state-level performance is only required by a subset of their workloads. Looking ahead, the industry is anticipating NVMe-based solid-state implementations, with the expectation that these new storage offerings will overtake not only the more traditional solid-state… but possibly even the larger storage networks themselves.

Topics: Storage flash solid state storage

ESG Brief: Multi-cloud Strategies Are on the Rise


ESG has found that a significant number of companies are already using public cloud infrastructure services, and that a wave-like shift of workloads to public cloud is already occurring. How are organizations approaching their public cloud infrastructure strategies in terms of the number of providers with which they partner, and do they see these services simply augmenting existing on-premises environments or as a means of revolutionizing them?

Topics: Multi-Cloud Systems Management Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Brief: 2017 Storage Trends: Challenges and Spending


ESG recently completed a detailed research study into the state of the enterprise storage industry, and the results reveal an industry attempting to find balance in a “hybrid-cloud-defined” IT industry. Not surprisingly, on-premises storage infrastructure deployments continue to face pressure from the rising adoption of public cloud services. However, could storage innovations—such as flash, software-defined storage, and object storage—as well as converged infrastructures that can deliver substantial benefits, entice more IT decision makers to keep workloads on-premises?

Topics: Storage cloud IT Spending Intentions

ESG Brief: Is a VM-specific Approach to Backup and Recovery Still Necessary in 2017?


For the past several years, ESG has monitored the trend of adopting VM-specific technologies for backup and recovery versus a “unified” solution that protects both physical and virtual servers. This recap of recent ESG research examines the question of whether today’s organizations are using a unified solution or a VM-specific solution for their virtual environments—and what those organizations expect to do moving forward.

Topics: Cloud Computing Data Protection Virtualization Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Brief: Cloud and Systems Management Buying Preferences


While hybrid cloud strategies continue to gain momentum, to date, there has been limited understanding of the buying preferences of companies considering hybrid cloud. Specifically, what do IT decision makers want when it comes to how on-premises infrastructure and/or systems management vendors fit their hybrid cloud objectives?

Topics: Systems Management Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Brief: Is Microsoft Losing Its Corporate Browser Edge?


The web browser is perhaps one of the most used but often overlooked applications inside the business. Through the browser, employees access applications, view data, and collaborate, while IT has to secure the environment and ensure an optimal experience. Thus, as ESG researched web browser usage, it was compelling to discover indicators that could put Microsoft at risk and propel Google into the enterprise.

Topics: Enterprise Mobility

ESG Brief: Cloud Increases Systems Management Complexity and Capability


The continued rise in the use of public cloud infrastructure services has not been accompanied by an equivalent rise in systems management capabilities to support managing those services. As companies extend their on-premises infrastructure to the off-premises cloud world, the need for them to understand the systems management capabilities and challenges has become critical.

Topics: Systems Management Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Research Report: Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations in Transition


Given an increasing focus on security analytics and operations, ESG initiated a primary research project in early 2017 to assess the state of the market. In pursuit of this goal, ESG surveyed 412 IT and information security professionals representing large mid-market (500 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations in North America and Western Europe. Respondents surveyed for this project had intimate knowledge and direct involvement in their organizations’ security analytics and operations people, processes, and technologies.

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Topics: Cybersecurity SOAPA

ESG Brief: What Should an Archival Solution Look Like in 2017?


Gone are the days when “archive must equal tape” (and vice versa); also gone is the noisy confusion between “archive” and “backup.” This brief offers a deeper look at the considerations and subsequent requirements driving archiving solution strategies and outcomes.

Topics: Data Protection

ESG Brief: Applications Help to Define Hybrid Cloud


Hybrid cloud is becoming the leading cloud strategy for most organizations and the focus for vendors in the cloud management space. But the term hybrid cloud has not been well defined yet. How do IT decision makers and practitioners view hybrid cloud and how can vendors tailor their solutions and messaging to address these needs?

Topics: Converged Infrastructure