In order to assess the current state and future direction of the data storage technology market, ESG recently surveyed 373 North American-based IT and data storage professionals representing midmarket (100 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations. All respondents were personally responsible for evaluating, purchasing, and managing data storage technology for their organization and were familiar with their organization’s data storage environment and/or strategy—including topics such as storage technology types in use, current storage challenges, and forward-looking data storage plans.
ESG surveyed 375 North American IT professionals representing midmarket (100 to 999 employees) and enterprise- class (1,000 employees or more) organizations in order to explore the business and IT requirements driving modern data protection strategies, the influencers and stakeholders within their organizations, and the implementation details of their existing and preferred data protection strategies. All respondents were responsible for and/or familiar with their organization’s data protection infrastructure, processes, and strategy, and were required to have purchase decision authority or influence.
In order to explore cyber supply chain security practices and challenges further, ESG surveyed 303 IT and information security professionals representing large midmarket (500 to 999 employees) organizations and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations in the United States within vertical industries designated as critical infrastructure by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). All respondents were familiar with/responsible for their organization’s information security policies and procedures, especially with respect to the procurement of IT products and services. Respondents also had to be familiar with cyber supply chain security as defined previously.
Virtualization, more specifically server virtualization, was pioneered by VMware and is now also offered through Microsoft Hyper-V, as well as open source and other mechanisms. Virtualization has truly changed how server infrastructure is delivered in a modern IT environment. As with any other fundamental IT transformation, when production resources are modernized, protection mechanisms must also evolve. As such, it is not surprising that increasing server virtualization usage and improving data backup and recovery have consistently been among the top five IT priorities for midmarket and enterprise organizations over the last several years, including 2015.
In order to get a more in-depth perspective on the strategies and technologies IT organizations are employing to protect their virtualized infrastructures, ESG gathered the data presented in this report as part of a broader research effort covering general data protection trends.
In order to assess how enterprise organizations are collecting, processing, analyzing, and operationalizing their threat intelligence programs, ESG surveyed 304 IT and information security professionals representing enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations in North America. All respondents were involved in the planning, implementation, and/or daily operations of their organization’s threat intelligence program, processes, or technologies.
In order to determine the IT priorities and challenges when it comes to supporting the technology requirements of remote office/branch office (ROBO) locations, and how organizations plan to address those challenges, ESG recently surveyed 347 North American senior IT professionals representing midmarket (100 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations. All respondents worked at headquarters locations or other centralized corporate sites and were responsible for ROBO IT operations and/or strategy, including the delivery of IT services to these locations, authorization of expenditures, and establishment and enforcement of corporate IT policies for remote/branch offices. Respondent organizations were required to have at least two ROBO locations to qualify for the survey.
ESG conducted an in-depth survey of 326 IT professionals and application developers to understand their current or anticipated usage of platform-as-a-service (PaaS) products. Survey participants were either senior developers or IT managers and represented mostly midmarket and larger organizations in North America (United States and Canada).
In order to understand organizations’ usage of or interest in platform-as-a-service solutions, ESG recently surveyed 326 IT professionals and application developers representing small (50 to 99 employees), midmarket (100 to 999 employees), and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations in North America. All respondents were personally responsible for evaluating and/or selecting software application development and deployment tools for their organization.
In order to accurately assess organizations’ preferences toward data protection appliances—those devices (physical or virtual) that were specifically designed to deliver or enhance data protection scenarios—ESG surveyed 299 IT professionals representing midmarket organizations (defined as organizations with 100 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class organizations (defined as organizations with 1,000 or more employees) in North America. All respondents were responsible for data protection technology purchase decisions at their organizations.
The objective for this research project was to get direct insights into what senior IT executives—with specific responsibility for their organizations’ data storage infrastructures—in North America think about a number of “next-generation” storage technologies. ESG leveraged a purely qualitative approach, which entailed hour-long interviews conducted solely by the authors of this paper. While qualitative work is more time-consuming and—at times—delicate in order to ensure that questions are posed fairly and without bias (and that the inevitable discussions are equally balanced), the genuine and considered insights that can be gleaned from it are extremely valuable.