ESG Research Report: Data Protection Cloud Strategies

Abstract:

ESG surveyed 370 North American IT professionals representing midmarket (100 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations in order to explore their perspectives on and preferences for the various uses of cloud-based services as part of data protection strategies. All respondents were IT professionals familiar with and/or responsible for data protection technology decisions for their organization, specifically around those data protection and production technologies that may leverage cloud services as part of the solution.

Topics: Data Protection

SDS: Hyperscale or Hyperconverged?

Abstract:

Excitement over software-defined storage (SDS) technology has created an interesting side effect; the term has been used so often and for such a wide variety of solutions that this excitement has also led to confusion. Currently, the term can refer to a myriad of different product types, each with its own set of benefits and considerations. While some storage vendors and industry experts have tried to define what SDS is, or more often what it isn’t, the fact is that many of the solutions leveraging the SDS qualifier offer value, albeit in different ways. This brief will focus on two different delivery models of SDS-based technologies that seek to replace traditional storage systems, hyperscale and hyperconverged, to help better understand the benefits and considerations.

Topics: Storage

SDS: Data Plane versus Control Plane

Abstract:

Excitement over software-defined storage (SDS) technology has created an interesting side effect; the term has been used so often and for such a wide variety of solutions that this enthusiasm has also led to confusion. Currently, the term SDS can refer to a myriad of different product types, each with its own set of benefits and considerations. While some storage vendors and industry experts have tried to define what SDS is, or more often what it isn’t, the fact is that many of the solutions leveraging the SDS qualifier offer value, albeit in different ways. This brief offers a primer for how to think about SDS and evaluate the various solutions.

Topics: Storage

SDS: Architecting a Unified Storage Control Plane

Abstract:

Excitement over software-defined storage (SDS) technology has created an interesting side effect; the term has been used so often and for such a wide variety of solutions that this enthusiasm has also led to confusion. Currently, the term SDS can refer to a myriad of different product types, each with its own set of benefits and considerations. While some storage vendors and industry experts have tried to define what SDS is, or more often what it isn’t, the fact is that many of the solutions leveraging the SDS qualifier offer value, albeit in different ways. This brief will focus on a segment of SDS-based technologies that serve primarily to consolidate and augment storage systems rather than replace them.

Topics: Storage

ESG/ISSA Research Report: Through the Eyes of Cyber Security Professionals: Annual Research Report (Part II)

Abstract:

Today’s cyber security professionals reside on the frontline of a perpetual battle, tasked with applying limited resources to outthink would be cyber-attackers and defend their organizations against everything from embarrassing website defacement through unseemly ransomware extortion to devastating data breaches. Alarmingly, cyber security professionals often accept this challenge knowing they are undermanned for the fight. According to ESG research, 46% of organizations claim to have a problematic shortage of cyber security skills.

Topics: Cybersecurity