ESG Brief: A Data Center Revolution in Storage Technology

Abstract:

The storage technology landscape has evolved dramatically over the past few years. Data centers once dominated by SAN and NAS arrays now include all-flash arrays, software-defined storage, and even hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) technology. The introductions of these new technologies have fundamentally altered the storage technology landscape, changing the makeup of the data center, as well as the organizational structure and/or flexibility of the IT staffing. And these shifts may just be the early signs of the revolution in storage, as it moves away from multiple isolated technologies each with its own expert to fewer, more powerful, and automated technologies.

Topics: Storage Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Brief: Impact of Cloud Computing on the Network

Abstract:

Cloud computing has made a significant impact on IT. How and where organizations consume, build, and run critical business applications have changed dramatically. As more organizations turn to cloud computing, ESG sought to understand what kind of an impact this transition has had on the network, with specific regard to short-term spending and long-term strategy decisions.

Topics: Networking Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Brief: The Role of Endpoint Detection and Response in Improving Endpoint Security Posture

Abstract:

As cyberthreats increase in frequency and complexity, it becomes more of a strategic imperative for businesses to strengthen their endpoint security postures. Many organizations do so by supplementing traditional antivirus (AV) products with layered preventative and endpoint detection and response (EDR) controls. The desired outcomes of employing additional controls are to improve both threat detection efficacy and the operational efficiency of managing endpoint security solutions and responding to incidents. To realize greater efficiencies, many organizations are adopting endpoint security-as-a-service (SECaaS) and managed endpoint security services to mitigate threats and close the cybersecurity talent gap.

Topics: Cybersecurity Security

ESG Brief: Impact of Cloud-first IT on Enterprise Mobility

Abstract:

A cloud-first approach can have economic and operational benefits for businesses, but the policy also comes with responsibilities to protect applications and users. The challenge for IT is to get in front of this cloud-first trend with identity and access management strategies, security processes, and monitoring investments that will embrace cloud consumption models with confidence.

Topics: Enterprise Mobility Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Brief: Convergence and Storage: Competition or Coexistence?

Abstract:

The growing adoption of converged and hyperconverged IT infrastructure is having a significant impact on traditional storage systems and the professionals who support and manage them. These solutions are likelier to be deployed in more complex—or at least diverse—storage environments, and are increasingly used to support existing workloads rather than just net-new applications. At the same time, storage specialists are losing their grip on the authority to decide what storage is used in CI/HCI implementations. While the full extent of change toward a more converged IT infrastructure has likely not yet occurred, nonetheless for storage specialists, the writing appears to be on the (data center) wall.

Topics: Storage Converged Infrastructure

ESG Brief: Reliable Virtualization Protection Continues to Elude Many Organizations

Abstract:

Protecting and recovering VMs can be daunting, especially when trying to meet stringent service level agreements for availability/uptime. Backup and recovery software is supposed to make the job easier, but it often doesn’t. At least the root of the problem is apparent—unreliable virtualization protection boils down to a failure by IT departments to modernize their IT protection environments when they modernize their IT production environments.

Topics: Data Protection Cloud Platforms & Services