Dan Conde

Dan Conde

Dan is an analyst covering distributed system technologies including cloud computing and enterprise networking. In this era of IT infrastructure transformation, Dan’s research focuses on the interactions of how and where workloads run, and how end-users and systems connect to each other. Cloud technologies are driving much of the changes in IT today. Dan’s coverage includes public cloud platforms, cloud and container orchestration systems, software-defined architectures and related management tools. Connectivity is important to link users and applications to new cloud based IT. Areas covered include data center, campus, wide-area and software-defined networking, network virtualization, storage networking, network security, internet/cloud networking and related monitoring & management tools. His experience in product management, marketing, professional services and software development provide a broad view into the needs of vendors and end-users.

Recent Posts by Dan Conde:

ESG Brief: The Role of SD-WAN in Network Modernization

Abstract:

SD-WAN is a rapidly evolving solution with providers from traditional branch router vendors, WAN optimization vendors, and specialist SD-WAN firms. With that in mind, ESG surveyed networking decision makers about their organization’s plans for or interest in the technology, as well as the factors fueling those considerations.

Topics: Networking software-defined SD-WAN

ESG Research Report: 2017 Public Cloud Computing Trends

Abstract:

In order to assess IT spending priorities over the next 12-18 months, ESG recently surveyed 641 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’ 2016 IT spending as well as their 2017 IT budget and spending plans at either an entire-organization level or at a business-unit/division/branch level. A subset of ESG’s questions in this survey focused on respondents’ usage of and plans for public cloud computing services.

Topics: Public Cloud Service

ESG Brief: xMatters’ Intelligent Communications: People Still Matter

Abstract:

xMatters recently introduced a new integration platform that connects its xMatters platform to partners via API integration. This broadens xMatters’ usefulness by enabling customers to integrate their ITSM processes with their DevOps and agile processes. The solution also enables interaction with xMatters within systems where people naturally spend their time—such as on Slack, HipChat, and Salesforce—which creates the right situational context for communication. To make these integrations succeed in practice, xMatters ought to roll out as many templates or cookbooks as possible, perhaps written as design guides or validated designs, to demonstrate the best practices for augmenting its existing prepackaged communication plans.

Topics: Networking Application Development & Deployment

ESG Brief: Google Stackdriver: A Modern Multi-cloud Monitoring System

Abstract:

Google Stackdriver, now generally available after its beta period, provides monitoring, logging, and diagnostics for both Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services. Google Cloud’s open approach to hybrid monitoring is a solid strategy for assisting organizations that use multiple cloud providers. Google’s vision of providing insights rather than data is crucial to managing systems at scale. Google needs to invest in adopting additional platforms and focus on user experience to make this tool relevant for many end-user organizations.

Topics: Networking

ESG Brief: Apcera: A Container Management Platform Built for Secure and Trustworthy Operations

Abstract:

Apcera provides a container management platform with an emphasis on security and trust applied to both cloud-native and legacy workloads. Its focus to run workloads across any infrastructure based on trust makes it suitable for production and distinguishes it from other modern application platforms. Trust comes from its use of policy and governance, which in turn reduces operating expenses and supports the realization of business IT goals. For enterprises to appreciate these advantages, they need to increase their focus on the business benefits this platform provides, such as reduced operating expenses and improved security, and avoid focusing solely on issues that concern the developer and DevOps communities. A balance is necessary as modern container-based applications are placed into production, or as legacy workloads are modernized to container-based applications.

Topics: Networking

ESG Research Report: Network Automation: Enabler of IT Process Goals

Abstract:

In order to assess how enterprise organizations are evaluating, deploying, and operationalizing their network automation systems, ESG surveyed 247 IT professionals representing enterprise-class (1,000 or more employees) and midmarket (100 to 999 employees) organizations in North America. All respondents were involved in evaluating, purchasing, and managing data center networking technologies for their organizations and organizations had to be using, planning to use, or interested in using network automation technology.

By using a broad definition of network automation, ESG sought to understand the underlying needs for automation as well as its benefits. ESG did not lead the respondents to a particular definition, but instead provided wide latitude in accepting their definitions within the limits provided.

Survey participants represented a wide range of industries, including financial services, manufacturing, business services, communications and media, and government. For more details, please see the Research Methodology and Respondent Demographics sections of this report.

Topics: Networking

ESG Brief: Amazon Web Services Usage Trends

Abstract:

ESG research indicates that the corporate usage of Amazon’s infrastructure (IaaS) and application development (PaaS) services continues to grow. But how do organizations view AWS as a long-term IT partner and, perhaps more importantly, how have these sentiments manifested themselves in the form of budget shifts away from traditional IT vendors?

Topics: Public Cloud Service

ESG Brief: Aryaka and Global App Access

Abstract:

Aryaka announced it has closed another record quarter in Q1 2016, with 120% year over year growth, bringing it to a total three consecutive quarters of over 100% growth. In that time, it has also increased its customer base to over 400 active customers. With its emphasis on cloud network access in addition to software, Aryaka’s strategy of providing connectivity for global enterprises is resonating with its customers. It should continue to emphasize the strength of its SDN platform and Global SD-WAN model, which applies not only to global companies but also to all who desire connectivity and cost reductions.

Topics: Networking

ESG Brief: Campus Network Trends

Abstract:

Campus and wireless networks are becoming an increasingly critical component for organizations that want to ensure a solid user experience and drive business productivity. The proliferation of mobile wireless computing devices like smartphones and tablets, as well as the applications they are consuming, are creating significant challenges and forcing network teams to upgrade existing campus network infrastructure in order to accommodate these changes.

Topics: Networking Enterprise Mobility

ESG Brief: Equinix: Better Business Results with Better Network Interconnections

Abstract:

Most users think of networking as devices to deploy on-premises or as an underpinning for cloud providers’ infrastructure, but with an increase in workloads deployed in the cloud, it’s key to consider the importance of the network interconnections that support workloads in service providers. Modern workloads are increasingly dependent on interacting with customers and partners on a wide network. IT needs to treat these capabilities as a core platform for deployments and a way to gain business value, as opposed to a set of features based on simple speed comparisons.

Topics: Networking