Mark Bowker

Mark Bowker

Senior Analyst Mark Bowker focuses on all things related to virtualization and cloud computing. Mark researches cloud and virtualization technologies and evaluates the impact the solutions have (or will have) on IT strategy and the broader marketplace. His other research areas include data center management, application workload deployment in next-generation data centers, and the external influences driving adoption of data center technologies.

Recent Posts by Mark Bowker:

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: Is Microsoft Losing Its Corporate Browser Edge?

Abstract:

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: The Challenge of Delivering Secure Workspaces

Abstract:

The central role of the endpoint in cybersecurity attack chains and the spate of ransomware attacks has created a strategic imperative to secure these devices and the users who operate them. Knowledge worker mobility and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies have further complicated endpoint security with virtual workspaces being employed as a location- and device-agnostic secure desktop environment. But in the push and pull of knowledge worker experience and securing their access to and use of corporate assets, which wins out?

Topics: Cybersecurity Enterprise Mobility

ESG Brief: VMware: Balancing Costs, Enhancing the Digital Workspace

Abstract:

VMware recently announced its new digital workspace offerings, which include: Just-in-time Management Platform (JMP), providing quick desktop and application provisioning on-premises and in the cloud; Blast with a new adaptive transport, enhancing the digital workspace user experience; Horizon Cloud, a new desktop-as-a-service solution hosted in the IBM Cloud; and Horizon Apps, a new standalone published app offering with enhanced application management capabilities. In addition, the company is looking to accelerate the adoption of VMware Workspace One with the addition of physical workspaces, expand its cloud and platform partner ecosystem, and enhance Windows 10 innovation with Dell EMC.

Topics: Enterprise Mobility

ESG Brief: Login VSI: Mitigating VDI Performance Issues and Enhancing Productivity with Login PI

Abstract:

Being able to look into an organization’s VDI environment in real time can be challenging at best for IT. Without the right type of solution to monitor and manage virtualized environments, user productivity can be compromised due to unforeseen performance and reliability challenges, which can negatively impact the quality of experience. Login VSI’s recent improvements to its workspace management solution, Login PI, are giving organizations across industries an opportunity to mitigate potential issues before they can impact user productivity, resulting in an increase in IT’s ability to achieve and scale VDI implementations with a high degree of confidence.

Topics: Cybersecurity Endpoint & Application Virtualization Private Cloud Infrastructure Networking Enterprise Mobility

ESG Brief: Windows 10 Gaining Traction in the Enterprise

Abstract:

The existing footprint of Microsoft operating systems and Windows applications is significant for many organizations, so it’s not surprising that many are either in the middle of or planning on upgrading to Windows 10. What is it about Microsoft’s latest OS that has corporate IT staffs aggressively upgrading company-provided devices?

Topics: Storage Enterprise Mobility

ESG Research Report: Security, Productivity, and Collaboration: Trends in Workforce Mobility

Abstract:

In order to assess the state of corporate endpoint and mobile computing environments, including the types of devices and applications supported, IT policies and procedures related to the usage of these devices and applications, and even the prevalence of or plans for holistic enterprise mobility strategies, ESG surveyed 395 IT decision-makers at midmarket (100 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations in North America.

Topics: Enterprise Mobility

ESG Brief: Microsoft Wins the Office Productivity Game Regardless of the Venue

Abstract:

Microsoft Office has been the dominant player in the office productivity application space for as long as anyone can remember. However, organizations continue to move horizontal applications to the cloud, with email and office productivity applications often at the forefront of these SaaS endeavors. Will this serve to loosen Microsoft’s iron grip on office productivity or will they just shift their supremacy to the cloud?

Topics: Storage Private Cloud Infrastructure Enterprise Mobility

ESG Brief: Blue Cedar Networks: Redefining the Endpoint, Answering the Secure Application-access Challenge, and Enhancing Business Intelligence

Abstract:

Enhancing end-user productivity and maintaining a secure environment are two key objectives of enterprise mobility strategies. But how are organizations actually measuring productivity? And how can companies quickly iterate enhancements to applications based on the analytics that they capture? Blue Cedar Networks has just spun out from Mocana to tackle exactly those challenges.
In addition to providing military-grade security at the application level, Blue Cedar’s Atlas platform can provide application owners with analytics and rich insights into end-user application usage patterns, including who is using the applications, under what conditions, and how often.
Although Blue Cedar can lead a security conversation with credibility and confidence, to maintain a competitive advantage, the vendor must continue to focus on the most commonly requested and used application, data, and device management features while appealing to several audiences across the enterprise.

Topics: Storage Enterprise Mobility

ESG Brief: Sophos: Simplifying Enterprise Mobility Management

Abstract:

With workplace mobility becoming a larger focus for many organizations, it stands to reason that data security and data accessibility are top of mind. But for those charged with protecting the integrity of business-critical information, the trend toward “bring your own device” (BYOD) makes that task much more difficult. While IT is working diligently to keep business-critical data safe, it is also tasked with providing end-users with a simple and secure means to access files and data—all without impacting productivity. Given this situation, a solution that simplifies the gargantuan task of managing and securing business-critical data, while providing end-users with secure, appropriate, and seamless data access, would greatly reduce the time and effort IT organizations are currently expending.

Topics: Storage Cybersecurity Enterprise Mobility