ESG Brief: The Increasing Business Value of Network Infrastructure

Abstract:

The initial—and typically de facto—party to blame for any IT outage is the network. As a result, the network is perceived to be a problematic burden rather than a strategic resource and is subsequently derided as being a cost center. However, in a time when organizations are increasingly leveraging cloud computing services and pursuing initiatives like digital transformation and IoT, the network is more important than ever.

Topics: Networking Data Management Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Channel Survey: Modern Partner Enablement Trends

Abstract:

The objectives of this channel survey were to identify current trends and needs for effective partner enablement today, and determine how IT vendors should modernize their partner enablement programs and delivery from the ground up. ESG surveyed channel partners that sell into mid-size and enterprise organizations--38% IT value-added reseller, 36% managed services provider, 20% cloud services provider, 4% national or global systems integrator, 2% local or regional systems integrator. Survey respondents represented small, midmarket, and enterprise companies.

Topics: Storage Cybersecurity channel Data Protection Networking Data Management Converged Infrastructure Enterprise Mobility Systems Management Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Brief: Workflow Orchestration Your Way with Google Cloud Composer

Abstract:

When complex workflows don’t perform as anticipated, IT can end up spending valuable time addressing infrastructure challenges rather than revenue-generating activities. Google’s Cloud Composer serves as an effective, end-to-end workflow orchestration tool to address the challenges of building, scheduling, and managing complex workflows across diverse environments. With Cloud Composer, Google continues to focus on building integrated solutions that incorporate intelligence and machine learning, while enabling flexibility and portability by being anchored in open source technology.

Topics: Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Brief: Enabling Data Center Modernization with Converged and Hyperconverged Infrastructure

Abstract:

As organizations pursue IT modernization initiatives, they are focused on achieving operational excellence, while ensuring that IT can efficiently and effectively respond to the business. Both converged infrastructure (CI) and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solutions contribute to this goal of making organizations more agile not only by making deployment and management of IT infrastructure easier, but also by enabling IT to rapidly respond to the needs of end-users. Whether it allows organizations to build consumable services on a private cloud anchored by CI/HCI, or empowers developers to spin up and down resources themselves at will, a cloud-like experience on-premises is becoming a must-have for organizations looking to modernize their data centers and embark on their digital transformation journeys.

Topics: Converged Infrastructure Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Brief: The Growth in the Use of Application Containers

Abstract:

Over the past several years, application containers and container management platforms, such as Docker and Kubernetes, have emerged as a new application packaging and delivery format, optimized for more agile application management and delivery. But with this rise has come questions about both the level of adoption and pervasiveness of usage for containers. Research conducted by ESG shows that containers are quickly moving from labs into production via the continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) DevOps methodologies being employed by many organizations that now manage infrastructure as code (IaC). But ESG also found that the move to containers doesn’t exclude existing application deployment methods, nor are containers limited to only new cloud-native applications.

Topics: Cybersecurity Systems Management Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Brief: Teradata IntelliCloud: Agility, Security, and Operational Ease

Abstract:

As organizations continue embracing the cloud, Teradata IntelliCloud is enabling organizations with data-driven initiatives to simplify cloud consumption with its as-a-service offering. With support for AWS, Azure, and its own cloud infrastructure across several geographic locations, Teradata continues to put customers first by providing a scalable, highly performing, secure solution in IntelliCloud that satisfies the need for a hybrid approach to data analytics and business intelligence with simplified, self-service management.

Topics: Data Management Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Master Survey Results: The Emergence of Multi-cloud Strategies

Abstract:

This Master Survey Results presentation focuses on public cloud infrastructure service usage trends, specifically the drivers behind multi-cloud strategies and the considerations and requirements associated with them.

Topics: Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Brief: 2018 Public Cloud Infrastructure Trends

Abstract:

As organizations continue to leverage digital transformation for both their business and IT groups, the use of public cloud infrastructure has become a key driver for that transformation. As the use of public cloud infrastructure becomes a standard operational model, use of multiple cloud service providers, or multi-cloud, is also growing to meet the needs of transformation efforts. ESG’s research has found that these strategies are widespread and commonly driven by an organization’s application requirements.

Topics: Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Brief: How Companies Choose Public Cloud Infrastructure Providers

Abstract:

The majority of organizations today are using public cloud infrastructure services to some extent. With this trend of increased public cloud infrastructure usage, it’s important to better understand the factors behind organizations’ criteria and process when it comes to selecting these public cloud service providers generally. This includes identifying the groups and individuals involved in and responsible for making cloud service provider decisions, and the capabilities that IaaS users look for and prefer in public cloud infrastructure and the providers offering these services.

Topics: Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Brief: Microsoft Azure Advanced Threat Protection: Attack Protection for Cloud, On-premises, and Hybrid Environments

Abstract:

Security continues to be a key focus of organizations across industries. Traditional security practices employing multiple security and management tools are expanding the attack surface—making it more difficult for IT to effectively set and manage security policies. Many businesses are still not adequately protected from the proliferation of bad actors, but are uncertain about how to address this increasingly urgent situation. Microsoft’s new cloud-based Azure Advanced Threat Protection solution may be a welcome addition to the vendor’s Enterprise Mobility + Security E5. By leveraging machine learning algorithms and behavior analytics, this solution can protect organizations against security threats lurking across networks.

Topics: Cybersecurity Enterprise Mobility Cloud Platforms & Services