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: Applications Help to Define Hybrid Cloud

Abstract:

Hybrid cloud is becoming the leading cloud strategy for most organizations and the focus for vendors in the cloud management space. But the term hybrid cloud has not been well defined yet. How do IT decision makers and practitioners view hybrid cloud and how can vendors tailor their solutions and messaging to address these needs?

Topics: Converged Infrastructure

ESG Brief: On-premises Infrastructure Is the Key to Hybrid Cloud

Abstract:

While hybrid cloud is defined by the use of both on- and off-premises infrastructure, on-premises environments will be extremely important for years to come. In fact, ESG’s research indicates those committed to a long-term hybrid cloud strategy tend to weight the on-premises part of the hybrid cloud equation more heavily. What are the implications and opportunities for cloud service providers and infrastructure management vendors?

Topics: Converged Infrastructure

ESG Research Report: 2017 IT Spending Intentions Survey

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.

Topics: Storage Cybersecurity Data Management & Analytics Data Protection Networking IT Spending Intentions Converged Infrastructure Enterprise Mobility Systems Management Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Brief: Impact of New Microsoft Systems Management Solutions on Enterprises

Abstract:

Microsoft’s recent product releases in the systems management space have put a spotlight on what its customers need to do for their future planning. With two separate systems management solutions, Microsoft brings a unique approach to both on-premises and off-premises management. Microsoft customers should evaluate Microsoft’s future direction for both System Center and Operations Management Suite, as well as their own future IT plans, to make the right decision with respect to their management infrastructure.

Topics: Converged Infrastructure

ESG Brief: VMware and AWS Join Forces to Accelerate Hybrid Cloud Demand

Abstract:

VMware and Amazon Web Services recently announced a new partnership and service called VMware Cloud on AWS. VMware Cloud on AWS is a cloud service from VMware, offering VMware infrastructure delivered as a service on AWS. This new service brings together the power of both VMware and AWS, offering a hybrid cloud service that has a lower barrier of entry for customers who are already invested in VMware and thus will start a new wave of hybrid cloud adoption with their customers.

Topics: Converged Infrastructure

ESG Brief: CoreOS Advances Container Tools with Self-driving Kubernetes Release

Abstract:

The recent Tectonic Summit by CoreOS brought several significant announcements. The move of Tectonic to a self-driving update model, which aligns the releases with the current branch, enables companies that use Tectonic to always be on the latest version of Kubernetes. This move, along with the offer of free Tectonic use on up to ten nodes, significantly lowers the barriers of entry for the use of commercial Kubernetes and reduces the concerns of staying current with new features. CoreOS’s moves should give enterprises looking for a commercial, supported Kubernetes distribution a very strong option.

Topics: Converged Infrastructure

ESG Research Report: The Cloud Computing Spectrum, from Private to Hybrid

Abstract:

In order to assess organizations’ use of server virtualization, cloud computing technology, and converged infrastructure platforms, ESG recently surveyed 308 IT professionals representing midmarket (100 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations in North America. All respondents were personally responsible for or familiar with their organizations’ server virtualization and cloud computing environments and strategies.

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: Storage Converged Infrastructure Cloud Platforms & Services