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

ESG Brief: Is a VM-specific Approach to Backup and Recovery Still Necessary in 2017?

Abstract:

For the past several years, ESG has monitored the trend of adopting VM-specific technologies for backup and recovery versus a “unified” solution that protects both physical and virtual servers. This recap of recent ESG research examines the question of whether today’s organizations are using a unified solution or a VM-specific solution for their virtual environments—and what those organizations expect to do moving forward.

Topics: Cloud Computing Data Protection Virtualization Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Brief: What Should an Archival Solution Look Like in 2017?

Abstract:

Gone are the days when “archive must equal tape” (and vice versa); also gone is the noisy confusion between “archive” and “backup.” This brief offers a deeper look at the considerations and subsequent requirements driving archiving solution strategies and outcomes.

Topics: Data Protection

ESG Brief: Long-term Data Retention Drivers and Trends

Abstract:

There are many reasons to archive data. For too many organizations, “archiving” is immediately presumed to be a cumbersome, unattainable, legacy process that IT had previously deprioritized, while erroneously believing that a “backup copy” held for an extended period of time was a sufficient alternative. Every aspect of that presumption is incorrect—modern archiving is a critical and compelling aspect of nearly every IT organization’s forward-looking strategy.

Topics: Data Protection

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 Research Report: Data Protection Cloud Strategies

Abstract:

ESG surveyed 370 North American IT professionals representing midmarket (100 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations in order to explore their perspectives on and preferences for the various uses of cloud-based services as part of data protection strategies. All respondents were IT professionals familiar with and/or responsible for data protection technology decisions for their organization, specifically around those data protection and production technologies that may leverage cloud services as part of the solution.

Topics: Data Protection

ESG/ISSA Research Report: The State of Cyber Security Professional Careers

Abstract:

In order to assess the experiences, careers, and opinions of cyber security professionals, ESG and ISSA surveyed 437 cyber security professionals representing organizations of all sizes and across all industries and geographic locations. Survey respondents were also ISSA members.

Topics: Storage Cybersecurity Data Protection Networking Application Development & Deployment Data Management

ESG Brief: The Five 'Cs' of Data Protection

Abstract:

Sometimes in IT, innovations arise that, in hindsight, aren’t all that innovative. A new capability will often receive attention and consideration for a while before a competing vendor inevitably claims its product “has been providing that same capability for years.” In some cases, features that initially appeared to be true technology differentiators eventually devolve into commodity-level expectations.

Topics: Data Protection

ESG Research Report: 2016 IT Spending Intentions Survey

Abstract:

In order to assess IT spending priorities over the next 12-18 months, ESG recently surveyed 633 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’ 2015 IT spending as well as their 2016 IT budget and spending plans at either an entire organization level or at a business unit/division/branch level.

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

Topics: Storage Cybersecurity Data Protection Networking Application Development & Deployment Data Management Enterprise Mobility

ESG Research Report: The Evolving Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Landscape

Abstract:

ESG surveyed 391 North American IT professionals representing midmarket (100 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations in order to explore the trends and preferences involving business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) strategies, implementations, and methodologies. All respondents were IT professionals familiar with and/or responsible for data protection technology decisions for their organization, specifically around technologies and processes to facilitate BC/DR.

Topics: Data Protection