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 Brief: Impact of Cloud Computing on the Network

Abstract:

Cloud computing has made a significant impact on IT. How and where organizations consume, build, and run critical business applications have changed dramatically. As more organizations turn to cloud computing, ESG sought to understand what kind of an impact this transition has had on the network, with specific regard to short-term spending and long-term strategy decisions.

Topics: Networking Cloud Platforms & Services

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: 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: 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: 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/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: IT Transformation Vendors: Feast or Famine

Abstract:

In the IT market, those who are actively developing and selling solutions tend to be far in front of those who actually buy and implement them. It is difficult for many to consume the advanced technologies available to them, no matter how much better they appear—or how much they can help.The big SMART vendors know that it is inevitable that they must drive the new cloud-based, subscription consumption model—or risk going the way of the dinosaur. The less than smart vendors keep on pushing the old way of doing things.

Topics: Storage 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