ESG Brief: Perspectives on Readiness for and Impact of GDPR


With the May 2018 deadline a mere four months away, are organizations ready for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)? According to ESG research, there is still work ahead. Many firms aren’t completely prepared and may have to make incremental technology purchases for GDPR compliance over the next few months. Furthermore, organizations need to button down their incident response plans so they are prepared to report breaches to supervisory authorities within 72 hours as stipulated by GDPR. To address the many GDPR challenges ahead, ESG recommends focusing on areas like data discovery/classification, identity and access management, encryption, and IR planning.

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

ESG Master Survey Results: 2018 IT Spending Intentions Survey


This Master Survey Results presentation focuses on 2018 IT budget trends, technology initiatives and priorities, year-over-year spending change (overall and by technology), hiring/staffing trends, and cloud adoption/usage.

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

ESG Master Survey Results: IT Plans and Priorities for Remote and Branch Offices


This Master Survey Results presentation focuses on the IT priorities and challenges when it comes to supporting the technology requirements of remote office/branch office (ROBO) locations, and how organizations plan to address those challenges.

Topics: Data Protection Networking Converged Infrastructure

ESG Brief: The Role of SD-WAN in Network Modernization


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 Master Survey Results: Trends in Network Modernization


This Master Survey Results presentation focuses on usage trends for campus and data center network infrastructure on topics ranging from challenges and sentiment to emerging technologies.

Topics: Networking

ESG Brief: Impact of Cloud Computing on the Network


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


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


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


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


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