Addressing the Edge of Business Will Require More Than Technology

The edge, or the internet of things (IoT), is the next technology frontier. Though edge environments have existed for some time, it has recently become the wild west of technology, one defined by many harsh realities and a new ramp in investment, as businesses look for the next digital goldmine.

Nearly four out of ten (38%) storage decision makers believe IoT workloads will be a top driver of on-premises storage spending growth over the next 24 months, with one-third (33%) identifying IoT workloads for cloud storage spending over that same time period. IT is preparing for an onslaught of data growth resulting from these workloads, but how are IT vendors poised to address these needs of businesses at the edge?

Topics: Storage

Cohesity Goes After The Decentralized Enterprise

Most enterprises have many decentralized locations and sometimes operate a model where there is no real "central" data center. Our research shows that these ROBO topologies are particularly sensitive to data protection challengesfor example, at organizations with many branches (retail, food chains, gas stations, etc.).

Veeam Has its Sights on the Enterprise Segment with New V10

Version 10 is going GA with the usual fanfare that great marketing companies such as Veeam know how to orchestrate, but it's different this time. Something is changing.

In the past, and despite our most respectful recriminations, Veeam would pre-announce new versions and sometimes over-hype their capabilities. Hard to stop the Veeam marketing machine when it's in launch mode!! I have seen it both on the vendor side as a competitor (with secret admiration) and on the analyst side at ESG.

Topics: Data Protection

New IBM FlashSystem Family: More than just Flash, More than just Systems

This week IBM announced an update to its FlashSystem storage portfolio. While new flash storage releases have become somewhat commonplace lately, thinking that IBM’s FlashSystems are just systems with flash does them a huge disservice. IBM has integrated some game-changing software innovation into its FlashSystems. While much of this technology has been in there for a while, the benefits extend far beyond the average storage system.

Topics: Storage

The Tape Renaissance and Ransomware

In my predictions for 2020, I highlighted that tape is not going away any time soon. It's actually experiencing a renewal as it has become quite obvious to a whole new generation of IT professionals that it is a great medium for high-capacity and low-cost storage. 

Topics: Data Protection

Crime Fighting, Protecting the Innocent, and Stopping the Embarrassment of Modern Email Attacks

Introducing ESG’s Modern Email Security Video Series

As part of my ongoing research around modern email security, I am shooting a series of video interviews with leaders from several email security solution providers, talking about the current email threat landscape and strategies to defend against them. My goal is to make these educational, explaining what’s happening on both the attacker side and the defender side.

Topics: Cybersecurity

CISOs Are Finding Ways to Address the Cybersecurity Skills Shortage

As part of the ESG annual IT spending intentions research for 2020, respondents were asked to identify the area where their organizations have a problematic shortage of skills. Cybersecurity topped the list of problematic skills shortage areas, just as it has for the past 9 years.

Topics: Cybersecurity

To Train or Not to Train, That is the Question (Video)

ESG research shows that cybersecurity training can help reduce cyber-attacks. Our research also shows that awareness training is not considered as effective as many other security services.

Join Jon Oltsik and Christina Richmond for a discussion on why we must continue training our non-technical employees how to spot phishing and business email compromise (BEC) attacks and how we must strive to engage the entire company culture in the belief that cybersecurity is all of our responsibility. 

Topics: Cybersecurity

Veeam Acquisition: The Net Net

2020 started with a bang in the data protection space with the announcement of the acquisition of Veeam by Private Equity firm Insight Partners. Insight Partners is no stranger to the space, having invested in Acronis, as well. In this short blog, I am going to net out my views on this acquisition.  

It's great news for the market! Let's be clear, the backup and recovery space is hot and growing, but it is yesterday's market. It is evolving into something else, which I have coined the data intelligence market, an evolution of backup and recovery that places data and data reuse at the heart of the enterprise. Whether enabling digital transformation or leveraging "dark" or dormant data, the idea is to leverage data assets. This acquisition is about the next stage of the market.

Topics: Data Protection

Accenture to Acquire Symantec CSS

Accenture announced today that it has agreed to acquire Symantec's Cyber Security Services (CSS) business from Broadcom. This is big news for both Accenture and Symantec. 

Topics: Cybersecurity