Keep an Eye on IBM Cloud

I recently had the opportunity to spend some time with the IBM Cloud team on a couple of projects and met with some great professionals with significant expertise in disaster recovery and data protection in general. The IBM Cloud team leverages a number of partners in its ecosystem and IBM services.  As the title of this short post indicates, keep an eye on IBM Cloud, as they have built and are working on furthering a great platform for BC/DR. 

Topics: Data Protection Cloud Services & Orchestration

NetApp's Insight- ESG's Take on a Full Event  (Video)

NetApp's annual Insight event wrapped recently. Right off the bat, I must record that I thought this was a lesson to many other vendors about how best to run a digital event. It was fast-paced, enjoyable and easy to watch. And that matters; the best content in the world is wasted if a vendor has poor and/or boring presentations...NetApp did a stellar job of embracing the new medium. Luckily, the content also did not disappoint. In the video below, Scott Sinclair and I discuss some of our key takeaways.

Topics: Storage Cloud Services & Orchestration

Dell Tech World - an ESG Conversation (Video)

It bears repeating that events like Dell Technologies World cover way too much ground to ever cover everything in a brief post. So we won't try! Instead, my ESG colleagues and myself are talking the "bite-sized-chunks" approach, dipping into various topics in reports, blogs, and videos as appropriate. One of the biggest announcements at this year's digital event ("big" as in likely impact rather than elapsed time on the virtual "stage") was Apex - Dell's as-a-service umbrella commitment - and we've already chatted about that in another single-topic video. 

Topics: Storage Channel Data Protection Networking

The Apex of Announcements at Dell Technologies World  (Video)

Like every other tech vendor, Dell's annual mega-event transitioned from a massive conference center to a massive digital extravaganza. We'll cover it in multiple manners and media over the coming days and weeks....after all Dell has heft in IT and there's a lot to comment upon. 

Topics: Storage Enterprise Mobility

IBM Storage Goes Cloud-native: Innovating for the Needs of Containers and Application Modernization

This should be obvious by now, but container-based apps are different from traditional applications. Yet too many IT vendors still treat container-based application environments with the same expectations and the same infrastructure design.

Topics: Storage

HYCU Does It Again

I wonder when people sleep at HYCU! I have been tracking the company for 2.5 years, and it's been innovating and introducing new solutions at a very nice clip, demonstrating focused execution.

Topics: Data Protection

Containers: Storage to the Rescue

I work in a data company. I’ve watched the container market evolve very similarly to the hypervisor market—a lot of experimentation at first, and eventually an exploding, massive commercial market.

Containers (namely Kubernetes) are still in the early phase, but we know that the experimentation phase has occurred much faster than it did with hypervisors. We also know who is going to win—Kubernetes. And, most importantly, we know that the leap from science project to production is happening now—again, much faster than VMware’s takeoff.

Topics: Storage

VMworld 2020: What's Next for VMware Heros? (Video)

For the last decade, IT pros have mapped their career paths to server virtualization and have truly become heroes inside their organization. Now, they have the opportunity to accelerate their careers with containers as they map closer to modern application development. Tune in as Scott Sinclair and I share our observations on VMworld 2020 and what the future holds for IT professionals.

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure Enterprise Mobility

VMworld 2020 Inspires Trust & Productivity for Remote Work (Video)

 The acceleration of digital workspaces has been fascinating to observe, as businesses have had to flip the switch to remote work. Businesses have found themselves exposed and underprepared, but platforms like VMware Workspace ONE are helping organizations enable remote work for employees with confidence. How organizations managed & maintained applications and devices was slowly rounding the curve 12+ months ago. Now, organizations are living the benefits real-time with the help of VMware. Please listen in as I share some observations from VMworld 2020 and keep tuned in as ESG focuses on user experiences and employee monitoring.

Topics: Enterprise Mobility

SOAPA Interview with Dr. Anton Chuvakin of Google Chronicle, Part 2 (Video)

Anton Chuvakin knows his stuff, so I was excited to have him participate in ESG’s SOAPA video series. In part 2 of our video, Anton and I chat about:

  1. Security data. I mention to Anton that many SOC teams are buried in large volumes of security telemetry and then ask if we are trying to collect, process, and analyze more data than we need. Anton responds that we have too much “dirty data” that really isn’t useful. Therefore, the challenge is understanding which telemetry is useful, how it’s useful, and which other data elements we need for data enrichment to improve the efficacy and efficiency of our analytics.
Topics: Cybersecurity SOAPA