Google to Acquire Looker for $2.6 Billion

Google has a vision of offering the most complete and comprehensive data platform in the industry. It wants to provide a true end-to-end data platform across clouds, and the last two words there are key. Customers want an end-to-end multi-cloud data platform and Google is committed to delivering just that. As such, Google continues to invest in areas that enable it to further this goal, and this morning Google announced its intentions to buy Looker for $2.6 billion in an all-cash transaction. It’s a natural acquisition for Google as the companies have worked together for years and share hundreds of the same customers.

Topics: Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI

Microsoft Azure and Oracle Are Done Being Bullied

Oracle ultimately had to choose a cloud partner as customer demand for cloud consumption continues to rise. In fact, ESG captured a 10% year over year increase (29% to 39%) of companies that are taking a cloud first policy when it comes to new application deployments. These dynamics cranked up the pressure on the Oracle business as they seemed to try to hold on to legacy on-premises approaches with their customers. And why not….margins are excellent and it is a massive investment for Oracle to build out global data centers. Sure, Oracle has cloud offerings, but they appeared to be more like nice window dressing than what the likes of Microsoft Azure, AWS, and Google GCP are offering (and expanding) in the market.

Topics: Cloud Services & Orchestration

IT’s Best Kept Secret…or Not…

One question we often hear at conferences and industry events is whether IT organizations can get more value out of the data copies that they already have. 

You bet they can. It’s been right there in front of them for a long time. As my colleague Vinny Choinski from the ESG Validation team points out, capacity efficient snapshot technology has been around for decades. It was pioneered in primary storage systems in the late 90s (e.g., EMC, IBM, Hitachi…) and got a capacity savings boost when it was combined with deduplication in data protection appliances (e.g., Data Domain) and purpose-built continuous data protection and data management solutions (e.g., Actifio). IT orgs have primarily been using these solutions for a quick and cost-effective alternative to traditional restores and some have been leveraging them to make copies for test and development. Now, backup solutions with the ability to “instantly” boot virtual machines from a writeable snapshot (e.g., Veeam) and data management solutions (e.g., Cohesity, Rubrik, Datrium) have expanded the value and the potential uses of this powerful technology, but, for most organizations, the value of these powerful technologies is a secret that’s locked up in an organizational silo. This silo is locking the value of data, limiting the return that can be realized by re-using it for additional purposes to serve the organization/business.

Topics: Data Protection

Ransomware and SaaS Mishaps in the News Again…Did I mention you need a backup? (Includes Video)

The past few weeks in technology news have been particularly interesting…and alarming.

On the ransomware front, the city of Baltimore made first page May 7 for an attack that apparently could have been avoided by patching their Microsoft environment 2 years ago. With practices like this, it makes me wonder what their backup habits are/were…. It is reported that the city will incur a cost of 18 million between lost revenues and recovery or recreation efforts. Baltimore: Give me a call. I can set you up with great backup for a lot less! I know many vendors who could help.

Topics: Data Protection

Palo Alto Networks’ Strong Move to Secure the Modern Application Stack

One of the marketing campaigns that resonated the most with me over the last few years is the messaging behind Trend Micro’s XGen campaign because it aptly captures the challenge cybersecurity teams face: the complexity of securing multiple generations of technology. That is, it’s not just about next-gen. It’s also about protecting the last gen, and whatever comes after next-gen.

After all, while we still have mainframes, tape libraries, and Oracle running on UNIX, appdev teams are leveraging public cloud platforms and a rich set of microservices to rapidly build and deliver applications. Such heterogeneity represents a requirement to secure a diverse set of applications stacks deployed across hybrid, multi-clouds. Palo Alto Networks' stated intention to acquire Twistlock and PureSec, the former for container security, and the latter for serverless security, is a strong move to add cloud-native application security controls to companies' already extensive product portfolio.

Topics: Cybersecurity

Is Managed Detection and Response (MDR) the New Managed Security Service (MSS)?

As architectures move increasingly to the cloud, hybrid environments are harder to keep secure. Nearly nine out of ten (85%) respondent organizations in ESG’s 2019 Public Cloud Computing Trends are currently leveraging at least one of the three public cloud computing service models, with another 11% expressing plans for or interest in using these services.

Topics: Cybersecurity

A Promising New Chapter in Detection and Response Tools

As security teams commit more and more resources to detection and response activities, endpoint detection and response (EDR) solutions are becoming core to the process. But when we take a step back and look at the bigger picture surrounding threat detection and response, we see multiple, disparate solutions being used to detect and investigate threats, requiring analysts to log into multiple systems or post-process data from these systems to correlate alerts. With many organizations utilizing a best-of-breed tools strategy for their security stack, integrations have become core to the sanity of most security teams.

Topics: Cybersecurity

Lenovo Accelerate: Taming the Next IT Frontier, the Edge

Digital transformation takes many forms. Nearly every company wants to maximize the value of its data, but each has specific goals in mind. When IT vendors discuss transformation, however, their story often sounds the same: “Build from the data center out.”

While that approach is valuable, for a variety of industries, the Internet of Things (IoT) and the edge are the real keys to maximizing an organization’s digital future. IoT can no longer be ignored. According to recent ESG research, 36% of IT organizations indicated that they have IoT initiatives already underway.

Topics: Storage

How a Circular Economy Can Help Accelerate Your Digital Transformation Efforts

Have you ever thought of what 50 tons of ewaste would look like? Probably not, but that is the amount of ewaste expected to be generated this year. To put it into perspective, I was recently told that much waste would be equivalent to 4500 Eiffel towers, basically enough to cover all of Manhattan. Even more important, ewaste is only 2% of our overall waste, but makes up 70% of our toxic waste.

Topics: Networking

Insights from VeeamON 2019

In this ESG On Location video, my colleague Vinny Choinski and I discuss our impressions of VeeamON 2019 in Miami, Florida.

Topics: Data Protection