Pure Accelerate 2018 – Data Centric in the City (includes video)

If nothing else, Pure has, to date, managed to pick some interesting locations for its Accelerate conferences – this year the now-signature food trucks that exemplify the event were lined up right across from City Hall in San Francisco at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. I wrote ‘if nothing else,’ but of course that’s unfair, as Pure also always manages to have an excellent combination of style and substance.

Topics: Storage ESG on Location

Real World SLAs Blog Series #2: The IT Resiliency Equation

In the last blog, I discussed how ESG’s research has identified that the vast majority of organizations have little to no tolerance for downtime. As they are looking to improve SLAs, many technology questions or tradeoffs will naturally come up. What technologies are you using today and what do you need to consider moving forward to meet the requirements? Should it be a software, or cloud-based, or a hardware-based solution that gets you there as an end-user?

Topics: Data Protection

Pure Accelerate: The Future is Now

As we have watched the flash storage industry evolve over the past several years, vendors tend to follow one of two different approaches. The first approach is often one that tries to time the market and figure out when to make the transition. This approach tends to involve tiers of storage infrastructure, where more emergent technologies are more expensive and targeted at higher value workloads, while the established technologies are delivered to the masses. As time goes on, technology vendors figure out how to balance the transition. And we in the industry debate things like the cost benefit tradeoffs of the different options.

Topics: Artificial Intelligence Storage ESG on Location

Analyst-centric Security Operations

Let’s face it, cybersecurity is a geeky domain. While much of IT has shifted its focus to things like business processes enablement and digital transformation, infosec pros still spend much of their waking hours in the weeds, looking at things like protocol anomalies, SQL statements, command shells, etc.

Topics: Cybersecurity SOAPA

Accelerating to a Data-centric Architecture with Pure Storage

Having taken a few days break from the color orange, I’m ready to share my thoughts on Pure Accelerate. The show started with Pure Storage CEO Charlie Giancarlo talking about stools, with the three legs of a stool representing the core components of the data center: compute, networking, and storage. We were left with a new Pure vision anchored in storage, but focused on more than storage: a data-centric architecture that addresses the simplicity, agility, and performance requirements of the modern business. 

Topics: Artificial Intelligence Data Management Storage ESG on Location

SOAPA Video with McAfee (Part 1)

Jason Rolleston, Vice President of product marketing for security operations products at McAfee, stopped by ESG recently to participate in our SOAPA video series. I must say that this was especially good timing as Jason and I had a similar chat at the RSA Security Conference just over a month ago.

In part 1 of our video, Jason and I chew the fat about:

Topics: Cybersecurity SOAPA

Talking Converged Architectures (ESG 360 Video Series)

In this discussion, part of ESG's ongoing 360 Video Series, Mike Leone breaks down some of the less-well-known attributes of converged and hyperconverged architectures. While the basic consolidation and integration of traditional IT components is well understood and valued, there are other ties to contemporary IT approaches that enhance the possibilities and impact of CI/HCI; Mike reviews those basic motivations, but also looks more broadly at such things as IoT, Edge, ML and Analytics as they pertain to the world of convergence. 

Topics: Converged Infrastructure

SOAPA Video with FireEye (Part 2)

Paul Nguyen, VP of product strategy at FireEye, stopped by the ESG studio recently to talk about how the company is moving forward with SOAPA. In part 2 of our video, Paul and I chewed the fat on topics like:

  1. Security operations best practices. FireEye has vast institutional security operations experience, built on the back of managed services, professional services, threat intelligence expertise, etc. Given this, I asked how FireEye can build upon this knowledge in its product set. Paul mentioned that Helix has its roots in FireEye’s SOCs and managed defense offerings and is designed to provide a similar unified experience for the security analysts of its customers.
Topics: Cybersecurity SOAPA

Catching Up with Symantec

When Symantec and Veritas joined forces, Symantec Vision (its customer and analyst event) was a regular spring ritual. Like the swallows coming back to Capistrano, I made an annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas, parked myself at the MGM or Venetian, and spent a few days catching up on the latest Symantec buzz.

Topics: Cybersecurity SOAPA

GDPR and the Challenges to Achieving Compliance (Video)

The General Data Protection Rule is only a few days away, with many organizations bracing for impact in Europe and around the world. In this video, John McKnight and I discuss GDPR and its consequences. 

Topics: GDPR Data Protection

SOAPA Video with FireEye (Part 1)

Paul Nguyen, VP of product strategy at FireEye, stopped by the ESG studio recently to talk about how the company is moving forward with SOAPA. Paul and I discussed things like:

  1. Technology integration. Through its history, FireEye has grown through acquisition, purchasing companies like iSight Partners, Mandiant, and nPulse. Heck, Paul joined FireEye because of its acquisition of Invotas in 2016. While each of these products can stand on its own, FireEye realized that it could deliver a lot more by stitching all these products together in a common platform. Paul spends a lot of his time figuring out how to combine the elements of each product into a FireEye security operations cocktail to maximize customer value. 
Topics: SOAPA Cybersecurity

Dell Technologies World – Making IT Transformation Real for Partners

Lots of forward-looking going on at this year’s Dell Technologies World (DTW - the former Dell EMC World) with main stage focus on the promise of Digital Transformation and IT Transformation on the world of IT.

Of course, no IT event in 2018 would be complete without a discussion of the 4th Industrial Revolution, the merging of the cyber and the physical, and the impact of AI and machine learning on everything related to IT infrastructure, IoT, and beyond!

Topics: Dell Technologies World Channel

Talking IT Evolution (ESG 360 Video Series)

In this discussion, Steve Duplessie and I consider the dramatic shifts that have occurred in the nature of IT in the last few years. What was once an industry dominated by technology - its attributes, shortfalls and specializations - has shifted to one where the outcome is king. As entire organizations have digitized, so the internal lines-of-business are increasingly the decision makers. IT, and its foundational technologies, is demonstrably more important than ever, but it serves horizontally as opposed to being master of a vertical domain.  

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure

Real World SLAs Blog Series: Downtime and Data Loss Metrics

Since this is my introductory blog, what better topic than downtime and data loss! One can argue it is not the most joyous topic to cover, but it turns out to be more interesting than my bio and a fascinating subject with far-reaching business and IT consequences. ESG recently conducted extensive research in this space with findings that I will be sharing in this blog series. You can also expect a few briefs and a report on this topic as well on our portal.

Topics: Data Protection

Talking Networking, Part 1 (ESG 360 Video Series)

IT has probably never been more complex and demanding than today: even as approaches such as convergence, myriad clouds, containers and software-definition (etc.) seek to make operations simpler, so to a degree such elements can also obfuscate some of the underlying subtleties and opportunities of the foundational components. After all, while it’s great to focus on purchasing - for instance - application service levels or business outcomes, some understanding of the IT elements (and considerations or choices) that contribute to those is also often useful. That is the purpose of this video discussion series: it offers ESG’s subject matter experts discussing some of the key trends, drivers, and considerations across various IT areas. We aim to do it succinctly and to deliver it in engaging, plain English - while also tying each technology area back to its eventual potential to positively impact both IT and business results. 

Topics: Networking

Talking Cybersecurity (ESG 360 Video Series)

IT has probably never been more complex and demanding than today: even as approaches such as convergence, myriad clouds, containers and software-definition (etc.) seek to make operations simpler, so to a degree such elements can also obfuscate some of the underlying subtleties and opportunities of the foundational components. After all, while it’s great to focus on purchasing - for instance - application service levels or business outcomes, some understanding of the IT elements (and considerations or choices) that contribute to those is also often useful. That is the purpose of this video discussion series: it offers ESG’s subject matter experts discussing some of the key trends, drivers, and considerations across various IT areas. We aim to do it succinctly and to deliver it in engaging, plain English - while also tying each technology area back to its eventual potential to positively impact both IT and business results.

Topics: Cybersecurity

At .NEXT Nutanix Adds App & System Visibility to its Infrastructure-invisibility Foundations (video)

Intriguingly located just down the New Orleans Convention Center hallways from a cannabis-growers conference that was also called ‘Next,’ Nutanix just held its user and partner event. What were the folks at the Nutanix .NEXT event ‘smoking!?' This year it was a heady mixture of (to borrow the company’s theme) “freedoms” – not just in terms of infrastructure and on-premises IT, but also in terms of a hybrid multi-cloud world…and even personal progress.

Topics: Storage ESG on Location

Nutanix Delivers Invisible IT, but Highly Visible Cloud and Modern Application Environments with Acquisitions

Nutanix held its annual customer event, Nutanix .NEXT, in New Orleans this year – kicking off the event with a Mardi Gras-like parade, complete with band and floats. That was followed by a pair of customers welcoming the crowd to New Orleans! Nutanix has been growing rapidly and the event has been maturing as well, this year attracting over 5,000 attendees. It would seem that its message and solutions are resonating with customers and Nutanix continues to roll out new capabilities that further enable its customers.

Topics: Networking ESG on Location

Three Facts About Multi-Cloud That Will Surprise You

As I've often written, multi-cloud is probably the hottest term in the IT industry today. You literally cannot buy a product that connects to the cloud that isn't multi-cloud (unless it's from the rare company that aligns with only one cloud service provider). But one of the most interesting things is that there has been very little research on what defines multi-cloud, how extensive it is, why organizations are multi-cloud, and how it will change.

Topics: Cloud Platforms & Services

Containers are Here! What About Container Security?

The industry is gaga for container technologies like Docker and for good reason. According to ESG research, containers make up about 19% of hybrid cloud production workloads today, but in just 2 years’ time, containers will make up one-third of hybrid cloud production workloads. 

Not surprisingly, rapid growth and proliferation of application containers have led to several security issues:

Topics: Cybersecurity Systems Management

Taking Dell's Marketing to the Market - More From DTW (video)

As mentioned in my first blog reviewing the key takeaways from Dell Technology World (DTW), there was so much to cover that we decided to split our customary "ESG On Location" video into two parts. The first one covered some of the key technologies and announcements that were made at DTW, together with some overall insights about the event and the company

Topics: Storage Dell Technologies World

Narrative of Nutanix .NEXT in NOLA

Well Nutanix .NEXT has come and gone and as I continue to digest all the announcements from Nutanix, one word comes to mind that expresses my thoughts: ambition. Why? They don't want to just be the HCI infrastructure in a data center. They want to be the data center. They want to enable hybrid cloud. They want to enable multi-cloud. They want to simplify the smart edge and enable IoT. And they want all the complexity associated with all of it to be invisible.

Topics: Converged Infrastructure

It’s Time to Think Harder About Security Data Management

Organizations are running into scalability problems as they collect, process, and analyze more security data. It’s time for enterprise security data management.

Topics: Cybersecurity

Red Hat Leading the (Open)Shift to the Cloud

At their annual Red Hat Summit event, Red Hat laid out what they see in the future of cloud. Probably the most notable thing from the event was Red Hat's Jim Whitehurst saying in the keynote that no one company can solve all problems for customers. This is a fact for any one actually trying to solve problems in today's IT environments but it's refreshing for a company to lay this out and reinforce the reason companies need to work together. The future of computing, whether it be with products or leading an open source project, is with the community of users and the partnership of vendors. All vendors need to realize that the future of the IT industry, while still competitive, needs to be fundamentally cooperative to solve real customer problems.

Topics: Cloud Platforms & Services Systems Management

Google Cloud Makes Bold Move with Velostrata Acquisition

Google has announced their intent to acquire Velostrata, a startup that helps corporations migrate their virtual machines and applications into the public cloud. I think this is a very bold move by Google, one that shows their commitment to supporting and helping not just cloud-native applications but also legacy applications.

Topics: Cloud Platforms & Services

Dell’s latest baby - DTW # 1 - is huge (Video)

We just welcomed Dell’s latest arrival - the inaugural Dell Technologies World event. For a “new born” it was pretty large and mature! Of course that’s because it was a rebranding of/from conferences-past, but it also did represent something new inasmuch as the collaboration and alignment across Dell’s constituent parts are what end-users want to see....as well as being where added end-user value, as well as market and marketing upside, for Dell resides.

Topics: Storage Dell Technologies World

The Evolution of Security Operations Automation and Orchestration

The market for security operations automation and orchestration products is rapidly maturing. The most recent proof point of this maturation was Splunk’s acquisition of Phantom in February, but other vendors like FireEye (acquired Invotas), IBM (acquired Resilient), Microsoft (acquired Hexadite), and Rapid7 (acquired Komand) saw the light and bought into this market over the past few years.

Topics: Cybersecurity SOAPA

Convergence of Technologies: Cloud and Data Protection at Dell Technologies World (Video)

With Dell Technologies World 2018 complete, there were several key takeaways from the event that apply to Dell Technologies overall, cloud platforms, and data protection. First, looking at Dell Technologies overall, what we are finally seeing is the convergence of the key product and technologies groups, coming together to solve real world customer problems. I discuss this in detail in the video at the end of this blog but what we are seeing are the fruits of the new organizational structure. We see this alignment more with technologies that were already aligned, most notably with the pervasive positioning of Pivotal across the cloud technologies, but we also saw the integration of HCI/CI solutions in the cloud platforms and the availability of Virtustream storage as an option across the data protection products. If the integration of technologies continues into 2019, I think customers will only benefit from this work.

Topics: Cloud Platforms & Services Data Protection Dell Technologies World

Networking News and Insights from Dell Technologies World 2018 (Video)

The canals, gondolas, and St Mark’s Square in the Venetian Hotel served as the back drop for the first ever Dell Technologies World event in Las Vegas last week. Dell is continuing to execute against its strategy to help organizations execute against their digital and IT transformations. Over the last 20 or so months, it has worked diligently to eliminate conflict in its portfolio and discuss the value of its solutions across the entire family of companies.

Topics: Networking Dell Technologies World

The 2018 Channel Acceleration Awards: The Trend Micro Partner Program

The ESG Channel Awards give us an opportunity to highlight partner-led companies that have invested in their partners; taking steps to help them do more deals, drive their top and bottom lines, and continue to solve customer problems quickly and efficiently.

Next up in our 2018 Award Winners is Trend Micro. Trend really went for it this year, focusing on creating new go-to-market programs with key alliance partners. This effort provides options for customers to consume Trend technology, and gives great flexibility to Trend Micro partners that shortens sales cycles and makes it easy to deliver a range of solutions that end-users want to buy.  

Topics: Channel

Cloud's Connection to Copy Data Management (Video)

In the world of data protection, the topic of data management & enablement (DM&E), also known as copy data management (CDM), has been on the minds of customers and vendors alike. DM&E/CDM has been driving customers to look to get further value from secondary data, either for data protection purposes, or increasingly for non-data protection purposes, such as data mining, DevOps testing and development, or sales tools.

Topics: Cloud Platforms & Services Data Protection

Dell Technologies World: Power to the People

Dell Technologies World this week was about expanding the Digital Transformation story, this time through the entire technology family. With his keynote on Monday, Michael Dell extended the idea of digital transformation beyond simply a competitive necessity (“technology strategy is business strategy”) to becoming an engine by which businesses could positively change the world as “technology amplifies human activity.”

Topics: Dell Technologies World Storage

Cloud Computing Security Chaos Continues at RSA Conference 2018

My esteemed colleague, Doug Cahill, did a great job at the RSA Conference with a killer presentation on hybrid cloud security. Unfortunately, Doug’s presentation occurred on Thursday afternoon, when many conference attendees were catching flights home, packing up their booths, or recovering at a bar somewhere else in San Francisco. Despite the timing, about 150 souls showed up, but I’m guessing that Doug’s conference room would have been overflowing if his presentation was on Tuesday rather than Thursday.

Topics: Cybersecurity RSA Conference

Delivering on the Promise of AI and ML at Dell Technologies World 2018

We’re off and running at DTW 2018. As expected, there’s been a whole slew of announcements, but for this blog I’ll be focusing on data analytics, specifically AI and ML. Dell EMC is starting to weave a very effective story across all of their product lines, between their server, storage, and workstation divisions, their Ready Solutions, and Services (think pillars of the modern data center).

Topics: Dell Technologies World Artificial Intelligence Data Management

CI and HCI Traction and Updates from Dell Technologies World 2018

In February of this year, Dell EMC announced the VxBlock System 1000 solution as their converged infrastructure (CI) solution to help enterprises speed IT transformation by removing the physical boundaries of traditional CI. And of course there were some updates on the success of that launch and early traction. On the hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) side of things, they made announcements related to VxRail and VxRack. And while these announcements may not be as futuristic and forward-looking as some of the AI and ML topics discussed in my other blog, they’re all part of Dell EMC’s concerted efforts to help modernize enterprise infrastructures to meet enterprise goals of being more operationally efficient while enabling organizations to embrace a hybrid- or multi-cloud approach.

Topics: Dell Technologies World Converged Infrastructure