ESG Digital Work Survey – Cybersecurity Takeaways

ESG recently completed an interesting study where, rather than surveying IT buyers and practitioners as is normally the case, we targeted employees in non-IT roles like sales, human resources, marketing, and finance. This provided a view of how the typical worker thinks about technology and the impact it has on their professional life. While a lot of the survey focused on end-user focused processes and technologies (mobile devices, applications, voice assistants), respondents were also asked for their perspectives on cybersecurity.

Topics: Cybersecurity

A Pure Market Conversation

It’s always refreshing to hear from vendor peeps that are not based in their main corporate HQ. I had that opportunity recently with Patrick Smith, the EMEA CTO for Pure Storage, who is based in London. It’s not that he is off-message (of course not!) but his insights into what customers are looking for and grappling with are born of myriad direct end-user conversations, as well as his decades of experience as an end-user himself prior to joining Pure. It made for a very considered discussion, the highlights of which are captured in this video:

Topics: Storage

Actifio Triples Down on Modern Intelligent Data Management

Actifio just announced a new version of its platform, Actifio 10C, and it comes with a bunch of goodies just in time for year-end festivities. The version numbering itself reveals a triumvirate of themes around the letter C: cloud, containers, and copy data. While the first too are critical in supporting the "how to" or "where," the third (copy data) is really about the ability to further leverage data assets, an area in which I believe Actifio has done better than others. 

Topics: Data Protection

Intel Acquires Habana Labs for $2 Billion

For the last few years, the processing space has been red hot. Between startups and mainstay chip vendors, it’s an ongoing arms race to address the specialized needs of modern workloads and applications in core data centers, at the edge, and in the public cloud. In fact, when ESG asked respondents to cite the aspects across the entire data pipeline that are most frequently responsible for causing delays, the top response was data processing. Organizations want speed, reliability, and cost effectiveness. And to get there, it’s forcing organizations to rethink their approach to computing, especially with the rapid adoption of AI technologies fueling the booming compute market.

Topics: Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI

Cisco's Plan to Build the Internet for the Future

Last week, I attended Cisco’s #InternetForTheFuture event in San Francisco. This was a major announcement for Cisco and marked their entry into selling merchant silicon and optics developed by Cisco. Specifically, it announced Silicon One, the 8000 series portfolio with IOS XR7 and a line of optics solutions

Topics: Networking

CCPA Is Coming...Part 2

The California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA) goes into effect on January 1, 2020. Often compared to GDPR, CCPA protects consumers from mismanagement of their personal data and gives consumer control over what data is collected, processed, shared, or sold by companies doing business in California. I recently chatted with my friends and colleagues Dave Littman from TruthInIT and Steve Catanzano, Senior Consultant at ESG. 

Topics: Data Protection

Why Engage Cybersecurity Service Providers?

Folks come to cybersecurity services for a lot of reasons, complexity and compliance being two of the top ones. In fact, 40% of respondents to a recent ESG cybersecurity services study state that they need advice on dealing with the complexity from multi-cloud and hybrid architecture. And another 26% specifically call out that they need help rearchitecting their security posture during cloud migration and digital transformation efforts.

Topics: Cybersecurity

CCPA Is Coming... Part 1

The California Consumer Privacy Act is a landmark piece of consumer privacy legislation which passed into California law on June 28th of 2018. The bill is also known as AB 375. This Act is the strongest privacy legislation enacted in any state, giving more power to consumers with regards to their private data.   

Topics: Data Protection

Seven Cybersecurity Take-aways from AWS re:Invent 2019

The set of announcements at AWS’s annual re:Invent is always impressive, albeit a bit of a firehose for which AWS’s own Amazon Kinesis data streaming processing engine would be helpful. At last week’s AWS re:Invent, a seminal annual IT event only AWS can get away with scheduling the week after Thanksgiving, the company announced a number of important security capabilities, some small, some big, all customer-driven. Thematically, in addition to a clear focus on identity and access management features designed to help customers rein in their AWS identities and secure S3 buckets, AWS is clearly focused on enabling enterprise-class use cases.

Topics: Cybersecurity AWS re:Invent

AWS re:Invent 2019 - Analytics, Database, and AI Recap

AWS re:Invent 2019 has come and gone. The event was full of announcements, people (the entire Las Vegas strip was taken over by 65,000), and fun. Many announcements were shared prior to the event, but in a 3-hour marathon keynote, AWS CEO Andy Jassy shared more…and more….and more. And he did it all without saying “multi-cloud” or “hybrid cloud,” the latter being most impressive since, well, Outposts. Focusing on analytics, databases, and AI, here are some of my key takeaways.

Topics: Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI AWS re:Invent

Manufacturing - The Perfect Storm For Advancement

When I started ESG in 1999, the IT industry was organized essentially as follows:

  • There were a handful of giant players who controlled 90% of the market. You picked your OPERATING environment first, and then you bought their kit, and whatever applications they had, and you CHANGED your company to implement their solutions. If you picked Digital Equipment and you wanted to customize your Ask MANMAN ERP system, you paid out the nose and spent years to get it into production. Same for HP or IBM. You ran their apps the way they told you to. The cost of switching out was insane.
  • There were massive capital costs combined with limited skilled knowledge workers. Which translated into “if it ain’t broken, don’t touch it!”
  • There were generalists, not specialists. Your IT department consisted of “system” admins – people responsible for making the whole thing run “good enough.” When things broke, they chased down the problems, largely starting blind.
Topics: data management

Who Said the Backup and Recovery Market Is Boring? 2019 In Review

2019 was a year of contrasts for backup and recovery but also confirmed the great health and growth potential in this market. It is, however, at the cusp of a critical change, one that will see vendors pivot to expanded capabilities and new use cases. Those who don’t invest in these new capabilities (organically or through acquisitions) will enter a phase of slow decline, which may not be immediately evident but that will be hard to reverse. More on this in the predictions section.

Topics: Data Protection

ESG Experts Comment on Dell Technologies Summit 2019

After the recent Dell Technologies Summit, I posted a video with my summary thoughts on the event, its tone, and its key announcements. (Watch it here.)

But, as mentioned in my blog at the time, I also wanted to drill down a bit more into some of the specific technology areas, as well as get the commentary of some smart people that I am lucky enough to have as colleagues here at ESG. In this companion video, you will hear from Bob Laliberte, Christophe Bertrand, and Scott Sinclair. Six minutes, four brains, multiple insights...

Topics: Storage