Bob Laliberte

Bob Laliberte

ESG Practice Director and Senior Analyst Bob Laliberte focuses on existing and emerging network technologies, software, and services utilized by enterprises and service providers. He is particularly interested in the software-defined and virtual architectures that will drive the next wave of network investment. His coverage includes the network, cloud, and service offerings that telcos (wireless and fixed line), cable operators, and MSPs are delivering to enterprise customers.

Recent Posts by Bob Laliberte:

CiscoLive is Back!

CiscoLive returned to being an in-person event this year and customers responded positively, with 16 thousand showing up to the Mandalay Bay Resort to partake in keynotes, sessions, training, and festivities.

Topics: Networking

Live Events are Back! ExtremeConnect 22

This week I flew to Nashville, TN to participate in ExtremeConnect 22 customer event. Despite Covid flare ups here and there, this event was very well attended – in fact it was sold out.

This was my second in-person event of 2022 and it is great to be back, as everyone gets so much more out of these events when together, and not just the ability to attend keynotes to feel the energy in the room, but the ability to attend training sessions, the opportunity for impromptu hallway meetings, getting access to executives and engineering talent, and the ability to interact socially with your peers.

Topics: Networking

Network Spending Trends in 2022

ESG's annual technology spending intentions report for 2022 surveyed 706 senior IT decision-makers at midmarket (i.e., 100 to 999 employees) and enterprise (i.e., 1,000 or more employees) organizations across North America, Western Europe and Asia Pacific. From an overall perspective, the good news is that 62% of organizations plan to increase overall IT spending. As part of that research, respondents with purchasing influence or authority for networking products and services were asked about their organization’s spending plans in this area over the next 12 months. The data indicates that 52% are expected to maintain the prior year's budget levels and 43% will increase spending. Only 5% will shrink their networking budget.

Topics: Networking

Citrix Redefines Application Delivery and Security with New Service

Citrix recently announced a new App Delivery and Security Service to enable organizations to rapidly and securely deliver applications. This service is well timed and will help organizations that are accelerating digital transformation efforts and expanding their modern application environments in highly distributed environments.

Topics: Networking

Juniper Networks Rolls Out Apstra 4.0 to Accelerate Deployments and Simplify Day 2 Operations

Organizations today are digitally transforming their IT environments to become more agile and responsive to market and customer demands. While this typically includes people, process, and technology, the technology piece underpins many of the new processes and ensures your employees can collaborate and be productive.

Topics: Networking

Observe: Solutions That Just Make Sense

You may not have heard of Observe. It's a relatively new company, launched in October 2020. Observe has been out selling, gaining customers, and growing market share. Though it’s been less than a year, Observe's customer base already includes more than 20 tech/SaaS companies, including Topgolf.

Topics: SaaS

Aruba Launches First Enterprise-grade Wi-Fi 6E Solutions—the Aruba 630 Series

Wi-Fi 6E

Wi-Fi 6E is the latest advancement in Wi-Fi technology, and last year the FCC opened up the 6 GHz band for unlicensed use in the US. What makes this so significant is that the amount of usable Wi-Fi will more than double (due to the amount of RF spectrum available for Wi-Fi).

With Wi-Fi 6E, we should expect to experience less network congestion due to wider channels and faster data rates that can support high-bandwidth applications and use cases—providing a realistic means to help speed innovation.

Topics: Networking

Cisco's Future Cloud Event— Leveraging Breadth and Depth of Portfolio for Hybrid Cloud Solutions

Cisco held its Future Cloud event today to launch a suite of solutions to enable hybrid cloud environments. This was an important launch for Cisco, as it marks a departure from individual product announcements and delivers a more comprehensive solution that leverages the breadth and depth of the Cisco portfolio to connect, secure, and automate cloud migrations.

Topics: hybrid cloud

Extreme Connects with Its Customers in 2021

Last week, Extreme Networks held its annual customer event, Connect, virtually from Boston’s historic Fenway Park. The highlights from the event include new product introductions, a collection of customer and partner relationships, a celebration of 25 years in business, and insights into Extreme Networks' vision moving forward.

Topics: Networking

Streamlining Network Operations: Forecast Calls for Clouds

ESG recently completed its annual technology spending intentions survey of 664 senior IT decision makers at midmarket (i.e., 100 to 999 employees) and enterprise (i.e., 1,000 or more employees) organizations across North America and Western Europe. As part of that research, respondents with purchasing influence or authority for networking products and services were asked about their organization’s networking spending plans over the next 12 months, and the results were published in the ESG brief, Network Spending Trends for 2021 (only available to ESG clients).

Topics: Networking