Mark Peters

Mark Peters

Mark Peters is an ESG senior analyst focused on storage systems. His particular areas of emphasis are block and unified storage systems, virtualized storage, all types of solid-state storage, and the emerging opportunities represented by “software-defined storage.”

Recent Posts by Mark Peters:

NetApp Insight: Both a Conference Name and an Apropos Comment  (Includes Video)

NetApp’s 2018 Insight event was nothing if not engaging: not just for what this vendor is doing (in a traditional announcement and product sense), but for what it is rapidly becoming (in terms of its place in the burgeoning information-based-world).

Of course, NetApp’s impressive – and continuing – recovery and re-formation is only possible because of its excellent execution over the last few years: Focus, finances, and futures have been the emphases, and they are paying off. Take a look at ESG’s On Location video to get a feel for this year’s event and some key takeaways.  

Topics: Storage Cloud Platforms & Services

Hitachi Vantara Talks What’s Next at NEXT (Video)

Last week saw the 2018 Hitachi Vantara NEXT conference. For those of you not following along closely, Hitachi Vantara is the artist previously known as, well, many other things...!

One of the ongoing challenges the company faces (both for itself, and indeed to a greater extent when we consider it in association with its Hitachi parent) is how to describe its panoply of abilities, both IT and otherwise, in a cohesive manner.

Topics: Storage Converged Infrastructure Cloud Platforms & Services Systems Management

Talking NVMe and Optimized Hybrid Storage Management (ESG 360 Video Series)

This conversation is an update with Scott Sinclair on a couple of the key trends in the storage part of the IT ecosystem as we move towards the end of 2018. While the terms discussed here might not be brand new, the extent of focus and interest is moving extremely rapidly. The things Scott wanted to emphasize were NVMe and optimized Hybrid Storage Management.

Topics: Storage

Talking About the Next Steps in IT Automation (ESG 360 Video Series)

It’s easy to talk about automation within IT as an inherently ‘good thing’; but, as Steve Duplessie explains in this conversation, things in IT are invariably done for far more pragmatic reasons than just some vague intrinsic nice-ness! As we move from functional automation (where the real value usually emphasizes cost saving) to more holistic or system-wide automation - both across and between systems – the motivation is more about getting better ROI from better and faster business decisions; moreover those improvements can often be based upon inputs from disparate data sources and applications.

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure

Talking About Linking Development and Security (ESG 360 Video Series)

This conversation with Doug Cahill examines the crucial - but all-too-often overlooked - necessity for cooperation between DevOps and Security teams. While there’s pretty much universal agreement that built-in security is better than bolted-on security, nonetheless the apparently (or at least potentially) competing objectives of DevOps (faster, faster, leaner) and Security (careful, careful, preclude risk) can appear to run counter to everyone’s desires. 

Topics: Cybersecurity

Talking Connectivity and Experience (ESG 360 Video Series)

In this conversation, Bob Laliberte talks about the increasing relevance of [optimized] networking in the contemporary IT world; of course, networking has always mattered, but it has often been the most likely component of IT infrastructure to be viewed as "plumbing."

These days, however, with the emphases on mobility, clouds, the edge, and distributed-everything (data and applications just as much as endpoint-access), the integral impact of networking on connectivity and experience is becoming ever clearer. When everything-IT is interlinked, the linkages matter intently! Bob outlines the main points and then talks about how this new focus on optimized networking is being - and can be - made manifest.  

Topics: Networking

Ubiquity on Full Display at VMworld 2018 (Video)

Yes, VMworld is a vendor event.

But it is also as near to a general IT event as there is.

The 2018 version in Las Vegas showed this “parallel dichotomy” in full force. A focus on the company’s own progress, innovation, and execution was pretty much matched by a focus on its partnerships and its integral position in the overall IT ecosystem. It’s hard to cover everything; but an extensive ESG contingent did its best to distill down some of the key new announcements and take-aways. It means that our On Location video is a little longer than usual at 7 minutes, but it’s packed with insights.

Topics: VMworld Storage

Talking Channel (ESG 360 Video Series)

"The channel" remains a crucial connection between the vendor and user communities, but like everything else in IT, it has evolved. In this discussion, part of ESG's 360 Video Series, Kevin Rhone considers some of the key changes for channel partners in recent years. These organizations have a tremendous influence over much of what is sold to, and used by, IT organizations. With a direct, vendor-owned sales force being such an expensive option, it is typically reserved for only the largest customers and/or the big-ticket items. Everything else normally flows through the channel ecosystem, which has gradually shifted from being essentially a product fulfillment operation to provide far more of an advisory status. Kevin delves into why this change is underway, and addresses whom it is good for.     

Topics: Channel

Talking Storage (ESG 360 Video Series)

Although storage has for many years - and often understandably - been seen as "merely" an IT necessity, its importance has never been greater than today; in this discussion, part of ESG's 360 Video Series, Scott Sinclair attributes that to the realization that access to data (which is, after all, the whole point of storage!) is recognized today as the single most valuable asset for a majority of organizations. The logical extension of this statement is, of course, that "doing" data - aka storage - better than others can in turn lead to better business results. Scott touches on both the management challenges of operating an optimal data ecosystem in a hybrid cloud world, as well as specific technologies - such as NVMe - that are adding necessary and valuable capability improvements.

Topics: Storage

Want to Win in the Digital Economy? Transform your IT Infrastructure

The digital economy is upon us. And data is, de facto, playing an ever-greater role in determining business success. Skeptics might say that this is nothing new…after all, data has always been valuable, which is why we have been storing so much of it over the past few decades.

Let’s dig into the contemporary difference - a distinction that many businesses miss – by reviewing where we have, mostly, gotten to so far: Yes, data has long been a necessity of doing business; and the introduction of traditional IT services has improved efficiency. Email, for example, is a lot handier than having to leave voicemails for everyone, or faxing people, or - if you want to make the extreme case - using the post office. But any competitive gains that traditional IT services offer have long been negated, since everyone else gets access to the same IT services. It doesn’t matter what anyone says, you aren’t dominating your industry just because you have access to email!

Topics: Storage