Scott Sinclair

Scott Sinclair

ESG Senior Analyst Scott Sinclair has a proven history in both the storage and data protection industries. Scott uses his keen understanding and experience investigating new technologies and designing business strategies for Fortune 500 technology companies to solve unique problems for his clients.

Recent Posts by Scott Sinclair:

IBM Think 2020: Virtual Event with Real Transformation

Last week, I was able to attend IBM’s virtual Think 2020 event. And though I still prefer the in-person versions of these events, I can say the announcements did not disappoint.

Whether it was by design or due to the pandemic, IBM focused its new technology introductions down to a few larger, broader-reaching technology solutions. A couple of which have the potential to be game-changing.

Topics: Storage

Can AWS, Google, and Microsoft Save IT from the Mires of Hybrid Cloud Complexity?

In my recent article at SearchStorage, I took a look the hybrid cloud solutions offered by several of the major public cloud providers, Google Anthos, AWS Outposts, and Azure Stack, and their potential to help solve the modern challenges of hybrid cloud environments.

IT has a complexity problem, as nearly two thirds (64%) of IT decision makers recently surveyed by ESG indicated IT is more complex now compared with just two years ago. And for those that identify IT as more complex, more than a quarter (26%) of them identify the need to leverage both on-premises data centers and off-premises cloud providers as a driver of that increased complexity.

Topics: Storage

Dell EMC PowerStore: A New Beginning

The much-anticipated Dell EMC PowerStore was announced yesterday, the heir apparent to both the Dell EMC Unity and the SC technology portfolios.

At first glance, PowerStore delivers on all the expectations nearly anyone might have for a next generation mid-range storage array. You name it, it has it, including end-to-end NVMe, support for block and file storage, ability to scale up and/or out, a host of enterprise storage features, and a 4:1 data reduction ratio guarantee.

Topics: Storage

Red Hat Goes Virtual and Opens the Cloud

With the face-to-face interaction still on hold, Red Hat held its virtual experience event. All in all, I was impressed with the execution. There was a technical hiccup here and there, but even live events don’t always go 100% as planned.

Topics: Storage COVID-19 Tech Effect

IBM Grows Storage Business by Double Digits

In a time where nearly every business is searching for some good news, IBM’s storage systems business impresses with strong growth. In IBM’s recent earnings announcement this week, the company reports that its enterprise storage systems revenue grew by 18%, for the second consecutive quarter of growth for IBM Storage.

This high growth rate is on par with some of IBM’s other high growth businesses such as its cloud business, up 19%, and Red Hat, which also grew 18%.

Topics: Storage

Gauging Covid-19’s Long-term Impact on the Data Center

In Nassim Talib’s book, The Black Swan, he focuses on the extreme impact of rare outlier events. I highly recommend adding it to your quarantine reading list. The key takeaway is that you can’t predict these events, so don’t try. Instead, prioritize creating robustness, whether in your life or in your business, so that you are prepared. It is not an if; it’s a when. 

Topics: Storage COVID-19 Tech Effect

Stellus Sets Performance Record -  Giving File Data a Much Needed Speed Boost

Modern IT has a need for speed. In the digital era, data fuels decision making, enhances how businesses interact with their customers, and determines operational efficiency, plus in a growing number of cases, data is the product.

Topics: Storage

Pure Storage Announces Impressive Growth

Last week, Pure Storage announced some very impressive fourth quarter earnings results. Some highlights include:

  • Q4 revenue $492.0 million, up 17% year-over-year.
  • Full-year revenue $1.643 billion, up 21% year-over-year.
  • Q4 GAAP gross margin 70.8%; Full-year GAAP gross margin 69.0%.
  • Full-year free cash flow was $101.7 million, up 59% year-over-year.
  • Pure added more than 500 new customers in the quarter, reaching over 7,500 total customers.
Topics: Storage

Addressing the Edge of Business Will Require More Than Technology

The edge, or the internet of things (IoT), is the next technology frontier. Though edge environments have existed for some time, it has recently become the wild west of technology, one defined by many harsh realities and a new ramp in investment, as businesses look for the next digital goldmine.

Nearly four out of ten (38%) storage decision makers believe IoT workloads will be a top driver of on-premises storage spending growth over the next 24 months, with one-third (33%) identifying IoT workloads for cloud storage spending over that same time period. IT is preparing for an onslaught of data growth resulting from these workloads, but how are IT vendors poised to address these needs of businesses at the edge?

Topics: Storage

New IBM FlashSystem Family: More than just Flash, More than just Systems

This week IBM announced an update to its FlashSystem storage portfolio. While new flash storage releases have become somewhat commonplace lately, thinking that IBM’s FlashSystems are just systems with flash does them a huge disservice. IBM has integrated some game-changing software innovation into its FlashSystems. While much of this technology has been in there for a while, the benefits extend far beyond the average storage system.

Topics: Storage