Consider Applying the Cloud Consumption Model to On-premises Data Center Infrastructures

When digital initiatives evolve in the data center, so too should your ability to choose how you consume IT resources. The desire to move to the cloud has some IT leaders intrigued, yet they continue to look into ways to maximize their existing IT investment and bridge the gap to get to the cloud. This has many IT leaders not moving to the cloud just yet but preferring to buy infrastructure via a consumption-based model such as a monthly subscription based on resource utilization for their on-premises data center.

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure Converged Infrastructure Digital Transformation Application & Infrastructure Modernization

Accelerate Edge-to-cloud and Artificial Intelligence with Lenovo’s Smart Infrastructure Solutions

In March 2021, Lenovo announced new offerings that provide new ways for clients to accelerate computing with their Lenovo TruScale Services, which enables flexible consumption of server resources. The purpose of this launch was to accelerate real-time insights from the edge to the cloud; incorporate eighteen new ThinkSystem and ThinkAgile systems in the portfolio by expanding AMD’s family of third generation EPYC microprocessors, including eight new ThinkSystem V2 servers updated with third generation Intel Xeon scalable processors; and deliver ready-to-deploy analytics and AI offerings with SAS edge analytics, city security AI with Addfor, and scalable machine learning with cnvrg.io.

Topics: IT Infrastructure Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI Application & Infrastructure Modernization

How High-performance and High-capacity Storage Platforms Address the Storage Stack Problem

In a recent briefing with George Crump, Chief Marketing Officer of StorONE, we learned about Seagate and StorONE's latest offering that is designed to provide affordable high-performance and high-capacity storage solutions. The offering from StorONE, which became available in early March 2021 and features Seagate’s drives, was created specifically with a focus on databases, virtualization video surveillance, file, backup, and archive capability.

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure Converged Infrastructure Application & Infrastructure Modernization

Public Cloud and Digital Transformation Initiatives for 2021

The Influx of Digital Efforts

2020 was a challenging year for people and business alike. As we look to 2021 and the future, businesses have shifted and ramped up the focus on digital transformation initiatives. These initiatives are emerging from the need for a remote workforce and increased digital marketing and sales efforts, fueled in part by an influx in budget from reduced travel. This more digital mindset means more customers are looking online to experience everything from shopping to virtual travel to social events and more—and companies are scrambling to accelerate their digital transformation efforts to meet the need.

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure Converged Infrastructure Application & Infrastructure Modernization

Introducing Enterprise Strategy Group's Application and Infrastructure Modernization Analyst

Did you know: 71% of technology decision makers use research-based thought leadership materials to vet a company’s capabilities?

I actually used to be one of those decision makers before recently joining ESG as a senior analyst, but before I get ahead of myself, let me step back and introduce myself.

When I look back, it seems like everything I have done in my career has led up to this moment. I have spent the past 25 years in the tech industry developing go-to-market strategies, identifying new routes to market, and creating and expanding partner ecosystems (three things we do in spades for our clients here at ESG).

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure Converged Infrastructure Application & Infrastructure Modernization

VMworld 2020: What's Next for VMware Heros? (Video)

For the last decade, IT pros have mapped their career paths to server virtualization and have truly become heroes inside their organization. Now, they have the opportunity to accelerate their careers with containers as they map closer to modern application development. Tune in as Scott Sinclair and I share our observations on VMworld 2020 and what the future holds for IT professionals.

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure Enterprise Mobility

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 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

Blockchain Progresses in the Enterprise IT Space (Video)

As blockchain continues to progress outside of cryptocurrencies and into the enterprise IT space, organizations are beginning to look for ways to leverage the benefits of blockchain. Let me stop right there. You’re probably thinking, “What benefits? It’s just Bitcoin.” While Bitcoin gets the headlines, as it should since it’s the top use case within the financial vertical and has a massive consumer-based following, blockchain is so much more than Bitcoin. It’s truly disruptive technology that will enable organizations to recognize massive efficiency gains and cost savings across all verticals, from communications & media, and transportation & logistics to business services and retail. Check out my video below where I talk about the top reasons why blockchain should matter to you.

Topics: Cybersecurity IT Infrastructure Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI Blockchain

Making Infrastructure Less Visible Shines a Light on Other Issues

In my recent blog and video covering my predictions for infrastructure in 2018, I promised to return to the key themes, saying that I thought their simplicity could obfuscate their importance. So, here goes on adding a little more color to the first one.

The onward march from IT as infrastructure technology [back] to IT as information technology makes for memorable semantic fun…but it covers way more than that. Yes, it’s important to have IT focused on the overall delivery model, SLAs and – most important of all – the achievement of relevant business outcomes. However, the move of individual infrastructure elements somewhat out of the immediate spotlight and more into the (literal and figurative) IT shadows should never be interpreted as any lessening of the value associated with, or attributed to, these elements. Quite the reverse. As we increasingly rely on more integrated IT systems – convergence, cloud services, and software-defined being three common contemporary manifestations – so we inevitably also increasingly rely on those systems being “better.” In this context “better” does not necessarily mean things like price-performance – which remain nice-to-haves of course – but absolutely means things like reliability, ease of use, automation, and interoperability.

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure