Talking GDPR (ESG 360 Video Series)

This video series has already featured a discussion with Christophe Bertrand talking generally about the data protection market. In this video, part of ESG's 360 Video Series, Christophe focuses specifically on explaining the key points about one of the most significant contemporary DP issues - that is, the recently implemented European GDPR (or General Data Protection Regulation). He covers how it intersects with the topic of compliance, how its impact is essentially often global, and how it poses many questions in terms of execution and rigidity. He closes by speculating on the likely imminent increase in the number of Data Protection Officer roles - and explains why they would be needed.

Topics: Storage Data Protection GDPR ESG 360 Video Series

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 ESG 360 Video Series

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: IBM Storage IT Transformation

IBM Storage Develops Its Modern Storage Mantra and Portfolio (Video)

Modern and transformational storage infrastructure and technologies are better equipping IT leaders to keep pace with modern data demands, and to better enable business success. That’s not just a glib assertion – it is the quantifiable result from recent ESG market research; some initial specific ‘headlines’ of which can be read about in this blog about ESG's research.  

Topics: IBM Storage FlashSystem 9100

HPE GreenLake: IT Flexibility on Steroids (Video)

Sure, the letters "i" and "t" can be found together in the word "flexibility," but getting genuine flexibility in terms of the provision of IT - in other words to build IT capabilities dynamically around necessary outcomes rather than foundational inputs - has long remained a big challenge for the industry and consumers alike, both operationally and commercially.

Topics: Storage hybrid cloud HPE Discover

Talking Validation (ESG 360 Video Series)

In this discussion, part of ESG's 360 Video Series, VP of ESG's Validation Services Brian Garrett explains how the ways that ESG conducts its validation services have changed over the years - not only driving a better appreciation of the value that vendors' offerings can deliver but also reflecting a change in users’ demands. The change is twofold: Whereas early testing and proving was most often around individual products and features, now the functional emphasis is much more likely to be around a complete solution - anything from HCI to data protection to cloud and “...as a service” offerings; in all these situations, flexibility and ease of use have come to the fore. Secondly the validations that ESG conducts are now much more frequently focused on the economic and business value of a solution instead of - or as well as - merely its functional efficacy. Brian discusses the reasons for these changes, and notes that actual user input is now also increasingly important to the process.

Topics: Storage ESG Validation Services

Talking Data Protection: ESG 360 Video Series

This conversation with Christophe Bertrand, part of ESG's 360 Video Series, is a reminder of the importance of data protection (DP) - especially the recovery element rather than 'just' the backup element. This may seem obvious; however, Christophe reminds us that the importance of DP is not to be measured so much as a only a necessary basic cost of doing business, BUT that - when optimized - it can actually return genuine value to the business. So, while the technologies and processes of DP's mechanics continue to improve, it is the resulting data-ROI opportunities of DP that should really be driving the business discussions and decisions in this area.

Topics: Storage Data Protection ESG 360 Video Series

Discovering a Renewed HPE (Video)

One of the fascinating parts of my job is watching companies ebb, flow, and change over time. Sometimes it’s stealth ideas in borrowed offices, sometimes it’s start-ups that are “Roman Candles” or bloom to maturity and/or acquisition; and sometimes it is the venerable industry giants really making a substantive change. The last is rare, often painful, and invariably slower than the others...but the recent HPE Discover event persuaded me that I am probably witnessing such a transformation.


Topics: Storage HPE Discover

ESG in Conversation with 'Coz' at Pure Accelerate (Video)

John Colgrove (universally known as 'Coz') is one of the founders at Pure - that alone makes him interesting. But he also happens to be a genuinely interesting person; so when I got a chance to interview him at the recent Pure Accelerate event, naturally I took it.

I wanted to avoid the obvious “tell us about the products, Coz” (if you want to know about the happenings at the company and the event, you can see ESG's On Location video and other blogs by Bob Laliberte, Scott Sinclair, and Mike Leone)....and so instead in just 5 minutes or so we manage to touch on the motivation of the company founders, the satisfaction of Pure implementations that deliver real value to humanity and not just to balance sheets, and the future - or at least semantic longevity! - of the storage and data industries.

Topics: Storage Pure Accelerate

Pure Accelerate 2018 – Data Centric in the City (includes video)

If nothing else, Pure has, to date, managed to pick some interesting locations for its Accelerate conferences – this year the now-signature food trucks that exemplify the event were lined up right across from City Hall in San Francisco at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. I wrote ‘if nothing else,’ but of course that’s unfair, as Pure also always manages to have an excellent combination of style and substance.

Topics: Storage ESG on Location Pure Accelerate