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: Storage

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 ESG on Location

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: ESG Validation Services Storage

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: Data Protection Storage

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 ESG on Location

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 ESG on Location

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: The Future is Now

As we have watched the flash storage industry evolve over the past several years, vendors tend to follow one of two different approaches. The first approach is often one that tries to time the market and figure out when to make the transition. This approach tends to involve tiers of storage infrastructure, where more emergent technologies are more expensive and targeted at higher value workloads, while the established technologies are delivered to the masses. As time goes on, technology vendors figure out how to balance the transition. And we in the industry debate things like the cost benefit tradeoffs of the different options.

Topics: Artificial Intelligence Storage ESG on Location

Accelerating to a Data-centric Architecture with Pure Storage

Having taken a few days break from the color orange, I’m ready to share my thoughts on Pure Accelerate. The show started with Pure Storage CEO Charlie Giancarlo talking about stools, with the three legs of a stool representing the core components of the data center: compute, networking, and storage. We were left with a new Pure vision anchored in storage, but focused on more than storage: a data-centric architecture that addresses the simplicity, agility, and performance requirements of the modern business. 

Topics: Artificial Intelligence Data Management Storage ESG on Location

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