ESG Brief: Long-term Data Retention Drivers and Trends


There are many reasons to archive data. For too many organizations, “archiving” is immediately presumed to be a cumbersome, unattainable, legacy process that IT had previously deprioritized, while erroneously believing that a “backup copy” held for an extended period of time was a sufficient alternative. Every aspect of that presumption is incorrect—modern archiving is a critical and compelling aspect of nearly every IT organization’s forward-looking strategy.

Topics: Data Protection

ESG Brief: Market Disruption: Next-generation Databases


The database market continues to be dominated by a handful of traditional, commercial, relational databases from a few major vendors. Or does it? ESG research shows increasing business adoption of next-generation database options, perhaps not always as direct replacements for old school choices, but definitely for more than just niche corner-case applications. Further, once new databases land a seed in new accounts, they tend to flourish and grow rapidly. The widespread adoption of NoSQL and NewSQL databases will have a profound impact and should be properly understood by buyers and vendors alike.

Topics: Storage Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI

ESG Research Report: 2017 Public Cloud Computing Trends


In order to assess IT spending priorities over the next 12-18 months, ESG recently surveyed 641 IT professionals representing midmarket (100 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations in North America and Western Europe. All respondents were personally responsible for or familiar with their organizations’ 2016 IT spending as well as their 2017 IT budget and spending plans at either an entire-organization level or at a business-unit/division/branch level. A subset of ESG’s questions in this survey focused on respondents’ usage of and plans for public cloud computing services.

ESG Brief: Three Categories of Modern Software-defined Storage


The IT industry is currently enjoying a renaissance in enterprise storage technology innovation. While much of the excitement centers on the rise of all-flash storage, ability to deploy storage intelligence as software offers its own set of transformational benefits. Software-defined storage (SDS) technologies are changing the manner in which IT organizations are able to deploy and leverage storage intelligence.

Topics: Storage

ESG Research Report: The Shifting Cybersecurity Landscape


The cybersecurity industry is populated with a plethora of vendors offering discrete solutions representing a fragmented market, historically absent of dominant leaders. The influx of venture capital funding, and, more recently, the participation of private equity firms, have contributed to a growing number of players vying for buyer mindshare and budget. However, notable M&A activity, including Symantec’s acquisition of BlueCoat, and the TPG Capital-led spinout of Intel Security, coupled with anecdotal customer feedback about point tool fatigue, indicate the cybersecurity market is at a tipping point, one that could lead to centers of power, vendor-centric ecosystems, and the emergence of a small group of enterprise-class cybersecurity vendors. These dynamics were the impetus for ESG to conduct research on both the rise of enterprise-class cybersecurity vendors and the requirements of enterprise-ready cybersecurity platforms.

Topics: Cybersecurity

ESG Brief: The Database Market: Radical Shift to the Cloud


The database market continues to evolve rapidly, no longer dominated by just a handful of traditional approaches. One of the biggest impacts has been the availability—and increasing popularity—of public cloud options. Businesses are finding new opportunities in cloud-based databases, and not only for dev/test or transient workloads. Yet incumbent vendors are keeping pace with these shifts in preferences, requiring upstarts to work even harder for meaningful differentiation.

Topics: Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI Cloud Services & Orchestration