ESG Brief: Challenges Hindering Network Infrastructure Evolution


IT is constantly trying to improve its agility and responsiveness in an effort to provide a more cloud-like experience for users, but is often held back by infrastructure, specifically network infrastructure. What are the biggest challenges facing networking teams as they look to maintain what’s already in place while simultaneously evolving the network with new technologies? ESG’s research indicates that organizations are still plagued by budgetary constraints and challenges related to implementing effective network security measures, while also struggling to provision network services for new or upgraded applications.

Topics: Networking

ESG Brief: Veeam Announces Hyper-availability Vision Supported by Intelligent Data Management Platform


At its recent VeeamON user conference, Veeam unveiled its new vision and strategy based on the concept of “hyper-availability.” Veeam’s hyper-availability vision is supported by its “intelligent data management” architecture, designed to help the company attack the enterprise market while simultaneously continuing to grow its SMB and midmarket business.

Topics: Data Protection

ESG Brief: The Increasing Business Value of Network Infrastructure


The initial—and typically de facto—party to blame for any IT outage is the network. As a result, the network is perceived to be a problematic burden rather than a strategic resource and is subsequently derided as being a cost center. However, in a time when organizations are increasingly leveraging cloud computing services and pursuing initiatives like digital transformation and IoT, the network is more important than ever.

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

ESG Channel Survey: Modern Partner Enablement Trends


The objectives of this channel survey were to identify current trends and needs for effective partner enablement today, and determine how IT vendors should modernize their partner enablement programs and delivery from the ground up. ESG surveyed channel partners that sell into mid-size and enterprise organizations--38% IT value-added reseller, 36% managed services provider, 20% cloud services provider, 4% national or global systems integrator, 2% local or regional systems integrator. Survey respondents represented small, midmarket, and enterprise companies.

Topics: Storage Cybersecurity Channel Data Protection Networking Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI Converged Infrastructure Enterprise Mobility Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Brief: Workflow Orchestration Your Way with Google Cloud Composer


When complex workflows don’t perform as anticipated, IT can end up spending valuable time addressing infrastructure challenges rather than revenue-generating activities. Google’s Cloud Composer serves as an effective, end-to-end workflow orchestration tool to address the challenges of building, scheduling, and managing complex workflows across diverse environments. With Cloud Composer, Google continues to focus on building integrated solutions that incorporate intelligence and machine learning, while enabling flexibility and portability by being anchored in open source technology.

Topics: Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Brief: Enabling Data Center Modernization with Converged and Hyperconverged Infrastructure


As organizations pursue IT modernization initiatives, they are focused on achieving operational excellence, while ensuring that IT can efficiently and effectively respond to the business. Both converged infrastructure (CI) and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solutions contribute to this goal of making organizations more agile not only by making deployment and management of IT infrastructure easier, but also by enabling IT to rapidly respond to the needs of end-users. Whether it allows organizations to build consumable services on a private cloud anchored by CI/HCI, or empowers developers to spin up and down resources themselves at will, a cloud-like experience on-premises is becoming a must-have for organizations looking to modernize their data centers and embark on their digital transformation journeys.

Topics: Converged Infrastructure Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Brief: The Growth in the Use of Application Containers


Over the past several years, application containers and container management platforms, such as Docker and Kubernetes, have emerged as a new application packaging and delivery format, optimized for more agile application management and delivery. But with this rise has come questions about both the level of adoption and pervasiveness of usage for containers. Research conducted by ESG shows that containers are quickly moving from labs into production via the continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) DevOps methodologies being employed by many organizations that now manage infrastructure as code (IaC). But ESG also found that the move to containers doesn’t exclude existing application deployment methods, nor are containers limited to only new cloud-native applications.

Topics: Cybersecurity AWS re:Invent Cloud Services & Orchestration