Bob Laliberte

Bob Laliberte

ESG Practice Director and Senior Analyst Bob Laliberte focuses on existing and emerging network technologies, software, and services utilized by enterprises and service providers. He is particularly interested in the software-defined and virtual architectures that will drive the next wave of network investment. His coverage includes the network, cloud, and service offerings that telcos (wireless and fixed line), cable operators, and MSPs are delivering to enterprise customers.

Recent Posts by Bob Laliberte:

ESG Brief: Cisco Live 2020 - New and Enhanced Network Solutions to Fuel Digital Transformation

Abstract:

Cisco Live 2020 got a makeover this year—it went all digital (due to COVID-19) after being held live and in-person for the past 30 years. More than 120,00 people attended the event where Cisco demonstrated its commitment to the community and its customers. There were also plenty of announcements about new and updated services for networking, security, collaboration, and customer experience. In the networking arena, new services announced comprised a series of network insight capabilities covering a wide assortment of products across Cisco’s portfolio—focusing on accelerating digital transformation via enhanced and improved proactive and predictive services, and the vital ability to automate data center networks globally.

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

ESG Brief: Strategic Shifts in the Application Delivery Controller (ADC) Market

Abstract:

Growing numbers of organizations are adopting modern application platforms, distributing and securing them across data centers and multiple public cloud environments. ESG conducted research to determine how those changes have impacted application delivery controller (ADC) deployments. The results indicate that organizations are expecting ADCs to evolve with emerging application and cloud technologies and deliver new capabilities that enable them to more efficiently manage, optimize, and secure their distributed environments.

Topics: Networking Cloud Services & Orchestration network security

ESG Master Survey Results: Application Delivery Controller Trends

Abstract:

ESG’s Master Survey Results provide the complete output of syndicated research surveys in graphical format. In addition to the data, these documents provide background information on the survey, including respondent profiles at an individual and organizational level. It is important to note that these documents do not contain analysis of the data.

This Master Survey Results presentation focuses on application delivery controller (ADC) trends, especially as organizations balance hybrid cloud and application development strategies.

Topics: Networking

ESG Brief: Aruba Edge Services Platform (ESP): AI-powered Automation and Protection at the Edge

Abstract:

With the edge adding to the complexity of IT, organizations need a simple, cost-effective solution to extract valuable insights from immense amounts of data and, at the same time, protect the business. Aruba’s recently announced AI-powered, unified edge services platform (ESP for short) incorporates intelligence and security, helping improve agility and network visibility, boosting security at the edge, and enhancing the user experience.

Topics: Cybersecurity Networking network security

ESG Brief: Cisco SD-WAN Cloud Hub with Google Cloud: Simplifying Cloud Connectivity

Abstract:

Cisco and Google Cloud recently announced Cisco SD-WAN Cloud Hub with Google Cloud, a new collaborative turnkey networking solution. Cisco’s SD-WAN capabilities (policy, security, and telemetry) merged with Google Cloud’s software-defined backbone offer organizations an effective means to ensure that security and compliance policies—as well as application service-level objectives (SLOs)—can easily extend across the network. The solution offers organizations a comprehensive way to view the end-to-end network, providing secure on-demand connectivity from customer locations, through Google Cloud’s backbone, as well as applications running in Google Cloud, other clouds, private data centers, or SaaS applications.

Topics: Networking Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Brief: Impact of Containers on the Network

Abstract:

The rapid adoption of containers to support modern application environments is having a significant impact on IT and the underlying technology. This is especially true for the network team, where container adoption is impacting existing network architectures and creating new challenges. As is the case with most transitions, there is a temptation to resist change, but as time and previous technology transformations have demonstrated, these changes must be embraced. Organizations need to ensure that the network is in a position to accelerate the adoption of new technologies.

Topics: Networking Cloud Services & Orchestration hybrid cloud

ESG Brief: Container Usage Trends

Abstract:

Hybrid has become the de facto cloud strategy for most organizations and will likely remain so for the foreseeable future. At the same time, there is a lot of discussion in the market regarding modern or cloud-native application environments as organizations look to shift from infrastructure-focused to application-centric management, but what is the reality of container environments in enterprises? ESG research confirms that not only has the adoption of containers been steady—and will continue to be—but also that this usage will play an increasing role in supporting production application environments.

Topics: Networking Cloud Services & Orchestration hybrid cloud

ESG Master Survey Results: Trends in Modern Application Environments

Abstract:

ESG conducted a comprehensive online survey of IT professionals and software developers at private- and public-sector organizations in North America (US and Canada) between June 7, 2019 and June 17, 2019. To qualify for this survey, respondents were required to be responsible for supporting their organization’s application development environment, including their plans and strategy for containers technology. All respondents were provided an incentive to complete the survey in the form of cash awards and/or cash equivalents.

This Master Survey Results presentation focuses on the current state of application development architectures and methodologies in use in enterprise environments, specifically usage of and plans for containers technology.

Topics: Cybersecurity Data Protection Networking Enterprise Mobility Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Brief: Network Predictions for 2020

Abstract:

As 2019 rolls into the history books, it is time to evaluate how networking has evolved this year and think about what organizations can expect in 2020. This year witnessed the initial deployments of 5G networks, the rollout of WiFi 6, continued mergers and acquisitions, the introduction of new chipsets that enable greater throughput (400Gbps), and greater emphasis on end-to-end networking. It also witnessed underlay and overlay integration and IBN. Additionally, network automation continued to progress, as SD-WAN deployments made more progress on their way to becoming ubiquitous.

This brief looks at the key trends and events that will shape networking technologies, suppliers, and customers in 2020.

Topics: Networking

ESG Brief: Cisco AI Network Analytics

Abstract:

Given the increasing complexity and scale of IT environments, it is becoming clear that technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) will be required for operations teams to effectively and efficiently manage these environments. This is especially true for the network in highly distributed environments, since it plays an integral role in connecting data centers, clouds, and edge environments. Cisco wants to make its intent-based networking (IBN) solutions smarter, simpler, and more secure by adding AI/ML and multi-domain integration. At this year’s Cisco Live in San Diego, Cisco announced its latest innovations for IBN, AI Network Analytics, along with tight domain integration and additional AI/ML support in DevNet.

Topics: Networking Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI