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 Research Report: The State of Digital Ecosystems at the Edge

Research Objectives

Organizations are distributing applications across multiple public cloud environments and edge locations. This is driven by the need to collect and analyze the data generated at these remote sites to enable organizations to improve quality, deliver enhanced experiences (both customer and employee), and gather deeper insights into the business. Because the “edge” can be defined in many ways depending on several factors, such as company size and industry, organizations employ a range of strategies and an ecosystem of partners that includes cloud service providers, telecommunication companies, colocation providers, and even traditional technology vendors to ensure robust edge computing environments that deliver critical business insights.

Topics: Cybersecurity Networking

ESG Brief: SASE: A Managed Service Opportunity

Abstract:

Secure access service edge (SASE) frameworks are increasingly gaining interest with enterprise customers. The deployment of these services presents an opportunity to switch from perpetual licensing or even subscription licensing to delivering SASE as a managed service. The success of SD-WAN, a major component of a SASE framework, is certainly a driver for consuming SASE as a managed service as well. Organizations need to understand how managed service providers are delivering SASE, especially the ability to manage on-premises and cloud offerings.

Topics: Networking Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Brief: A Network-focused Approach to SASE

Abstract:

Secure access service edge (SASE) offers opportunities for both networking and security, but in most organizations the security and networking teams still operate independently. This independence means enterprise strategies for pursuing SASE may often be focused either on networking or security. It should be noted, however, that some organizations are starting with a converged approach. Depending on who is leading the SASE initiative, priorities may differ. This brief will focus on the nearly one-third of organizations taking a network-focused approach to SASE implementation.

Topics: Cybersecurity Networking network security

ESG Brief: The Growth of Network Automation and AI/ML

Abstract:

Automation of network management, often through artificial intelligence and machine learning, holds great potential for helping businesses keep pace with rapidly expanding and complex distributed networks. But most organizations are reluctant to hand over all responsibility to intelligent systems. Change management to overcome AI skepticism, as well as gaining more experience using AI/ML, will build confidence and help drive adoption.

Topics: Networking AI machine learning

ESG Brief: Network Spending Trends for 2022

Abstract:

When it comes to their 2022 spending on networking products and services, enterprises express strong interest in using advanced technologies such as AI and cloud-based management tools to modernize their networks.

Topics: Networking IT Spending Intentions

ESG Brief: Networking Predictions for 2022

Abstract:

2021 is headed for the history books, and we now turn our attention towards the new year. The last year—well to be more precise, the last two years—have brought about significant changes in network environments as digital transformation initiatives, cloud computing adoption, edge computing and hybrid work models impact how networks are acquired, deployed, and managed. The rate of change has only been matched by the pace of innovation as network technologies rapidly evolve to deliver enhanced functionality and secure experiences. As a result, there are a number of key technologies and architectures to follow in 2022.

Topics: Networking

ESG Infographic: 2021 Network Modernization Trends

Abstract:

Today's distributed networking environments have IT organizations scrambling to address new challenges, according to recent ESG research. But fresh technologies and emerging strategies have the potential to bring in benefits if executed well.

Topics: Networking

ESG Research Report: Network Modernization in Highly Distributed Environments

Abstract:

The broad adoption of public cloud services as a source and repository of business-critical data and the increasingly distributed nature of IT environments generally and workforces specifically are impacting network infrastructure in terms of both requirements and challenges. In addition to assessing how modern, distributed environments are impacting network requirements and subsequent architecture, it is imperative to understand how key initiatives like cloud and automation are driving and shaping network strategies. Against the backdrop of all these changes, what kind of interest are organizations showing in new networking technologies like WiFi 6, 5G, and SONiC?

Topics: Networking

ESG Master Survey Results: Network Modernization Trends

Abstract:

ESG conducted a comprehensive online survey of IT professionals from private- and public-sector organizations in North America (United States and Canada) between May 21, 2021 and June 3, 2021. To qualify for this survey, respondents were required to be professionals familiar with their organization’s entire network environment.

This Master Survey Results presentation focuses on the impact of modern, distributed cloud environments on network infrastructure and strategies, spanning data centers, campus, and branch/edge locations.

Topics: Networking

ESG Brief: Network Spending Trends for 2021

Abstract:

Coming off an unprecedented year, the majority of organizations are increasing their IT budgets. While slightly more than one-third of these organizations will increase their network spending in 2021, the majority expect to hold steady compared to last year’s investment levels. This year, organizations also state that they are looking to take advantage of cloud-based network management solutions to drive optimization. The research further demonstrates how organizations with mature digital transformation efforts differ from their counterparts with less mature environments.

Topics: Networking