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: The Importance of a Common Distributed Data Services Layer

Abstract:

The IT pendulum is swinging to distributed computing environments, network perimeters are dissolving, and compute is being distributed across various parts of organizations’ infrastructure—including, at times, their extended ecosystem. As a result, organizations need to ensure the appropriate levels of visibility and security at these remote locations, without dramatically increasing staff or tools. They need to invest in solutions that can scale to provide increased coverage and visibility, but that also ensure efficient use of resources. By implementing a common distributed data services layer as part of a comprehensive security operations and analytics platform architecture (SOAPA) and network operations architecture, organizations can reduce costs, mitigate risks, and improve operational efficiency.

Topics: Networking

ESG Brief: Challenges Hindering Network Infrastructure Evolution

Abstract:

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: The Increasing Business Value of Network Infrastructure

Abstract:

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: Cloud Services & Orchestration Data Management Networking

ESG Brief: IoT’s Impact on the Network

Abstract:

As IoT devices play an increasingly important role in tracking supply chains, enabling smart cities, and delivering a differentiated shopping experience, it will be imperative to ensure your network and operations teams can handle the increased demand. Understand what your peers are reporting as the biggest impact of IoT on the network and operations and begin to ask the appropriate questions to ensure successful IoT initiatives and activities.

Topics: Cybersecurity Networking Enterprise Mobility

ESG Brief: Impact of Cloud Computing on the Network

Abstract:

Cloud computing has made a significant impact on IT. How and where organizations consume, build, and run critical business applications have changed dramatically. As more organizations turn to cloud computing, ESG sought to understand what kind of an impact this transition has had on the network, with specific regard to short-term spending and long-term strategy decisions.

Topics: Cloud Services & Orchestration Networking