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 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

ESG Brief: Juniper Enters 2021 Focused on Client-to-cloud Vision: Delivering Superior User Experiences for the AI-driven Enterprise

Abstract:

The global pandemic significantly impacted organizations last year in many different ways. The biggest was undoubtedly the swift transition to work-from-home programs and the need to stand up technology to enable this shift. As a result, many organizations reported that these efforts had dramatically accelerated their company’s digital transformation efforts. ESG research validates this acceleration and highlights that some of the top goals of organizations’ digital transformation initiatives are to drive greater operational efficiencies and deliver differentiated customer experiences. Therefore, it shouldn’t be a surprise that technology vendors are also accelerating their efforts to deliver solutions to enable greater operational efficiency to address the increasing complexity arising from a highly distributed IT environment. A great example of this vendor transformation can be seen in the steps taken by Juniper Networks.

Topics: Networking Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI

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