Christophe Bertrand

Christophe Bertrand

Senior Analyst Christophe Bertrand covers data protection at ESG. Christophe has 25 years of experience in services, software, and high-end storage systems as well as a passion for the product marketing discipline and product launches. Christophe has spent most of his career in the data storage and data protection space with companies such as Legato Systems (now EMC), VERITAS, Maxtor, Hitachi Data Systems, DataDirect Networks, and most recently Arcserve.

Recent Posts by Christophe Bertrand:

ESG Research Report: Tape's Place in an Increasingly Cloud-based IT Landscape

Abstract:

Tape is back on the forefront with new use cases and possibilities. The need for unlimited and cost-conscious storage for long-term retention has never been stronger, particularly for “cold” layers of storage in public and private clouds. Hardware, software, and product usability evolutions make tape solutions an attractive option for long-term archiving, ransomware remediation, and massive storage for media or media-like applications.

In order to gain insight into these trends, ESG surveyed 303 IT professionals at organizations in North America (US and Canada) personally responsible for or familiar with their organization’s data protection environment and strategy, including tape technology. The respondents’ organizations had to be current users of tape technology. This research aimed to understand the current state of enterprise tape deployments, uncover specific use cases (including vertical-specific ones), identify gaps, and highlight future expectations. Special attention was also paid to cloud use cases such as the usage of tape for long-term retention by hyperscalers, leveraging cloud-like services that use tape as a replacement for on-premises solutions and migration of tape to cloud.

Topics: Data Protection

ESG Master Survey Results: Tape’s Place in an Increasingly Cloud-based IT Landscape

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 2020 IT trends for the existing and emerging technology influencing tape usage, buying intentions of IT teams, existing challenges and drivers influencing buying decisions, and buyer preferences for changing tape topologies.

Topics: Data Protection

ESG Brief: Data Protection Predictions for 2021

Abstract:

No one could have predicted the COVID-19 pandemic and the profound impact it has had on our lives, our society, the way we now work, how we market our products, and the ripple effects on IT infrastructure and data in general. This once-in-a-lifetime event is placing data protection at the top of many lists, something that our research highlighted in 2020 and, looking ahead to 2021, will directly affect IT strategies against a backdrop of accelerated digital transformation/optimization.

Topics: Data Protection

ESG Research Report: Data Protection Trends and Strategies for Containers

Abstract:

Container adoption is accelerating and so too is the requirement to properly protect container environments and the data in them. ESG research indicates that, so far, IT professionals are kicking the can down the road. While many recognize the growing importance of containers relative to other vital application platforms, confidence levels in organizations’ ability to protect containerized workloads are lagging. As was the case with other recent disruptive shifts in the IT landscape, including the VMware and cloud computing phenomena, newer data protection approaches are needed.

In order to gain insight into these trends, ESG surveyed 334 IT professionals at organizations in North America (US and Canada) personally responsible for or familiar with their organization’s container-based application environment and strategy, including the associated data protection tools and processes.

Topics: Data Protection

ESG Master Survey Results: Data Protection Considerations for Containers

Abstract:

ESG conducted a comprehensive online survey of IT professionals from private- and public-sector organizations in North America (United States and Canada) between June 12, 2020 and June 24, 2020. To qualify for this survey, respondents were required to be IT professionals responsible for/familiar with their organization’s container-based application environment strategy.

This Master Survey Results presentation focuses on understanding the current state of end-users’ application and container deployments, identifying data management gaps, and determining current practices and potential disconnects that may exist when protecting Kubernetes/ containers infrastructure at scale.

Topics: Data Protection

ESG Research Report: Real-world SLAs and Availability Requirements

Abstract:

Data protection technologies and processes mean nothing unless objectives are not only established and aligned with business and IT objectives, but also measured and improved over time. As organizations increasingly shift to more hybrid and data-intelligent infrastructures, understanding real-world data protection and availability SLAs is becoming more critical for both IT practitioners and the vendors that provide supporting technology.

In order to gain insight into these trends, ESG surveyed 378 IT professionals at organizations in North America (US and Canada) personally responsible for or involved in data protection technology and process decisions for their organizations, specifically those pertaining to the ability to meet SLAs associated with applications/workloads. This research aimed to understand the current state of end-users’ deployments, identify gaps, and highlight future expectations. Tolerance for downtime, downtime metrics, and real-world SLAs in the context of actual data loss were studied against the backdrop of availability technologies and methods, including hybrid environments.

Topics: Data Protection

ESG Master Survey Results: Real-world SLAs and Availability Requirements

Abstract:

ESG conducted a comprehensive online survey of IT professionals from private- and public-sector organizations in North America (United States and Canada) between March 20, 2020 and March 28, 2020. To qualify for this survey, respondents were required to be IT professionals responsible for data protection technology decisions, including those in place to ensure application SLAs are met.

This Master Survey Results presentation focuses on real-world SLAs and availability requirements, including tolerance for downtime, downtime metrics, and real-world SLAs in the context of actual data loss against the backdrop of availability technologies and methods.

Topics: Data Protection Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Research Report: The SaaS Data Protection Disconnect

Abstract:

The broad adoption of cloud services as a source of and repository for business-critical data is placing the onus on data owners to deliver on data protection SLAs for data and applications that are hosted in the cloud. Concurrently, on-premises backup and disaster recovery workloads are leveraging cloud destinations, resulting in hybrid data protection topologies with varying service levels, end-user tradeoffs, and opportunities. How are IT organizations utilizing cloud services as part of their data protection strategy today?

In order to get more insight into these trends, ESG surveyed 370 IT professionals at organizations in North America (US and Canada) responsible for data protection technology decisions for their organization, specifically around those data protection and production technologies that may leverage cloud services as part of the solution.

Topics: Data Protection

ESG Research Report: The Evolution from Data Backup to Data Intelligence

Abstract:

A chasm exists between traditional “dumb” data backup, in which data is only moved around but not leveraged to drive or support business outcomes, and data management, in which data is better understood and reused for other technical or business purposes. The data protection space is undergoing a fundamental shift from traditional backup and recovery with the emergence of more autonomous AI-based solutions.

In order to understand how this confluence of changes is creating a dichotomy between currently available solutions and end-users’ desired data protection state in the next few years, ESG surveyed 359 IT professionals at organizations in North America (US and Canada) responsible for data protection technology decisions for their organization.

Topics: Data Protection data management

ESG Master Survey Results: The Evolution from Data Backup to Data Intelligence

Abstract:

ESG conducted a comprehensive online survey of IT and data protection professionals at private- and public-sector organizations in North America (US and Canada) between June 28, 2019 and July 21, 2019. To qualify for this survey, respondents were required to be IT decision makers currently responsible for or familiar with their organizations’ production storage and data protection mechanisms, as well as their organization’s approaches to facilitating data usage by primary and secondary beneficiaries.

This Master Survey Results presentation focuses on the transition from traditional data backup processes to data management strategies in which data is better understood and reused for other technical or business purposes.

Topics: Data Protection data management