Scott Sinclair

Scott Sinclair

ESG Senior Analyst Scott Sinclair has a proven history in both the storage and data protection industries. Scott uses his keen understanding and experience investigating new technologies and designing business strategies for Fortune 500 technology companies to solve unique problems for his clients.

Recent Posts by Scott Sinclair:

ESG Brief: Understanding IT’s New Normal in the Wake of COVID-19

Abstract:

COVID-19 introduced the business world to a new and previously unforeseen risk factor, in-person face-to-face interactions. For knowledge workers, the result was a mass exodus out of corporate offices and into their homes, now dependent on remote work. For the IT organizations tasked with supporting their businesses and those knowledge workers, COVID-19 reaffirmed the importance of digital transformation, now as a risk mitigation tool, emphasizing the continued importance of streamlining operations, while accelerating cloud usage to shift more of the risk burden to third-party providers.

Topics: Storage Cybersecurity Data Protection Networking Converged Infrastructure Enterprise Mobility Cloud Services & Orchestration data management COVID-19 Tech Effect

ESG Brief: Software-defined Architecture -  The Foundation of IT Infrastructure Transformation

Abstract:

Software-defined storage promised freedom from hardware lock-in. It has delivered, in part, on that promise. However, procuring enterprise storage technology as software separate from hardware creates new complexities. When IT organizations are aiming to add infrastructure agility and flexibility, the architecture becomes more important than the delivery model. Solutions featuring a software-defined architecture will provide the greatest value, whether they are deployed and delivered as software, as an array, as hyperconverged infrastructure, or as something else.

Topics: Storage

ESG Research Report: Data Storage Trends in an Increasingly Hybrid Cloud World

Abstract:

In 2019, ESG conducted a research study to better understand enterprise storage buying drivers and challenges across both on- and off-premises cloud environments. This was a quantitative web-based survey covering 372 IT and storage professionals responsible for evaluating, purchasing, and managing data storage technology—including external disk-based storage systems—for their organization.

The objectives for this research included investigating trends in storage for both on- and off-premises environments; storage challenges for file, block, and cloud-based technologies; on-premises technologies such as flash, NVMe, NVMe-oF, and SDS; and the differences between high and low data growth organizations.

Topics: Storage hybrid cloud

ESG Brief: Data Storage Predictions for 2020

Abstract:

As we approach the conclusion of 2019, Scott Sinclair reflects on the current state of data storage technology and tries to forecast what’s next for the market in 2020.

Topics: Storage

ESG Brief: Software-defined Storage: Finding Value Amongst the Noise

Abstract:

Software-defined storage (SDS) transforms data centers, delivering the IT infrastructure agility businesses require to remain competitive in this increasingly digitally defined economy. As a key enabler for software-defined data centers, as well as hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) and private cloud storage services, deploying storage intelligence as software is completely redefining data centers—both operationally and when it comes to capital investments. While SDS can deliver long-term transformational benefits, not all SDS solutions are the same. Identifying the right SDS solution is critical to achieving the maximum benefit and the desired business outcome.

Topics: Storage Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Brief: A Data Center Revolution in Storage Technology

Abstract:

The storage technology landscape has evolved dramatically over the past few years. Data centers once dominated by SAN and NAS arrays now include all-flash arrays, software-defined storage, and even hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) technology. The introductions of these new technologies have fundamentally altered the storage technology landscape, changing the makeup of the data center, as well as the organizational structure and/or flexibility of the IT staffing. And these shifts may just be the early signs of the revolution in storage, as it moves away from multiple isolated technologies each with its own expert to fewer, more powerful, and automated technologies.

Topics: Storage Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Brief: Three Categories of Modern Software-defined Storage

Abstract:

The IT industry is currently enjoying a renaissance in enterprise storage technology innovation. While much of the excitement centers on the rise of all-flash storage, ability to deploy storage intelligence as software offers its own set of transformational benefits. Software-defined storage (SDS) technologies are changing the manner in which IT organizations are able to deploy and leverage storage intelligence.

Topics: Storage

ESG Research Report: Software-defined Storage (SDS) Market Trends

Abstract:

Find out what ESG research uncovered about the software-defined storage market when it surveyed IT decision makers for answers to questions like:

Topics: Storage

SDS: Hyperscale or Hyperconverged?

Abstract:

Excitement over software-defined storage (SDS) technology has created an interesting side effect; the term has been used so often and for such a wide variety of solutions that this excitement has also led to confusion. Currently, the term can refer to a myriad of different product types, each with its own set of benefits and considerations. While some storage vendors and industry experts have tried to define what SDS is, or more often what it isn’t, the fact is that many of the solutions leveraging the SDS qualifier offer value, albeit in different ways. This brief will focus on two different delivery models of SDS-based technologies that seek to replace traditional storage systems, hyperscale and hyperconverged, to help better understand the benefits and considerations.

Topics: Storage

SDS: Data Plane versus Control Plane

Abstract:

Excitement over software-defined storage (SDS) technology has created an interesting side effect; the term has been used so often and for such a wide variety of solutions that this enthusiasm has also led to confusion. Currently, the term SDS can refer to a myriad of different product types, each with its own set of benefits and considerations. While some storage vendors and industry experts have tried to define what SDS is, or more often what it isn’t, the fact is that many of the solutions leveraging the SDS qualifier offer value, albeit in different ways. This brief offers a primer for how to think about SDS and evaluate the various solutions.

Topics: Storage