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 Research Report: Observability from Code to Cloud

Abstract:

Organizations continue to try to strike the balance between cloud-native and legacy infrastructure. Whether organizations take a “cloud-first” or a “cloud-when-it-makes-sense” approach to their digital transformation initiatives, the number and variety of infrastructure options and locations continue to expand. Specifically, IT operations teams continue to strive to improve collaboration with developers on building modern application architectures and establishing the related processes. As companies accelerate or embark on their digital transformation journeys, what is the expected role of ITSM in enabling businesses to realize the benefits of automation, observability, intelligence, and optimization?

To gain insight into these trends, ESG surveyed 357 IT, DevOps, and application development professionals at organizations in North America (US and Canada) responsible for evaluating, purchasing, managing, and building application infrastructure.

Topics: Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Brief: 2022 Data Center Infrastructure Spending Trends

Abstract:

Nearly half of organizations plan to increase spending on data center infrastructure in 2022, and data center modernization efforts continue to be a priority for many. The top modernization steps targeted for investments include software-defined data centers, AIOps, monitoring tools, and on-premises deployments of hyperscale cloud technologies. In addition, a majority of organizations want to apply a cloud-like payment model based on resource utilization in their data centers, further illustrating their desire to balance on-premises and cloud approaches.

Topics: IT Spending Intentions Application & Infrastructure Modernization

ESG Infographic: 2021 Data Infrastructure Trends

Abstract:

Digital business initiatives are placing unprecedented pressures on both IT organizations and the infrastructure they manage.

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure

ESG Research Report: Data Infrastructure Trends

Abstract:

The IT infrastructure landscape has transformed. The data center, once the central cog in the IT machine, is quickly becoming only a piece of a larger and more complex environment. Contemporary IT infrastructure is often distributed across multiple locations both on- and off-premises. This research study is intended to better understand the current state of IT infrastructure, including how the increases in scale and distribution of infrastructure environments are increasing IT complexity and otherwise impacting IT operations.

Topics: Storage Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Master Survey Results: 2021 Data Infrastructure Trends

Abstract:

ESG conducted a comprehensive online survey of IT and data storage professionals from private- and public-sector organizations in North America (United States and Canada) between June 22, 2021 and June 30, 2021. To qualify for this survey, respondents were required to be professionals responsible for evaluating, purchasing, and managing data storage technology for their organization.

This Master Survey Results presentation focuses on investigating storage trends for both on- and off-premises technology environments, including challenges, opportunities, and evolving strategies for both.

Topics: Storage Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Brief: The Rise of the All-flash Data Lake

Abstract:

Data is the fuel of the business, creating new value and offering greater insights. A data lake environment plays a foundational role in helping extract value from data, and artificial intelligence initiatives are no exception. As the demand for faster access to data increases, massive scalability is no longer enough for modern data lake environments, so these environments increasingly leverage flash-level performance as well.

Topics: Storage Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI

ESG Brief: AI and the Massive Success Problem

Abstract:

The recent and massive uptick in AI investments has been driven by the fact that these projects are, by and large, successful. This success often fuels an increase in the number of AI objectives, which places greater demands on IT and the underlying infrastructure. To ensure continued success with AI, the right infrastructure must be in place to consolidate data storage and accelerate its usage across the entire data pipeline.

Topics: Storage Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI

ESG Brief: Modernizing Data Centers with Cloud Technologies and Operating Models

Abstract:

While public cloud momentum has been building for more than a decade, there is still a sizeable footprint of on-premises applications and workloads. Presented with this opportunity, many IT leaders are looking for ways to modernize their own data centers by making them more cloud-like. What technologies will be the likeliest targets for investment as organizations look to accelerate this conversion process in the coming 12 months and beyond?

Topics: Converged Infrastructure Cloud Services & Orchestration hybrid cloud

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