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 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

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