ESG Brief: Google Cloud Targeting Enterprise Cloud Users with Google Next ‘18 Announcements


At the recent Google Next ‘18 conference, Google made several significant announcements about Google Cloud and the Google Cloud Platform (GCP). The new GCP services and programs were a clear sign that Google is focused on meeting the needs of enterprise cloud users. Google discussed new programs and offers to support enterprise users, and the product announcements showed that hybrid cloud is an important cloud model for GCP. Companies that are using cloud computing should carefully consider the Google offerings and move beyond the perception that GCP is focused on consumer or cloud-native-only workloads.

Topics: Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Brief: Okta and VMware: Extending a Secure, Productive Workspace


Being able to work anywhere, anytime, on any device continues to help boost employee productivity and satisfaction, though it still presents assorted challenges for the IT organization when securing the enterprise. However, relief to this problem may be in sight: Okta, a provider of identity management software delivered as a cloud service, and VMware, an innovator in digital workspace delivery and management, recently announced their partnership, bringing together the benefits of VMware’s Workspace ONE with Okta’s Identity Cloud.

Topics: Cybersecurity Enterprise Mobility Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Brief: The Role of DevSecOps in Automating Application Container  Security


The rapid adoption of application containers is creating a new set of cybersecurity challenges and, as a result, an expanded set of requirements for server workload security solutions. Research conducted by ESG shows that containers are moving quickly into production with a side effect of sprawl, as previously experienced by IT departments with the advent of virtual machines. Exploit attacks experienced by many organizations have created concerns about how application container environments—including registry-resident images and orchestration platforms—expose a new set of software, configuration, and access vulnerabilities. ESG research also reveals a strong interest in automating security via DevOps (“DevSecOps”) and shows how these practices allow cybersecurity and operations teams to integrate security in each stage of the continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipeline that governs the build-ship-run phases of the container lifecycle.

Topics: Cybersecurity Systems Management AWS re:Invent

ESG Brief: Spotlight on GDPR and Its Effects on Data Protection


The deadline for organizations to comply with GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) has passed, and many organizations still don’t feel that they’re ready. The regulation has many implications for organizations’ data protection and security policies and procedures. The process of bringing your organization in line with the regulation will have many benefits beyond mere compliance, allowing you to improve your data classification, security, data privacy, and customer relationships.

This brief is free for download, compliments of the data protection team at ESG.

Topics: Data Protection GDPR

ESG Brief: Challenges Hindering Network Infrastructure Evolution


IT is constantly trying to improve its agility and responsiveness in an effort to provide a more cloud-like experience for users, but is often held back by infrastructure, specifically network infrastructure. What are the biggest challenges facing networking teams as they look to maintain what’s already in place while simultaneously evolving the network with new technologies? ESG’s research indicates that organizations are still plagued by budgetary constraints and challenges related to implementing effective network security measures, while also struggling to provision network services for new or upgraded applications.

Topics: Networking

ESG Brief: Veeam Announces Hyper-availability Vision Supported by Intelligent Data Management Platform


At its recent VeeamON user conference, Veeam unveiled its new vision and strategy based on the concept of “hyper-availability.” Veeam’s hyper-availability vision is supported by its “intelligent data management” architecture, designed to help the company attack the enterprise market while simultaneously continuing to grow its SMB and midmarket business.

Topics: Data Protection

ESG Brief: The Increasing Business Value of Network Infrastructure


The initial—and typically de facto—party to blame for any IT outage is the network. As a result, the network is perceived to be a problematic burden rather than a strategic resource and is subsequently derided as being a cost center. However, in a time when organizations are increasingly leveraging cloud computing services and pursuing initiatives like digital transformation and IoT, the network is more important than ever.

Topics: Cloud Platforms & Services Data Management Networking

ESG Channel Survey: Modern Partner Enablement Trends


The objectives of this channel survey were to identify current trends and needs for effective partner enablement today, and determine how IT vendors should modernize their partner enablement programs and delivery from the ground up. ESG surveyed channel partners that sell into mid-size and enterprise organizations--38% IT value-added reseller, 36% managed services provider, 20% cloud services provider, 4% national or global systems integrator, 2% local or regional systems integrator. Survey respondents represented small, midmarket, and enterprise companies.

Topics: Cloud Platforms & Services Converged Infrastructure Cybersecurity Data Management Data Protection Enterprise Mobility Networking Storage Systems Management Channel

ESG Brief: Workflow Orchestration Your Way with Google Cloud Composer


When complex workflows don’t perform as anticipated, IT can end up spending valuable time addressing infrastructure challenges rather than revenue-generating activities. Google’s Cloud Composer serves as an effective, end-to-end workflow orchestration tool to address the challenges of building, scheduling, and managing complex workflows across diverse environments. With Cloud Composer, Google continues to focus on building integrated solutions that incorporate intelligence and machine learning, while enabling flexibility and portability by being anchored in open source technology.

Topics: Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Brief: Enabling Data Center Modernization with Converged and Hyperconverged Infrastructure


As organizations pursue IT modernization initiatives, they are focused on achieving operational excellence, while ensuring that IT can efficiently and effectively respond to the business. Both converged infrastructure (CI) and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solutions contribute to this goal of making organizations more agile not only by making deployment and management of IT infrastructure easier, but also by enabling IT to rapidly respond to the needs of end-users. Whether it allows organizations to build consumable services on a private cloud anchored by CI/HCI, or empowers developers to spin up and down resources themselves at will, a cloud-like experience on-premises is becoming a must-have for organizations looking to modernize their data centers and embark on their digital transformation journeys.

Topics: Cloud Platforms & Services Converged Infrastructure