ESG Master Survey Results: 2019 Technology Spending Intentions Survey


This Master Survey Results presentation focuses on 2019 IT budget expectations, technology initiatives and priorities, year-over-year spending change (overall and by technology), hiring/staffing challenges, and cloud adoption/usage trends.

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ESG Research Report: 2019 Technology Spending Intentions Survey


In order to assess technology spending priorities over the next 12-18 months, ESG recently surveyed 810 IT and business professionals representing midmarket (100 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations in North America and Western Europe. All respondents were personally responsible for or familiar with their organizations’ 2018 IT spending as well as their 2019 IT budget and spending plans at either an entire organization level or at a business unit/division/branch level.

Topics: Storage Cybersecurity Data Protection Networking Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI Converged Infrastructure Enterprise Mobility Cloud Services & Orchestration IT Spending Intentions

ESG Master Survey Results: Trends in Cloud Data Security


ESG conducted a comprehensive online survey of IT and cybersecurity professionals from private- and public-sector midmarket (i.e., 100 to 999 employees) and enterprise (i.e., 1,000+ employees) organizations in North America (United States and Canada) between August 16, 2018 and September 6, 2018. To qualify for this survey, respondents were required to be IT/information security/risk management professionals responsible for evaluating and purchasing cloud security technology products and services.

Topics: Cybersecurity Enterprise Mobility Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Brief: The Importance of a Common Distributed Data Services Layer


The IT pendulum is swinging to distributed computing environments, network perimeters are dissolving, and compute is being distributed across various parts of organizations’ infrastructure—including, at times, their extended ecosystem. As a result, organizations need to ensure the appropriate levels of visibility and security at these remote locations, without dramatically increasing staff or tools. They need to invest in solutions that can scale to provide increased coverage and visibility, but that also ensure efficient use of resources. By implementing a common distributed data services layer as part of a comprehensive security operations and analytics platform architecture (SOAPA) and network operations architecture, organizations can reduce costs, mitigate risks, and improve operational efficiency.

Topics: Networking

ESG Master Survey Results: Modern Endpoint Management


This Master Survey Results presentation focuses on modern approaches that unify endpoint management across heterogenous environments helping to eliminate long-standing challenges while fostering improved IT efficiency and employee productivity.

Topics: Enterprise Mobility

ESG Brief: AWS Outposts Announcement at re:Invent 2018 Changes the Hybrid Cloud Landscape


At the recent AWS re:Invent 2018 conference, AWS made one of the most significant announcements ever in the cloud market landscape with AWS Outposts. AWS Outposts brings native AWS services, infrastructure, and operating models to virtually any data center, co-location space, or on-premises facility. This is the first service to offer true public cloud capability in an on-premises configuration, which has been an ask of enterprises since the dawn of the public cloud era. Companies that are looking to leverage a cloud-down hybrid, based on public cloud services and applications, need to consider AWS Outposts.

Topics: Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Brief: Toward Cybersecurity Technology Platforms


Enterprise organizations anchor their cybersecurity requirements with an army of disconnected point tools today, but this strategy no longer offers the scale, efficacy, or efficiency needed for preventing, detecting, and responding to cyber-attacks. To address this mismatch, ESG research indicates that many organizations are already consolidating the number of vendors and tools they use for security today, replacing point tools with integrated security technology architectures. This portends a new era of security products—cybersecurity technology “platforms.” This raises questions such as: What is a security platform? What are the most important attributes of a cybersecurity technology platform?

ESG research reveals the answers to these questions, providing a roadmap for security professionals and technology vendors.

Topics: Cybersecurity

ESG Brief: Cybersecurity Landscape: The Evolution of Enterprise-class Vendors


Security strategies based upon disconnected point tools are ineffective and inefficient. As a result, many organizations are consolidating security technologies and winnowing down their list of vendors while building a security architecture based upon tightly coupled security controls and services. This transition has several ramifications. On the demand side, it is altering security technology procurement behavior where organizations are spending more money with fewer vendors. Of course, this is having a boomerang effect on the supply side as security vendors integrate their products and services with the hopes of offering enterprise-class cybersecurity “platforms” covering threat prevention, detection, and response capabilities across endpoints, networks, servers, and cloud-resident workloads. This brief examines these trends through the eyes of 232 IT and cybersecurity professionals. The data reveals existing cybersecurity technology strategies and the challenges they present. It proceeds to investigate how organizations plan to address these challenges through technology integration, vendor consolidation, and a move toward cybersecurity “platforms.”

Topics: Cybersecurity

ESG Master Survey Results: 2018 Data Protection Landscape Survey


This Master Survey Results presentation focuses on the changes and challenges impacting the data protection landscape, from emerging technologies like AI and cloud computing through new compliance requirements to a confluence with cyber threats.

Topics: Cybersecurity Data Protection Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Brief: Analysis of IBM's Acquisition of Red Hat – Is it a Game Changer?


IBM’s acquisition of Red Hat has been termed a “game changer” by many, but what is the real impact of this deal? While the deal is significant in scope, the near-term impacts will be limited by the lack of existing synergies in the combined product portfolio. This acquisition helps IBM’s position in the hybrid cloud market significantly but doesn’t enable it to leapfrog competitors like Microsoft, AWS, or Google. The biggest opportunity for IBM is in the container and Kubernetes space, especially if on-premises and bare metal containers become popular. The new IBM would be very well positioned for that type of cloud.

Topics: Storage Cloud Services & Orchestration