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

Abstract:

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 Platforms & Services

ESG Master Survey Results: 2018 Data Protection Landscape Survey

Abstract:

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: Data Protection Cybersecurity Cloud Platforms & Services

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

Abstract:

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: Cloud Platforms & Services Storage

ESG Master Survey Results: Tipping Point: Striking the Hybrid Cloud  Balance

Abstract:

ESG conducted a comprehensive online survey of IT professionals from private- and public-sector organizations in North America (United States and Canada) between May 1, 2018 and May 15, 2018. To qualify for this survey, respondents were required to be IT professionals currently responsible for or familiar with their organization’s on-premises infrastructure and public cloud usage.

Topics: Cloud Platforms & Services Storage

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

Abstract:

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

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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 Increasing Business Value of Network Infrastructure

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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

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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

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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

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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