ESG Research Report: 2019 Technology Spending Intentions Survey

Abstract:

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

ESG Master Survey Results: Trends in Cloud Data Security

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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: Cloud Services & Orchestration Cybersecurity Enterprise Mobility

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

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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 Master Survey Results: 2018 Data Protection Landscape Survey

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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 Services & Orchestration

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

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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 Services & Orchestration 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 Services & Orchestration Storage

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

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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 Services & Orchestration

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 Services & Orchestration

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

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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 AWS re:Invent Cloud Services & Orchestration

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 Services & Orchestration Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI Networking