ESG Brief: Blockchain - Appearing on IT's Ledger

Abstract:

Research conducted by ESG reveals that a healthy number of IT organizations are at least testing the waters of blockchain technology, especially in verticals like financial services, telco, and transportation. As organizations look for ways to leverage blockchain to improve operational efficiency and reduce costs by leveraging a secure, decentralized platform that can help eliminate the middle man of transaction-based aspects of their business, continued proof points across verticals will go a long way to simplify the core concepts and clarify the benefits that organizations can achieve through the disruptive technology in their specific businesses.

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

ESG Research Report: 2018 IT Spending Intentions Survey

Abstract:

In order to assess IT spending priorities over the next 12-18 months, ESG recently surveyed 651 IT 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’ 2017 IT spending as well as their 2018 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 Brief: Perspectives on Readiness for and Impact of GDPR

Abstract:

With the May 2018 deadline a mere four months away, are organizations ready for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)? According to ESG research, there is still work ahead. Many firms aren’t completely prepared and may have to make incremental technology purchases for GDPR compliance over the next few months. Furthermore, organizations need to button down their incident response plans so they are prepared to report breaches to supervisory authorities within 72 hours as stipulated by GDPR. To address the many GDPR challenges ahead, ESG recommends focusing on areas like data discovery/classification, identity and access management, encryption, and IR planning.

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

ESG Brief: Streamlining On-premises Infrastructure: Lessons from the Cloud

Abstract:

Traditional granular on-premises infrastructure deployments are continuing to face pressure from not only “direct” alternatives—such as converged and hyperconverged solutions—but also from the rising adoption of public cloud services. With public cloud increasingly integrated into the overall IT “mix,” it is not merely an alternative to the traditional on-premises norm; it is also providing lessons that can make the on-premises “2.0” world stronger.

Topics: Storage Converged Infrastructure Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Brief: Why and How to Protect VMs within Hyperconverged and Converged Infrastructures

Abstract:

Many of the most compelling hyperconverged and converged infrastructure solutions boast built-in data protection capabilities. For the purposes of this paper, the two architectures will be collectively considered and referred to as “HCI” unless specifically noted. Built-in data protection capabilities within some HCI offerings are often seen as differentiators and additional benefits of consolidating IT solution components versus using self-built and protected infrastructure. But does this mean that as organizations embrace HCI, traditional DP solutions’ relevance will fade? Not necessarily.

Topics: Data Protection Converged Infrastructure

ESG Master Survey Results: 2018 IT Spending Intentions Survey

Abstract:

This Master Survey Results presentation focuses on 2018 IT budget trends, technology initiatives and priorities, year-over-year spending change (overall and by technology), hiring/staffing trends, and cloud adoption/usage.

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

ESG Master Survey Results: IT Plans and Priorities for Remote and Branch Offices

Abstract:

This Master Survey Results presentation focuses on the IT priorities and challenges when it comes to supporting the technology requirements of remote office/branch office (ROBO) locations, and how organizations plan to address those challenges.

Topics: Data Protection Networking Converged Infrastructure

ESG Master Survey Results: 2017 General Storage Trends

Abstract:

This Master Survey Results presentation focuses on usage trends for traditional storage infrastructure and an emergent set of newer on-and off-premises options, with topics ranging from challenges and sentiment to purchasing dynamics and drivers.

Topics: Storage Converged Infrastructure

ESG Master Survey Results: Converged and Hyperconverged Infrastructure Trends

Abstract:

This Master Survey Results presentation focuses on usage trends for converged and hyperconverged infrastructure technology, and the impact these solutions are having on on-premises IT environments.

Topics: Storage Converged Infrastructure Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Brief: Convergence and Storage: Competition or Coexistence?

Abstract:

The growing adoption of converged and hyperconverged IT infrastructure is having a significant impact on traditional storage systems and the professionals who support and manage them. These solutions are likelier to be deployed in more complex—or at least diverse—storage environments, and are increasingly used to support existing workloads rather than just net-new applications. At the same time, storage specialists are losing their grip on the authority to decide what storage is used in CI/HCI implementations. While the full extent of change toward a more converged IT infrastructure has likely not yet occurred, nonetheless for storage specialists, the writing appears to be on the (data center) wall.

Topics: Storage Converged Infrastructure