ESG Brief: Imanis Data Launches Version 4.0 and Delivers Machine Learning-based RPO


Hadoop and NoSQL workloads are pervasive in production environments and require enterprise-class data protection, yet few data protection solutions offer such capabilities. That’s the problem Imanis Data is zooming in on. Imanis Data is demonstrating that it is squarely focused on product execution and is putting its B-round of $13.5 million from earlier this year to good use. The recent announcement of v 4.0 introduces many new data protection features, including some innovative machine learning-based capabilities.

Topics: Cybersecurity Data Protection Data Management

ESG Master Survey Results: Cybersecurity Trends at SMB Organizations


This Master Survey Results presentation focuses on the cybersecurity threat landscape faced by SMB organizations (i.e., 50 to 499 employees), the subsequent challenges they face, and the measures they currently—and expect to—take to counteract both.

Topics: Cybersecurity

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

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: The Growth in the Use of Application Containers


Over the past several years, application containers and container management platforms, such as Docker and Kubernetes, have emerged as a new application packaging and delivery format, optimized for more agile application management and delivery. But with this rise has come questions about both the level of adoption and pervasiveness of usage for containers. Research conducted by ESG shows that containers are quickly moving from labs into production via the continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) DevOps methodologies being employed by many organizations that now manage infrastructure as code (IaC). But ESG also found that the move to containers doesn’t exclude existing application deployment methods, nor are containers limited to only new cloud-native applications.

Topics: Cloud Platforms & Services Cybersecurity Systems Management

ESG Brief: Microsoft Azure Advanced Threat Protection: Attack Protection for Cloud, On-premises, and Hybrid Environments


Security continues to be a key focus of organizations across industries. Traditional security practices employing multiple security and management tools are expanding the attack surface—making it more difficult for IT to effectively set and manage security policies. Many businesses are still not adequately protected from the proliferation of bad actors, but are uncertain about how to address this increasingly urgent situation. Microsoft’s new cloud-based Azure Advanced Threat Protection solution may be a welcome addition to the vendor’s Enterprise Mobility + Security E5. By leveraging machine learning algorithms and behavior analytics, this solution can protect organizations against security threats lurking across networks.

Topics: Enterprise Mobility Cloud Platforms & Services Cybersecurity

ESG Brief: Blockchain - Appearing on IT's Ledger


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

ESG Brief: IoT’s Impact on the Network


As IoT devices play an increasingly important role in tracking supply chains, enabling smart cities, and delivering a differentiated shopping experience, it will be imperative to ensure your network and operations teams can handle the increased demand. Understand what your peers are reporting as the biggest impact of IoT on the network and operations and begin to ask the appropriate questions to ensure successful IoT initiatives and activities.

Topics: Cybersecurity Networking Enterprise Mobility

ESG Master Survey Results: Trends in Hybrid Cloud Security


This Master Survey Results presentation focuses on how organizations view the impact of hybrid and multi-cloud strategies on their cybersecurity priorities, processes, and technology purchases.

Topics: Cloud Platforms & Services Cybersecurity