ESG Brief: SASE: A Managed Service Opportunity

Abstract:

Secure access service edge (SASE) frameworks are increasingly gaining interest with enterprise customers. The deployment of these services presents an opportunity to switch from perpetual licensing or even subscription licensing to delivering SASE as a managed service. The success of SD-WAN, a major component of a SASE framework, is certainly a driver for consuming SASE as a managed service as well. Organizations need to understand how managed service providers are delivering SASE, especially the ability to manage on-premises and cloud offerings.

Topics: Networking Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Brief: A Network-focused Approach to SASE

Abstract:

Secure access service edge (SASE) offers opportunities for both networking and security, but in most organizations the security and networking teams still operate independently. This independence means enterprise strategies for pursuing SASE may often be focused either on networking or security. It should be noted, however, that some organizations are starting with a converged approach. Depending on who is leading the SASE initiative, priorities may differ. This brief will focus on the nearly one-third of organizations taking a network-focused approach to SASE implementation.

Topics: Cybersecurity Networking network security

ESG Brief: The Growth of Network Automation and AI/ML

Abstract:

Automation of network management, often through artificial intelligence and machine learning, holds great potential for helping businesses keep pace with rapidly expanding and complex distributed networks. But most organizations are reluctant to hand over all responsibility to intelligent systems. Change management to overcome AI skepticism, as well as gaining more experience using AI/ML, will build confidence and help drive adoption.

Topics: Networking AI machine learning

ESG Brief: Network Spending Trends for 2022

Abstract:

When it comes to their 2022 spending on networking products and services, enterprises express strong interest in using advanced technologies such as AI and cloud-based management tools to modernize their networks.

Topics: Networking IT Spending Intentions

ESG Research Report: SASE Trends

Abstract:

The amount of interest in secure access service edge (SASE) architectures has exploded over the last 18 months. Organizations struggle using traditional, on-premises-based network and security solutions to support distributed, cloud-centric enterprise environments. While this has been an increasing challenge over the last few years, the pandemic and resulting spike in newly remote workers pushed many organizations to a tipping point. At the same time, the broad applicability of SASE leads to some confusion about where to begin and which technologies are required, exacerbated by legacy organizational dynamics.

Topics: Cybersecurity Networking

ESG Brief: Networking Predictions for 2022

Abstract:

2021 is headed for the history books, and we now turn our attention towards the new year. The last year—well to be more precise, the last two years—have brought about significant changes in network environments as digital transformation initiatives, cloud computing adoption, edge computing and hybrid work models impact how networks are acquired, deployed, and managed. The rate of change has only been matched by the pace of innovation as network technologies rapidly evolve to deliver enhanced functionality and secure experiences. As a result, there are a number of key technologies and architectures to follow in 2022.

Topics: Networking

ESG Brief: Network Security Predictions for 2022

Abstract:

This brief looks at some the key trends and events that will shape network security technologies, suppliers, and customers in 2022.

Topics: Cybersecurity Networking

ESG Complete Survey Results: Network Security Trends in Hybrid Cloud Environments

Abstract:

ESG conducted a comprehensive online survey of cybersecurity and IT/information security professionals from private- and public-sector organizations in North America (United States and Canada) between June 2, 2021 and June 21, 2021. To qualify for this survey, respondents were required to be cybersecurity and IT/information security professionals familiar with their organization’s network security tools and processes and responsible for evaluating, purchasing, and/or operating corporate network security controls across public cloud infrastructure and on-premises data centers/private cloud.

This Complete Survey Results presentation focuses on network security tools and strategies used to protect both public cloud environments and on-premises data centers, as more organizations look to take a more hybrid approach to IT.

Topics: Cybersecurity Networking Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Complete Survey Results: 2021 SASE Trends: Plans Coalesce But Convergence Will Be Phased

Abstract:

ESG conducted a comprehensive online survey of cybersecurity, networking, and IT professionals from private- and public-sector organizations in North America (United States and Canada) and Western Europe (UK, France, and Germany) between June 29, 2021 and July 20, 2021. To qualify for this survey, respondents were required to be cybersecurity, networking, and IT professionals involved with networking and security technology and processes and with some level of familiarity with SASE.

This Complete Survey Results presentation focuses on understanding the trigger points that are influencing SASE initiatives and determining the extent to which specific technologies and products are being included in support of SASE now and how that is expected to change.

Topics: Cybersecurity Networking

ESG Research Report: 2022 Technology Spending Intentions Survey

Abstract:

In order to assess technology spending priorities over the next 12-18 months, ESG recently surveyed 706 senior IT decision makers representing midmarket (100 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations in North America, Western Europe, and Asia-Pacific. All respondents were personally responsible for or familiar with their organization’s 2021 IT spending as well as their 2022 IT budget and spending plans at either an entire organization level or a business unit/division/branch level.

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