ESG Brief: Understanding IT’s New Normal in the Wake of COVID-19

Abstract:

COVID-19 introduced the business world to a new and previously unforeseen risk factor, in-person face-to-face interactions. For knowledge workers, the result was a mass exodus out of corporate offices and into their homes, now dependent on remote work. For the IT organizations tasked with supporting their businesses and those knowledge workers, COVID-19 reaffirmed the importance of digital transformation, now as a risk mitigation tool, emphasizing the continued importance of streamlining operations, while accelerating cloud usage to shift more of the risk burden to third-party providers.

Topics: Storage Cybersecurity Data Protection Networking Converged Infrastructure Enterprise Mobility Cloud Services & Orchestration data management COVID-19 Tech Effect

ESG Brief: Cisco SD-WAN Cloud Hub with Google Cloud: Simplifying Cloud Connectivity

Abstract:

Cisco and Google Cloud recently announced Cisco SD-WAN Cloud Hub with Google Cloud, a new collaborative turnkey networking solution. Cisco’s SD-WAN capabilities (policy, security, and telemetry) merged with Google Cloud’s software-defined backbone offer organizations an effective means to ensure that security and compliance policies—as well as application service-level objectives (SLOs)—can easily extend across the network. The solution offers organizations a comprehensive way to view the end-to-end network, providing secure on-demand connectivity from customer locations, through Google Cloud’s backbone, as well as applications running in Google Cloud, other clouds, private data centers, or SaaS applications.

Topics: Networking Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Master Survey Results: Technology Impact of COVID-19: IT Decision Maker (ITDM) View

Abstract:

ESG’s Master Survey Results provide the complete output of syndicated research surveys in graphical format. In addition to the data, these documents provide background information on the survey, including respondent profiles at an individual and organizational level. It is important to note that these documents do not contain analysis of the data.

This Master Survey Results presentation focuses on the technology impact of COVID-19 in terms of both enabling more employees to work from home and the impact on original 2020 IT budget levels, as well as expectations for how the remote work landscape may change.

Topics: Cybersecurity Networking Enterprise Mobility Cloud Services & Orchestration COVID-19 Tech Effect Covid-19

ESG Master Survey Results: COVID-19 Technology Implications for Knowledge Workers

Abstract:

ESG’s Master Survey Results provide the complete output of syndicated research surveys in graphical format. In addition to the data, these documents provide background information on the survey, including respondent profiles at an individual and organizational level. It is important to note that these documents do not contain analysis of the data.

This Master Survey Results presentation focuses on the experiences and changing work habits of corporate knowledge workers related to their current work from home (WFH) status resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak.

Topics: Cybersecurity Networking Enterprise Mobility Cloud Services & Orchestration COVID-19 Tech Effect Covid-19

ESG Research Report: The State of Network Security: A Market Poised for Transition

Abstract:

In order to assess the network security landscape over the last 12-24 months, as well as what the priorities over the next 12-24 months are expected to be, ESG surveyed 265 IT security professionals representing enterprise-class (i.e., 1,000 employees or more) organizations in North America (United States and Canada). All respondents were personally responsible for evaluating, purchasing, and managing network security technology products and services.

Survey participants represented a wide range of industries including manufacturing, financial, healthcare, and communications and media, among others.

Topics: Cybersecurity Networking

ESG Master Survey Results: Network Security Trends

Abstract:

This Master Survey Results presentation focuses on the current state of network security, including current strategies and challenges, and how these are guiding the current and (expected) future usage of foundational network security technologies.

Topics covered include:

  • Modern network security challenges.
  • The confusion around "zero trust."
  • Top considerations for SDP and microsegmentation initiatives. 
  • The state of the DDoS prevention market.
  • Third-party deception tool adoption drivers.
Topics: Cybersecurity Networking

ESG Research Report: 2020 Technology Spending Intentions Survey

Abstract:

In order to assess technology spending priorities over the next 12-18 months, ESG recently surveyed 658 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’ 2019 IT spending as well as their 2020 IT budget and spending plans at either an entire organization level or at a business unit/division/branch level.

Survey participants represented a wide range of industries including manufacturing, financial services, healthcare, communications and media, retail, government, and business services.

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

ESG Master Survey Results: 2020 Technology Spending Intentions Survey

Abstract:

ESG conducted a comprehensive online survey of IT professionals from private- and public-sector organizations in North America (United States and Canada) and Western Europe (UK, France, and Germany) between October 31, 2019 and November 26, 2019. To qualify for this survey, respondents were required to be senior IT professionals familiar and involved with their organization’s overall 2020 IT budget and spending plans. All respondents were provided an incentive to complete the survey in the form of cash awards and/or cash equivalents.

This Master Survey Results presentation focuses on 2020 IT budget expectations, technology initiatives and priorities, year-over-year spending change (overall and by different technologies), hiring/staffing challenges, and cloud adoption/usage trends.

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

ESG Brief: Impact of Containers on the Network

Abstract:

The rapid adoption of containers to support modern application environments is having a significant impact on IT and the underlying technology. This is especially true for the network team, where container adoption is impacting existing network architectures and creating new challenges. As is the case with most transitions, there is a temptation to resist change, but as time and previous technology transformations have demonstrated, these changes must be embraced. Organizations need to ensure that the network is in a position to accelerate the adoption of new technologies.

Topics: Networking Cloud Services & Orchestration hybrid cloud

ESG Brief: Container Usage Trends

Abstract:

Hybrid has become the de facto cloud strategy for most organizations and will likely remain so for the foreseeable future. At the same time, there is a lot of discussion in the market regarding modern or cloud-native application environments as organizations look to shift from infrastructure-focused to application-centric management, but what is the reality of container environments in enterprises? ESG research confirms that not only has the adoption of containers been steady—and will continue to be—but also that this usage will play an increasing role in supporting production application environments.

Topics: Networking Cloud Services & Orchestration hybrid cloud