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 Master Survey Results: Real-world SLAs and Availability Requirements


This Master Survey Results presentation focuses on real-world SLAs, metrics, and availability methods in order to quantify the perceived business impacts of downtime and data loss.

Topics: Systems Management Data Protection

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: 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 Research Report: 2018 IT Spending Intentions Survey


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

ESG Brief: 2018 Application Development Spending Priorities


As enterprise organizations evolve their digital transformation initiatives, the need for them to become more agile in application development is often a lynchpin in the viability of these efforts. ESG’s research has found that, when it comes to application development initiatives and strategies, formalizing DevOps practices and developing new mobile applications were among organizations’ top spending priorities for the next 12-18 months. These top initiatives are driven by an organization’s overall application development output, with strong correlations between the need to formally implement DevOps practices with the size and number of applications deployed.

Topics: Cybersecurity Enterprise Mobility Systems Management IT Spending Intentions

ESG Brief: Perspectives on Readiness for and Impact of GDPR


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

ESG Brief: Data Protection Should Be Part of Your Systems Management Strategy


IT operations generalists are increasingly becoming the backup administrators of tomorrow, not because of career path choices but because protection and recovery tasks are naturally aligning with provisioning, managing, patching, and monitoring.

Topics: Data Protection Systems Management

ESG Master Survey Results: 2018 IT Spending Intentions Survey


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