ESG Validation

ESG Lab First Look: Automating IT Infrastructure with Dell EMC PowerOne Autonomous Infrastructure


Challenges with Digital Transformation:1

Topics: Storage Converged Infrastructure

ESG Technical Review: Four Critical Benefits of Automating Disaster Recovery with Veeam Availability Orchestrator

Co-Author(s): Christophe Bertrand


This ESG Technical Review documents hands-on validation of Veeam Availability Orchestrator. The goal of the report is to validate that the solution supports business continuity/disaster recovery (BC/DR) in a variety of failure scenarios, enhancing the business’s ability to create accurate and reliable recovery plans while significantly reducing the effort required to test, validate, and execute these plans.

Topics: Data Protection

ESG Technical Review: Cohesity Data Management


This ESG Technical Review examines the Cohesity data management platform, focusing on Cohesity’s solution to mass data fragmentation (MDF): the ability to collapse workload silos, eliminate copies, and share data efficiently.

Topics: Data Protection Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI

ESG Technical Validation: Optimizing Oracle Database Efficiency and Performance with 32G End-to-End NVMe

Co-Author(s): Kerry Dolan


This report documents performance testing of the IBM FlashSystem 9150 with end-to-end NVMe, including a comparison of 16GB vs. 32GB Fibre Channel (FC) Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) in the server and storage array along with the b-type storage network switch.

Topics: Storage Networking Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI

ESG Technical Validation: Quantum DXi9000 Deduplication Appliance


This report examines Quantum’s DXi9000 enterprise disk backup appliance, with a focus on how the DXi9000 fits into Quantum's data protection portfolio. ESG examined the performance, deduplication, replication, data availability, scalability, and encryption capabilities of the DXi9000. Also examined: Disaster recovery solutions with Quantum’s Scalar tape libraries and integration with independent software vendor (ISV) offerings such as Veeam’s Data Mover Service (VDMS), Symantec's NetBackup OpenStorage (OST), Auto Image Replication (AIR) and Granular Restore Technology (GRT).

Topics: Storage Data Protection

ESG Technical Review: BMC TrueSight Automation for Networks


This ESG Technical Review documents testing and analysis of BMC’s TrueSight Automation for Networks, with a focus on configuration, patching, vulnerability management with automated remediation, and compliance features.

Topics: Cybersecurity Networking patch management endpoint management

ESG Technical Review: Securing an App-centric SD-WAN with CloudGenix CloudBlades


This ESG Technical Review documents hands-on validation of how CloudGenix’s CloudBlades enable organizations to secure an SD-WAN network while minimizing both capital and operational expenses. We illustrate how organizations can use CloudBlades to integrate third-party cloud-based services with SD-WAN capabilities while enabling high application performance and availability at geographically dispersed remote offices/branch offices (ROBOs).

Topics: Cybersecurity Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Technical Validation: BlackBerry Intelligent Security - Adaptive Security and AI to Protect All Endpoints


ESG recently completed testing of BlackBerry Intelligent Security, which is designed to continuously evaluate risk and dynamically apply risk-based security policies to protect endpoints. Testing focused on ease of deployment and management and the simplification of the user experience.

Topics: Cybersecurity Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI Enterprise Mobility

ESG Technical Validation: Dell EMC PowerMax and SCM Powered by Dual-port Intel Optane Technology Combine to Improve Overall System Performance


This report documents ESG’s audit of performance testing of Dell EMC’s latest PowerMax with end-to-end NVMe and SCM powered by dual-port Intel Optane technology to deliver the high performance and low latency that today’s real-time applications need.

Topics: Storage

ESG Lab First Look: Dell EMC SmartFabric Director: Enhanced Visibility Enabling Intent-defined Networks

Co-Author(s): Bob Laliberte


Implementing a software-defined data center strategy is one of surveyed organizations’ three most-cited areas of data center modernization investment in 2019 according to ESG research.1 A significant part of this transition will include virtualizing the network using an overlay technology (such as VMware NSX) to run on top of an underlay physical network. While this combination provides flexibility and agility, a lack of visibility between the two layers means that organizations either overprovision the underlay network or risk configuration errors when deploying virtual networks. Without unified visibility across the two network layers, organizations rely on multiple management screens and extensive, error-prone manual correlation to ensure the underlying physical infrastructure has been configured correctly to support the desired virtual network. They may also overprovision virtual networks without knowing if sufficient networking capacity exists and create areas of network congestion. Given the pace of business and mandate to accelerate new products and services as part of digital transformation initiatives, organizations must have the appropriate level of network visibility to ensure that they can bring up new network services quickly and efficiently.

Topics: Networking