ESG Validation

ESG Technical Validation: VDI at Enterprise Scale with NetApp Virtual Desktop Service


This ESG Technical Validation examines the capability of NetApp Virtual Desktop Service (VDS) to deploy, manage, and optimize virtual desktop environments through a SaaS-delivered global control plane for hybrid/multi-cloud environments. We also take an analytic look at cost of ownership to explore how NetApp VDS could reduce cloud infrastructure spending through advanced scaling and resource management technologies and IT administrative costs through automation and streamlining.

Topics: IT Infrastructure

ESG Technical Review: Analysis of Dell Technologies Cloud PowerScale for Microsoft Azure for High Performance File-based Applications

Executive Summary

In this Technical Review, ESG audited testing designed to demonstrate how Dell Technologies Cloud PowerScale for Azure, powered by Faction—a multi-cloud data services provider—enables demanding file workloads such as large-capacity, high performance computing (HPC) applications including life sciences/bioinformatics and big data analytics, with a focus on performance, utilization, and business value.

Topics: Storage Cloud Services & Orchestration hybrid cloud

ESG First Look: Protecting Kubernetes in the Enterprise with Metallic Services from Commvault

Co-Author(s): Christophe Bertrand

Protection Challenges:

The percentage of organizations that believe application consistent backups across multiple containers is critical or very important.1 The percentage of respondents who identify managing backup/recovery of container-based applications in hybrid cloud environments as one of their biggest challenges related to managing backup/disaster recovery for container environments.

Container adoption is accelerating and so too is the requirement to properly protect container environments and the data in them. ESG research indicates that, so far, IT professionals are often just kicking the can down the road. While many organizations recognize the growing importance of containers relative to other vital application platforms, their confidence levels in their ability to protect containerized workloads are lagging.

Topics: Data Protection

ESG Technical Validation: Maximize Database Efficiency and Performance in a VMware Environment using 32G NVMe over Fibre Channel

Co-Author(s): Brian Garrett


This report documents performance testing of the NVMe over FC (NVMe/FC) feature of the IBM FlashSystem 9200 array in a VMware and Oracle Database environment. This testing includes a comparison of NVMe/FC and SCSI over FC (SCSI/FC) protocols using Emulex Gen 7 32G Fibre Channel (FC) Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) in the server and storage array along with the Gen 7 Brocade (IBM b-type) storage network switch.

Topics: Storage database

ESG Technical Validation: HPE Cloud Volumes: Enterprise Cloud Data Services


This ESG Technical Validation documents remote testing of HPE Cloud Volumes, a suite of enterprise cloud data services delivering high-performance, resilient block and backup services that are simple, secure, flexible, and efficient. Testing focused on demonstrating ease of use for running enterprise applications and backup in the cloud, workflow automation, and integration with public cloud compute.

Topics: Storage Data Protection Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Technical Review: Android Enterprise Essentials: Easy, Automatic Mobile Device Security


This ESG Technical Review documents testing of Android Enterprise Essentials with a focus on assessing the speed and simplicity of automatically securing Android devices.

Topics: Enterprise Mobility Google

ESG Technical Validation: Maximizing Network Performance with Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2)


This report documents ESG’s network performance testing of Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud infrastructure using real-world customer-available compute server instances over six months. Performance of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances are compared against two cloud infrastructure compute server solutions.

Topics: Networking Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Technical Review: Branch Networking Flexibility with Amazon Web Services Transit Gateway and Cisco SD-WAN


The report highlights the benefits delivered by Amazon Web Services (AWS) Transit Gateway in conjunction with Cisco’s SD-WAN. We illustrate how AWS Transit Gateway can help organizations to scale the interconnection of multiple Amazon Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs) with one another and their on-premises networks. We also describe the benefits that organizations can derive from the integration of AWS Transit Gateway capabilities with those of Cisco’s SD-WAN. A case study features the benefits derived from using this combined solution.

Topics: Networking Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Technical Validation: Dell EMC VxRail and Intel Optane Persistent Memory


This report documents ESG’s validation of Dell Technologies performance testing of the VxRail Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) configured with Intel Optane persistent memory (PMem). The high performance that PMem adds enables organizations to bring mission-critical, high-performance workloads to VxRail, increasing the opportunities to gain from VxRail’s management, efficiency, and flexibility benefits.

Topics: Storage Converged Infrastructure

ESG Technical Validation: Assuring Database Performance and Availability with NetApp HCI


This ESG Technical Validation highlights the capability of NetApp HCI to maintain a guaranteed level of database performance while independently scaling compute and storage with no effect on operations. Management simplicity across applications, availability during maintenance, node failure and recovery, and the resource and cost efficiency of NetApp HCI are also examined.

Topics: Storage Converged Infrastructure hybrid cloud