ESG Validation

ESG Lab Review: Fast and Efficient Network Load Balancing from KEMP Technologies

The Challenges

IT challenges are not always technical in nature, which is indeed the case when it comes to networking. In fact, organizations surveyed by ESG most often cited meeting budget constraints as a top challenge facing their networking teams (38%) (see Figure 1).[1] And it’s not just in networking; according to ESG’s 2016 IT Spending Intentions Survey, budget factors such as return on investment and reducing operational and capital expenses are important considerations for justifying investment across all of IT.[2] However, as borne out by the fact that providing network performance (27%) was also in the top five networking challenges, network quality and user satisfaction are still important, even while dealing with budget limitations.

Topics: IT Infrastructure Networking

ESG Lab Spotlight: NetBackup Copilot for Oracle: Powered by the NetBackup Appliance

The Challenges

Creating an effective and complete data protection solution can be a daunting undertaking for many organizations. The number one priority should be obvious: the successful and timely recovery of business-critical application and platform data. However, achieving efficient data protection storage management to meet various internal and external mandates is also important. Because of the many moving parts, seamless integration of multiple disciplines is critical in creating a data protection environment. In fact, according to the ESG research report, Data Protection Personas and Methods, more than half of the organizations surveyed report that they now utilize workload owners such as database administrators for daily data protection activities for their respective resources.[1]

Topics: IT Infrastructure Data Protection

ESG Lab Spotlight: Reduxio HX550: Simple, Efficient, Hybrid Flash Storage

Author(s): Kerry Dolan, Aviv Kaufmann

Published: February 12, 2016

The Challenges

There is no room for compromise when you’re talking about data storage, protection, and access. Data drives every business process, from R&D through production applications to analytics that help design your future. Unfortunately, many storage solutions force a tradeoff: performance vs. cost savings; protection vs. capacity; features vs. simplicity. Flash technology can dramatically improve performance, but the cost of all-flash arrays can be prohibitive. Snapshots can provide recovery points, but cannot be taken often enough to ensure a full recovery; they also take up growing amounts of storage space and management effort. New storage features can be helpful, but many organizations fail to take advantage of them because they add complexity.

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure Data Protection

ESG Lab Review: Sophos Security Heartbeat

Author(s): Tony Palmer, Jack Poller

Published: February 10, 2016

The Challenges

ESG asked 633 IT professionals and managers to identify their most important IT priorities, and more than one-third (37%) flagged cybersecurity initiatives, making it the most-often cited response by a wide margin, as shown in Figure 1. In addition, 46% of respondents indicated that they believe their organization has a problematic lack of information security skills, the number one response for the third year running.[1]

Topics: Cybersecurity

ESG Lab Validation: Fortinet Advanced Threat Protection Framework

Author(s): Tony Palmer, Jack Poller

Background

Advanced malware attacks can cause tremendous damage to an organization, from stealing data through compromising identities to shutting down operations. The cyber-criminals perpetrating these attacks are sophisticated—continuously adapting the latest exploits, and creating new and insidious methods of infiltration and attack. Current malware is far more subtle and refined than the malware of the past, and is often camouflaged to prevent identification by traditional security systems.

Topics: Cybersecurity

ESG Lab Spotlight: Bitglass Cloud Access Security Broker

Author(s): Tony Palmer

The Challenges

ESG recently asked a sampling of IT professionals and managers to identify their top IT priorities, and 37% of respondents noted cybersecurity initiatives as one of the highest IT priorities within their organizations in 2016 (see Figure 1).[1] In the same survey, 75% of organizations indicated that they currently use public cloud services for a wide variety of applications, with 19% planning to use the public cloud in the near future. Respondents also stated that providing employees with mobile devices and applications is one of the initiatives driving the most technology spending at their organization over the next year, while 20% identified interaction with customers on their mobile devices.

Topics: Cybersecurity Data Protection Cloud Services & Orchestration