ESG Validation

ESG Lab First Look: Velostrata

Hybrid Cloud Challenges: [1]


Where Performance ranked among top 10 concerns about moving applications & data from on-premises to the cloud.


Where inefficiency of workload portability ranked among top 10 concerns about moving applications & data from on-prem to cloud.

While hybrid cloud computing sounds promising, it’s not so easy to accomplish. Many organizations want the option to run workloads in the cloud to handle spikes in demand, but to do that means renting compute and storage resources—where you pay for the storage even when it’s not in use—and it may take weeks or months to move applications and data. It means extra cost, security concerns, and application changes, plus it’s difficult to bring those workloads back on-premises.

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Lab First Look: VMware Validated Designs: Continuously Validated SDDC Reference Architectures

According to ESG Research: [1]


Percentage of respondents who view their network as a strategic asset that can enable new revenue sources.


Percentage of respondents who believe increasing use of server virtualization, increasing use of desktop virtualization, and/or using cloud infrastructure services are top IT priorities driving the most technology spending within their organization in 2015.

VMware Validated Designs for the Software-defined Data Center

The acceleration of cloud computing initiatives, combined with the change in IT infrastructure consumption, is rapidly transitioning the IT conversation away from a technology focus to more of a business-oriented approach.

Topics: IT Infrastructure Networking Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Lab Review: MapR Converged Data Platform with MapR Streams

The Challenges

Most organizations have an existing BI/analytics strategy. Many of these strategies consist of a mix of overlapping BI/analytics tools with a focus on batch processing—analyzing piles of data that have already been collected, stored, transformed, merged, cleansed, etc. Now that the Internet of Things is more than a buzz word, the early-adopters are starting to re-evaluate their BI/data analytics approaches. Their existing solutions are already overwhelmed with massive quantities of data and IoT will only add to the complexity. Whether it’s web applications tracking user clicks, sensors collecting weather data, or simply machine log data from within a single IT infrastructure, massive amounts of data are being generated every second and organizations are looking for any way possible to harness that data as soon as it’s collected.  As such, ESG research shows that 45% of organizations are planning to deploy a new BI/analytics solution over the next 24 months. And what is the top requirement for driving the evaluation process? The move to a more real-time analytics approach (Figure 1).[1] This same research also supports the idea that current BI/analytics solutions do not meet existing requirements and needs (26%) because new applications are generating new data types that need different analytical tools (27%).

Topics: Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI

ESG Lab Spotlight: AccelOps NOC and SOC Analytics in a Single Pane of Glass

The Challenges

ESG asked 633 IT professionals and managers to name their most important IT priorities, and information security was cited by 37% of respondents, making it the most-often cited response by a wide margin.[1] Business intelligence and data analytics initiatives ranked second, cited by 24% of respondents. In addition, when asked to identify their most important justifications for IT investments, while 39% of organizations named improved security, 32% called out business process improvement and 27% indicated a reduction in operational expenditures, which suggests that while information security is certainly at the top of mind, operational improvement is not far behind.

Topics: Cybersecurity IT Infrastructure Networking Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Lab Review: Exabeam User Behavior Analytics

The Challenges

The threat landscape has grown more dangerous for critical infrastructure organizations over the last several years. Nearly one-third (31%) of organizations surveyed by ESG believe that the threat landscape is much worse today than it was two years ago, while another 36% say that the threat landscape has grown somewhat worse.[1] It is interesting to note that ESG asked this same question in its 2010 research project, and it produced strikingly similar results—68% of respondents said that the threat landscape was worse in 2010 compared with 2008.[2] Clearly, the threat landscape is getting more hazardous on an annual basis with no relief in sight.

Topics: Cybersecurity