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

ESG Technical Validation: IBM TS7700 Series Virtual Tape Solutions

Co-Author(s): Christophe Bertrand



This technical validation report documents ESG testing of the latest capabilities of the TS7700 and auditing of the performance of IBM TS7700 Series virtual tape solutions located in an IBM facility in Tucson, Arizona. Validation testing was designed to demonstrate z/TPF integration and management, the capacity-on-demand feature, overall system performance of the latest model, and compression performance, in particular.

Topics: Data Protection