ESG Validation

Alex Arcilla

Alex Arcilla

Validation analyst Alex Arcilla contributes to ESG’s technical and economic validations of emerging networking, cloud, and storage solutions. Prior to ESG, she held analyst roles at IDC and Gigaom, covering semiconductors and mobile technologies. But she is most passionate about networking, as she held product marketing roles at Cisco and Agilent and engineering roles at AT&T Labs. Alex earned her dual M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Statistics from Rutgers University, and her M.B.A. from Cornell University. She is currently working towards AWS certification. When her nose is not in her laptop, she trains for long-distance races, samples coffee and chocolate, and still searches for the best NYC-style pizza in the Bay Area, CA.

Recent Posts by Alex Arcilla:

ESG Technical Review: Accelerating Time to Decision with Vcinity Ultimate X


This ESG Technical Review documents hands-on validation of Vcinity Ultimate X (ULT X). The report explores how Vcinity turns your WAN into a global LAN with near real-time performance for collaborative, data-intensive application workflows or for when you need to execute against data over long distances.

Topics: Networking

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


Challenges with Digital Transformation:1

Topics: Storage Converged Infrastructure

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 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

ESG Technical Validation: Cognitive Networking with the Arista Campus Solution

Co-Author(s): Tony Palmer, Senior Validation Analyst; and Bob Laliberte, Senior Analyst


This ESG Technical Validation documents hands-on testing of the Arista Cognitive Campus solution, comprised of the Arista campus spline switches, PoE access/leaf switches, Arista WiFi access points, and CloudVision network management software. We validated that the Arista solution provides the functionality customers expect in campus networking solutions, such as IP Phone support and integrated wired and wireless network management leveraging a single software platform. Furthermore, ESG tested Arista’s Cognitive Campus for flow and device visibility, management, and security.

Topics: Networking

ESG Technical Review: Verifying Network Intent with Forward Enterprise


This ESG Technical Review documents hands-on validation of Forward Enterprise, a solution developed by Forward Networks to help organizations save time and resources when verifying that their IT networks can deliver application traffic consistently in line with network and security policies. The review examines how Forward Enterprise can reduce network downtime, ensure compliance with policies, and minimize adverse impact of configuration changes on network behavior.

Topics: Cybersecurity Networking

ESG Lab Review: ThreatConnect TC Analyze Threat Intelligence Platform

Co-Author(s): Tony Palmer


This ESG Lab Review documents hands-on testing of ThreatConnect TC Analyze to verify its ability to reduce an organization’s mean time to respond to security incidents and threats. We focused on how TC Analyze can help security operations center (SOC) and incident response (IR) analysts to enrich threat data and create intelligence about identified threats, import files or emails to extract potential threats, manage action items related to specific threats and incidents, and create customized dashboards.

Topics: Cybersecurity

ESG Technical Review: Optimizing the End-user Experience with Applications Using CloudGenix AppFabric SD-WAN


This ESG Technical Review documents hands-on testing of the CloudGenix AppFabric SD-WAN solution. Testing focused on how the solution helps organizations to optimize application performance over their virtual network connections, monitor that performance continuously with application- and network-focused metrics, and simplify and automate workflows when deploying, configuring, and managing multiple sites.

Topics: Networking Cloud Services & Orchestration