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

Abstract

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 Vscale Data Center Architecture

Introduction

This ESG Technical Validation documents hands-on testing of Dell EMC Vscale Architecture to verify its ability to reduce operational cost and complexity in today’s data centers. We focus on how Vscale can maximize the value of converged and hyperconverged infrastructure by simplifying deployment and configuration of storage for workloads, easing how Cisco-based networks are extended across multiple sites, and delivering highly-performant hyperconverged infrastructure out of the box.

Topics: Storage Converged Infrastructure

ESG Technical Review: Automation of Cloud Networking with Amazon Web Services Transit Gateway and Aviatrix Orchestrator

Abstract

The report highlights the benefits delivered by AWS Transit Gateway in conjunction with the Aviatrix Transit Gateway Orchestrator. We illustrate how the Amazon Web Services (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 how the Aviatrix Transit Gateway Orchestrator enables organizations to automate the deployment and administration of a hybrid cloud architecture enabled by AWS Transit Gateway. A case study features the benefits derived from using this combined solution.

Topics: Networking Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Technical Review: Simplifying Branch-to-cloud Connectivity with Amazon Web Services Transit Gateway and Aruba SD-Branch

Abstract

The report highlights the benefits delivered by Amazon Web Services (AWS) Transit Gateway in conjunction with Aruba SD-Branch. 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 Aruba SD-Branch. A case study features the benefits derived from using this combined solution.

Topics: Networking Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Technical Validation: Amazon Web Services Transit Gateway

Executive Summary

While organizations have adopted cloud services to become more agile and deliver applications and services faster, their IT networks have become more complex and difficult to manage as the volume of cloud applications scaled up quickly. AWS Transit Gateway helps to eliminate that complexity and provide operational efficiency by dramatically simplifying how organizations connect applications spanning both their on-premises locations and the cloud.

By employing a “hub-and-spoke” architecture, AWS Transit Gateway centralizes connectivity between large IT deployments both on-premises and in the AWS Cloud. With additional features such as AWS Transit Gateway Inter-Region Peering and AWS Transit Gateway Network Manager, organizations can build out simplified global enterprise network architectures.

Via customer interviews, ESG validated that AWS Transit Gateway reduces the number of point-to-point network connections to be created, monitored, and managed between multiple Amazon Virtual Private Clouds (VPC), as well as between Amazon VPCs and on-premises IT networks.


Topics: Networking Cloud Services & Orchestration

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


Abstract

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

Abstract

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

Challenges

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


Introduction

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