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 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