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Brian Garrett

Brian Garrett

Brian Garrett is the Vice President of ESG Lab, providing independent, hands-on validations and analyses of emerging technologies in the server, storage, data management, and information security industries. Throughout his career, Brian has created and managed world-class embedded development, performance measurement, and test organizations at companies including EMC, SEPATON, and Formation. Prior to joining ESG, Brian was the co-founder and CTO of I/O Integrity.

Recent Posts by Brian Garrett:

ESG Technical Review: Broadcom Autonomous Self-healing SANs


This ESG Technical Review demonstrates how Broadcom has leveraged a new Fibre Channel (FC) standard and collaboration between Brocade switches and Emulex HBAs (Brocade and Emulex are divisions of Broadcom) to deliver autonomous, self-healing SAN capabilities that minimize the application performance impact of SAN congestion.

Topics: Storage Networking

ESG Technical Validation: Optimizing Oracle Database Efficiency and Performance with 32G End-to-End NVMe

Co-Author(s): Kerry Dolan


This report documents performance testing of the IBM FlashSystem family of storage platforms with end-to-end NVMe, including a comparison of 16GB versus 32GB Fibre Channel (FC) Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) in the server and storage array along with the b-type storage network switch.

Topics: Storage Networking Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI

ESG Technical Validation: Intel Data Center SSD Storage for the AI Data Pipeline

Co-Author(s): Tony Palmer


This ESG Technical Validation explores the performance and efficiency benefits of Intel Data Center SSDs as a storage media foundation for all of the stages of the AI data pipeline.

Topics: Storage Intel

ESG Lab Review: Dell EMC SC5020 Storage Array


This ESG Lab Review documents validation testing of the Dell EMC SC5020 midrange block storage array with a focus on the all-flash performance of the recently updated hardware platform, the economic value of consolidating applications in a hybrid disk and flash configuration, and integration with EMC software. While this review focused specifically on the SC5020, the features tested in this review are representative of the entire SC Series.

Topics: Storage