ESG Validation

Kerry Dolan

Kerry Dolan

Lab Analyst Kerry Dolan contributes to ESG’s independent, hands-on validations and analyses of emerging storage hardware and software products. Kerry brings more than 15 years of storage industry experience to her role. Prior to joining ESG, she spent 11 years as a technical marketing consultant in the storage industry, a natural offshoot from her years in product marketing at EMC Corporation. Kerry earned A.B. and Ed.M degrees from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. As an avid golfer, bird photographer, and classically trained soprano, Kerry has plenty to occupy her time outside of work.

Recent Posts by Kerry Dolan:

ESG Lab Validation: Pure Storage Purity ActiveCluster: Synchronous Replication with Automatic Failover

Co-Author(s): Tony Palmer


Introduction

This ESG Lab Validation report documents testing of Pure Storage’s Purity ActiveCluster synchronous replication, with a focus on ease of deployment and management, and stretched-cluster business continuity that delivers recovery point objectives (RPOs) and recovery time objectives (RTOs) of zero.

Topics: Storage

ESG Lab Review: Dell EMC XtremIO X2 - Delivering High Performance and Advanced Functionality for Virtualized Environments

Abstract

This ESG Lab Review documents testing of the Dell EMC XtremIO X2 array with a focus on high performance and advanced features for today’s modern, virtualized environments.

Topics: Cloud Platforms & Services Storage

ESG Lab Review: BMC’s TrueSight Server Automation (Formerly, BladeLogic Server Automation)

Abstract

This ESG Lab Review documents remote testing of BMC’s TrueSight Server Automation (TSSA), formerly BladeLogic Server Automation solution, with a focus on configuration, patching, and compliance features.

Topics: Systems Management

ESG Lab Review: InterSystems IRIS Data Platform: A Unified, Efficient Data Platform for Fast Business Insight

Abstract

This ESG Lab Review documents our audit of InterSystems IRIS Data Platform performance testing. Tests were executed in a proof of concept environment, with comparisons to three common databases. Testing focused on performance of common queries run in the financial services industry.

Topics: Data Management

ESG Lab Review: Pivot3 Acuity - A High-performance Hyperconverged Platform with Advanced QoS

Abstract

If organizations can maintain predictable high performance that is prioritized by workload, they can deploy mixed applications on hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) deployments to increase efficiency, reduce costs, and simplify management. This ESG Lab Review documents validation of Pivot3 Acuity HCI, with NVMe PCIe flash-enabled high-performance and policy-based quality of service (QoS) to maintain predictable, workload-prioritized high performance to support mixed application workloads.

Topics: Cloud Platforms & Services Converged Infrastructure

ESG Lab Review: Dell EMC Unity All-Flash Storage

Abstract

This ESG Lab Review documents the results of hands-on testing of the Dell EMC Unity All-Flash storage line with a focus on simplicity, ease of use, and software functionality.

Topics: Storage

ESG Lab Review: ShieldX APEIRO - Agentless Multi-cloud Security

Abstract

The report documents hands-on testing of APEIRO, a microservices-based platform designed for agentless, multi-cloud security. Testing focused on ease of use, terabit-scale threat inspection, and centralized management across multi-cloud environments.

Topics: Cloud Platforms & Services Cybersecurity

ESG Lab Validation: Cisco Cloudlock Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) Platform

Introduction

This ESG Lab report documents hands-on testing of Cisco Cloudlock, a cloud access security broker (CASB) and cloud cybersecurity solution, with a focus on the Apps Firewall, which provides visibility and protection of connected cloud applications.

Topics: Cloud Platforms & Services Networking Storage Cybersecurity

ESG Lab Spotlight: Cohesity DataPlatform - Instant VM Restore at Scale

Abstract

ESG Lab performed remote testing of a significant feature of the Cohesity DataPlatform: its ability to instantly restore a large number of virtual machines (VMs) to any previous recovery point, with no change as the number of VMs increases. Backup copies are always fully hydrated and instantly available. This feature enables Cohesity to deliver the web-scale protection and recovery that today’s agile, dynamic organizations need to remain productive, while reducing both storage and management costs.

Topics: Data Protection Storage

ESG Lab Review: Identity-Defined Networking from Tempered Networks

Abstract

This ESG Lab report documents hands-on testing of the Tempered Networks Identity-Defined Networking (IDN) solution. Testing focused on validating how Tempered’s identity-first approach to networking can create private, segmented, and secure communications while dramatically simplifying connectivity between systems regardless of environment, network type, or location.

Topics: Cybersecurity Networking