ESG Validation

Tony Palmer

Tony Palmer

ESG Lab Senior Engineer Tony Palmer provides independent, hands-on validation and analysis of emerging IT hardware and software products. Tony came to ESG in 2006 and has 24 years of field experience supporting networking, systems, and storage vendors in numerous pre-sales and technical marketing roles. Tony spent seven years with EMC as a pre-sales product and technology consultant covering NAS, CAS, and SAN. He also conducted competitive and performance analyses for EMC’s customers.

Recent Posts by Tony Palmer:

ESG Lab Review: ThreatConnect TC Identify Delivers Threat Intelligence

Co-Author(s): Dom Amato


Abstract

This ESG Lab Review documents hands-on testing of ThreatConnect TC Identify and evaluates its ability to accelerate and simplify threat detection. ESG Lab focused on how TC Identify provides IT managers with the tools to configure threat intelligence from more than 100 open source data feeds and premium feeds that the organization subscribes to, summarize and score potential threats with insights from the ThreatConnect Research Team, and optimize data dissection by integrating with other tools such as a SIEM or firewall.

Topics: Cybersecurity

ESG Technical Validation: Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F900 with Brocade Fibre Channel Networking

Co-Author(s): Alex Arcilla


Introduction

This ESG Technical Validation report documents testing of Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) F900, with a focus on real-world workload performance, workflow simplification through automation, and business continuity leveraging Hitachi Infrastructure Analytics Advisor (HIAA) and the VSP’s global-active device feature, sometimes called GAD.

Topics: Networking Storage

ESG Technical Review: Huawei FusionStorage Cloud Storage

Co-Author(s): Alex Arcilla


Abscract

This ESG Technical Review documents hands-on testing of Huawei FusionStorage Cloud Storage. Testing focused on ease of deployment and management; consistent, high performance for real world workloads; availability and fault tolerance; and non-disruptive, online scalability.

Topics: Storage Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Technical Validation: Mission-critical Workload Performance Testing of Different Hyperconverged Approaches on the Cisco Unified Computing System Platform (UCS)

Introduction

This report documents an ESG Lab audit and validation of Cisco HyperFlex hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) performance testing, which focused on comparisons of Cisco HyperFlex fully engineered all-flash solutions on Cisco UCS against two software-only HCI offerings from leading vendors independently validated to run on Cisco UCS hardware servicing mission-critical workloads.

Topics: Converged Infrastructure Storage

ESG Lab Validation: Cisco HyperFlex

Introduction

This report documents a 2017 ESG Lab audit and validation of Cisco HyperFlex hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) performance testing, which focused on comparisons of Cisco HyperFlex hybrid and all-flash solutions with anonymous competitive HCI solutions.

Note for 2018 updates made to this report: Test results remain unchanged from the original 2017 report, but some features described in the HyperFlex section have been updated to reflect the current feature set included in the HX 3.0 release.

Topics: Converged Infrastructure Enterprise Mobility Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Lab Validation: McAfee Enterprise Security Manager

Co-Author(s): Alex Arcilla


Introduction

This ESG Lab Validation report documents hands-on testing of the McAfee next-generation SIEM solution. ESG Lab focused on the McAfee Enterprise Security Manager (ESM), the core product of McAfee’s end-to-end solution for addressing comprehensive threat detection and remediation. Testing was designed to explore how the solution accurately detects advanced threats using a layered approach, the speed and effectiveness of responding to an attack, and the operational efficiencies of this integrated solution.

Topics: Cybersecurity

ESG Lab Review: ForeScout Extended Module for IBM BigFix

Abstract

This report provides a first look at the key benefits of integrating ForeScout CounterACT with IBM BigFix endpoint management and security solution. ESG Lab focused on how the ForeScout Extended Modules can combine ForeScout’s endpoint insight, classification, and control capabilities with IBM BigFix. This integration is designed to discover and classify users and devices, verify the presence and operation of BigFix Agents, enforce compliance, and take automated host or network actions when needed.

Topics: Cybersecurity

ESG Lab Validation: Advanced Cloud Security with Check Point CloudGuard IaaS

Co-Author(s): Alex Arcilla

Executive Summary

ESG Lab evaluated Check Point CloudGuard IaaS to validate that it provides adaptive security in cloud environments via agile and automated deployment methods, while enabling unified management and control across different cloud platforms, specifically those leveraging VMWare NSX, VMWare ESXi, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Microsoft Azure.

Topics: Cloud Platforms & Services Cybersecurity

ESG Lab Validation: ThreatConnect TC Complete Security Operations and Analytics Platform

Co-Author(s): Alex Archilla, Domenic Amato

Introduction

ESG Lab evaluated the ThreatConnect threat intelligence, analytics, and orchestration platform, TC Complete, to validate how it enables organizations to identify, manage, and block threats. We also gauged the extensibility of the platform to enable users to adapt and create automation for their processes, rather than forcing them to adapt their processes to ThreatConnect’s paradigm.

Topics: Cybersecurity

ESG Lab Review: RingCentral Mobile Voice Quality Assurance

Abstract

This ESG Lab Review documents hands-on testing of RingCentral Office to verify its ability to assure high quality of service (QoS) for business communications. We focused on two key aspects: 1) how the RingCentral unified communications-as-a-service (UCaaS) platform can help enterprises to enable carrier-class voice quality calls over mobile devices; and 2) the RingCentral QoS management tool that allows organizations to continuously monitor voice communications via its QoS Reports.

Topics: Enterprise Mobility Networking