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 First Look: Deterministic Protection with Virsec

Cybersecurity Challenges:12

The percentage of organizations that report they’ve been impacted by the global cybersecurity skills shortage in 2021. The percentage of organizations that describe preventative protection to be a core capability in terms of endpoint security.

The ongoing cybersecurity skills shortage has two major implications. The most obvious is a shortage of talented cybersecurity professionals, with simply more cybersecurity job openings than qualified candidates to fill them. The second is at least as important: Many members of the current cybersecurity workforce lack the advanced skills necessary to safeguard critical business assets or counteract sophisticated cyber-adversaries. This helps to explin why preventative protection was the most cited core capability of endpoint security solutions in an ESG survey of cybersecurity professionals.

Topics: Cybersecurity

ESG Technical Validation: Analysis of Enterprise Databases and Applications Running on Nutanix Cloud Platform

Co-Author (s): Kerry Dolan


Introduction

This ESG Technical Validation documents the results of recent Nutanix performance testing focused on real-world performance scalability and sustainability improvements in support of mission- and business-critical application, database, analytics, and end-user computing (EUC) workloads.

Topics: Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Technical Validation: Dell EMC VxRail on 15th Generation PowerEdge Technology

Introduction

This report documents ESG’s validation of Dell Technologies’ VxRail Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) running on the latest Dell EMC PowerEdge servers with 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors and VxRail HCI System Software. ESG’s focus was on how VxRail on nex- generation PowerEdge servers enables organizations to bring even more mission-critical, high-performance workloads to VxRail with refined simplicity, increasing organizations’ opportunities to leverage VxRail’s management, efficiency, and flexibility benefits.

Topics: Storage Converged Infrastructure

ESG Technical Review: Supporting Mission-critical Workloads at Scale With Dell EMC PowerFlex

Abstract

This ESG Technical Review documents hands-on evaluation of the Dell EMC PowerFlex software-defined infrastructure solution. Testing was designed to illustrate how the PowerFlex software-defined infrastructure platform achieves high levels of performance, scalability, availability, and manageability.

Topics: Storage Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Technical Validation: Riverbed Cloud Accelerator

Introduction

ESG evaluated Riverbed Cloud Accelerator for enterprise apps running on public cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) in Microsoft Azure and Client Accelerator for desktop and mobile clients to validate how this end-to-end solution accelerates SaaS application performance while overcoming the limitations of application latency, bandwidth constraints, and network congestion.

Topics: Networking Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Technical Validation: Analysis of Enterprise Applications Running on Nutanix Cloud Platform

Introduction

This ESG Technical Validation documents the results of recent Nutanix performance testing focused on real-world performance scalability and sustainability improvements in support of mission- and business-critical application, database, and end-user computing (EUC) workloads.

Topics: Storage

ESG Technical Review: Huawei OceanStor Pacific Next-gen HPDA Storage

Abstract

This ESG Technical Review documents hands-on performance and function testing of Huawei OceanStor Pacific storage for high performance data analytics (HPDA) and presents the findings of a five-year TCO analysis highlighting the economic benefits of Huawei OceanStor Pacific when compared with storage systems from other major vendors.

Topics: Storage Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI

ESG Technical Review: Zoom: Providing Confident Security

Abstract

This ESG Technical Review documents hands-on evaluation of the Zoom Unified Communications Platform. We evaluated how the Zoom collaboration solution achieves high levels of security, ease of use, and flexibility via its desktop and mobile application. ESG’s goal was to examine how Zoom provides confident security for the strictest environments, including government, education, healthcare, financial services, and more.

Topics: Enterprise Mobility

ESG Technical Validation: VDI at Enterprise Scale with NetApp Virtual Desktop Service

Introduction

This ESG Technical Validation examines the capability of NetApp Virtual Desktop Service (VDS) to deploy, manage, and optimize virtual desktop environments through a SaaS-delivered global control plane for hybrid/multi-cloud environments. We also take an analytic look at cost of ownership to explore how NetApp VDS could reduce cloud infrastructure spending through advanced scaling and resource management technologies and IT administrative costs through automation and streamlining.

Topics: Enterprise Mobility Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Technical Review: Analysis of Dell Technologies Cloud PowerScale for Microsoft Azure for High Performance File-based Applications


Executive Summary

In this Technical Review, ESG audited testing designed to demonstrate how Dell Technologies Cloud PowerScale for Azure, powered by Faction—a multi-cloud data services provider—enables demanding file workloads such as large-capacity, high performance computing (HPC) applications including life sciences/bioinformatics and big data analytics, with a focus on performance, utilization, and business value.

Topics: Storage Cloud Services & Orchestration hybrid cloud