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 Technical Review: SAP HANA Recovery and Performance with Actifio on Google Cloud


Abstract

ESG tested backup, recovery, and performance of a disaster recovery (DR) copy of a 500GB SAP HANA in-memory database leveraging both high performance disks and object storage with Actifio on Google Cloud Platform running production transactions. We measured recovery times and calculated cost savings.

Topics: Data Protection Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Technical Review: Microsoft SQL Server Recovery and Performance with Actifio on Google Cloud

Abstract

ESG tested backup, recovery, and performance of a disaster recovery (DR) copy of a 1TB Microsoft SQL Server 2017 database leveraging both high-performance disks and cloud object storage using Actifio on Google Cloud Platform running production transactions. We measured recovery times and calculated cost savings.

Topics: Storage Data Protection Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Technical Validation: Guaranteeing Mixed-workload Performance with NetApp HCI


Introduction

This ESG Technical Validation highlights the capability of NetApp HCI to deliver a guaranteed level of performance while scaling compute and storage with no effect on operations in a mixed-workload environment. Management simplicity across applications and scale is also examined.

Topics: Converged Infrastructure

ESG Technical Review: Reducing Operational Complexity with Emulex SAN Manager

Co-Author(s): Alex Arcilla


Abstract

This ESG Technical Review documents hands-on testing of Emulex SAN Manager (ESM) by Broadcom to verify its ability to reduce operational cost and complexity in the modern data center with end-to-end in-band monitoring and management. We focused on how ESM provides visibility into the operational status of all Fibre Channel (FC) host bus adapters (HBAs) across the SAN and accelerates management, upgrades, and troubleshooting.

Topics: Storage

ESG Technical Review: Pure Storage ActiveDR: Near-zero RPO with Continuous Asynchronous Replication


Abstract

In this Technical Review, ESG examines Pure Storage ActiveDR with a goal of validating the ability of the software to provide near-zero RPO protection with continuous replication and fast recovery. ESG also tested ActiveDR’s zero-impact failover and ease of deployment and management.

Topics: Storage

ESG First Look: Red Hat Ceph Storage - Scalable, Simple, and Secure


Data Storage Challenges and Software-defined Storage (SDS) Adoption:1

The percentage of organizations that currently use SDS in production (55%) or are in the technology evaluation and planning phase (14%). The percentage of organizations that cite data protection as one of their biggest challenges in terms of their on-premises unstructured storage environment (file and object storage).
Topics: Storage

ESG Technical Review: Move SAP to the Cloud for Faster Time to Innovation - SAP on Google Cloud with BigQuery


Abstract

This ESG Technical Review highlights how Google Cloud enables organizations using SAP to manage, safely store, and securely analyze their data to generate in-depth insights for greater business intelligence. A combination of hands-on analysis and customer use cases were used to validate the advantages of leveraging Google Cloud and BigQuery for robust advanced analytics and AI/ML capabilities. ESG also examined how SAP customers leverage Google Cloud to deploy enterprise-ready applications on which to run their mission-critical operations.

Topics: Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Technical Review: Huawei OceanStor Dorado V6 All-flash Storage


Abstract

This ESG Technical Review documents hands-on performance and availability testing of Huawei OceanStor Dorado V6 all-flash storage and presents the findings of a five-year TCO analysis highlighting the economic benefits of Huawei OceanStor Dorado V6 when compared with hybrid storage systems from major vendors.

Topics: Storage

ESG Technical Validation - Stellus Data Platform


Introduction

This ESG Technical Validation documents hands-on testing of the Stellus Data Platform (SDP). We evaluated how the SDP achieves high and consistent read and write performance via its “scale-through” architecture and looked at system availability.

Topics: Storage

ESG Technical Review: Cohesity Data Management

Abstract

This ESG Technical Review examines the Cohesity data management platform, focusing on Cohesity’s solution to mass data fragmentation (MDF): the ability to collapse workload silos, eliminate copies, and share data efficiently.

Topics: Data Protection Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI