ESG Validation

Validation Team

Matching the right new product to their organization’s environments, technical challenges, and business imperatives is the most important job IT professionals face. The most sought-after resource for help accomplishing that task is the objective third-party verification of a product’s technical capabilities and impact on the bottom line. At ESG, we take information technology product reviews to the next level by testing emerging solutions not only for performance, but also for key factors that matter to the business, including usability, agility, and reliability.

Recent Posts by Validation Team:

ESG Lab Review: Dell EMC Analytic Insights Module: Simplifying Big Data Analytics


ESG Lab recently completed testing of Dell EMC’s Analytic Insights Module, which is designed to enable organizations to analyze and extract value from big data more easily. Testing examined how Analytic Insights Module gathers, analyzes, and acts on data—with a focus on ease of use, collaboration, time savings, data security, and simplified data integration.

Topics: Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI

ESG Lab Validation: Cisco HyperFlex


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

Topics: Enterprise Mobility Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Lab Validation: Veeam Availability Suite and Cisco UCS


Veeam and Cisco make the claim that Veeam’s purpose-built availability solution, which combines Veeam Availability Suite with Cisco Storage Servers, is a unique solution that enables users to meet the highly stringent recovery time and point objectives for tier-1 applications. As organizations struggle to realize the full potential of virtualization and converged infrastructure, it becomes ever clearer that IT administrators need a powerful, easy-to-use, and affordable availability solution to today’s IT challenges.

Topics: Data Protection

ESG Lab Review: Dell FluidFS v5: Flexible and Secure Scale-out File System

Author(s): Aviv Kaufmann, Mike Leone

Published: February 25, 2016

The Challenges

Due to their simplicity and flexibility, NAS storage solutions have proven invaluable to enterprise organizations as in-house solutions for file sharing, backup, and archive needs. The emergence of server virtualization, private and public clouds, and the need to support an ever-increasing mobile workforce has led to increased demands in the performance, capacity, security, and connectivity of NAS storage solutions. With an ever-increasing need to manage and protect a growing amount of unstructured data, it is no small surprise that respondents to ESG research have identified hardware costs, rapid data growth rate, data protection and migration, and staff costs as top storage challenges faced by enterprise organizations.[1] Storing, protecting, and managing access to such a large mount of unstructured data is costly both in terms of capital expenses (hardware and software) and operational expenses (management and expertise).

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure

ESG Lab Review: Fast and Efficient Network Load Balancing from KEMP Technologies

The Challenges

IT challenges are not always technical in nature, which is indeed the case when it comes to networking. In fact, organizations surveyed by ESG most often cited meeting budget constraints as a top challenge facing their networking teams (38%) (see Figure 1).[1] And it’s not just in networking; according to ESG’s 2016 IT Spending Intentions Survey, budget factors such as return on investment and reducing operational and capital expenses are important considerations for justifying investment across all of IT.[2] However, as borne out by the fact that providing network performance (27%) was also in the top five networking challenges, network quality and user satisfaction are still important, even while dealing with budget limitations.

Topics: IT Infrastructure Networking

ESG Lab Spotlight: NetBackup Copilot for Oracle: Powered by the NetBackup Appliance

Author(s): Vinny Choinski

The Challenges

Creating an effective and complete data protection solution can be a daunting undertaking for many organizations. The number one priority should be obvious: the successful and timely recovery of business-critical application and platform data. However, achieving efficient data protection storage management to meet various internal and external mandates is also important. Because of the many moving parts, seamless integration of multiple disciplines is critical in creating a data protection environment. In fact, according to the ESG research report, Data Protection Personas and Methods, more than half of the organizations surveyed report that they now utilize workload owners such as database administrators for daily data protection activities for their respective resources.[1]

The Solution: NetBackup Copilot for Oracle

NetBackup Copilot for Oracle is an efficient, feature-rich solution for database protection. It integrates components of the NetBackup application, Oracle Recovery Manager, and the NetBackup appliance to manage database backups. As shown in Figure 1, Copilot uses a slice of the NetBackup appliance integrated storage pool to present a snapshot capable NFS share to an Oracle database server as a backup target.

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure Data Protection

ESG Lab Spotlight: Reduxio HX550: Simple, Efficient, Hybrid Flash Storage

Author(s): Kerry Dolan, Aviv Kaufmann

Published: February 12, 2016

The Challenges

There is no room for compromise when you’re talking about data storage, protection, and access. Data drives every business process, from R&D through production applications to analytics that help design your future. Unfortunately, many storage solutions force a tradeoff: performance vs. cost savings; protection vs. capacity; features vs. simplicity. Flash technology can dramatically improve performance, but the cost of all-flash arrays can be prohibitive. Snapshots can provide recovery points, but cannot be taken often enough to ensure a full recovery; they also take up growing amounts of storage space and management effort. New storage features can be helpful, but many organizations fail to take advantage of them because they add complexity.

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure Data Protection

ESG Lab Review: Sophos Security Heartbeat

Author(s): Tony Palmer, Jack Poller

Published: February 10, 2016

The Challenges

ESG asked 633 IT professionals and managers to identify their most important IT priorities, and more than one-third (37%) flagged cybersecurity initiatives, making it the most-often cited response by a wide margin, as shown in Figure 1. In addition, 46% of respondents indicated that they believe their organization has a problematic lack of information security skills, the number one response for the third year running.[1]

Topics: Cybersecurity

ESG Lab Validation: Fortinet Advanced Threat Protection Framework

Author(s): Tony Palmer, Jack Poller


Advanced malware attacks can cause tremendous damage to an organization, from stealing data through compromising identities to shutting down operations. The cyber-criminals perpetrating these attacks are sophisticated—continuously adapting the latest exploits, and creating new and insidious methods of infiltration and attack. Current malware is far more subtle and refined than the malware of the past, and is often camouflaged to prevent identification by traditional security systems.

Topics: Cybersecurity

ESG Lab Spotlight: Bitglass Cloud Access Security Broker

Author(s): Tony Palmer

The Challenges

ESG recently asked a sampling of IT professionals and managers to identify their top IT priorities, and 37% of respondents noted cybersecurity initiatives as one of the highest IT priorities within their organizations in 2016 (see Figure 1).[1] In the same survey, 75% of organizations indicated that they currently use public cloud services for a wide variety of applications, with 19% planning to use the public cloud in the near future. Respondents also stated that providing employees with mobile devices and applications is one of the initiatives driving the most technology spending at their organization over the next year, while 20% identified interaction with customers on their mobile devices.

Topics: Cybersecurity Data Protection Cloud Services & Orchestration