ESG Validation

ESG Lab First Look: Dell EMC SmartFabric Director: Enhanced Visibility Enabling Intent-defined Networks

Co-Author(s): Bob Laliberte


Implementing a software-defined data center strategy is one of surveyed organizations’ three most-cited areas of data center modernization investment in 2019 according to ESG research.1 A significant part of this transition will include virtualizing the network using an overlay technology (such as VMware NSX) to run on top of an underlay physical network. While this combination provides flexibility and agility, a lack of visibility between the two layers means that organizations either overprovision the underlay network or risk configuration errors when deploying virtual networks. Without unified visibility across the two network layers, organizations rely on multiple management screens and extensive, error-prone manual correlation to ensure the underlying physical infrastructure has been configured correctly to support the desired virtual network. They may also overprovision virtual networks without knowing if sufficient networking capacity exists and create areas of network congestion. Given the pace of business and mandate to accelerate new products and services as part of digital transformation initiatives, organizations must have the appropriate level of network visibility to ensure that they can bring up new network services quickly and efficiently.

Topics: Networking

ESG Technical Validation: Dell EMC VxRail with Intel Xeon Scalable Processors and Intel Optane SSDs


This report documents an ESG technical audit and validation of Dell EMC VxRail hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) performance testing, which focused on comparisons of Dell EMC VxRail all-flash configurations with SAS SSD cache drives with Dell EMC VxRail all-flash configurations with Intel Optane SSD Cache drives servicing business-critical workloads.

Topics: Storage Converged Infrastructure

ESG Technical Review: Dell EMC Unity XT: New Architecture for Performance and Efficiency


This report documents ESG’s audit of performance testing of the Dell EMC Unity XT All-Flash array, whose new hardware platform improves performance and efficiency.

Topics: Storage

ESG Technical Review: Simplify Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Orchestration with Veritas Resiliency Platform

Co-Author(s): Christophe Bertrand


This ESG Technical Review documents hands-on validation of the Veritas Resiliency Platform (VRP). The goal of the report is to validate that VRP, once integrated within a business’s IT environment, significantly enhances the ability of IT to support the business’s digital transformation initiatives by reducing the risk of interruptions caused by application downtime.

Topics: IT Infrastructure Data Protection Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Technical Validation: Predict and Optimize Business Outcomes with IBM Decision Optimization for Watson Studio and IBM Cloud Pak for Data


ESG recently completed testing of IBM Decision Optimization for Watson Studio, which is designed to enable organizations to accelerate the value they can extract from AI more easily. Testing examined how IBM Watson Studio with Decision Optimization collects data, organizes an analytics foundation, and analyzes insights at scale—with a focus on the ease of operationalizing AI and data science to improve trust, simplify compliance, and speed monetization.

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

ESG Technical Review: DivvyCloud Cloud and Container Security


This ESG Technical Review of DivvyCloud cloud and container security focuses on how DivvyCloud can enable a friction-free strategy for customers to embrace the cloud in their business operations. ESG explored DivvyCloud’s extensible, multi-cloud, software-defined security and governance platform, and how DivvyCloud enables enhanced agility, decreases time to value, and provides automated security for cloud- and container-hosted workloads.

Topics: Cybersecurity Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Technical Validation: HPE Nimble Storage dHCI

Co-Author(s): Alex Arcilla, Validation Analyst



This ESG Technical Validation documents the results of hands-on evaluation and testing of the HPE Nimble Storage dHCI platform. This report focuses on the simplicity, self-optimizing performance, and cost-effective scalability and resilience of HPE Nimble Storage dHCI for business-critical workloads.

Topics: Storage Converged Infrastructure AI

ESG Technical Review: ROBIN Storage for Containers: Enabling Stateful Applications on Kubernetes


This report describes how ROBIN Storage delivers bare-metal performance and enterprise data management for stateful containerized applications on Kubernetes.

Topics: Cloud Services & Orchestration hybrid cloud

ESG Technical Validation: Efficient Efficacy with Morphisec Unified Threat Prevention Platform


This ESG Technical Validation documents evaluation of Morphisec’s moving target defense-powered Unified Threat Prevention Platform. We focused on understanding the operational simplicity of the platform and the efficacy of its threat prevention capabilities.

Topics: Cybersecurity

ESG Technical Validation: Pure Storage Purity ActiveCluster: Active/Active Synchronous and Asynchronous Replication with Automatic Failover

Co-Author(s): Tony Palmer, Senior Validation Analyst


This ESG Technical Validation Report documents testing of Pure Storage’s Purity ActiveCluster synchronous replication, with a focus on ease of deployment and management; stretched-cluster business continuity that delivers recovery point objectives (RPOs) and recovery time objectives (RTOs) of zero; and active/active asynchronous replication for global disaster recovery.

Topics: Storage