ESG Validation

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: Optimizing the End-user Experience with Applications Using CloudGenix AppFabric SD-WAN

Abstract

This ESG Technical Review documents hands-on testing of the CloudGenix AppFabric SD-WAN solution. Testing focused on how the solution helps organizations to optimize application performance over their virtual network connections, monitor that performance continuously with application- and network-focused metrics, and simplify and automate workflows when deploying, configuring, and managing multiple sites.

Topics: Networking Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Lab Review: Accelerating Time to Value: Automated SAN and Federated Zoning with HPE 3PAR and Smart SAN for 3PAR

Abstract

This ESG Lab Review documents hands-on testing of HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage and HPE Smart SAN for 3PAR Software solution to verify its ability to automate and simplify SAN and Federated SAN zoning configuration. We focused on how Smart SAN for 3PAR leverages industry standards based FCIA T11 (Peer Zoning) with target-driven peer zoning (TDPZ), transforming the complex, time-consuming, and error-prone manual zoning process into a 3PAR-orchestrated, simple, rapid, automated, and error free process.

Topics: Networking Storage

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

ESG Lab Validation: SD-WAN Integration with Amazon Web Services - A Buyer's Guide

Co-Author(s): Alex Arcilla


Introduction

The goal of this buyer’s guide is to educate customers on the capabilities of nine SD-WAN vendors working with Amazon Web Services (AWS). In the guide, ESG describes each vendor’s solution and highlights the business value it can deliver to customers via its integration with AWS. Readers should use this guide as a starting point when investigating how they can leverage the combination of AWS and SD-WAN solutions for business advantage.

Topics: Cloud Platforms & Services Networking

ESG Lab Validation: Cisco Cloudlock Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) Platform

Introduction

This ESG Lab report documents hands-on testing of Cisco Cloudlock, a cloud access security broker (CASB) and cloud cybersecurity solution, with a focus on the Apps Firewall, which provides visibility and protection of connected cloud applications.

Topics: Cloud Platforms & Services Networking Storage Cybersecurity

ESG Lab Validation: Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI)

Introduction

ESG conducted thorough, hands-on testing of Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) with focus on performance, availability, security, and operational simplicity, conducting the same tests against a software-only software-defined network (SDN) solution for comparison.

Topics: Networking

ESG Lab Review: Rack-scale Flash Architecture with E8 Storage

Abstract

This ESG Lab Review documents the results of hands-on testing of the E8 Storage E8-D24 all-flash storage array solution with a focus on resiliency and performance.

Topics: Storage Networking

ESG Lab Review: Identity-Defined Networking from Tempered Networks

Abstract

This ESG Lab report documents hands-on testing of the Tempered Networks Identity-Defined Networking (IDN) solution. Testing focused on validating how Tempered’s identity-first approach to networking can create private, segmented, and secure communications while dramatically simplifying connectivity between systems regardless of environment, network type, or location.

Topics: Cybersecurity Networking

ESG Lab Review: Creating a Consolidated, Highly Performing, Cost-efficient Infrastructure with ClearDB’s Aventra IRON Technology

Abstract

This ESG Lab Report documents the validation of ClearDB’s Aventra IRON technology. ESG Lab leveraged a combination of guided demos, audited performance results, and ClearDB self-experienced quantitative cost savings to highlight the ease of deployment, as well as potential performance and cost efficiencies gained using Aventra IRON software.

Topics: Cloud Platforms & Services Cybersecurity Storage Converged Infrastructure Networking