ESG Validation

ESG Technical Validation: Optimizing Oracle Database Efficiency and Performance with 32G End-to-End NVMe

Co-Author(s): Kerry Dolan


Introduction

This report documents performance testing of the IBM FlashSystem 9150 with end-to-end NVMe, including a comparison of 16GB vs. 32GB Fibre Channel (FC) Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) in the server and storage array along with the b-type storage network switch.

Topics: Storage Networking Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI

ESG Technical Review: BMC TrueSight Automation for Networks

Abstract

This ESG Technical Review documents testing and analysis of BMC’s TrueSight Automation for Networks, with a focus on configuration, patching, vulnerability management with automated remediation, and compliance features.

Topics: Cybersecurity Networking patch management endpoint management

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

Co-Author(s): Bob Laliberte

Challenges

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: Cognitive Networking with the Arista Campus Solution

Co-Author(s): Tony Palmer, Senior Validation Analyst; and Bob Laliberte, Senior Analyst


Introduction

This ESG Technical Validation documents hands-on testing of the Arista Cognitive Campus solution, comprised of the Arista campus spline switches, PoE access/leaf switches, Arista WiFi access points, and CloudVision network management software. We validated that the Arista solution provides the functionality customers expect in campus networking solutions, such as IP Phone support and integrated wired and wireless network management leveraging a single software platform. Furthermore, ESG tested Arista’s Cognitive Campus for flow and device visibility, management, and security.

Topics: Networking

ESG Technical Review: Verifying Network Intent with Forward Enterprise

Abstract

This ESG Technical Review documents hands-on validation of Forward Enterprise, a solution developed by Forward Networks to help organizations save time and resources when verifying that their IT networks can deliver application traffic consistently in line with network and security policies. The review examines how Forward Enterprise can reduce network downtime, ensure compliance with policies, and minimize adverse impact of configuration changes on network behavior.

Topics: Cybersecurity Networking

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: Storage Networking

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 Services & Orchestration

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: Storage Networking

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: Networking Enterprise Mobility

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: Networking Cloud Services & Orchestration