ESG Validation

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

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: Storage Cybersecurity Networking Cloud Services & Orchestration

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