Infographic: Changing Information Security Spending Landscape

The Voice of the Enterprise (VotE): Information Security, Budgets and Outlook survey represents the second in-depth look at security budgeting. A year-by-year comparison and predictive look into the future, shows security budgets increasing but also coming under various forms of stress that are currently shifting spending allocations and portend future changes. These shifts are taking the form of increased spending on software- over hardware-based security solutions, opex over capex and endpoint-based solutions over network-based ones. Interested in learning more about Voice of the Enterprise? Download the full infographic, or click here for more information.
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Key On-Ramps to Digital Transformation

Business drivers accelerate popularity of converged and hyperconverged infrastructure

There is a compelling reason why digital transformation is such a hot topic in boardrooms everywhere today: organizations simply must transform to remain competitive. In our recent Voice of the Enterprise (VotE) Storage survey, two-thirds of respondents said their businesses require moderate to significant transformation in the next five years. We believe IT infrastructure similarly has to change to enable and support digital transformation. Thus, infrastructure is a key on-ramp to business transformation. When lacking a highly scalable and highly reliable IT infrastructure, businesses jeopardize their ability to meet current and future stakeholder requirements.

Owing to its ability to offer consistency and accelerated time to value of IT investments, converged infrastructure (CI) has grown rapidly in popularity as a delivery vehicle for infrastructure. We define CI as the combination and integration of essentially all compute resources (hardware, software, networking), usually with a single vendor providing first-line support.

Meeting the challenges of next-gen workloads
Meanwhile, hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is gaining favor as a go-to architecture choice, particularly as computing resource needs have grown in dynamism. Think of HCI as clusters of virtualized, standardized x86 servers running storage management software to create a single virtualized appliance combining compute and storage.

How both CI and HCI address transformation challenges, including their ability to support next-generation workloads such as big-data analytics and containers, will be key considerations for organizations going forward. The stakes are enormous. Digital transformation holds the promise of lower risk, improved products and services, faster time-to-market, cost reduction and increased revenue. In other words, digital transformation is synonymous with business success.

Prepping for big-data analytics and containers
More than one in four VotE respondents foresee rapid growth in big data and associated analytics in the next two years. Big data means just that – tidal volumes of structured and unstructured data requiring a rapidly scalable infrastructure to handle them. Thus, when planning the next big infrastructure upgrade, we recommend choosing vendors that have proven partnerships with legacy and emerging software providers.

For a relatively nascent technology, containers are off to roaring start. Our VotE research shows that nearly one in four respondents are already using containers, with two-thirds of these in active production. Think of containers as operating system virtualization, where workloads share OS resources, including libraries and code. Owing to their ability to improve resource sharing and overall efficiency compared with virtual machines (VMs), containers are widely seen as an enabler of DevOps, big-data implementations and microservices.

Containers can be launched or killed instantly, making them perfect for handling bursty workloads. A conventional VM cannot enable this. Unlike with a VM, there is no need to reproduce OS code for every container. Over time we believe developers will be able to deftly move test/dev projects into production without major code rewrites by using containers – a feature not available with VMs.

CI, HCI and digital transformation
Both CI and HCI owe their fast-growing popularity in large part to how quickly and consistently they provision infrastructure resources, while at the same time reducing management and maintenance with higher levels of cloud orchestration and automation. Both CI and HCI provide the performance stability required for these rapidly emerging production workloads, including all-flash storage options to further boost performance.

As mentioned, scalability is king with the newer workloads. Where legacy infrastructures usually imply costly, time-consuming migration procedures replete with downtime and service degradation, scale-out architectures like HCI allow for the nondisruptive addition of new capacity. In addition, with HCI organizations can start with relatively small configurations and then grow them incrementally to handle additional workloads. By comparison, CI is associated with flexible building blocks, its adaptability to a wider range of use cases, enterprise-grade storage, and highly sophisticated management and orchestration.

An end to finger-pointing
In legacy infrastructure environments, a big headache for IT managers is the finger-pointing at different vendors that results when network, software and hardware vendors disagree on a problem's source. One major benefit of HCI is the usual assignment of one primary vendor among all others that agrees to serve as the first line of contact.

Explore How DX Could Be Impacting Your Business And Infrastructure Choices by downloading the HDS report.
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Webinar August 16th: Not Your Grandmother’s Network: What SDN Really Means

We’ve been working through the impacts of software-defined networking for a number of years. The technologies that have reached the market today have matured considerably from the early implementations and there are tremendous opportunities that SDN has created. What were once model T’s are now a lot faster and a bit more furious.

Those changes have also opened some gaps in understanding and management that can create operational issues and security concerns. SD-WAN’s are seeing a lot of deployment and the orchestration possibilities of virtual networks in software-defined infrastructures (SDI) are powerful.

Join Eric Hanselman, 451 Research Chief Analyst on August 16th for a live webinar as he digs into the implications of all of this new performance and looks at ways to ensure that your network doesn’t wind up in the ditch. There’s a lot of good work to be done, but it’s important to understand how to master all of that power.

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Introducing the Managed Services & Hosting Research Channel

The hosting industry is in the midst of change, requiring many technology vendors and service providers to reevaluate their approach to hosting and cloud services. Increased demand for new “as-a-Service” offerings is creating new opportunities for both vendors and service providers.

For these reasons, today we launched the Managed Services & Hosting Channel. This new research channel combines the core research provided by the previous Service Provider channel with new coverage of emerging managed services and channel ecosystem analysis.

The launch of this new channel will provide a deeper dive into the activities of technology vendors and service providers in the following areas:
  • Managed Hosting
  • Security & Compliance
  • Managed Services
  • Web & Application Hosting
  • Content Delivery & Web Performance
  • Partner Ecosystems & Business Models

To learn more, read our Spotlight report outlining the new channel, or read the full Press Release here.
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Webinar July 20th: The Economics of Serverless Computing

Serverless is more than just hype; it has the potential to revolutionize the way we develop, build and operate applications in the cloud. Understanding the economics of serverless technology is vital to understanding its role in the world and its longer-term potential to disrupt the industry. In this webinar, Owen Rogers, Research Director for Digital Economics at 451 Research, will review these economics, pit the TCO of serverless against traditional virtual machines and containers, and compare pricing across the big four providers, namely AWS, Google, IBM and Microsoft.

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