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Swirld's Hashgraph: A Better Blockchain?

Posted: September 28, 2016   /   By: Stephen Hendrick   /   Tags: Hashgraph, Blockchain, Swirlds

waves.jpgBlockchain receives a lot of attention these days for some very good reasons. Some of the common attributes that are frequently used to describe Blockchain are distributed, sustainable, secure, indelible, transparent, auditable, consensus-based, transactional, orchestrated, and flexible. This is certainly a good start for a distributed ledger, but some are questioning whether this goes far enough. A recent conversation with Dr. Leemon Baird, CEO of Swirlds, shed light on some of the issues with Blockchain and the advantages of his hashgraph alternative.

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Oracle Open World: Beginning to Focus on the Middle Word (includes video)

Posted: September 26, 2016   /   By: Mark Peters   /   Tags: Storage, Big Data, Oracle, Oracle Open World 2016

golden_gate.jpgSometimes words can be misleading – let me give an example from my background: in England a "public school" is one you pay for, and therefore what most of the world would consider private! The reason is centuries old and based in how different types of schools were established. The early "public" schools in the UK were public in as much as – unlike local free schools that were invariably tied to a manor or church - they were open to anyone with the money to pay! One of the biggest takeaways from last week’s Oracle Open World is that its use of the word “Open” – that I’d long assumed had a similar logic to those early English schools – is genuinely something Oracle is working on!

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The Newest Member of the ESG Lab Analyst Team

Posted: September 26, 2016   /   By: Evan Marcus   /   Tags: ESG Lab, High Availability

Greetings Blogosphere,

I’m Evan Marcus, the latest addition to ESG’s Lab Analyst team.
Although I am new to ESG, I am certainly not new to the industry. I have worked for a variety of tech companies over the years, including Veritas Software, Sun Microsystems, Riverbed, and VMware from here in the Metro New York area.

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Oracle Sees Multiple Journeys to Cloud Computing

Posted: September 22, 2016   /   By: Dan Conde   /   Tags: cloud, Oracle

Technology_City.jpgWhen discussing the adoption of new technologies, we often talk about a journey or some required organizational transformation.  That is easy to visualize if there is one destination.  VMware once had a journey to IT-as-a-service, and continues to offer operational transformation services to continue that journey.

But what if there is more than one destination? 

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Trends in Software-defined Networking Webinar Recording

Posted: September 22, 2016   /   By: Dan Conde   /   Tags: networking, SDN


I recorded a free webinar on trends in software-defined networking.

In this webinar, we explore the trends in Software-defined Networking: how it has evolved from data center uses to support WAN use-cases, support for security, new programming models such as containers, and more. We examine how it offers different models to support traditional networking professionals, DevOps users, and how Layer-2-based software-defined networks differ from pure Layer-3-based systems.


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Keeping Up with Incident Response

Posted: September 22, 2016   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: cybersecurity, incident response

Firefighter.jpegA fire department in a large city certainly has a difficult job but its mission is fairly straightforward. When a fire is detected, the fire department dispatches an appropriately sized staff to assess, contain, and put out the fire, clean up, investigate what happened, and prepare themselves for the next blaze.

Yup, a pretty simple process when a manageable number of fires are burning but what would happen if there were hundreds or thousands of simultaneous infernos? My guess is that a senior fire chief (and perhaps other participants from local government and law enforcement) would have to make decisions on which blazes to resource and which to ignore. These decisions would certainly be based upon information analysis and best practices but there is still some risk that the disregarded fires would end up being far worse than expected, turn into disasters, and call into question the judgement of all involved.

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Vision 2016: Bringing Veritas into Focus (includes video)

Posted: September 20, 2016   /   By: Mark Peters   /   Tags: Veritas, Vision 2016


Veritas-Vision-Bands.jpgSafely removed from the loving embrace of Symantec, and with new owner Carlyle Group’s financial clout at the ready, Veritas held a “coming out” (pun probably intended) party at its recent Vision event.

Under the somewhat plain theme that “Information is Everything,” the event was fully focused on Veritas staking its claim – certainly its intent – to be(come) a data management platform. Before I make a few other points about the event, take a look at this video that has summary comments from my colleague Jason Buffington as well as me. And if you’d like additional insights from Jason (@JBuff) on the data protection angles of Veritas Vision, you can check out his vblog at

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SIEM Market Dynamics in Play

Posted: September 20, 2016   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: cybersecurity, SIEM, security analytics

Global_Security.jpgWhen I started focusing on the security market 14 years ago, the SIEM market was a burgeoning market populated by vendors such as CA, e-Security, Intellitactics, and NetForensics. 

In the intervening timeframe, the SIEM market has grown, thrived, and changed every few years. SIEM started as a central repository for event correlation for perimeter security devices. It then morphed into a reporting engine for governance and compliance. In a subsequent phase, SIEM became more of a query and log management tool for security analysts. 

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ESG Video Capsule: Upcoming Research on Database Market Trends

Posted: September 18, 2016   /   By: Nik Rouda   /   Tags: Big Data, Data Management, database, esg research, Research

Preview the topics of ESG's upcoming research project examining who the buyers and influencers of database decisions are and what drives their evaluation by watching this ESG Video Capsule:

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Qualifying Micron's QuantX

Posted: September 16, 2016   /   By: Mark Peters   /  


unique.jpgWhen Intel and Micron started talking about their joint development of what's-called 3D XPoint, the technical attraction was immediately obvious - it is to be something that fits (both in terms of specifications and price) between current solid-state storage variants and the DRAM/memory space. There is an enormous current gap right there - we get so used to comparing solid-state to spinning disks that we forget that there's a massive range of pricing and capabilities within the various types of solid-state (be it memory or storage....which is a line, by the way, that will continue to blur).

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