eSights: Blog

eSights: Blog

ePlus is known for our engineering talent and rigor, and we employ many experts who have a keen pulse on the IT industry. From security, cloud, and storage to lifecycle and deployment services, our staff has a unique perspective. Read our thought leadership articles below.


  • Business Transformation Begins with Data Center Modernization

    • Mark Henson
    • Feb 11, 2019
    The world is experiencing a top-to-bottom digital transformation that will impact virtually every aspect of business, from competitive capabilities to security exposure. Making that transformation requires the essential elements of a modern data center – and a solid plan with a trusted advisor to help set them into place.
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  • Fact or Fiction: 5 Misconceptions about SD-WAN

    • ePlus Networking Team
    • Dec 11, 2018
    SD-WAN is here to stay. According to International Data Corporation (IDC), worldwide revenue for software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN) infrastructure and services is expected to reach $8.05 billion in 2021 – compare that to approximately $500M in 2017. The rapid development in this market has not gone unnoticed. Today, there are over 60 options for consuming SD-WAN. Two years ago, there were only a dozen or so. With the rapid growth of this market, and significant customer adoption, there is no shortage of information on what SD-WAN is, what the options are, why it is important, what role connectivity plays, how to implement, and how to manage this next generation technology. This information comes in many forms: vendor marketing, service provider marketing, and articles and blogs by independent analysts and consultants, to name a few. A wealth of information is valuable, but it can lead to misconceptions about what SD-WAN is, why you should care, and how to get started. All of that can add unnecessary complexity to the evaluation and decision-making process.
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  • The Future of Storage Is Predictive, NVMe- and SCM-ready. Are You Prepared?

    • ePlus Networking Team
    • Oct 19, 2018
    A new class of storage has arrived, one that’s predictive and poised for the future. It is future-proofed, standardized on Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) and storage-class memory (SCM) for speed and performance gains. These storage innovations are powering reliability in enterprise workloads that depend on performance and speed. With more than 4.4 zettabytes of data — and 450 billion business transactions per day by 2020 demand for fast, reliable, and predictive storage couldn’t come at a better time.
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  • Power App Performance with AI-Driven Storage

    • ePlus Networking Team
    • Oct 19, 2018
    Storage optimization isn’t just a data problem, it’s an application issue if storage latency degrades app performance. As many as 61 percent of companies say faster app and IT service delivery are significant initiatives. Yet core to both of those goals is data availability, and legacy storage can be a hindrance that leads to costly application downtime if storage reliability isn’t addressed.
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  • It’s Time to Embrace Predictive Storage Capacity. Here’s Why.

    • ePlus Networking Team
    • Oct 19, 2018
    Artificial intelligence (AI) is making significant inroads in the data center, transforming manual tasks into automated ones that save time and optimize the overall health of the IT system. With so much to be gained from AI, it’s no wonder that IDC estimates that spending on this technology will grow to $19.1 billion in 2018.
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  • What I Learned at HIMSS18: The Hottest Topics in Healthcare IT

    • George Pashardis
    • Jun 13, 2018
    When you bring together more than 40,000 professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world, a massive amount of information gets shared. Too much to digest all at once. So in the three months since HIMSS18, I’ve taken time to really think about what I saw and heard.
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  • HX AIM: Quickly Getting Started with Deep Learning

    • Zeki Yasar
    • Jun 8, 2018
    With so many technologies and moving parts involved in a Deep Learning project, many times stitching these components together and other manual infrastructure work along the path of experimentation to consumption can create significant challenges.
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  • New Technologies = New Data Risks

    • ePlus Networking Team
    • Feb 13, 2018
    Network endpoint growth is explosive due to the surge in mobility and Internet of Things (IoT) devices. In today’s always-on world, work/life lines have blurred thanks to smartphones, laptops, and other devices that can be used for work. Along the same lines, companies need to be able to host these devices — especially companies that have a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy — on their own networks and, in some situations, provide remote access, while keeping networks and data safe in the process.
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  • Is Data Analytics More than Big Data?

    • Bill Evans
    • Nov 30, 2017
    “Big data.” “Data analytics.” “Big data analytics.” All of us are familiar with these terms, aren’t we? In fact, these words have been part of our vocabulary for long enough that they sometimes get used interchangeably. But that can lead us to make some false assumptions.
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  • Getting Started with Data Analytics

    • Bill Evans
    • Oct 2, 2017
    You can’t go to a conference or look at an article without hearing or reading something about data analytics. As an industry, we’ve gone from the recognition that we have all of this data (i.e. Big Data) to focusing on how to derive insight and value from that data. It’s been part of our world for so long that the term “Big Data” isn’t used in the same way it was before —we just talk about data. The scope and complexity of it is understood.
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  • 3 Ways Network Visibility Reduces Cost and Improves the Customer Experience

    • Bill Evans
    • Aug 30, 2017
    Downtime is an ugly word in IT, unless you’re talking about taking a vacation. It’s negative. No user wants to hear it or suffer the consequences of it. None of the IT managers that I know want to walk into an executive’s office and utter the words, “We’re down.”
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  • Storage Just Keeps Growing – Dealing with the Impact of IOT and other Digital “Enablers”

    • Bill Evans
    • Aug 2, 2017
    Demand for storage capacity is growing. While enterprise storage systems factory revenue was down in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to International Data Corporation (IDC), total capacity shipments of enterprise storage were up, reaching 52.4 exabytes, an 18.3% increase from the fourth quarter of 2015.
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  • Why Should Network Programmability Matter to You?

    • Bill Evans
    • Mar 2, 2017
    We hear a lot about network programmability these days. It’s a popular topic at conferences and a common subject in articles and blogs. Many experts and industry analysts are writing and talking about it, mostly in connection with a broader discussion about industry trends and software-defined networking (SDN).
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  • Is Software-Defined Networking Relevant Outside of the Data Center?

    • Bill Evans
    • Feb 9, 2017
    What is your strategy for software-defined networking (SDN)? Are you just starting to think about it? Are you already utilizing the technology and realizing the benefits it has to offer? Or do you have the building blocks in place but haven’t yet made the transition?
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  • Mobility – Beyond Wireless Access

    • Bill Evans
    • Dec 2, 2016
    Not long ago, wireless access was a novelty—a cool way to disconnect from a cubicle at work, so you could move around the building or collaborate with colleagues in a conference room and still have access to the applications and data you needed to do your job. Needless to say, much has changed since then.
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  • Deliver Better Experiences and Lower Cost with SD-WAN

    • Bill Evans
    • Oct 28, 2016
    ​While not widely adopted yet, Software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) solutions are intriguing, and the technology continues to gain buzz in the marketplace. And it only makes sense that it would. After all, SD-WAN offers to simplify WAN operations, to improve application performance, and to lower costs.
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  • Protect Your Network Investments with Cisco Software

    • Ken Farber
    • Jun 17, 2016
    The digital business era is here and more than ever, IT must be agile, innovative, and efficient in order for our businesses to compete.
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  • Digital Transformation - IT as a Digital Business Enabler

    • Bill Evans
    • Apr 29, 2016
    Digital transformation is top of mind for every CEO. And it should be. Transforming organizations through technology innovation, digital business processes, and tightly integrated value and supply chains is essential in order to drive growth and lower costs. In fact, two-thirds of Global 2000 CEOs will put digital transformation at the center of their growth and profitability strategies in the next two years.
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  • The Internet of Things (IoT) – The Journey Has Begun. Has Yours?

    • Bill Evans
    • Mar 18, 2016
    In the face of increasing demand for new and better service levels, administrators and educators are constantly challenged to do more with less. Technology innovation helps managers meet this growing demand as well as increase efficiency, improve productivity, and reduce costs.
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  • Narrow the Consumption Gap Through Lifecycle Management

    • ePlus Networking Team
    • Dec 18, 2015
    I read an article the other day about a technology product. It’s a well-known brand, so I won’t use the company name. The piece caught my attention because it used a well-worn phrase in the content: “…align IT with the business…”
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