Our Research Channels

451 Research analyzes the technologies, services and companies that disrupt and evolve information technology. Utilizing a proven research methodology and a team of 100+ analysts, we create actionable data and insight to help you implement, invent and invest in digital infrastructure — from edge to core. Our research is organized into 13 'Channels' that align with the prevailing issues driving IT innovation.


The worlds of cloud hosting, outsourcing, systems integration, telco, distribution and technology vendors are converging on this opportunity, and in the process these market participants must reinvent themselves. The Cloud Transformation Channel also tracks how the industry is itself being transformed by cloud technologies, how this opportunity can be addressed, and what investment opportunities will be presented as part of these transformations.

The Customer Experience & Commerce Channel covers the many aspects of digital transformation that impact business outcomes. We provide insight into the technologies and applications having a profound effect on employees, customers and partners as businesses transition from digitization to true transformation.

The Data Platforms & Analytics Channel focuses on the technologies required for enterprises to store, process, integrate and analyze the data that is pertinent to gaining competitive advantage — whether it is generated internally or externally. This channel provides a clear perspective on the trends driving innovation and disruption in the data management sector, covering relational and non-relational databases (including NoSQL and NewSQL), as well as data warehousing…

The Datacenters & Critical Infrastructure Channel focuses on products, technologies and strategies that are or will be used by companies building and managing advanced, resilient and efficient datacenters. Technologies covered include: mechanical and electrical equipment; connectivity; demand-side energy approaches and management; IT hardware and software for the management of datacenters (such as DCIM); prefabricated and modular datacenters…

The Development, DevOps & IT Ops Channel coverage encompasses a broad range of the technologies and business challenges companies face in software development and overall lifecycle management. The increasing realization by companies of the business value of software has driven acceleration in software-defined business models and products, and therefore methods for creating and maintaining that software.

The Information Security Channel covers technologies that organizations deploy to protect themselves against an ever-increasing array of threats, with emphasis on areas including advanced threat defense, endpoint protection, cloud security, security analytics and intelligence, data protection and emerging trends in identity and access management. Aimed at senior security practitioners as well as vendors and investors…


The Internet of Things (IoT) Channel focuses on the emerging technology paradigm in which sensors, ‘connected’ machines and other smart devices create and then disseminate data over the Internet and private enterprise networks. It provides an enterprise-centric perspective on the early adoption and demonstrable benefit of IoT, incorporating insights from throughout 451 Research, including enterprise platforms, data and analytics, mobility, security, datacenter and cloud technologies.

The Managed Services & Hosting Channel focuses on the global managed services and hosting markets. It tracks IT managed services providers, web and applications hosting firms, and content delivery networks. This includes coverage of services, market sizing, M&A activity, and factors that affect the strategies for these competitors. The Managed Services & Hosting Channel is designed to provide...

The Multi-Tenant Datacenter Channel focuses on the global multi-tenant datacenter (MTDC) market with research covering critical metrics such as capacity and utilization, segmented by key regional markets, both in the US and globally. Specific deliverables include profiles of vendors, market-specific evaluations, examinations of key trends, analysis of M&A activity and financial outlook, and tracking of the ongoing expansion activity of providers globally.

The Networking Channel covers network technologies for organizations of all sizes, including network virtualization, software-defined networking, traffic monitoring, silicon photonics, advanced wireless tracking and analytics, and wireless beaconing – as well as the wider transformation of physical networks and devices into cloud-delivered network services. The 451 Research Network team tracks innovative trends in both network technology and services, with an emphasis on analyzing...

The Storage Channel provides ongoing research around technology and business-model innovation across the entire enterprise storage landscape — spanning primary storage systems and software, backup and recovery, archiving, cloud storage services, cloud-enabling storage technologies and storage management. Storage is emerging as a significant pain point for IT organizations, but is also ripe for disruption; the 451 Storage Channel focuses on how this space is being impacted by storage-specific technologies such as flash…

The Systems and Software Infrastructure Channel covers the entire range of compute platforms, including the hardware and software needed to operate enterprise-class infrastructure. This includes servers (x86, enterprise servers, blade servers, appliances, hyper-dense servers and high-performance computing systems), and the semiconductors and interconnects used within those servers…

The Workforce Productivity and Compliance Channel delivers market insight and strategic counsel to those deploying, providing and investing in the technologies shaping the future of collaborative work. A key theme for our research agenda is how workforce tools are becoming more integrated, intelligent, social, self-organizing, automated and secure, which in turn is redefining how businesses think of their workflows and business processes.