John Abbott covers systems, storage and software infrastructure topics for 451 Research, and over a career that spans more than 25 years has pioneered specialist technology coverage in such areas as Unix, supercomputing, system architecture, software development and storage.
As one of the cofounders of The 451 Group in October 1999, John ran analyst operations from the company's San Francisco office. He has been a principal author on many 451 Research Special Reports, including those on storage virtualization and blade servers the first comprehensive surveys of either subject to be published. More recently John has focused on converged infrastructure and new systems architectures.
John began covering the technology sector in 1984, building on his previous experience as a technical author and direct involvement using mainframes, early PCs and Unix workstations. As a freelance journalist, he contributed to publications including Computing, Computer Weekly, The Financial Times and The Times. In 1987, he was appointed editor of ComputerWire's weekly Unix newsletter, Unigram.X, and later became editor of the company's daily Computergram International service, first in London and subsequently in San Francisco.
John has a BA in music and an MA in modern English literature from the University of London.
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