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William Fellows
Research Vice President

William is a cofounder of The 451 Group. As VP of Research, he is responsible for the Cloud & IT Service Markets channel at 451 Research. This channel provides a point of intellectual convergence for 451 Research around cloud computing, in much the same way that the industry is converging on cloud from all points. In addition to keeping tabs on players entering the cloud and IT services space with disruptive business models, new technology and innovations in service delivery, William has also created 451's Digital Economics unit. This is currently focused on helping end users, vendors and investors understand complex and confusing cloud pricing mechanisms in order to compare the cost of services (hosted, hybrid and on-premises), the cost of entry and price of participation in new markets.

William also created 451 Research's early-adopter research program, working with enterprise end users and innovators. Currently focused on cloud computing, he has identified and tracked other early-adopter markets, including grid computing and virtualization, since the company was formed in 2000. William also leads 451 Research's participation within the European Commission and numerous other EC research projects. William is a member of the EC Cloud Expert Group, coauthor of The Future of Cloud Computing ? Opportunities for European Cloud Computing Beyond 2010, and a regular speaker at industry and 451 conferences, He participates in numerous advisory boards and planning committees for UK and international industry bodies.

Reports by this Analyst

To convince buyers during year two of Intercloud, Cisco needs to deliver on its promises
MIS Impact Report - April, 2015
Intercloud enters its second year, targeting a robust, partner-based ecosystem rather than a vendor-directed cloud market. According to Cisco, the network will play a crucial role in cloud service delivery and SLA compliance.
What's your type? HP's Cloud28+ dating agency for European cloud services
MIS Impact Report - April, 2015
As the federation of European cloud service providers, resellers, ISVs, developers and government agencies approaches its first birthday, its chief protagonist, HP, has provided a progress update on what is effectively a dating agency for cloud services in Europe.
HP's Cloud Service Automation is driving its Helion cloud management platform
MIS Impact Report - April, 2015
The company is positioning its portfolio of Helion offerings – Private Cloud, Managed Private Cloud, Managed Virtual Private Cloud and Public Cloud – as a spectrum of choices that offer control on the one hand (private) and convenience (public) on the other.
Workload migration - RiverMeadow is playing the cloud mobility card
MIS Impact Report - April, 2015
Given the investments being made, success for cloud service providers will depend on their venues being destinations – not only for new application deployments, but for the re-platforming of existing applications and servers.
VMware's vRealize is a 'best execution venue' tool
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
As VMware continues the multiyear re-architecting of its systems and cloud management tools, what is now branded the 'vRealize' suite is shaping up to be an environment that offers customers a way to select the right resource, venue or service for applications and workloads.
Ensim aims new automation tools at helping Microsoft CSPs improve delivery
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
The company has updated its portfolio of Ensim Automation Suite cloud and datacenter tools for the Microsoft service-provider universe. It now offers a full range of marketplace, subscription management, service catalog, provisioning, usage collection and billing.
Colt Managed Cloud is the spearhead for outcome-based service delivery
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
After getting its act together on IT services a couple of years ago, Colt has been waiting for adoption to pick up and has tried a couple of different attack vectors. Continuing the transformation begun in 2014, Colt has established Colt Managed Cloud as the go-to-market brand for its IT services.
From test labs to DevOps, QualiSystems is addressing 'shadow IT' control
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
QualiSystems was founded as a network and test automation vendor, but has translated its smarts into the area of self-service automation and orchestration of infrastructure in the context of supporting DevOps. Now, most of its customers are using its CloudShell automation and orchestration suite to address the problem of shadow IT.
SkyScape trajectory for growth suggests IPO, will UK public sector perform?
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
Could the company become an IPO candidate if the the G-Cloud and public-sector opportunity grows as it forecast,s and it can execute on its plans? Skyscape has introduced a range of new packaging to comply with the UK government's security-classification policies.
Vision Solutions takes Double-Take into cloud migration, management
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
The company has introduced its Double-Take Cloud Framework to include a cloud-migration facility alongside the existing DRaaS management service for customers seeking to move into public clouds.
C3DNA's 'hyper cloud' highlights rise of app management over infrastructure
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
The company has shed more light on its service management technology, which will, it claims, deliver 'any app on any cloud.' C3DNA is one of a growing band of companies positioned as 'straight-to application management' with little needed regard for infrastructure management.
Abiquo updates core cloud management platform
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
The company is now offering version 3.2 of its core cloud management platform Provider Edition. As it builds out its management features and support for third-party clouds, Abiquo will become an interesting choice for firms that may be assessing other candidates.
Ostrato deepens its cloud management platform bench
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
The company has released a new version of its cloudSM cloud broker called Granite, which provides support for additional cloud providers and upgraded visibility and management capabilities.
Getting back to growth: IBM is thinking cloud and ecologies
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
The company recently held an investor briefing to articulate a plan for returning to growth. IBM has indicated that a long-term future will likely see it engaged in the kind of shared ecosystems and ecologies that will require a huge cultural transformation for the firm.
Cloudsoft's DevOps-meets-the-cloud hand is playing well
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
The company is gaining momentum on the back of its DevOps-meets-cloud smarts, but its ticket to sustainable, profitable growth will be the addition of more paying customers to follow IBM, Canopy Cloud and Virtustream.
Huawei puts ITs eggs into one basket, delivers FusionCloud Omni hybrid cloud
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
To better support the needs of carriers and enterprises journeying toward cloud, Huawei has consolidated its IT products into one Data Center Solution organization and productized its Cascading OpenStack tools.
Attenda's hybrid cloud deployment strategy is paying off
MIS Impact Report - February, 2015
The IT infrastructure services supplier has a mission to become a trusted adviser, provisioning customer applications and workloads across deployment environments in support of best-execution-venue strategies using its Attenda cloud and hosting services plus partnered public cloud.
Cisco's Intercloud could mean more efficient datacenters... one day
MIS Impact Report - February, 2015
The networking giant's Intercloud strategy is about seamless cloud interoperability, but it also has important implications for the efficient design and operation of facilities.
Gravitant users can combine managed services using cloudMatrix Solution Prints
MIS Impact Report - February, 2015
The V7.2 release of the company's cloudMatrix cloud-service brokerage is more than a dot release. It has enhanced the offering into what it calls Solution Prints, which it believes goes beyond the common industry use of the term 'blueprint.'
C3DNA brings a new approach to 'any app on any cloud'
MIS Impact Report - February, 2015
The company's bold assertion is that legacy and new applications can be migrated to AWS or any cloud provider through a single point of management for applications. Its software allows users to focus on control, security and performance rather than managing source and target environments.
Cloud Price Index now covers 70% of market; indexes for hosting, private cloud to follow
MIS Spotlight - February, 2015
451 Research's Cloud Price Index now includes market-share weighting, and new participants give the CPI 70% market-share coverage. Price indexes for hosting, virtual servers and private clouds will be developed in 2015.
Managed WorkMail: another reason for businesses to consider AWS
MIS Impact Report - February, 2015
Amazon Web Services has introduced Amazon WorkMail, a managed cloud-based business email and calendaring service that is compatible with Microsoft Exchange. This is another departure from services that require users to configure or specify compute, storage, and network resources directly.
SolarWinds buys Librato to attack cloud management sector
TDM Deal Analysis - January, 2015
The company will roll Librato and its 2014 purchase of Web performance management service provider Pingdom into a new suite of cloud monitoring and management tools called SolarWinds Cloud.
For FireHost, CaaS means 'compliance as a service' and elevates its value proposition
MIS Impact Report - January, 2015
Following a new injection of funding and leadership additions, FireHost is taking an important next step in corporate development, elevating its value proposition from secure hosting to compliance as a service for HIPAA and PCI.
ASG CloudFactory brings workspace and IT service catalog together
MIS Impact Report - January, 2015
The company is bringing its workspace and IT service catalog functions together in CloudFactory V8.1. This release neatly joins together a number of functions: hybrid, workspace, self-service catalog, existing IT, cloud, SaaS and ITSM apps.
Will Virtustream's IPO plan flush out acquirers?
MIS Impact Report - January, 2015
Increasing the momentum for its SAP-in-the-cloud expertise, Virtustream's xStream cloud management software can now be used to move SAP applications to VCE Vblock system-based private and hybrid clouds.
Krystallize links cloud performance and cost assessment
MIS Impact Report - January, 2015
The company offers end-to-end application performance modeling, continuous monitoring and management across public, private and hybrid clouds. Its SmartApp and SmartQoS services are currently open for public beta trial.
New leadership team is driving automation opportunity at Automic
MIS Impact Report - January, 2015
It has taken a while to get the people and pieces together, but Automic has found an identity in business automation – application, release, and workload management and automation – and is seeking to apply its automation smarts across different disciplines.
Accenture Cloud Platform at v3 - the Airbnb or Uber of cloud?
MIS Impact Report - January, 2015
The Accenture Cloud Platform is now at a v3 release and available as a service. Where 2014's focus was on building out ACP to be attractive to the DevOps audience, the focus for ACP in 2015 will be to build out the platform to target executives and business users.
From a solid base, InContinuum seeks funding to scale its cloud management platform
MIS Impact Report - January, 2015
The company has been quietly building out its cloud automation portfolio, a customer base and revenue stream, and is now seeking additional funds to scale the business.
Orixcom lands funding to drive cloud services in United Arab Emirates
MIS Impact Report - January, 2015
The Dublin-based operator of connectivity and cloud services for the Middle East and Africa has landed a round of private equity money to underpin expansion and build out new services in UAE.
What the new AWS EU/Frankfurt region means for Burda
MIS User Deployment Report - January, 2015
For German media group Hubert Burda Media, the opening of Amazon Web Services' EU/Frankfurt region, with two availability zones, offers some intriguing new options for cloud use.
UShareSoft goes to the channel for growth in hybrid cloud management
MIS Impact Report - January, 2015
Hybrid cloud management firm UShareSoft is hoping to increase velocity and momentum by going to the channel, with new partner programs targeted at landing cloud service providers and systems integrators as customers.
CiRBA raises $6.2m, expands 'best execution venue' capabilities and integrates with SDN
MIS Impact Report - January, 2015
The company significantly upgraded its BEV capabilities at the end of 2014 by adding support for Amazon Web Services and IBM SoftLayer. It will increase its integration with SDN and software-defined storage technologies in order to operate across broader sets of resources.
Intercloud federation arising from Cisco bedrock
MIS Impact Report - January, 2015
The company has gone from zero to 45 partners for Intercloud in eight months, with 400 datacenters now committed to the federation. Cisco's Intercloud marketplace with a fully brokered 'best execution venue' operation will be in place in Q1 for sellers and buyers of services.
Data Sales to server farm startups: consider leasing
MIS Impact Report - December, 2014
Data Sales is pitching its expertise in the hardware technology sector and experience in working with early-stage firms in order to raise the level of awareness and interest in the kind of IT leasing and financing it can offer.
IIJ fires up its GIO cloud services in the UK market
MIS Impact Report - December, 2014
Internet Initiative Japan is bringing its GIO cloud services to the UK market, including the Virtualization Platform VW Series IaaS offering. Telehouse has become IIJ's first cloud partner outside of Japan, and will add GIO EU services to its portfolio.
Cloud service brokers – validation from Gravitant's $25m funding round
MIS Impact Report - December, 2014
Lending momentum to the cloud service broker market, Gravitant recently raised a further $25m in funding. Its cloudMatrix is now on a third-generation code base, and has been fitted with additional tools, allowing it to offer 'best execution venue' strategies.
Aruba Group looks to '.cloud' TLD to drive its global ambitions as it expands in Europe
MIS Impact Report - December, 2014
Since we last spoke with Aruba Cloud in 2013, it has executed on its plan of expanding across Europe, and is now firing up operations in the UK, initially for Web hosting, with application management to follow.
Ericsson's cloud ambitions are taking shape
MIS Impact Report - December, 2014
Ericsson has a number of initiatives underway – including its new Cloud & IP group - to grow beyond its core telecom equipment business.


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