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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

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.
Arago fires up M&A and expansion ambitions with $55m funding round
MIS Impact Report - December, 2014
The German company turned up the heat under its corporate development by taking in $55m funding from KKR. M&A and expansion beckons. Whether Arago can translate its success to the US, especially to service provider partners, is the key question.
Teradata as a service: Hadoop, Aster Discovery and Data Warehouse
MIS Impact Report - November, 2014
The company has come to market with its Teradata Cloud dedicated infrastructure cloud platform that supports three as-a-service offerings: data management (Hadoop), data warehousing (Teradata Data Warehouse) and data discovery (Aster Discovery Platform).
Inside AWS: custom designs and getting the network out of the way
MIS Impact Report - November, 2014
At its recent 2014 re:Invent conference, AWS granted a peek into how it works, and why it builds its own switches, networking and datacenter technologies. As it seeks to reach into other markets and organizations, greater transparency will likely help.
Vodafone Cloud and Hosting Services to deliver shared IaaS from a range of partners
MIS Impact Report - November, 2014
In the last 12 months, Vodafone Global Enterprise's Cloud and Hosting Services group has set out a new hybrid cloud strategy, launched the Secure Shared cloud Platform for the UK government, unveiled Vodafone Hana Enterprise Cloud in South Africa, and fired up in Germany.
CTP's cloud assessment tools now work on local data, and for Google Cloud
MIS Impact Report - November, 2014
The company's cloud assessment and readiness tools can now scan data locally rather than requiring it be sent to the cloud. All of the CTP expertise has been rendered into CTP Labs as a one-stop shop for cloud assessment and migration.
Appura's business application supermarket for SMBs
MIS Impact Report - November, 2014
The role of cloud broker to the SMB sector is a business model looking for someone to do it right. Appura is the latest company to take a swing at providing a one-stop-shop for SMBs to access business applications.
AppEnsure catches a ride on the Splunk wagon
MIS Impact Report - November, 2014
The company has wisely integrated its application and infrastructure performance monitoring tools to high-flying Splunk. Its focus is on performance, rather than identifying a problem or its cause.
cloudControl stokes its ambitions with rollout of dotCloud in the US
MIS Impact Report - November, 2014
The European PaaS provider bought dotCloud (the PaaS platform left after Docker was spun off) in August to kick-start its US ambitions. Running as a separate legal entity initially, dotCloud has become cloudControl's white-label channel in the US.
451 Cloud Summit: IaaS is not enough – enterprises seek service delivery, ITIL for cloud
MIS Spotlight - November, 2014
We hosted 50 enterprise IT decision-makers at the 451 Enterprise IT Cloud Computing Executive Summit in London on November 4. This report presents key takeaways, findings and discussion topics from the think tanks.
CliQr builds out cloud management smarts with CloudCenter 3.2, expands into Asia
MIS Impact Report - October, 2014
In version 3.2, the cloud management vendor has taken portability to a new level with expanded REST API support, binary image transformation, cross-cloud software release and lifecycle management, and new 'drag and drop' app profile builders. CliQr has also expanded into Asia with Net One Systems.
Flexiant now offers multi-cloud management via Concerto, as well as IaaS creation
MIS Impact Report - October, 2014
The company has introduced Concerto for multi-cloud management, an enhanced version of the Besol Tapp software it acquired in May. It has also extended its Orchestrator IaaS stack and fired up a Docker management project called Krane, as it extends its container-based view of the world.
Appcara's commercial progress delivers new funding to meet demand opportunities
MIS Impact Report - October, 2014
The company has won an array of new service-provider accounts for its AppStack cloud application deployment and management tools over the past year. It has also raised new funding to expand operations in order to meet increasing customer demand.
Latisys validates European expansion with Ciber win
MIS Impact Report - October, 2014
The company is translating its datacenter and managed service expertise into hybrid cloud and 'public plus,' offering multi-tenant IaaS and hosting as well as higher-value services on top.
Changing up: Verizon shifts cloud into enterprise gear for new style IT delivery
MIS Impact Report - October, 2014
The company's recent analyst event in Boston was a coming-out party of sorts for a second generation of the Verizon Cloud. The proprietary IaaS platform aims to become a single cloud offering and the lever for enterprise transformation toward new style IT services.
Telefónica leverages cloud for transformation of customers, and itself
MIS Impact Report - October, 2014
The company's aim is to use cloud as the lever for enabling the digital transformation of its multinational corporation customers. The cloud in question is the one that it hopes will underpin its own transformation from a network service provider to an ICT shop.
Cloud brokering: on-demand IT procurement
MIS Spotlight - October, 2014
In a new Technology & Business Insight report, we show that if cloud is the on-demand version of computing, then cloud brokerage is the on-demand version of IT procurement. A market is developing that extends from basic introduce-and-configure services to capacity management and optimization.


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