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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

Deutsche Telekom/T-Systems gets PaaS, Cloud Broker use cases and InterCloud services
MIS Impact Report - August, 2015
The company has added a platform as a service called AppAgile, which is based on Red Hat OpenShift, to its cloud portfolio. It's also shed some light on use cases for its Cloud Broker tool, and claims to be on-boarding its first InterCloud customers.
Carpathia supports 'best execution venue' strategies via COP for AWS
MIS Impact Report - August, 2015
The company is the latest hoster to offer its customers the option of using Amazon Web Services alongside its own services. Carpathia is also testing Microsoft Azure and VMware vCloud as the next candidates for its Cloud Operations Platform.
With its RPA software, Blue Prism says the robots are coming
MIS Impact Report - August, 2015
The company claims to have won 14 new customers in the last six months, including two banks and three US accounts. Its robotic process automation software is gaining some traction, but the sector still awaits its 'ah ha' moment.
Telefónica puts communications and the cloud at the heart of transformation services
MIS Impact Report - August, 2015
To deliver integrated communications and cloud in support of customers' digital transformation strategies, Telefónica must transform itself around ICT on a global and local basis.
AWS Service Catalog portal is aimed at improved admin and user experience
MIS Impact Report - August, 2015
AWS Service Catalog is now available as a free-to-use product until the end of September. The offering allows organizations to create and manage catalogs of IT services that are approved for use on AWS – both AWS and third-party services – and make them available to end users via a self-service portal.
Neostratus pitches low-cost cloud enabler, broker model
MIS Impact Report - August, 2015
Cloud-enabler Neostratus has a portfolio of cloud-services framework tools for building, operating and supporting cloud-service delivery, including advisory, brokerage and management. It targets telcos, hosters, managed service providers and systems integrators in Europe.
Additional funding, customers as CliQr enhances multi-cloud management for enterprises
MIS Impact Report - July, 2015
Having added a $20m C Series round, CliQr is now in the market with version 4.0 of its CloudCenter software. It's added a range of new features to simplify multi-cloud management, support increasing application complexity, help accelerate time to value and support additional customer requests.
SolarWinds targets 'mission control' for cloud app management
MIS Impact Report - July, 2015
The company is assembling a portfolio that it believes will be able to manage cloud applications across the stack. It's targeting SMEs with cloud-native applications and has further acquisitions planned. SolarWinds will need to work hard to differentiate here – the competition is very diverse.
Deutsche Börse Cloud Exchange is live
MIS Impact Report - July, 2015
The DBCE was launched in May, having undergone a significant overhaul based on feedback from its beta service, which fired up in 2014. It's based on the Zimory cloud management and broker platform - Zimory owns a 51% stake in DBCE.
BT Cloud of Clouds - getting beyond infrastructure
MIS Impact Report - July, 2015
The company's Cloud of Clouds is the new organizing principle for BT Global Services. What is it? BT believes it will be able to offer end-to-end SLAs across a multi-cloud model.
It may go private, but Colt is definitely no longer 'coltandthecloud'
MIS Impact Report - July, 2015
The company has unplugged Managed Cloud, its IT services business, and will wind current customer contracts down over a two-and-a-half-year period. The decision to throw in the towel on IT services, and focus on network, voice and colocation, will send a chilling message to other IT-services hopefuls in the telco space.
Cloud Executive Summit: getting beyond infrastructure
MIS Spotlight - July, 2015
At 451 Research's Cloud Computing Executive Summit in London, we hosted 60 enterprise IT decision-makers who met to debate and discuss this year's theme: 'Outcomes over Infrastructure: IaaS is not Enough.'
Google steps up its enterprise ambition, targets multi-cloud world
MIS Impact Report - July, 2015
Google is stepping up its enterprise ambitions, and sees managed services as a key growth opportunity. It wants to change the 'what' customers can do as much as the 'where' they do it.
BMC's Cloud Lifecycle Management serves as a control pane for best execution venues
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
The company recently updated its Cloud Lifecycle Management suite with version 4.5, which includes a new interface design, integration with MyIT, extended support for public and private clouds, and integration with Docker and Cloud Foundry.
Atos 'as a platform' is the driver for its digital-transformation agenda
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
Atos has created a blueprint for delivering IT services to support digital transformation across a range of industries and sectors. 'Health as a Platform' and 'Government as a Platform' are two examples of the 'XaaS'-type capability that can be built upon these cloud management services.
This is no soft Cell: Bracket targets enterprise computing for clouds
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
Bracket Computing is a richly funded and well-staffed Silicon Valley startup aiming to provide on-demand capacity to enterprise customers via the Bracket Computing Cell, which can be used on (and supposedly moved between) different clouds.
HP upgrades customers into OpenStack - goes for brokers
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
The announcement of CloudSystem 9 was one in a hatful of updates to the Helion portfolio that HP introduced at its recent Discover event. However, it's significant because CloudSystem 9 now ships with OpenStack on board - previously, it was offered with OpenStack 'compatibility.'
Cristie targets cloud role for migration and recovery services
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
The company has been diversifying from its core market in bare-machine recovery and into migration for virtual, physical and cloud environments. Now, Cristie plans to package its technology to provide a single catalog of functions for customers to choose from.
VMware forges vRealize into a fully integrated cloud management platform
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
The company is forging its vRealize tools into a fully integrated cloud management platform for use on-premises and off, aiming to allow users to access the most suitable resources and services to meet their needs.
HP Helion: bearing north, but precise course is unclear
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
There are two reasons for HP to feel positive about its cloud strategy: it has a vision that shows it is thinking of the future, and it has a plan (on which it is executing) that shows commitment to that vision. Now it just needs to make Helion more than just a portfolio, but a proposition.
Verilume wants to put your 'dark IT' to work as cloud services
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
Startup Verilume is the latest entrant in the cloud infrastructure market. The company is developing a broad platform – the Verilume Cloud Service – that is designed for developers to deploy next-generation applications and workloads without the hassle.
Equinix snags Alibaba for Cloud Exchange as Performance Hub passes 100-customer mark
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
About a year into its Performance Hub and Cloud Exchange adventure, Equinix has carved out a useful niche, enabling enterprises to extend their networks into its datacenters and take advantage of access to its partners. Alibaba is the latest win.
AppFormix targets cloud performance management with an emphasis on I/O
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
The vendor is working on a new approach to cloud infrastructure performance monitoring, with a specific focus on I/O. The business problem it is addressing is the unpredictable performance of applications on the cloud and wasteful infrastructure use.
Differentiation in the time of OpenStack
MIS Spotlight - June, 2015
A core of six key projects provides the basis for 50% of OpenStack deployments. Providers moving forward with an OpenStack focus should offer all of these core services, pricing them low and selling them high; differentiation lies in the upselling of components that have yet to reach mainstream adoption.
OpenStack land grab continues apace as Big Blue buys Blue Box
TDM Deal Analysis - June, 2015
With its private OpenStack cloud-as-a-service model, Blue Box is right in IBM's private/hybrid cloud wheelhouse. Big Blue now has managed local, dedicated hosted and public OpenStack options. Meanwhile, another OpenStack-focused player has been removed from the market.
Ciena feeds cloud hunger for the network
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
The company has strengthened its proposition for service providers, as well as Internet content and cloud providers, positioning new additions to its portfolio specifically to support Web-scale activities: service and content delivery, and user experience.
WalmartLabs to deliver its OpenStack datacenter as a service across the group
MIS User Deployment Report - May, 2015
When the Walmart cloud team finds something interesting, it jumps on it. Which means that whatever it finds interesting is itself likely to become much more interesting as a result: in this instance, OpenStack and supporting tools.
Virtustream goes out with a bang for $1.2bn, ushering in the next stage of cloud M&A
TDM Deal Analysis - May, 2015
Virtustream's talk of a potential IPO has paid off as EMC has bought the cloud software and services firm. EMC has now made its IaaS buy, as have fellow tech vendors. However, this deal is all about the business outcome, not just the cloud.
Siaras starts out to tackle the biggest problem - cloud and WAN federation
MIS Impact Report - May, 2015
The cloud management software company is trying to bridge the worlds of flexible but unpredictable public Internet WAN connectivity and predictable but inflexible and expensive dedicated WAN connectivity to the likes of AWS and Microsoft via colocation providers.
Egenera's Xterity: from cloud enabler to cloud provider
MIS Impact Report - May, 2015
The company has announced a fully managed wholesale IaaS cloud offering called Xterity based on its Egenera Cloud Suite. Its first partner is Equinix. Egenera provides the cloud hardware, cloud management, catalog and support.
Appcara hones its cloud application deployment and management claim with App360
MIS Impact Report - May, 2015
The company has renamed its AppStack cloud application deployment and management tools to App360 to better communicate what it believes is the holistic nature of the product. It's also switched horses, and is using OpenStack as its core delivery platform.
Univa supports 'best execution venue' strategies with Universal Resource Broker
MIS Impact Report - May, 2015
The company has introduced Universal Resource Broker, an enterprise-class workload optimization tool for HPC, containerized and shared datacenters. URB is meant for use in modern and legacy resource pools and service types.
Hong Kong: a hub and test lab, as long as window remains open
MIS Spotlight - May, 2015
The geographic, social and technological backdrop of Hong Kong is advantageous to firms doing business in the region or seeking to find a route into Northeast and Southeast Asia. Here, we look at the experience of three companies operating out of Hong Kong.
ASCI heads toward cloud, DevOps, data management with ActiveBatch v10
MIS Impact Report - May, 2015
The scheduling world has changed. It's no longer only about overnight batch processing, and with V10 of its technology, ASCI is positioning itself to play where its customers are going .
Huawei GAS 2015: Partners are a major source of future ICT revenue growth
MIS Impact Report - April, 2015
At Huawei's 12th annual Global Analyst Summit in China, the company summarized the success to date for its partner channel, and outlined its plans for continued growth.
Huawei GAS 2015: getting cloud services right
MIS Impact Report - April, 2015
Huawei's Cloud Services Group is architecting a new approach to the way it creates infrastructure, which will enable partners to deploy IaaS cloud services like AWS and Google. This includes the cloud services it will soon be selling to corporate customers in China.
Huawei GAS 2015: enterprise networking status check, five years in
MIS Impact Report - April, 2015
Huawei continues to grow its Enterprise Business Group, investing heavily in headcount and R&D spending, and has given itself the ambitious goal to reach $10bn in revenue by 2019.
Cloud Price Index - Private Edition, Part 1: the private lives of private clouds
MIS Spotlight - April, 2015
In the Private Cloud edition of 451 Research's Cloud Price Index, we reveal average prices for proprietary and OpenStack private clouds, both self-managed and managed, and investigate the impact of manpower on TCO. Our benchmark indicators help service providers and enterprises understand and assess the private cloud services they offer and consume.
Cloud Price Index - Private Edition, Part 2: a two-cent 'tax' for commercial code
MIS Spotlight - April, 2015
The most surprising finding in the first issue of the CPI - Private Edition is that a private cloud based upon proprietary, commercial orchestration software costs just $0.02 more per VM hour than one using an OpenStack distribution. In turn, a supported OpenStack distro is just $0.02 more expensive than a DIY OpenStack private cloud. Thus, the 'tax' imposed by proprietary packages vs. open source may be less onerous than supposed.
Cloud Price Index - Private Edition, Part 3: the best value TCO for private cloud?
MIS Spotlight - April, 2015
We use CPI data to quantify the relative TCO of in-house and managed deployments built on OpenStack and proprietary commercial offerings. Proprietary orchestration packages from VMWare, Microsoft and Red Hat have a lower TCO than OpenStack, but the price is lock-in. For those opting for OpenStack, distributions show clear value over the DIY approach. For those struggling to manage private cloud sprawl, though, managed services seem to be the way to go.


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