451 Research - Biography

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

E-procurement vendor cloudBuy is expanding globally and has ambitions to scale
MIS Impact Report - November, 2015
Having proved itself in its home market, UK-headquartered e-procurement company cloudBuy is taking its model global and has some landmark deals now firing up in Asia-Pacific.
SixSq provides hybrid cloud control for apps, data
MIS Impact Report - November, 2015
SixSq offers hybrid cloud management and broker services, which are becoming essential tools for cloud transformation. The firm has made considerable progress since RHEA Group acquired it last year, adding support for a range of European science and research projects.
Fujitsu buys UShareSoft for multi-cloud management and automation
TDM Deal Analysis - November, 2015
Fujitsu has purchased hybrid cloud automation and management firm UShareSoft for an undisclosed amount. The acquirer has been an OEM partner for the target's UForge AppCenter for about a year, and clearly liked what it saw.
DivvyCloud goes deep with cloud infrastructure management
MIS Impact Report - November, 2015
The young company has put its cloud infrastructure management tools into the AWS Marketplace, and is now seeking additional funding.
After Safe Harbor ruling, Deutsche Telekom plays 'made in Germany' card for cloud business
MIS Impact Report - November, 2015
The striking down of Safe Harbor is a 'made in heaven' opportunity for Deutsche Telekom/T-Systems to market the heck out of its 'made in Germany' credentials, although how long the window of opportunity will remain open isn't clear.
ZTE offers converged platform for telecom operators' cloud transformation
MIS Impact Report - November, 2015
The vendor has unveiled a converged platform with context-aware service orchestration that enables operators to supply all kinds of services, even those where they might not be domain experts.
UShareSoft extends hybrid cloud management and service-selection options
MIS Impact Report - November, 2015
The company has updated its UForge AppCenter and Marketplace hybrid cloud management services with new support options and integrated billing, as well as a new user interface.
Change is accelerating as Accenture deepens its commitment to Cloud First initiative
MIS Impact Report - November, 2015
The ink is still drying on Accenture's Cloud First strategy based largely on its acquisition of Cloud Sherpas, but the company has already stepped up its relationships with other public cloud providers.
IBM legitimizes cloud brokering with Gravitant buy
TDM Deal Analysis - November, 2015
Big Blue has acquired cloud services broker Gravitant for an undisclosed amount. IBM has been saying for some time that a 'cloud broker' function is key to providing hybrid, multi-cloud capabilities to customers.
QualiSystems targets DevOps with cloud sandboxes
MIS Impact Report - November, 2015
The company's 'cloud sandboxes' offer automated, self-service creation and orchestration of on-demand infrastructure for DevOps.
Virtustream is super-sized with vCloud Air, VCE and EMC managed services
MIS Impact Report - October, 2015
Dell and EMC have signed an agreement for Dell to acquire EMC (expected to close between May and October 2016), which in turn owns 80% of VMware. Assuming this deal happens, Virtustream is the brand that will carry Dell's hosting ambitions into the field.
Safe Harbour judgment brings HP's Cloud28+ services into focus
MIS Impact Report - October, 2015
The overturning of the Safe Harbour agreement in European courts has tremendous implications for cloud service providers. It certainly makes services that comply with European data privacy requirements – such as those in Cloud28+ – more attractive.
On the journey to cloud, the Accenture-AWS deal is an important signpost
MIS Spotlight - October, 2015
Last week's Accenture-AWS deal has become a touchstone for interest in how quickly public cloud is becoming mainstream. The question is how fast enterprises are moving to public cloud and how much they can ultimately shift over to it.
Flexiant points to cloud pipeline opportunity – the challenge is to service it
MIS Impact Report - October, 2015
The company has historically sold to telcos and MSPs creating cloud services. It added multi-cloud capabilities in 2014, and now offers granular metering and billing, blueprinting, global DNS, and auto-scaling.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise cloud at the center of Deutsche Bank's digital transformation
MIS Impact Report - October, 2015
The company is deploying a range of private and public cloud services to Deutsche Bank as part of a long-term digital transformation project. There's a change in attitude by financial services firms toward cloud, and HPE is positioned to benefit from this.
Bracket's Computing Cell approach - gold-plated by Goldman Sachs
MIS Impact Report - October, 2015
The company has landed a $45m series C round, bringing total investment to more than $130m. The addition of Goldman Sachs as a customer and investor is an endorsement of Bracket's approach and suitability for financial services firms, which appear to be turning to cloud in a significant way.
In massive play for storage and more, Dell bets $63.1bn on EMC to reshape IT landscape
TDM Deal Analysis - October, 2015
Even as rival IT vendors are slimming down, Dell has bulked up with the massive $63.1bn purchase of EMC – the largest pure 'tech' deal of the past 15 years. The combination will create a behemoth, with multibillion-dollar businesses selling infrastructure and services even as many IT buyers are shifting their spending to the cloud.
Skipjaq puts some science into the black art of performance tuning for cloud
MIS Impact Report - October, 2015
Founded in 2014, startup Skipjaq has been operating stealthily, despite partners and customers 'socializing' its benefits in the market. Now it's poised to launch its cloud application performance-tuning offering, which is targeted at IT staff.
Platform9 now manages VMware private clouds
MIS Impact Report - September, 2015
Already available for KVM, Platform9 made its private cloud software, Managed OpenStack, available for VMware vSphere environments last month. At the same time, the company raised $10m in series B funding, bringing total funding to $14.5m.
Huawei's OpenStack public cloud gains an important foothold in EMEA with Deutsche Telekom
MIS Impact Report - September, 2015
Deutsche Telekom has announced that it will deliver public cloud services as the Open Telekom Cloud, based on Huawei's OpenStack infrastructure. This is an important step forward for Huawei's ambitions.
'Uberification' - the cloud as an agent for digital transformation
MIS Spotlight - September, 2015
As the so-called Uberification of industries and work forces continues apace, we examine how the cloud industry can emulate or take advantage of Uber's model to increase the rate of adoption and to cement the role of the cloud as an agent for digital transformation.
Deutsche Telekom debuts Open Telekom Cloud - a public cloud built on Huawei
MIS Impact Report - September, 2015
The company has begun offering a public cloud service called Open Telekom Cloud, which is based on Huawei's OpenStack cloud platform. The service was previewed recently at Huawei's annual Cloud Congress in Shanghai.
glh goes 'all in' on cloud to offer 'Choose Your Own Room'
MIS User Deployment Report - September, 2015
Digital transformation: hotel chain glh will be 'all in' on cloud by year-end, by which time it plans to own no servers, have 100% of new servers in the cloud, and 80% of systems overall in the cloud and consumed as a service.
ParkMyCloud finds and saves money on idle cloud resources
MIS Impact Report - September, 2015
The executives behind the Ostrato cloud management platform have created ParkMyCloud, a lightweight tool to reduce AWS spending by a claimed 20% or more.
RES cranks up executive team, portfolio for workspace and service store opportunity
MIS Impact Report - September, 2015
Workspace firm RES Software has cranked up its corporate development significantly through 2015. What do the company's additions and enhancements add up to?
Cloud Cruiser's analytics and usage add-on package collects data from multiple sources
MIS Impact Report - September, 2015
The vendor recently introduced an add-on package called CloudSmart-Now for use atop its core cloud-usage and cost management software. It's an analytics and usage application that has a set of preconfigured templates with built-in workflow to collect usage and cost data.
Abiquo integrates Docker as first-class citizen in 3.4 release
MIS Impact Report - September, 2015
In response to customer requests, Abiquo has been building out expertise in Docker, which could ultimately become a game changer for the company, if it can get its expertise more widely known.
RackWare reaching for the golden ring of cloud management
MIS Impact Report - September, 2015
The cloud migration and DR firm is reaching for a higher value proposition by positioning its RackWare Management Module as a cloud management suite for the enterprise.
Canopy has bigger ambitions now that Atos has extended its reach
MIS Impact Report - September, 2015
The Atos cloud hopes to significantly expand its US footprint via its parent's acquisition of Xerox's IT outsourcing business as well as a partner/reseller channel. No longer a joint venture, Canopy can now source equipment from elsewhere.
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.
Telefonica 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.