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

Cloud is the agent for HOOPP's IT transformation
MIS User Deployment Report - April, 2016
HOOPP is looking to the cloud to better enable its investment business and has begun an IT transformation program to accomplish this. It took a line-of-business requirement to meet a client need to break the inertia around cloud.
HAS 2016: Huawei is in 'all cloud' mode
MIS Impact Report - April, 2016
The narrative of Huawei's 13th Global Analyst Summit 2016 held in Shenzhen earlier this month centered on the journey to digital transformation using information and communications technology products and services.
Cloud and digital transformation: UK government experience at Cloud Executive Summit
MIS Spotlight - April, 2016
At 451 Research's Cloud Computing Executive Summit in London on April 5, we hosted 60 enterprise IT decision-makers who met to debate and discuss cloud transformation and the role of cloud in supporting broader digital transformation strategies.
Infonova R6 'weaponizes' BT Cloud of Clouds in its bid for accelerated growth
MIS Impact Report - April, 2016
In the year since 'Cloud of Clouds' became the organizing principle for BT Global Services, the firm says its cloud business has grown by 10% and is approaching 10% of BTGS's overall revenue.
Infonova is the key device for BearingPoint's digital-transformation growth strategy
MIS Impact Report - April, 2016
The company's R6 software has been placed at the forefront of parent BearingPoint's digital-transformation initiative, where it's positioned as the key device for enabling and managing digital platforms and ecosystems, and not only for telcos.
Virtustream now seated at the head table in managed services
MIS Impact Report - March, 2016
Now an EMC Federation company, Virtustream was acquired for $1.2bn in July 2015 with 400 employees and a run rate of $100m. It has some 2,000 employees and 20 datacenters today.
Universal Compute Xchange goes live, wins funding and paying traders
MIS Impact Report - March, 2016
With the UCX fully launched, it hopes partnerships with Tech Mahindra and Plante Moran, together with Cloud Security Alliance certification, will give the exchange enterprise-grade capability.
451 Cloud Executive Summit London: 'cloud first' - an agent for digital transformation
MIS Spotlight - March, 2016
Deployed as a means of production, as it is by many industry disruptors, cloud acts as an agent for and enabler of digital transformation strategies. This is the organizing principal of 451 Research's sixth annual Cloud Executive Summit in London on April 5.
Ensim expects to triple in size to meet Microsoft CSP program demand
MIS Impact Report - March, 2016
Microsoft's Cloud Solution Provider partner program, particularly the Office 365 and Azure services, continues to be the core driver of new business for Ensim. The company expects to triple its headcount to take advantage of the Microsoft program's momentum.
CloudCheckr foresees fast growth for its cloud security, asset and cost management
MIS Impact Report - March, 2016
The company is focused on building new automation features into its cloud asset management, security and cost service. It has an ambitious growth plan for 2016.
Cloud transformation: Enterprises share experience at Cloud Executive Summit
MIS Spotlight - March, 2016
At the recent 451 Research Cloud Computing Executive Summit in New York City, we hosted 60 enterprise IT decision-makers who met to debate and discuss cloud transformation and the role of cloud in supporting broader digital transformation strategies.
CloudGenera aims to ease broker enablement with new SaaS offerings
MIS Impact Report - March, 2016
Cloud brokerage enablement firm CloudGenera provides decision analytics for IT supply chains that can be used by enterprises and suppliers alike. Its goal is to improve ROI and help IT suppliers transition from providers to brokers of technology.
Cisco's cloud consumption tools address 'shadow IT'
MIS Impact Report - March, 2016
The company has announced Cloud Consumption as a Service for midsized and large organizations to find, monitor and manage 'shadow IT' use. Initially targeted at public cloud and the rise of cloud-first strategies, it will also be aimed at on-premises applications.
Trimble's TPaaS is the agent for digital transformation
MIS User Deployment Report - March, 2016
Originally an internal skunkworks project going back some three or four years, Trimble PaaS is an open source platform using WSO2's private PaaS, as well as some of Trimble's own commercial code, which has been developed in-house.
Cisco nabs CliQr to bolster its cloud and hybrid IT management capabilities
TDM Deal Analysis - March, 2016
Cisco has shelled out $260m for cloud orchestration firm CliQr to enhance its enterprise management portfolio. CliQr claims that its CloudCenter platform can move, manage and secure any application onto any private, public or hybrid cloud, without modification.
With Software Defined Cloud, Avni targets multi-cloud application deployment
MIS Impact Report - March, 2016
Avni Networks aims to allow users to set up businesses without having to worry about infrastructure and operational aspects. Avni SDC enables companies to deploy and manage existing or new applications on any cloud.
NTT Communications unifies cloud management with enhanced Enterprise Cloud
MIS Impact Report - March, 2016
The enhanced Enterprise Cloud is positioned as an extension of the company's vCloud-based Enterprise Cloud that utilizes a unified management framework, along with open source technologies and the microservice design model.
GigaSpaces raises $20m for telco cloud orchestration ambitions
MIS Impact Report - February, 2016
The company has raised $20m in a new round of funding to accelerate its cloud ambitions, principally with telcos and network service providers. GigaSpaces expects to extend funding with an additional amount from other investors.
Interworks packages cloud service delivery for firms targeting SMBs
MIS Impact Report - February, 2016
The company has pivoted to take advantage of what it believes is demand from IT-services suppliers and ISVs to offer cloud-based services to SMBs.
Oracle buys Ravello for 'any app on any cloud'
TDM Deal Analysis - February, 2016
The company has acquired Israeli software firm Ravello Systems and its nested hypervisor technology, which underpins the key attack vector for Oracle's Cloud Platform strategy - to enable users to run any type of workload in the cloud.
Weaveworks aims to take the sting out of microservices management
MIS Impact Report - February, 2016
UK firm Weaveworks has created a way to monitor and control Docker containers, which takes the sting out of deploying and managing a microservices deployment at scale.
HPE provides Helion Managed Cloud Broker service for hybrid IT management
MIS Impact Report - February, 2016
To support enterprises that are seeking to find, access and use a range of IT resources and services to meet different needs, Hewlett Packard Enterprise recently introduced the HPE Helion Managed Cloud Broker service.
Rackspace extends support for AWS to all markets
MIS Impact Report - February, 2016
Managed services are beginning to take off, and Rackspace has targeted the opportunity by recently announcing the general availability of its Fanatical Support for Amazon Web Services in all markets outside of the US.
Cloud Cruiser's smart meter for the cloud targets midmarket
MIS Impact Report - February, 2016
The company has introduced a SaaS 'smart meter' for the cloud. Cloud Cruiser 16 has been developed on a new code base, compared with the existing (and non-SaaS) Cloud Cruiser 4. The release marks a diversification of sorts as it targets the midmarket for the first time.
Fight cloud: Oracle's gloves are off
MIS Impact Report - February, 2016
Oracle has fleshed out its nascent Oracle Cloud Platform strategy, to which it committed very publicly at OpenWorld 2015. It now comprises data as a service, IaaS, PaaS and SaaS, plus the Oracle Integration and Management clouds.
Telefonica chooses Huawei's OpenStack for its public cloud
MIS Impact Report - February, 2016
The company will use Huawei's OpenStack-based public cloud as the basis of its Open Telefonica Cloud public-cloud offering.
2016 M&A Outlook - Software, part 1
TDM Others - February, 2016
As part of our end-of-year series of M&A analysis, we look at the deals that mattered in 2015 and assess the prospects for the next 12 months in the software sector. Where will we see acquisitions, and who might be involved?
2016 M&A Outlook - Software, part 2
TDM Others - February, 2016
As part of our end-of-year series of M&A analysis, we look at the deals that mattered in 2015 and assess the prospects for the next 12 months in the software sector. Where will we see acquisitions, and who might be involved?
Unikernels to ride in on the container wave
MIS Spotlight - February, 2016
There's been a great deal of industry discussion about unikernels, culminating when Docker acquired Unikernel Systems. We examine the benefits of unikernels and their role, as well as the opportunities and who should be worried.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Vodafone team to deliver managed cloud services
MIS Impact Report - January, 2016
The company is making progress in the market with its hosted Helion Managed Virtual Private Cloud for Resellers. Vodafone is HPE's key customer, but success will require the relationship to be one of partnership to be successful in the market.
VMware brings UX and use-case enhancements to vRealize cloud management platform
MIS Impact Report - January, 2016
With vRealize, VMware is providing a full-service cloud management platform to its customers as they make the journey toward cloud transformation.
Cloudyn seeks to add operational insight to cloud financial management
MIS Impact Report - January, 2016
Cloudyn anticipates that the cloud consumption, cost management and optimization layer will prove to be the beginning of a journey for software companies like itself to build a full-service offering for trusted cloud management and execution.
Liaison touts cloud- and microservices-based 'data platform as a service'
MIS Impact Report - January, 2016
Liaison believes legacy integration methods like ESB can't keep pace, while an iPaaS requires a high degree of expertise from the end user. Instead, Liaison is advocating an approach called data platform as a service.
Accenture Cloud Platform: a 'cloud Uber app' for service consumption?
MIS Impact Report - December, 2015
ACP has been designed as a multi-cloud management platform that enables organizations to centrally manage enterprise cloud resources – public and private – and automate the delivery of cloud services.
China Telecom brings cloud services to Indian enterprises
MIS Impact Report - December, 2015
CTG operating subsidiary China Telecom India has recently expanded its product portfolio with the official launch of its cloud offering in Mumbai and New Delhi, India.
TDS accelerates into the cloud migration market
MIS Impact Report - December, 2015
Thirteen-year-old Transitional Data Services recently took in its first outside investment to accelerate development of its TransitionManager migration software and target other channel and geographic opportunities.
arago moves into next phase of corporate development as machine learning heats up
MIS Impact Report - December, 2015
If 'ready, steady' characterized the first 20 years of arago's life, then 2015 and 2016 mark the beginning of 'go' in terms of corporate development. The company raised $55m in funding from KKR at the end of last year to propel it into a leading position as the machine-learning market gains momentum.
Universit aims to aggregate third-party enterprise services into a mobile workspace
MIS Impact Report - December, 2015
The proliferation of disparate third-party cloud, on-premises and mobile services has given rise to several spins on the concept of a unified employee workspace. Universit is one such vendor that's hoping to branch out from its mobile heritage.
CloudBolt enhances cloud transformation capabilities
MIS Impact Report - December, 2015
Under a new leadership team for the past year, the company raised additional investment, shifted its headquarters to Silicon Valley and built out its cloud management platform.
Ericsson's search for growth and new riches
MIS Impact Report - December, 2015
The company believes the inflexion point for the 'networked society' has been passed. It points to its forecast that there will be eight billion mobile broadband subscriptions by 2021, and that mobile broadband will be available to 90% of the world's population by that time.