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

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.
regify's communications services are registered, certified - aims for 'network effect'
MIS Impact Report - December, 2015
The company is offering a suite of Trusted E-Communications services that are registered and certified, aiming to create a 'network effect' of users. As a partner of HPE, regify also hopes the partnership could provide a springboard to channel opportunities.
CenturyLink aims to deliver the hybrid way of IT life with European partnership strategy
MIS Impact Report - December, 2015
The company's modus operandi has been 'infrastructure first' as it positions its cloud, managed services and colocation business. But as it seeks partner referral or resale throughout Europe, it's shifting investment to support and sales, to enable growth on the back of automation and platform investments.
For Denon & Marantz, the cloud is the agent for its digital transformation
MIS User Deployment Report - November, 2015
The consumer electronics group is using the cloud to upgrade and transform its business digitally, including product development, customer experience and the service model.
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.