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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

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.
To convince buyers during year two of Intercloud, Cisco needs to deliver on its promises
MIS Impact Report - April, 2015
Intercloud enters its second year, targeting a robust, partner-based ecosystem rather than a vendor-directed cloud market. According to Cisco, the network will play a crucial role in cloud service delivery and SLA compliance.
What's your type? HP's Cloud28+ dating agency for European cloud services
MIS Impact Report - April, 2015
As the federation of European cloud service providers, resellers, ISVs, developers and government agencies approaches its first birthday, its chief protagonist, HP, has provided a progress update on what is effectively a dating agency for cloud services in Europe.
HP's Cloud Service Automation is driving its Helion cloud management platform
MIS Impact Report - April, 2015
The company is positioning its portfolio of Helion offerings – Private Cloud, Managed Private Cloud, Managed Virtual Private Cloud and Public Cloud – as a spectrum of choices that offer control on the one hand (private) and convenience (public) on the other.
Workload migration - RiverMeadow is playing the cloud mobility card
MIS Impact Report - April, 2015
Given the investments being made, success for cloud service providers will depend on their venues being destinations – not only for new application deployments, but for the re-platforming of existing applications and servers.
VMware's vRealize is a 'best execution venue' tool
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
As VMware continues the multiyear re-architecting of its systems and cloud management tools, what is now branded the 'vRealize' suite is shaping up to be an environment that offers customers a way to select the right resource, venue or service for applications and workloads.
Ensim aims new automation tools at helping Microsoft CSPs improve delivery
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
The company has updated its portfolio of Ensim Automation Suite cloud and datacenter tools for the Microsoft service-provider universe. It now offers a full range of marketplace, subscription management, service catalog, provisioning, usage collection and billing.
Colt Managed Cloud is the spearhead for outcome-based service delivery
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
After getting its act together on IT services a couple of years ago, Colt has been waiting for adoption to pick up and has tried a couple of different attack vectors. Continuing the transformation begun in 2014, Colt has established Colt Managed Cloud as the go-to-market brand for its IT services.
From test labs to DevOps, QualiSystems is addressing 'shadow IT' control
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
QualiSystems was founded as a network and test automation vendor, but has translated its smarts into the area of self-service automation and orchestration of infrastructure in the context of supporting DevOps. Now, most of its customers are using its CloudShell automation and orchestration suite to address the problem of shadow IT.
SkyScape trajectory for growth suggests IPO, will UK public sector perform?
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
Could the company become an IPO candidate if the the G-Cloud and public-sector opportunity grows as it forecast,s and it can execute on its plans? Skyscape has introduced a range of new packaging to comply with the UK government's security-classification policies.
Vision Solutions takes Double-Take into cloud migration, management
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
The company has introduced its Double-Take Cloud Framework to include a cloud-migration facility alongside the existing DRaaS management service for customers seeking to move into public clouds.
C3DNA's 'hyper cloud' highlights rise of app management over infrastructure
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
The company has shed more light on its service management technology, which will, it claims, deliver 'any app on any cloud.' C3DNA is one of a growing band of companies positioned as 'straight-to application management' with little needed regard for infrastructure management.
Abiquo updates core cloud management platform
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
The company is now offering version 3.2 of its core cloud management platform Provider Edition. As it builds out its management features and support for third-party clouds, Abiquo will become an interesting choice for firms that may be assessing other candidates.
Ostrato deepens its cloud management platform bench
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
The company has released a new version of its cloudSM cloud broker called Granite, which provides support for additional cloud providers and upgraded visibility and management capabilities.
Getting back to growth: IBM is thinking cloud and ecologies
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
The company recently held an investor briefing to articulate a plan for returning to growth. IBM has indicated that a long-term future will likely see it engaged in the kind of shared ecosystems and ecologies that will require a huge cultural transformation for the firm.
Cloudsoft's DevOps-meets-the-cloud hand is playing well
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
The company is gaining momentum on the back of its DevOps-meets-cloud smarts, but its ticket to sustainable, profitable growth will be the addition of more paying customers to follow IBM, Canopy Cloud and Virtustream.
Huawei puts ITs eggs into one basket, delivers FusionCloud Omni hybrid cloud
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
To better support the needs of carriers and enterprises journeying toward cloud, Huawei has consolidated its IT products into one Data Center Solution organization and productized its Cascading OpenStack tools.
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.


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