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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

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.
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.
 

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