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William Fellows
Research Vice President - CloudScape

As VP Research, EMEA, William created and drives 451 Research's early-adopter research program with end users and innovators across a range of vertical markets for the CloudScape service. He has identified and tracked early-adopter markets, including grid computing and virtualization adoption among enterprise users, since 2000; since 2007, the program been principally focused on cloud computing. In addition to the end-user constituency, William covers the suppliers ? including vendors, integrators and service providers ? in the cloud market. William's team also leads The 451 Group's activities within the European Commission and numerous EC research projects.

William is a cofounder of The 451 group, a member of the EC Cloud Expert Group, and co-author of 'The Future of Cloud Computing ? Opportunities for European Cloud Computing Beyond 2010.' He is a regular speaker at industry and 451 conferences, and participates in numerous advisory boards and planning committees for UK and international industry bodies.


Reports by this Analyst

UShareSoft reaches for a place at the hybrid cloud management table
MIS Impact Report - April, 2014
Now targeted at the hybrid cloud management opportunity, automation and marketplace supplier UShareSoft has created an integrated hybrid cloud offering called Plug2Watt based upon the NetApp/Cisco FlexPod.
Buy, build or borrow: addressing the black art of cloud cost management
TDM Sector IQ - April, 2014
Many large companies have bet big on the cloud, yet few have the tools to help customers navigate cost planning and management issues. Some will likely turn to M&A to plug this gap.
Ensim raises ITaaS enablement credibility and lands HDS
MIS Impact Report - April, 2014
Hitachi Data Systems has chosen Ensim to deliver IT as a service from its Unified Compute Platform for vSphere – a converged infrastructure platform, which will initially support VMware.
Gigas touts regional opportunities in Spain and LATAM
HITS Insight - March, 2014
The Spanish managed IaaS provider says it has home-field advantage in LATAM because of its native-language (Spanish) support and an emphasis on the Latin 'face to face' sales culture.
Latisys delivers multi-region hybrid options with European expansion
MIS Impact Report - March, 2014
The company says it's firing up its hybrid cloud services in Europe due to increasing US and international demand for hybrid cloud. The field is getting crowded – Latisys will need to differentiate in order to attract attention.
Rackspace taps developer audience and reinvents Fanatical Support
MIS Impact Report - March, 2014
As it seeks to tap new growth from markets where other providers are making hay, Rackspace is building out its application and support services to touch developer and enterprise audiences.
Hosting & Cloud Transformation Summit – Europe: Navigating The Perfect Storm
MIS Spotlight - March, 2014
The 2014 Hosting & Cloud Transformation Summit will examine how stakeholders and professionals can take advantage of infrastructure and facilities, managed hosting and cloud, social enterprise and consumerization trends to plot a course to success.
HP tooled up to tackle 'the new style of IT'
MIS Impact Report - March, 2014
The company wants to be a leading arms dealer for third-platform infrastructure – social interaction, mobility, cloud and big data. Specifically, it's supporting 'the new style of IT' that is required as the enterprise response to these.
Brokering VMware for best execution venue: vCHS's hybrid cloud reaches Europe
MIS Impact Report - March, 2014
The company's EMEA cut of the vCHS service recently moved out of beta and into production, being served out of a datacenter (reportedly Equinix), to which a second site will be added in the summer.
Scalr touts hybrid cloud management for devops; reins in 'shadow IT'
MIS Impact Report - March, 2014
As hybrid cloud strategies become reality for more large enterprises and service providers, vendors such as Scalr seek to enable and support provisioning, management and control of multi-cloud infrastructure for developers and IT operations teams.
Flexiant named key partner for Parallels Automation suite
HITS Insight - March, 2014
The virtualization and automation giant has productized Flexiant, and will be offering it as a deployment option to its customer base on a global basis.
Gravitant boosts cloud broker business by working with government agencies
MIS Impact Report - March, 2014
The company's initial pilot and then win at the Texas Department of Information Resources is creating new opportunities for it. Gravitant, which recently introduced a new version of cloudMatrix, expects to double revenue this year.
Cognizant's Cloud360 facilitates multiple clouds for enterprise customers
MIS Impact Report - February, 2014
The company's product portfolio is the spear tip of its push into multi-cloud management and brokering, providing provisioning and orchestration, monitoring and auto remediation, metering and chargeback, and analytics and advisory services.
CohesiveFT ships Docker with latest network overlay release
MIS Impact Report - February, 2014
The company has incorporated Docker into its VNS3 cloud overlay networking as a substrate for layer 4-7 network application services – things like proxy, reverse proxy, SSL termination, content caching and network intrusion detection.
Cloudyn targets Google and systems integrator opportunities
MIS Impact Report - February, 2014
The company recently extended its AWS cloud monitoring and optimization offering to Google Compute Engine. It provides GCE users with a means to monitor, compare and optimize their cloud deployments and assets from a single access point.
Capgemini integrates VMware to drive a cloud orchestration, broker advantage
MIS Impact Report - February, 2014
The company has stepped up its relationship with VMware to deliver what it believes will offer competitive advantage and differentiation around orchestration and brokering as Day 2 in the cloud approaches.
Colt builds out Ceano cloud, adds Insight Enterprises to partner channel
MIS Impact Report - February, 2014
While business on Ceano has been altogether slower than expected, Colt Communications Services now has meaningful revenue from its indirect cloud services suite under its belt and has won an important new channel.
Cloud Cruiser targets hybrid cloud cost advice, adds public Azure support
MIS Impact Report - February, 2014
The company's financial management software now supports Azure public cloud and therefore can be used across Microsoft Cloud OS, including System Center 2012 R2, Windows Server with Hyper-V, and the Windows Azure Pack.
ComputeNext seeks series A funding to promote white-labeled cloud marketplaces
MIS Impact Report - February, 2014
The cloud broker sees channel as its big opportunity, and is operating white-labeled cloud marketplaces on behalf of service providers. It's looking to raise $10m in series A funding.
OBS roadmap shows continued integration of cloud services for business
MIS Impact Report - February, 2014
The company is focused on supporting multinational companies' digital transformations with better time to market, cost optimization, performance and security.
Blue Prism targets the long tail of automation
MIS Impact Report - February, 2014
The company touts replacing FTEs doing receptive clerical tasks with spreadsheets, and databases with robots. With its sights set on the BPO and US markets, Blue Prism is broadening its reach.
Egenera says new growth comes from service providers, updates platform
MIS Impact Report - January, 2014
A year into its acquisition of Fort Technologies, Egenera has completed several integrations. The company says its fortunes are now being driven by service providers rather than enterprises.
2014 M&A Outlook – Software
TDM Others - January, 2014
As part of our end-of-year series of M&A analysis, we look at the deals that mattered in 2013 and assess the prospects for the next 12 months in the software sector. Where will we see acquisitions, and who might be involved?
T-Systems' cloud – single platform, enterprise marketplace, broker function
MIS Impact Report - January, 2014
The company plans to offer a cloud broker capability to connect multiple cloud services and deliver them to customers, and consolidate disparate cloud platforms onto a single Dynamic Cloud Platform.
Now secure financially, Virtustream accelerates its roadmap
MIS Impact Report - January, 2014
The firm's series D funding round will allow it to accelerate its roadmap and sets it up financially for a range of scenarios, including an IPO.
Ostrato rolls up cloud service management onto a single platform
MIS Impact Report - January, 2014
The cloud management entrant targets federal, academic, service provider and enterprise markets with a single offering.
Cloud Technology Partners adds migration and management
MIS Impact Report - January, 2014
The company has added management and migration alongside its consulting activities as it seeks to build value as an early stage venture.
Orange Business Services readies a management platform to broker cloud services
MIS Impact Report - December, 2013
The company is betting that hybrid cloud, with OBS and third-party clouds, is where the sweet spot is. It's working on a unified management platform with a broker capability.
Canopy's enterprise ambitions target $1bn by 2016
MIS Impact Report - December, 2013
The Atos majority-owned venture with EMC and VMware, which is aiming to take private cloud to market, has some ambitious goals.
Cloud broker mania sweeps the industry
TDM Sector IQ - December, 2013
There's a 'cloudemic' of firms now stamping 'cloud broker' across their service portfolios. Will this lead to M&A?
Appcore tunes AMP as a turnkey public/private-cloud-enablement platform for SPs
MIS Impact Report - December, 2013
The vendor has extended the reach of its turnkey cloud-enablement software, designed for creating and delivering hosted private and multi-tenant public clouds, as well as managing a network that links the two.
Insight Venture Partners not yet finished with buildout of Kaseya
TDM Acquirer IQ - December, 2013
Moving Kaseya up the automation and management stack will require additional expertise – which could lead to more acquisitions.
QualiSystems extends reach toward devops with CloudShell
MIS Impact Report - December, 2013
The test-lab automation firm wants to play in a bigger addressable market, and has introduced a new offering aimed at a wider audience.
Arago turns to community to build critical knowledge for IT ops automation
MIS Impact Report - December, 2013
The company is building out a community to support the creation of 'knowledge items' that can be accessed and exchanged by users to quickly automate IT operations via its AutoPilot software.
Telefónica sees IT services for global enterprises as key growth engine
MIS Impact Report - December, 2013
The company is targeting ICT services at multinational corporations and global enterprises as its next gig, and as the growth engine to offset declines in Europe and other Western markets.
Besol's Tapp targets cloud migration, brokerage
MIS Impact Report - December, 2013
This year, Besol Soluciones has been working on the migration and brokerage function in its Tapp management platform. The offering is complete but has yet to become generally available.
Cognizant's Cloud360 is OnTarget to deliver ITMaaS market share
MIS Impact Report - December, 2013
The company's Cloud360 offering appeals to the market because of its 'tenancy agnostic' architecture. Could this be a theme for 2014 ITMaaS market development?
Basic6 provides multi-cloud management, perhaps where others can't reach?
MIS Impact Report - December, 2013
The new multi-cloud management shop has cost management in its sights, with its offering of a single console to manage on-premises, hosted, cloud and hybrid resources.
OnApp v3.1 adds bare metal, leads the market in deployments
MIS Impact Report - December, 2013
With several major enhancements this year, the proprietary IaaS software-platform vendor continues to grow its customer footprint at a rapid clip.
CloudCheckr: price optimization starting with AWS
MIS Impact Report - November, 2013
It's starting with AWS, with Azure to follow. The plan is to assemble around it a stack of partner products and services that can monitor cost across the entire system, not just in the cloud.
451 Live – what happens when 50 IT decision-makers spend a day talking cloud
MIS Spotlight - November, 2013
A manifesto of drivers, inhibitors and unmet needs, directly from cloud users at the Enterprise 451 Cloud Summit in London earlier this month.
Comparing public and private clouds is like apples and oranges
MIS Spotlight - November, 2013
What considerations must be made when taking on the tough task of comparing the cost-efficiency of public and private clouds? Through a basic comparison of Microsoft and AWS cloud costs, we demonstrate the issues involved.
Interworks seeks to supercharge cloud service delivery and brokering
MIS Impact Report - November, 2013
With its Cloud Business Operating System, the company aims to provide a single platform that rolls up all you need to become a cloud provider and a broker.
Cloud & Hosting should be seen as a key growth driver for Vodafone
MIS Impact Report - November, 2013
The telco's cloud business is not where it should be, which is at the center of the stage for growth. It's hoping its Cloud & Hosting Services can help it get there.
Enterprise end users in no short supply at Amazon's re:Invent
MIS Spotlight - November, 2013
Enterprise adoption of AWS, and IaaS generally, is a fact at this point. Firms say that with AWS, they can operate faster and be more flexible (and cheaper) – but most importantly, they can do new things.
Ravello's HVX cloud migration tool – an engine for best execution venues
MIS Impact Report - November, 2013
The basic proposition is that HVX can enable complex multi-tier applications with infrastructure elements running in the enterprise datacenter (on VMware) to run in any cloud, unmodified.
Location, location, location: Google sees enterprise GEO as a 'moon shot' opportunity
MIS Impact Report - November, 2013
Google believes that GEO – its overarching term for Google maps and location-based services – will become a multibillion-dollar business for the company – and a powerful facility for enterprise customers.
Flexiant updates its service-provider cloud platform, adding service customization hooks
MIS Impact Report - November, 2013
While much of the software behind the cloud is targeting enterprise private cloud buildout, Flexiant is giving service providers the full platform needed to be in the business of selling public cloud services, from core automation to back-office billing.
Cloudsoft AMP delivers OpenGamma as a utility-based cloud service
MIS Impact Report - November, 2013
From black art to science? The company has offered its multi-cloud application management platform for some time – but it's the proof of concept it recently completed that really helps demystify this activity.
CSC reaches for cloud management vendor ServiceMesh
TDM Deal Analysis - October, 2013
The IT outsourcer is looking to advance its objective of becoming a value-added cloud aggregator with the acquisition of cloud management software provider ServiceMesh.

 

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