451 Research - Biography

John Abbott
Founder, Distinguished Analyst

John covers systems, storage and software infrastructure topics for 451 Research, and over a 25+-year career has pioneered specialist technology coverage in such areas as Unix, supercomputing, system architecture, software development and storage.

As one of the cofounders of The 451 Group in October 1999, John ran analyst operations in the company's San Francisco office. He has been a principal author on many 451 Special Reports, including those on storage virtualization and blade servers - the first comprehensive surveys of either subject to be published.

John began covering the technology sector in 1984, building on his previous experience as a technical author and direct involvement using mainframes, early PCs and Unix workstations. As a freelance journalist, he contributed to publications including Computing, Computer Weekly, The Financial Times and The Times. In 1987, he was appointed Editor of ComputerWire's weekly Unix newsletter, Unigram.X, and later became Editor of the company's daily Computergram International service.

John has a BA in Music and an MA in Modern English Literature from the University of London.

Reports by this Analyst

AppSense: User management is still the missing link for virtual desktops
MIS Impact Report - November, 2015
With its latest wave of new product versions, plus the recent addition of analytics, AppSense appears to be back on track with its user-environment management software suite, and is likely to benefit from the accelerating Microsoft user migration to Windows 10.
Hyperscale management startup NodePrime emerges from stealth with its first funding
MIS Impact Report - October, 2015
The startup has released a technical preview of the NodePrime Platform, a hyperscale datacenter management layer focused on the operating system and below, and has been running private beta tests with early customers and OEMs, such as Ericsson.
Can Dell safeguard the VMware 'crown jewel' in its record-breaking purchase of EMC?
TDM Post-Merger IQ - October, 2015
Within the EMC federation that Dell is acquiring, some businesses are more valuable than others. But none is more valuable than VMware. However, to fully realize that value, Dell is going to have to overcome a distinctly bearish view of its pending ownership of the virtualization kingpin.
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.
Skyworks moves out of its comfort zone with reach for PMC-Sierra
TDM Deal Analysis - October, 2015
In the latest chip consolidation move, analog and RF chipmaker Skyworks, best known these days for its integrated mobile systems technology, is moving into storage and networking chips, spending $2bn for PMC-Sierra.
Mellanox nabs EZchip: move into silicon heralds development of intelligent interconnects
TDM Deal Analysis - October, 2015
EZchip brings high-performance Ethernet network processors to Mellanox's line of interconnect and network interconnect cards, with the potential for cross-selling into both existing customer bases. But the emerging hyperscale and software-defined datacenter opportunities look the most promising, despite some big challenges ahead.
Entirely liquid-cooled datacenters drift closer with Iceotope, Mellanox project
MIS Impact Report - August, 2015
The liquid cooling supplier has developed a system for interconnect specialist Mellanox to help improve the efficiency of HPC systems. Applying liquid cooling to non-server equipment will improve the range of use cases for the technology, especially in HPC environments where it is currently gaining the most traction. The tie-up raises the possibility of combining cooling technology with other disruptive technologies like silicon photonics.
Intel and Micron reveal more plans for 3D XPoint storage-class memory
MIS Impact Report - August, 2015
Intel and Micron have already partnered to bring 3D NAND to market, and now they look to be ready with storage-class, non-volatile memory, which is already a long way down the path to volume production. The first Intel solid-state drive products are due out next year.
Bitfusion cross-platform software layer will boost applications with no recoding
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
With interest in hardware accelerators and specialist server architectures at an all-time high, it's a good time for an automated abstraction layer for applications to emerge. Will tiny startup Bitfusion be up to the job?
Nutanix adds new hypervisor, application mobility fabric as it plans for the cloud
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
The Acropolis storage fabric, including a hardened KVM hypervisor, is the primary foundation for a new application mobility fabric and expanded Prism management layer that will extend Nutanix's current appliance-based hyperconvergence business into AWS and Azure clouds.
FalconStor aims to counter hyperconverged rivals with software-defined update
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
FreeStor is a rewritten version of FalconStor's existing IPStor storage virtualization layer, now pitched as a horizontal 'software defined' storage and data services layer. FalconStor has much work to do to demonstrate that its rewritten software represents a step-change over the previous versions.
Intel spends $16.7bn on Altera for its programmable accelerators
TDM Deal Analysis - June, 2015
In a tacit admission that general-purpose CPUs now need help from specialist accelerators for new workloads, Intel has agreed to pay $16.7bn in cash and stock for FPGA veteran Altera. The deal follows an intense negotiating process over the past few months.
Avago bets on PCIe as a fabric as it introduces latest products from PLX buy
MIS Impact Report - May, 2015
I/O virtualization and PCIe-based fabrics have been available for some time, yet they haven't so far been taken up by any major players. Now Huawei and SanDisk have signed up for the latest PEX silicon and ExpressFabric software from Avago's PLX. Has this idea's time finally arrived?
Avago buys Broadcom, takes Broadcom name as it scales up in communications
TDM Deal Analysis - May, 2015
In the largest chip deal on record, Avago and Broadcom are combining to create a company with an enterprise value of $77bn and annual revenue of $15bn, making it one of the largest diversified communications semiconductor providers in the world.
Ericom rewrites its Connection Broker desktop access tools, adds grid for scalability
MIS Impact Report - May, 2015
The longtime Citrix alternative has spent two years on a complete rewrite of its central application access and desktop virtualization product, which is now called Connect v7. The new version is described as a next-generation connection broker and management platform.
Swarm64 readies clustered-data accelerator for open source databases
MIS Impact Report - May, 2015
The company's Scalable Data Accelerator enables high-density servers with a low cost of ownership; it uses a proprietary processor to accelerate data-intensive applications and scale them across multiple systems or a full cluster.
Microsoft shows cut-down Windows Nano Server as platform for containers
MIS Impact Report - April, 2015
Windows Nano Server is a new cut-down version of the OS more suitable for powering pure cloud applications. Microsoft is previewing the platform alongside two variants of container technologies that it hopes will bring it up to speed on some essential technology for building and deploying cloud applications.
Micron snags Convey as it pushes its Hybrid Memory Cube into specialist accelerators
TDM Deal Analysis - April, 2015
Convey Computer has developed PCIe-based workload acceleration cards that combine Xilinx FPGAs with standard Intel chips. Micron sees an opening there for its next-generation Hybrid Memory Cube technology. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
QLogic plots the future of I/O as it looks beyond Fibre Channel and Ethernet
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
Fibre Channel storage networking still accounts for the majority of its business, but Ethernet, along with new virtualized storage architectures, is winning mindshare in new datacenter deployments. QLogic has to reinvent itself in order to maintain its relevance within the future datacenter.
Sphere 3D looks to combine traditional storage, hyperconvergence and containers
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
Now that its chain of multiple mergers has been completed, combining Overland Storage, Tandberg, V3's appliances and Sphere 3D's Glassware application virtualization layer, the question is: How do all those elements fit together?
Cloudweavers targets SMBs with NodeWeaver autonomic hyperconverged box
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
The European software shop has moved into the systems space with self-healing modular appliances, bringing virtualization, storage, networking and virtual desktops together, with no management necessary.
Login VSI moves into virtual desktop end-user experience with Login PI tool
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
Best known for its pre-production benchmark performance simulations for sizing virtual desktop systems, Login VSI has moved into end-user experience measurement and monitoring with a new post-production product, Login PI.
VCE adds more technology choices, software convergence with VxBlock
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
VxBlock is a new family of systems that will offer its customers more choice of components, extending the current VCE pre-integrated deployment and lifecycle management model 'out of the box.' VCE is also driving convergence up the software stack, bringing pre-testing, integration and lifecycle management processes to software.
NXP spends $11.8bn on Freescale as automotive and IoT markets beckon
TDM Deal Analysis - March, 2015
In the latest deal in a run of giant chip mergers, Netherlands-based NXP Semiconductors has scooped up Freescale Semiconductor, a smaller rival based in Austin, Texas. The $11.8bn transaction will create a semiconductor firm with combined revenue of more than $10bn.
Avago buys Emulex as it builds out its storage portfolio post-LSI
TDM Deal Analysis - February, 2015
Long-struggling network adapter vendor Emulex is now part of a growing portfolio of assets at semiconductor firm Avago, which bought LSI just over a year ago. Avago will pay $606m for Emulex, which rejected a richer bid from Broadcom in 2009.
Ufora builds a full integrated stack for data analytics running on parallel systems
MIS Impact Report - February, 2015
The Ufora platform, an attempt to address the shortfalls of the 'legacy' tools on the market today (including MATLAB, R, Mathematica and SAS), combines 'big data' with 'big compute' and automated parallelization to run algorithms and mathematical models across distributed, multi-processor systems.
Sumerian delivers 'what if' capacity-planning tools as SaaS offering
MIS Impact Report - February, 2015
The Scottish predictive operational analytics and capacity-planning company, previously a consultancy, is turning itself into a products vendor with the launch of Sumerian Capacity Planner.
Oracle now competing on price with new-generation X5 engineered systems
MIS Impact Report - February, 2015
The latest models in Oracle's engineered systems family, including the flagship Exadata Database Machine, have upgraded processors, memory, storage and software features. Oracle claims it can now also beat the price tag of the company that has emerged as its primary rival - Cisco Systems.
NIMBOXX nabs Virtual Bridges' VERDE for end-to-end virtual desktops
TDM Deal Analysis - February, 2015
The hyperconverged systems and software startup has added the 13-strong VERDE team to its staff, along with the technology and customers, in order to boost its penetration into VDI. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
VMware buys Immidio for its forthcoming user environment manager
TDM Deal Analysis - February, 2015
The latest in a series of desktop-related acquisitions, the pickup of Amsterdam-based Immidio fills a gap that VMware needed to address before introducing a broader endpoint user management suite later this year.
SIOS extends clusters to the cloud as LifeKeeper and DataKeeper evolve
MIS Impact Report - January, 2015
The shift of mission-critical tier one applications to the cloud is accelerating, and that's driving demand to provide greater control of application availability on top of cloud infrastructure. Enter the SANless failover cluster.
Citrix touts new software-defined strategy, hyperconverged hardware and Workspace Cloud
MIS Impact Report - January, 2015
At its annual partner conference, Citrix announced new converged hardware, infrastructure software, application-delivery and cloud-based products, as well as a software-defined strategy across datacenter and end-user devices. It also announced new and expanded partnerships with Cisco, Microsoft, Google and Dell, and a revamped channel program with higher-margin opportunities.
Sanbolic acquisition gives Citrix a quick entry point into hyperconvergence
TDM Deal Analysis - January, 2015
The long-term Citrix partner is providing the software basis for a new family of hyperconverged systems from Citrix, initially based on hardware from HP. Sanbolic's established clustered file system and volume manager software will be slotted into Citrix's existing stack.
Login Consultants touts lightweight automation tools for desktop and server deployments
MIS Impact Report - January, 2015
The Netherlands-based desktop infrastructure consultancy firm has been building new product businesses out of its custom development tools for the last several years. Automation Machine 2015 offers a standard, automated method of deploying services rapidly and keeping them configured correctly.
With new management and partnerships, Nebula looks to package OpenStack for enterprises
MIS Impact Report - December, 2014
The company, which employs many of the original OpenStack engineering team, has developed the Nebula One cloud controller, which acts as the controller to multiple servers, as well as the Nebula Cosmos system software, which pools all of the resources together.
LISTEQ says there's a DaaS alternative to VMware, Citrix and Amazon for SMBs
MIS Impact Report - December, 2014
The Rotterdam-based cloud desktop player has developed an end-to-end software stack aimed at service providers that want to sell desktop-as-a-service offerings to small and medium-sized businesses.
Fujitsu brings together its various integrated systems under one brand: PRIMEFLEX
MIS Impact Report - December, 2014
Although Fujitsu has been in the integrated-systems business since it first introduced FlexFrame in 2002, it hasn't had as much 'mindshare' as it might, partly because the various products were developed by different units in the company. Now there's a real effort to bring them together as one family.
Matching hyperconvergence to the midrange, Scale upgrades its appliances and software
MIS Impact Report - November, 2014
The startup has unveiled a higher-end appliance, the HC4000, for greater availability and scalability, along with a new release of its HyperCore software layer supporting non-disruptive, rolling updates. But despite the broader product range, SMBs remain Scale's core focus.
FSLogix's tool simplifies application virtualization, delivery by hiding apps from users
MIS Impact Report - November, 2014
Apps 1.5 is an application visibility tool that could provide an alternative – or a complement – to application virtualization. Its premise is to simplify image management by installing all applications natively into a single golden image, with users only seeing the apps they have permissions for.
Dell introduces modular FX architecture to match infrastructure to workloads
MIS Impact Report - November, 2014
Frustrated with the limitations of current rack and blade form factors, Dell has again started with a clean slate and introduced a more flexible chassis and sled architecture called FX. It's likely to be Dell's target platform for evolving software-defined-datacenter initiatives.