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Simon Robinson
Research Vice President - Storage

Simon runs the Storage and Information Management practice at 451 Research. He manages a team of analysts that help 451 clients understand the impact of information growth and management on organizations, and identify the emerging trends and technologies that are helping organizations optimize and take advantage of their data and information, as well as meet ever-evolving governance requirements.

Based in London, Simon joined 451 Research in 2000, and has played an instrumental role in developing the firm's storage industry practice, as well as pioneering research efforts in areas such as storage virtualization, data de-duplication technologies and cloud storage.

Prior to joining 451 Research, Simon was a senior reporter and editor at UK tech publications house VNU, and also worked on the City Desk at the UK's Press Association. He has a degree in Economics.



Reports by this Analyst

ClearSky emerges with bold new take on storage as a service for tier one apps
MIS Impact Report - August, 2015
The startup has emerged from stealth with an unusual take on delivering enterprise storage as a service. It says its service offers an optimal blend of on-premises storage combined with off-premises, multi-tenant storage located at both third-party PoPs and hyperscale cloud providers, all connected over high-performance network links.
Seagate expands storage systems play with Dot Hill purchase
TDM Deal Analysis - August, 2015
Dot who? The SAN system specialist may not be the best-known name in the storage circle, and has a checkered history, but it seems to have turned a corner with a solid and growing business developing exactly the type of SAN storage systems and software that Seagate has been missing of late.
Pure Storage reveals solid growth in its IPO filing
TDM Debut IQ - August, 2015
Glamour is rare in data storage, but Pure comes close to it. The well-funded pioneer of all-flash storage has an exceptionally strong profile among buyers. Now, the company has laid the groundwork for a stock debut, and answered the frequently asked question: just how good is its business?
Virtual Instruments' latest update expands infrastructure performance management smarts
MIS Impact Report - August, 2015
The IPM specialist has unveiled the latest additions to its core VirtualWisdom offering, including a range of enhancements across virtual platform support, as well as improved analytics. The company's product roadmap includes support for NAS and FCoE, and the ability to run some of its services in public cloud environments.
ATS fleshes out cloud-based infrastructure performance management play
MIS Impact Report - August, 2015
ATS Group is putting more emphasis on its software business. The company initially developed its Galileo Performance Explorer for its own consultants, but in the last year it has invested to develop the platform as a stand-alone commercial offering; it positions Galileo as the industry's first SaaS/cloud-based IPM offering.
EMC closes ranks as reality bites in storage
MIS Impact Report - July, 2015
The company said it will instigate a $850m cost-cutting program, and accelerate plans to take advantage of its 'federation' structure as it continues to adjust to the new realities of a fast-changing IT spending climate. It also reduced its full-year revenue expectations by $400m.
The rebirth of Veritas: a sleeping giant stirs
MIS Impact Report - July, 2015
With the separation of the sales and marketing forces now complete and detachment of engineering and back-office operations in process, Veritas says it's on track to be 'operationally' separate from Symantec by October 3, ahead of a full spinoff in the New Year.
DataDirect Networks steps up object storage push with WOS refresh
MIS Impact Report - July, 2015
Next month, DataDirect Networks will release the latest version of its Web Object Scalar product as the HPC specialist continues in its quest to grow its business among large enterprises that struggle with the large-scale requirements of their storage environments.
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.
NetApp: surprise change of CEO, but direction as yet unchanged
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
Troubled storage giant NetApp has replaced its CEO. Out goes Tom Georgens, who held the post for the last six years, and in comes his provisional replacement, George Kurian, previously a senior executive at NetApp. Is this enough to reverse the company's fortunes?
CTERA unveils the 'complete enterprise data services platform' with 5.0 release
MIS Impact Report - May, 2015
The cloud storage gateway specialist has unveiled the latest update to its core product, claiming the new 5.0 release is the most significant in its seven-year history. CTERA has added features and functions, as well as some new interfaces designed to make navigation easier.
SAN Sentinel takes storage resource management into the cloud
MIS Impact Report - May, 2015
The five-year-old software company focuses on providing storage resource management software as a service for multivendor storage environments. But the France-based company has higher ambitions, and is looking to raise funding for an expansion that it says will take it into infrastructure resource management.
ECS and ScaleIO are driving EMC's software-defined object and block storage agenda
MIS Impact Report - May, 2015
The past few months have seen some changes in the way EMC positions the products in its Advanced Software Division. The recent EMC World conference presented an opportunity for us to get an update on some of the technologies in this portfolio.
EMC embraces open source software: Why?
MIS Impact Report - May, 2015
In a bid to catch the latest wave of next-generation IT infrastructure and software, the company unveiled at its annual EMC World conference what it says is a new era of open software development. Its first move will be to release the source code for its ViPR Controller product to the open source community.
Atlantis completes transition to hyper-convergence with All-Flash HyperScale
MIS Impact Report - May, 2015
The erstwhile VDI specialist has unveiled HyperScale, a 'turnkey appliance' offering hyper-convergence that will involve channel partners bundling its USX software with server hardware. The announcement essentially completes Atlantis' transition into a storage and hyper-converged specialist.
EMC's VCE aims to take hyperconvergence into hyperscale with VxRack
MIS Impact Report - May, 2015
Barely six months have passed since VCE officially moved into the EMC Federation mothership, but already there has been significant evolution of the converged infrastructure specialist's portfolio. VxRack is a hyperconverged offering that bundles EMC's ScaleIO with commodity hardware.
HDS tilts at midmarket with latest core storage refresh
MIS Impact Report - May, 2015
The company used its Connect conference to unleash what it says is its 'biggest ever' set of new product announcements. At the top of the bill is an entirely refreshed block-storage portfolio, running from the entry level to the upper end of the midmarket.
Zadara sees strong momentum for enterprise storage as a service
MIS Impact Report - May, 2015
The company positions itself as offering enterprise-grade storage in a pure as-a-service model, and says it has garnered strong momentum over the last year. It says recent moves from other major players – including AWS and NetApp – are both validating the market and creating further business opportunities.
EMC outlines its mission as enabling the digital enterprise, experiences blip in Q1
MIS Impact Report - April, 2015
An uncharacteristic misstep in execution contributed to a set of earnings that were slightly below expectations for EMC's first quarter of 2015. In a storage market that remains tough, the standout performer across the EMC Federation was once again VMware, although EMC noted strong performance by its emerging products division.
Amazon has enterprise NAS in its crosshairs with upcoming Elastic File System
MIS Impact Report - April, 2015
The public cloud pioneer already dominates block and object storage as a service, and is now planning to add NAS as a service to its roster with the upcoming launch of the Amazon Elastic File System, which will be available this summer in three AWS regions.
Cleversafe, the tortoise of object storage, says it's poised for mainstream adoption
MIS Impact Report - April, 2015
Most VC-backed startups don't get a decade to build out a product before they start building out their go-to-market operations. Yet Chicago-based Cleversafe, founded in 2004, is no ordinary startup. The company says its patience is finally beginning to pay off as deployments of its technology begin to take off.
Why data-centric storage is the next big thing for startups
MIS Spotlight - April, 2015
The wheels of innovation continue to turn in the enterprise storage technology market. As often happens, many of the latest batch of storage startups are describing their approach in similar terms, even if it differs. The common approach in question this time around? 'Data centricity.'
Red Hat refines storage strategy with rebranding, hints at unified future
MIS Impact Report - April, 2015
The company continues to refine its 'software defined' storage strategy, following its latest acquisition. The open source software specialist has announced the latest versions of its two core storage products, along with some rebranding that it hopes will clarify the relative positioning of each.
Hitachi Data Systems reimagines itself, offers vision to 'connect business with society'
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
The storage arm of the Japanese giant - historically one of the most conservative in an already staid sector of the industry - is changing. Internal reorganizations and leftfield acquisitions suggest that it's more than just fancy talk.
Rozo Systems marries scale-out NAS with erasure coding
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
Software specialist Rozo Systems has become the latest player to throw its hat into the scale-out NAS software space. The company, spun off from Nantes University in 2010, is selling a scale-out NAS capability that, unusually for a file system, utilizes erasure-coding technology.
Qumulo is latest to pitch 'data awareness' with new take on scale-out NAS
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
Does the world really need another scale-out NAS platform? Absolutely, says the team that built – and successfully sold – scale-out NAS pioneer Isilon. The company's core platform is already shipping.
Google puts the heat on Amazon Glacier with Google Cloud Storage Nearline
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
The company is matching Amazon's penny-per-GB-per-month pricing for Glacier, but touts retrieval times of seconds rather than hours. In the hyperscale cloud backup/archiving arena, the 'race to zero' has begun.
IBM sees the light in software-defined storage, makes $1bn commitment to Spectrum
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
Big Blue will be putting $1bn into software-defined storage over the next five years, and has announced a comprehensive rebranding of many of its storage assets, along with a promise to improve integration between products.
SolidFire: hot in flash, still cozy in the cloud, eyeing enterprises as bigger prize
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
The company has always had good prospects of exploiting the disruption caused by flash and challenging OEM dominance of the storage sector. With around two years on the market, it says sales are growing each quarter, and that enterprises are set to outnumber service providers as buyers of its cloud-style flash storage.
Western Digital makes 'cheap and deep' cloud storage play with Amplidata pickup
TDM Deal Analysis - March, 2015
WD has inked its second deal in three months as part of a broader plan to begin entering higher-value storage segments. But while its Skyera buy was all about the performance side of storage, Amplidata is focused on the other end of the spectrum: so-called 'cheap and deep' storage.
Springpath is latest startup to attack hyperconvergence opportunity
MIS Impact Report - February, 2015
The company has raised $34m in funding, and will initially aim at the emerging 'hyperconverged' opportunity. However, it's ultimately focusing on a broader range of virtualized and non-virtualized applications and workloads with a pure-software approach it calls the Springpath Data Platform.
SUSE deepens storage focus with first Ceph-based offering
MIS Impact Report - February, 2015
SUSE this month will announce general availability of SUSE Enterprise Storage, an integrated storage software package based on the open source Ceph platform. As such, the announcement marks the Linux distributor's commitment to start building a more visible storage business. And it's priced to be disruptive.
Software-defined storage: a proxy for storage transformation
MIS Spotlight - February, 2015
Love it or hate it, software-defined storage will dominate the storage industry narrative this year and beyond. Although it lacks definition, initial evidence suggests that IT decision-makers are starting to buy into SDS as a something that can transform enterprise storage infrastructure.
Nexenta looks to expand TAM with scale-out object storage play, IPO on horizon
MIS Impact Report - February, 2015
The company that lives and breathes 'software defined storage' is planning a major product expansion this year in a bid to expand its addressable market and eventually go public. It next major development, NexentaEdge, will take it into the object storage arena.
Data Dynamics plans for the second coming of StorageX for file storage management
MIS Impact Report - January, 2015
The three-year-old startup is looking to help large organizations manage their file-based storage more effectively with its core product, StorageX. If this offering sounds familiar, that's because it is.
Storage still a prime market for investors as 2014 funding reaches $1.79bn
MIS Spotlight - January, 2015
Last year proved to be another strong one for venture capital flowing into storage technology vendors. Total disclosed investments in the storage space totaled $1.79bn for 2014, up substantially from almost $1.2bn in 2013, and about $1bn in both 2012 and 2011.
Virtual Instruments eyes broader performance management opportunity
MIS Impact Report - December, 2014
The self-styled 'infrastructure performance management' specialist says it continues to gain market traction with 350 enterprises now utilizing its portfolio of storage-centric IPM tools. VI believes the growing adoption of virtual infrastructure continues to create opportunities for growth.
Storage Made Easy shifts its cloud storage focus to governance
MIS Impact Report - December, 2014
The software specialist aims to help organizations embrace low-cost, cloud-style storage for a wide variety of file-oriented tasks. It plans to enhance its profile in 2015 as it doubles down on what it believes is a major opportunity in the compliance and governance arena.
Armed with series C funding, CTERA girds for expansion in cloud services
MIS Impact Report - December, 2014
The company closed a $25m series C funding round earlier this year, bringing its total financing to $45m. New investor Bessemer Venture joined the round, with existing backers Benchmark Capital, Venrock and Cisco also participating.
StorPool is latest hyperconvergence startup to emerge, focused on Linux and OpenStack
MIS Impact Report - December, 2014
The company has emerged as the latest software specialist focused on offering cost-effective storage based on hyperconverged and server SAN software. The three-year-old Bulgarian startup is primarily targeting its scale-out software at the emerging OpenStack platform.
 

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