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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

Zadara extends cloud storage service to an on-premises model with OPaaS
MIS Impact Report - April, 2014
Move over IaaS, PaaS and SaaS; there's a new kid on the as-a-service block – OPaaS. It stands for on-premises as a service, and it's a new option from cloud storage specialist Zadara.
SwiftStack reports brisk business as interest in object storage builds
MIS Impact Report - April, 2014
The company, formed in 2010 to offer commercial support around the OpenStack Object Storage project (Swift), is reporting healthy momentum as interest levels around object storage and OpenStack continue to grow.
Cloud Wars - Part 2: Return of the Supply
MIS Spotlight - April, 2014
In the second part of our Cloud Wars series, we assess the level of commoditization in the cloud market today and show that solutions, not products, are the best way to differentiate in a market of huge supply.
HP realigns object storage strategy around OpenStack Swift
MIS Impact Report - April, 2014
The company has offered numerous disk-based archiving capabilities over the years, but is now standardizing its efforts around OpenStack Swift. HP's StoreAll system sits at the heart of this strategy.
Cloudian vows to make object storage interesting
MIS Impact Report - March, 2014
The 13-year-old company is not well-known outside of Japan. However, with a proposition it's calling the Open Hybrid Cloud, Cloudian aims to bring object storage – and itself – in from the cold.
VMware steps into new territory with software-defined storage
MIS Impact Report - March, 2014
The company has released its much-anticipated Virtual SAN storage software. As part of the promise of a software-defined datacenter, VSAN takes VMware into competition with its parent company EMC, and with its OEM partners' storage hardware businesses.
DataDirect Networks aims to offer 'full spectrum' object storage with WOS 360
MIS Impact Report - March, 2014
The object storage market is still a niche space, but with its latest WOS update, DataDirect Networks believes it has developed a system with mainstream appeal.
TwinStrata upgrades cloud-integrated storage as it strives for differentiation
MIS Impact Report - February, 2014
One of the original players in the cloud storage space hopes to stand out in part by leveraging backup, archival and disaster-recovery use cases. TwinStrata recently upgraded its CloudArray platform to expand its file-based services.
NetApp streamlines portfolio as it unveils FAS8000 to boost cluster-mode OnTap
MIS Impact Report - February, 2014
The company reveals a new line of high-end systems as it seeks to penetrate deeper into the enterprise datacenter – the first to be optimized for Clustered OnTap. Migrating customers to the new OS is still very much a work in progress.
Maxta joins the 'in' crowd with in-cluster storage
MIS Impact Report - February, 2014
The company has emerged as a supplier of storage inside server clusters. Other vendors of such hyper-converged infrastructure have already enjoyed success. Maxta looks to have much going for it, and is targeting an SMB sector many rivals have ignored.
Maginatics claims first 'cloud optimized' distributed file system
MIS Impact Report - February, 2014
The startup says it has developed the first platform based on a cloud-optimized distributed file system for the cloud/mobile era. It's an interesting proposition, although it may have to convince the world why another file system is necessary.
Atlantis seeks to break out of VDI niche with broader software-defined storage play
MIS Impact Report - February, 2014
The I/O specialist has racked up more than 400 customers for its ILIO product aimed at the virtual desktop space, but believes its new USX offering will substantially expand its addressable market.
Caringo considers expansion options as object storage interest grows
MIS Impact Report - February, 2014
The object storage software specialist has built up a sizeable customer base, and for good reason. But despite its functionally rich platform, Caringo is still relatively unknown; it's considering option to address this.
2014 M&A Outlook – Storage and systems
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 storage and systems sector. Where will we see acquisitions, and who might be involved?
IBM sells more of its x86 assets than expected to Lenovo, at a bargain price
TDM Deal Analysis - January, 2014
The $2.3bn deal includes the transfer of 7,500 employees along with the System x, BladeCenter, Flex and NeXtScale product lines, as well as network switches. Big Blue will focus instead on its high-value enterprise systems.
2013 another strong year for storage investment as total approaches $1.2bn
MIS Spotlight - January, 2014
The last year offered further evidence that storage is still viewed as a potential goldmine for investors. We take a look at the storage funding picture for 2013.
The emancipation of Seagate – part 2
MIS Impact Report - January, 2014
The hard disk giant is about more than just bigger drives: it's also pushing the boundaries of innovation in other areas. Its new Kinetic initiative is a case in point.
The emancipation of Seagate – part 1
MIS Impact Report - January, 2014
The hard-disk-drive giant is one of just two remaining players of any scale, and is currently on something of a roll and feeling good about its prospects. We take a look at its strategy, and plans in emerging technology areas.
451 Live – IT professionals discuss modernizing the storage infrastructure
MIS Spotlight - December, 2013
The inaugural 451 Research Enterprise 451 Storage Executive Summit recently took place in New York. Here we offer an overview of key themes and topics of conversation, including software-defined storage, flash and 'big data.'
Coho hooks network virtualization into scale-out storage
MIS Impact Report - December, 2013
The startup is set to ship a storage system that includes exotic and cutting-edge software-defined networking technology. Potential buyers are likely to be more impressed by the product's competitive pricing, and its performance and functionality.
Seagate's EVault targets long-term archiving, and Amazon's Glacier, with LTS2
MIS Impact Report - December, 2013
Due in 2014: An implementation of the 'preservation optimized' service based on parent Seagate's potentially disruptive Kinetic Open Storage disk-drive technology.
With a new CEO and investment secured, Nexenta declares war on 'storage mafia'
MIS Impact Report - November, 2013
The company has arguably offered 'software-defined storage' for almost a decade, but has yet to fully exploit the opportunity. Equipped with almost $40m in new funding, and a new management team, Nexenta aims to change this.
SwiftTest becomes Load DynamiX as it targets enterprise for storage performance validation
MIS Impact Report - November, 2013
The four-year-old company has so far focused on selling to storage OEMs, but it now believes there's a substantial untapped market among large enterprises looking to optimize their storage infrastructures. It's an intriguing prospect.
Storage and the 'big data' opportunity: what went wrong?
MIS Spotlight - November, 2013
On paper, the emergence of the big-data opportunity seemed like a match made in heaven for the storage industry. But the reality has been underwhelming, to say the least. What went wrong, and is there any reconciliation on the horizon?
Gridstore respins, shifts focus from NAS to Hyper-V storage with 'end to end' QoS
MIS Impact Report - November, 2013
The former NAS specialist has refocused on the 'storage for virtual servers' market, and has launched a new product designed with ease of management and simplicity of scale in mind. Its initial focus is on Microsoft environments.
Nimble's flashy storage business heads for IPO
TDM Debut IQ - October, 2013
The company has filed an S-1 form in preparation for an IPO. The maker of hybrid disk-and-flash storage systems has already seen dramatic sales growth, and is likely to continue on that path – especially after a funding boost from a market debut.
DDN updates object storage platform as it aims to break out of HPC niche
MIS Impact Report - October, 2013
The company has unveiled the third major iteration of its Web Object Scaler platform. Overall customer count remains low, but DDN remains well positioned in this fascinatingly poised segment.
X-IO tailors cloud storage with less frills, more RAGS
MIS Impact Report - October, 2013
It's an unusual company selling an unusual product. We recently caught up with X-IO, which says the success of its current strategy is helping it to forget its untidy past.
Nirvanix and the challenge of pricing the commodity cloud
MIS Spotlight - October, 2013
The demise of Nirvanix has awoken cloud providers to the competitiveness of the market; as cloud services are commodified and margins get squeezed, how can providers stay profitable in such a cutthroat industry?
Frugal Tegile scores $35m in funding, 300 customers for flash storage
MIS Impact Report - October, 2013
With third-round funding that recently took its total to a modest $48m, Tegile says it was waiting to prove the viability of its business before it drew deeply from the VC well. The company plans to use its new cash to boost its sales efforts.
Zadara aims to restore faith in cloud storage
MIS Impact Report - September, 2013
The startup has so far hitched its innovative Virtual Private Storage Array to Amazon's colossal bandwagon, with interesting results. But given Amazon's rate of innovation, the company's future lies in successful partnerships with other service providers.
Nirvanix's exit: the impact on the cloud market
MIS Spotlight - September, 2013
Our previous report looked at the reasons behind Nirvanix's recent and sudden demise; here we look at the broader implications for the emerging cloud model.
Nirvanix's exit: the impact on the cloud market
HITS Insight - September, 2013
Nirvanix's hasty exit, with or without leaving customers flat, has chilling implications for the provider market even as a potential rescue mission may be underway.
Three reasons why Nirvanix failed
MIS Spotlight - September, 2013
The storage service specialist has apparently closed down, giving customers just two weeks to move their data elsewhere. Why did the fortunes of this pioneer of the cloud storage model fade?
Scality closes $22m in funding as it aims to build out a multipurpose storage platform
MIS Impact Report - September, 2013
The storage specialist says the last few months have seen a transformation in its business, as pent-up interest translates into real orders. A new funding round should help it raise its profile in this increasingly interesting market.
Cloud storage slowly – but surely – creeps up the enterprise agenda
MIS Spotlight - September, 2013
For many storage professionals, cloud storage has been little more than a distraction – until now. Our latest data suggests interest in cloud storage, both private and public, is beginning to translate into real adoption.
EMC latest 'mega launch' sees midrange refresh and sneak peak at cloud-y future
MIS Impact Report - September, 2013
The storage giant formally announced the much-anticipated update to its workhorse VNX platform, with a claim that it introduces revolutionary price-performance into midrange storage. One thing is sure: it's all-out war in this market segment.
Cleversafe pulls in $55m as interest in object storage grows
MIS Impact Report - August, 2013
The company that pioneered technology for cost-effectively storing massive volumes of data has closed a substantial series D funding round. Object storage remains a niche market, but it's a growing niche with substantial potential.
Amplidata prepares to step out of the object storage shadows
MIS Impact Report - August, 2013
The Belgian object storage specialist has kept a low profile of late as it has focused on building out its sales pipeline and a partner network. Having made progress on both fronts, its time for Amplidata to step out of the shadows.
Object storage looks like a technology whose time has come
MIS Spotlight - August, 2013
Unstructured data growth is putting pressure on many already-creaking storage environments. Although object storage has been around for a decade, mainstream adoption has been elusive. Is this now a more realistic possibility?
SwiftStack goes GA with open source software for private cloud object storage
MIS Impact Report - July, 2013
The startup recently raised $6.1m in series A funding (bringing its total backing to $7.6m), and is betting on OpenStack Swift to propel adoption of object-based private clouds.
Index Engines recalibrates for storage opportunity
MIS Impact Report - July, 2013
The 10-year-old data classification specialist has established itself in the e-discovery market. Now it's branching out into the enterprise space to help IT organizations get a better view of their data assets.
How can IBM get its storage mojo back?
MIS Impact Report - July, 2013
Big Blue has publicly acknowledged that the performance of its storage business has been disappointing of late. We think its XIV platform should be central to any recovery plan.
SimpliVity fast out of the gate as it aims to disrupt entire IT infrastructure model
MIS Impact Report - July, 2013
The convergence specialist claims 20 customers on the books barely a quarter after shipping its flagship OmniCube platform, and says demand from larger enterprises is stronger than expected. It's a promising start for this ambitious startup.
NetApp stakes its future on Clustered OnTap
MIS Impact Report - July, 2013
The company used its recent analyst conference to dismiss claims that its best days are behind it, and went on the offensive with a strategy that is built around the clustered version of its core OnTap platform.
CloudByte emerges with focus on helping xSPs compete with Amazon in storage
MIS Impact Report - July, 2013
Another storage startup emerges, and like others before it, CloudByte is primarily focused on enabling service providers to deliver storage QoS in multi-tenant environments. New funding and a new CEO should provide fresh impetus.
CTERA doubles down on file sync/share as adoption grows
MIS Impact Report - July, 2013
There are indications that the hitherto dormant cloud storage market is starting to flicker to life, with file sync and share being a – if not the – 'killer app.' CTERA already has some traction here, and hopes to build on this with its latest update.
Dell's charm offensive for proposed leveraged buyout
MIS Impact Report - June, 2013
The company used its annual analyst conference to highlight key reasons for its proposed buyout. We assess the effectiveness of the company's transformation to date, and highlight key challenges.
HDS makes 'end to end' file sync/share move with HCP Anywhere
MIS Impact Report - May, 2013
The storage specialist unveils HCP Anywhere – a file-share and -sync tool integrated with its own content-oriented storage system. There's also a raft of new cloud services. Can HDS compete with the hip crowd?
Nutanix claims to be fastest-growing IT infrastructure startup as run rate hits $80m
MIS Impact Report - May, 2013
The converged infrastructure specialist has posted a $20m quarter after just six quarters of sales. It is now expanding its go-to-market and product capabilities in a bid to maintain its momentum.

 

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