451 Research - Biography

Henry Baltazar
Research Director, Storage

Henry Baltazar is a Research Director for the Storage channel at 451 Research. Henry returned to 451 Research after spending nearly three years at Forrester Research as a Senior Analyst serving Infrastructure & Operations Professionals and advising Forrester clients of datacenter infrastructure technologies, including storage virtualization, cloud storage, solid-state storage and primary storage arrays. Henry has evaluated and tested storage hardware and software offerings for more than 15 years as an industry analyst and as a journalist.

Prior to his work with 451 Research and Forrester, Henry spent nearly nine years working as a technical analyst for eWeek Labs, where he covered storage, server hardware and network operating systems. At eWeek Labs, he initiated the testing coverage of various technologies, including data replication, clustering, virtual tape libraries, storage virtualization, SAN management, NAS, iSCSI and email archiving. In addition, Henry was a member of eWeek's editorial board and provided content for the magazine's enterprise storage blog. Henry has been widely quoted in the press, including such media outlets as Silicon Valley Business Journal, Computerworld and SearchStorage.com. Henry holds a BA in Environmental Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley.

Reports by this Analyst

Load DynamiX tests its enterprise appeal with new performance validation tools
MIS Impact Report - February, 2016
The storage performance and validation specialist has secured a foothold in the testing space. Can its lower-cost virtual appliances broaden its appeal for enterprises?
2016 M&A Outlook - Systems and storage
TDM Others - February, 2016
As part of our end-of-year series of M&A analysis, we look at the deals that mattered in 2015 and assess the prospects for the next 12 months in the systems and storage sector. Where will we see acquisitions, and who might be involved?
Atlantis Computing evolves beyond software with turnkey hyperconverged appliances
MIS Impact Report - February, 2016
Formerly a software-only HCI vendor, Atlantis Computing has come to market with its first series of hyperconverged appliances – backed by five of the top server vendors. But will this give Atlantis a competitive edge in the rapidly growing HCI market?
Microsoft fortifies its storage and hybrid cloud play
MIS Impact Report - January, 2016
The company has placed an even greater emphasis on building out a hybrid cloud strategy that blends remote and branch offices, on-premises datacenters, and cloud resources together. Will Microsoft's recent improvements have an impact on the storage space?
Nutanix eyes a $100bn market opportunity with IPO filing
TDM Debut IQ - January, 2016
The well-funded hyperconverged infrastructure pioneer revealed rapid customer growth in its IPO filing. Will its growing momentum translate into a meaningful infrastructure transformation?
StorReduce cloud deduplication shrinks big data and enterprise storage footprints
MIS Impact Report - December, 2015
StorReduce is an early-stage startup that has developed deduplication software that can be run on-premises or as a cloud service to facilitate data movement to, from and between clouds. The vendor is looking to secure VC funding to accelerate its progress.
CommVault sheds Simpana brand, bets future on data platform
MIS Impact Report - November, 2015
The data-protection and information management specialist is opening up its platform to simplify data access and attract partners. Will the launch of the CommVault Data Platform provide a reversal of fortunes?
Dell-EMC pairing fills storage gaps while juggling midrange overlaps
TDM Post-Merger IQ - October, 2015
Storage systems and software are areas where EMC and Dell have gone from being partners to adversaries over the years. Will the upcoming combination solve more storage-related problems than it causes?
AWS packages 'sneaker net' - Prime two-day free shipping not included
MIS Impact Report - October, 2015
A 'sneaker net' is a method of moving electronic information by storing it on a removable medium and physically carrying it from one place to another, efficient because networks had limited bandwidth. In 2015, Amazon revisits the concept and commercializes and automates physical data transport.
Violin Memory makes second caching play as it picks up GridIron
TDM Deal Analysis - January, 2013
GridIron's SAN acceleration technologies are a good complement to the NAS caching technologies that Violin obtained in its acquisition of Gear6. Will Violin's caching capabilities give the vendor a means of serenading enterprise SAN customers?
Fusion-io unleashes low-cost hyperscale-grade flash cards
MIS Impact Report - January, 2013
With pricing set at $3.85 per gigabyte, the company is taking what it learned from large customers such as Apple and Facebook to launch a new low-cost line of ioScale cards for hyperscale datacenters and cloud providers.
EMC seeks to redefine storage for the 'software defined' datacenter
MIS Impact Report - January, 2013
The storage superpower is firming up pay-as-you-go editions of its arrays with the goal of broadening appeal to service providers. Will future iterations of the SDDC still have room for a dedicated hardware array?
LSI tackles low-cost shared storage with Syncro line
MIS Impact Report - January, 2013
The vendor's new platform adds sharing capabilities to DAS to create a new class of storage it claims is less expensive than traditional networked arrays. Will the recent surge in DAS interest give Syncro a kickstart?
Virsto aims to take the hype out of the storage hypervisor
MIS Impact Report - January, 2013
The storage optimization software vendor has closed some sizable deals since it released a VMware-compatible storage hypervisor. Will its software appeal to OEM and reseller partners?
EMC rides iWave to storage automation
TDM Deal Analysis - January, 2013
The acquisition provides the storage superpower with a management tool for simplifying provisioning across multiple classes of storage systems. Will iWave give EMC's software-defined storage strategy an agility boost?
HP revamps storage portfolio: out with the old, in with the new
MIS Impact Report - December, 2012
The vendor has made 3PAR the cornerstone of its storage portfolio, and is releasing low-cost systems to replace its aging EVA platform. Will 3PAR's NAS capabilities and a new StoreAll object platform make a splash in the unstructured data market?
2013 preview – Storage
MIS Reviews / Previews - December, 2012
Here we highlight the major areas in storage technology that we expect to be driving industry innovation in 2013.
SwiftStack fires up support and management tools for Swift object storage
MIS Impact Report - December, 2012
The startup is providing support for service providers and enterprises looking to utilize Swift object storage. Will SwiftStack's proprietary management tools entice customers to buy into its offerings over the unsupported open source edition?
ScaleIO is latest startup to weigh in with software-defined storage offering
MIS Impact Report - December, 2012
The startup is exiting stealth with an 'elastic' software storage product that converts server DAS into a virtual SAN environment. Will ScaleIO's ECS become a factor in the storage space for virtualization and databases?
Will the future of enterprise storage be defined by software?
MIS Spotlight - December, 2012
In an era of 'software defined everything,' it's no surprise that software-defined storage is de rigueur, but just what is it? And why should you care? Here, we outline what we believe are five key enablers of the shift to software-defined storage.
WHIPTAIL bumps up flash-array scalability with INFINITY
MIS Impact Report - November, 2012
The all-flash storage specialist has unveiled a new add-on to boost the scalability of its INVICTA arrays. Will WHIPTAIL's emphasis on investment protection provide it with an edge in this competitive space?
NexGen strengthens performance monitoring, targets software-defined datacenters
MIS Impact Report - November, 2012
The hybrid storage specialist has enhanced its performance management capabilities. Will storage QoS create differentiation for NexGen Storage in a crowded market?
Yottabyte unleashes Cloud OS platform for building Virtual Data Center
MIS Impact Report - November, 2012
The startup's key technology is a distributed file system that can virtualize heterogeneous storage resources; it has also built management tools to create virtual datacenter environments. Can Yottabyte make a dent in the crowded cloud space?
HDS charges up VSP hybrids with new flash chassis
MIS Impact Report - November, 2012
The Hitachi Accelerated Flash storage add-on is the first product to feature Hitachi's new flash controller. Will the vendor's proprietary controller provide differentiation in the crowded hybrid storage array space?
DataDirect Networks scales up revenue, fortifies WOS cloud storage platform
MIS Impact Report - November, 2012
The high-performance storage specialist has long-term aspirations to push beyond the billion-dollar-revenue mark while ramping up its sales and engineering. Will DataDirect Networks' Web Object Scaler broaden its reach beyond HPC?
VDI storage bottleneck? No problem, we can handle that!
MIS Spotlight - October, 2012
Dozens of vendors are tackling the disaster that random I/O traffic made of VDI projects in years past.
Zadara eyes OpenStack block storage opportunities with new Cinder support
MIS Impact Report - October, 2012
The integration with Cinder will allow the vendor's VPSA to provide storage resources to OpenStack clouds. Will Zadara's block and file storage attract partners and service-provider customers?
Kaminario reels in major funding, eyes channel expansion
MIS Impact Report - October, 2012
The all-flash array specialist has pulled in close to $70m in funding. Will its high-performance capabilities attract new partners and potential acquirers?
Astute Networks attacks VM bottlenecks with flash and iSCSI acceleration
MIS Impact Report - October, 2012
The company claims its ViSX G4 appliances can give applications, VDI and server virtualization a tenfold storage performance boost. Can the vendor's iSCSI offload capabilities provide differentiation in a crowded market?
Compuverde cross-pollinates object storage with server virtualization
MIS Impact Report - October, 2012
The Swedish startup has developed a platform with scale-out object storage and the ability to run VMs within its cloud. Will Compuverde's software take root in the service-provider market?
GreenBytes accelerates VDI, flashes primary de-dupe patent
MIS Impact Report - September, 2012
The storage systems specialist is focusing on the VDI market with a service-provider-oriented accelerator product. Will its patent entice potential acquirers to take a bite?
Nimble adds 'scale to fit' flexibility, and $40m in new funding
MIS Impact Report - September, 2012
The storage specialist has surged past the 600-customer mark, and is now adding scale-out capabilities to extend its range. Will Nimble's latest funding round drive the vendor closer to an IPO?
Where does storage fit in VMware's software-defined datacenter?
MIS Impact Report - September, 2012
The company is inflating vSphere with juicy storage functionality to accelerate the consolidation and commodification of storage. Should storage vendors fear or embrace the changes ahead?
QLogic makes its own flash play with Mt. Rainier cache
MIS Impact Report - September, 2012
The fiber channel specialist is looking to add flash caching capabilities to its host bus adapters and driver stack. Will QLogic take caching to new heights with its Mt. Rainier project?
NetApp rounds out solid-state strategy with Flash Accel for server-side caching
MIS Impact Report - September, 2012
The storage specialist has designed Flash Accel to serve performance-centric apps that may experience hotspots, and its go-to-market pact with Fusion-io is intriguing.
Intel flashes cash for cache specialist NEVEX
TDM Deal Analysis - August, 2012
The vendor acquired the Canadian startup at the beginning of August. Where does caching fit into Intel's growing pool of datacenter software?
Hitachi Data Systems makes flashy enhancements to VSP
MIS Impact Report - August, 2012
The vendor has rearchitected its software stack to take better advantage of flash. Will the emergence of Hitachi's new flash controller disrupt the storage landscape?
Violin Memory aims to expand total addressable market with Symantec technology pact
MIS Impact Report - August, 2012
The flash array specialist has added enterprise-class data-protection functionality through a partnership with Symantec. Will the addition of snapshots and de-duplication make Violin's systems more attractive to VDI and server virtualization users?
Texas hold 'em: IBM bets on flash with TMS buy
TDM Deal Analysis - August, 2012
Seeking maturity and reliability, IBM has acquired 34-year-old solid-state storage pioneer Texas Memory Systems. Where do the target's flash arrays and cards fit in Big Blue's lineup?
Skyera's Skyhawk flash array soars into the market with $3-per-GB pricing
MIS Impact Report - August, 2012
Developed by the founding engineering team of SandForce, the startup is looking to quickly disrupt the market with extremely aggressive pricing. Will Skyera's flash-efficiency technologies excel in enterprise environments?