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

Datos IO extends data protection to AWS and Google Cloud Platform
MIS Impact Report - September, 2016
The startup's RecoverX platform was created to protect cloud scale databases, and Datos IO recently announced partnerships with AWS and Google to protect databases running in AWS's S3 cloud storage service Google Cloud Platform.
Veeam enlists agents and orchestration to advance its availability agenda
MIS Impact Report - September, 2016
Although it's primarily known for virtualization backup, the fast-growing vendor has steadily advanced into physical server protection. Will the Veeam Availability Platform lift the vendor to new heights?
Nutanix nabs PernixData and Calm.io to accelerate its SCM and cloud automation strategy
TDM Deal Analysis - August, 2016
The hyperconvergence pioneer is continuing its cloud expansion with the acquisitions of scale-out data-acceleration specialist PernixData and DevOps automation firm Calm.io. Will these additions differentiate Nutanix in the rapidly evolving hyperconverged infrastructure market?
Rubrik soars to the clouds, lands $61m in new funding
MIS Impact Report - August, 2016
The company is extending beyond its storage appliances and is now focused on becoming the Cloud Data Management platform of the future. The new funding will be used to double headcount and accelerate sales.
Gridstore becomes HyperGrid, orchestrates HCI as a service
MIS Impact Report - August, 2016
Renamed HyperGrid, the company will continue developing its HCI product while pitching its newly acquired app-deployment software, which supports a wide range of platforms and underpins a promise to enable HCI as a service.
Storage VC funding is plummeting, and it's worse than you think
MIS Spotlight - July, 2016
Data takes center stage with the launch of a new 451 Research company database. It shows that VC funding for storage startups is down significantly at the midway point of 2016. So how can startups improve their chances for getting funding?
Hyperconvergence, flash, object storage drive the agenda at 451 Storage Executive Summit
MIS Spotlight - July, 2016
451 Research recently held its Storage Executive Summit at the Waldorf Hilton in London. The summit provides a forum for senior IT and storage decision-makers, representing a range of enterprises, to hear from and interact with the 451 Research analyst team and event sponsors in an intimate venue.
Nutanix reaches for the clouds at .NEXT Conference
MIS Impact Report - July, 2016
The hyperconvergence pioneer is now positioning itself as the enterprise cloud platform of the future. With its IPO plans still on hold and aggressive competition, can Nutanix continue to expand its market reach?
Zadara beefs up storage-as-a-service platform with object storage and Fibre Channel
MIS Impact Report - June, 2016
The cloud storage specialist is looking to disrupt the market with opex pricing models for on-premises and cloud deployments. It hopes the addition of object storage will accelerate the adoption of its storage-as-a-service business model.
Portworx enters hot market with storage built on containers for containers
MIS Impact Report - June, 2016
In a fast-growing container software market, Portworx seeks to stand out with a focus on enterprise storage. But it faces growing competition from other startups, and from established vendors wading deeper into containers.
Dell Technologies' plans and challenges emerge from the last EMC World
MIS Impact Report - May, 2016
The recent (and last) EMC World gave interesting new insight into the hopes and strategies for creating the merged company, which we deconstruct and analyze - the plans are bold, but they aren't easy.
Cohesity extends data management and protection into hybrid clouds
MIS Impact Report - May, 2016
The well-funded startup was created to redefine secondary storage by eliminating storage silos through the use of its hyperconverged data platform. Cohesity's latest updates are focused on making the platform relevant in public, private and hybrid cloud environments.
EMC enters copy-data arena, pumps up hybrid cloud storage and virtualization platforms
MIS Impact Report - May, 2016
Secondary storage is a primary concern for storage professionals, and EMC is tightening integration and simplifying data management. At EMC World 2016, the vendor showed it was focused on extending its features and capabilities to embrace new trends such as copy-data management and hybrid clouds.
FalconStor adds predictive analytics, fuels LG CNS's DRaaS cloud
MIS Impact Report - May, 2016
The storage virtualization pioneer has added end-to-end analytics to reduce management burdens for its customers. Will its disaster-recovery-as-a-service win with LG CNS lead to expanded traction among cloud service providers?
Diamanti unveils persistent and efficient appliance for container storage
MIS Impact Report - April, 2016
The startup has exited stealth with a unique hyperconverged infrastructure appliance that provides containers with enterprise storage and network capabilities. Will Diamanti's appliance satisfy the requirements of container stakeholders and conventional IT professionals?
HAS 2016: Huawei is in 'all cloud' mode
MIS Impact Report - April, 2016
The narrative of Huawei's 13th Global Analyst Summit 2016 held in Shenzhen earlier this month centered on the journey to digital transformation using information and communications technology products and services.
Datera unveils Elastic Data Fabric storage for service providers and enterprises
MIS Impact Report - April, 2016
The vendor is positioning its Elastic Data Fabric as a next-generation storage alternative to Amazon's Elastic Block Storage service. Will Datera's software appeal to service providers and enterprises building private cloud deployments?
Load DynamiX and Virtual Instruments merge to secure funding, boost product development
TDM Deal Analysis - March, 2016
The deal continues the recent trend of startups combining to improve their prospects and secure funding. Will the addition of VI's performance and monitoring analytics tools provide Load DynamiX with the capabilities it needs to become a disruptive player in performance management?
Pure Storage sharpens its FlashBlade scale-out platform
MIS Impact Report - March, 2016
The all-flash-storage specialist is looking to carve into the NAS and unstructured-data storage market with its new FlashBlade system. Will Pure's latest product additions allow it to maintain its rapid growth?
Primary Data seeks to crush data management challenges
MIS Impact Report - March, 2016
The company's management team helped revolutionize the use of flash in servers at Fusion-io, and is now looking to advance the world of storage management and optimization though the launch of DataSphere.
How cloud provider data storage strategies are evolving
MIS Spotlight - March, 2016
Data storage is the foundation of cloud computing services. It is where all cloud services - defined as elastic, scalable, on-demand, self-service and programmatically accessible - begin. Almost universally, cloud storage services are virtualized, highly redundant, built from totally fungible storage media and highly automated.
Cisco boldly ventures into HCI with Springpath-based HyperFlex systems
MIS Impact Report - March, 2016
With the launch of HyperFlex Systems, Cisco is putting another horse into a crowded hyperconvergence race. Will its dominance in networking and growing server business help push it to the top of the pack?
Galileo explores new horizons with enhanced performance remediation
MIS Impact Report - March, 2016
Infrastructure performance and storage management specialist Galileo Performance Explorer, a product division of ATS Group, has extended its capabilities and ease of use with a new proactive dashboard and expanded hardware support.
2016 M&A Outlook summary - Storage
MIS Spotlight - February, 2016
Consolidation in the storage space was rampant in 2015, and the activity is likely to slow down this year. The remaining players will have to make investments and acquisitions in disruptive areas such as all-flash arrays, hyperconverged infrastructure and object storage to stay competitive.
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?