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Jay Lyman
Research Manager, Cloud Platforms

Jay covers infrastructure software, primarily private cloud platforms, cloud management and enterprise use cases that center on orchestration, the confluence of software development and IT operations known as DevOps, Docker and containers.

Jay's analysis encompasses evolving IT operations and software release models, as well as the technology used to create, deploy and support infrastructure and applications in today's enterprise and service-provider markets. Key areas of research also include OpenStack, PaaS and enterprise end users. As a 451 Research analyst, Jay has been a speaker at numerous industry events, including ICEE3, DevOps Days, LinuxCon and OSCON, covering topics such as cloud computing, DevOps, open source software and enterprise case studies.

Prior to joining 451 Research, Jay worked as a journalist for various media firms and publications including CMP Media, LinuxInsider, NewsForge, Time Magazine and the Associated Press.

Reports by this Analyst

Red Hat RHEL 7.1 and Atomic Host: it's more than the container
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
While thoroughly supporting Docker containers and their enterprise-readiness in its latest RHEL 7.1 update and Atomic Host, Red Hat is focused on the infrastructure around container development and deployment as it plays to its strengths, and somewhat avoids the crowded field around Docker management and orchestration.
Docker does another deal, this time for Mac and UI support with Kitematic
TDM Deal Analysis - March, 2015
Application container specialist Docker has deepened its developer platform and user interface support and capability by acquiring Kitematic and its Docker for Mac technology.
Mesosphere casts itself as datacenter operating system for apps, workloads, containers
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
Among a new generation of distributed operating systems for running applications, workloads and containers on a variety of infrastructure, Mesosphere is scaling up its technical capabilities and business to go along with strong levels of interest in cloud infrastructure, DevOps and containers.
Docker adds container networking with SocketPlane buy
TDM Deal Analysis - March, 2015
While a relatively small deal, application container vendor Docker's acquisition of networking specialist SocketPlane highlights how enterprise container management continues to gain traction and touch more of enterprise IT.
Docker bolsters container play with orchestration, enterprise support and partners
MIS Impact Report - February, 2015
Following an explosive year of momentum, Docker is now addressing enterprise-grade concerns for Docker containers in areas such as multi-container and distributed application support, orchestration, and security, with some help from big partners.
Is OpenStack the 'Space Pen' to CloudStack's 'pencil?'
MIS Spotlight - February, 2015
NASA's 'Space Pen' was thought to be an over-engineered device in comparison to simpler alternatives. Is OpenStack too complex for basic IaaS requirements?
Pacnet's SDN-based platform built on OpenStack
MIS User Deployment Report - February, 2015
The company has leveraged OpenStack to launch Pacnet Enabled Network, an SDN-based platform that allows the company to provision bandwidth on demand and in minutes via a customer-facing GUI.
Vagrant automation backer HashiCorp takes broader shot at application release with Atlas
MIS Impact Report - February, 2015
While a veteran in key open source and DevOps technologies such as Vagrant and Packer, startup HashiCorp is introducing its first commercial product with Atlas, a unified group of its software components to develop and deploy applications on any infrastructure.
Convirture grows with multi-cloud deployments and a variety of hypervisors
MIS Impact Report - January, 2015
A longtime supporter of a variety of hypervisors, including open source KVM and Microsoft's Hyper-V, Convirture says it is growing worldwide as hypervisors play a larger role in enterprise rollouts and management of cloud computing infrastructure.
Google shares container lessons, community with Kubernetes, Google Container Engine
MIS Impact Report - December, 2014
As more large enterprises contemplate Docker and containers for today's cloud-centric applications and workloads, Google shares a thing or two from its experience in the open source Kubernetes project and its Google Container Engine that runs on Google Compute Engine.
ElasticBox expands with virtual appliance, enterprise interest in cloud portability
MIS Impact Report - December, 2014
The DevOps company says it continues to gain enterprise interest and revenue as more organizations move to the cloud with particular focus on orchestration and management, and faster application deployment, as well as creating a service layer via cloud.
Black Duck leverages logistics to get the most out of enterprise open source
MIS Impact Report - December, 2014
The longtime enterprise supporter of open source software continues to integrate, broaden and enhance its software, which is still based on more rapidly, efficiently and safely using open source software components for everything from mobile devices to cloud computing, enterprise applications and the latest software tools.
Chef updates and unifies automation software, grows enterprise devops business
MIS Impact Report - December, 2014
The infrastructure automation software vendor continues to grow its open source software and enterprise users, streamlining its own operations with a unified code base and adding new enterprise features such as analytics, high availability and replication to its subscription software.
SaltStack seasons its infrastructure automation software with cloud orchestration
MIS Impact Report - November, 2014
The configuration, provisioning and infrastructure automation vendor continues to grow its community and paying customers along with the expanding trend toward agile IT operations and DevOps among large enterprise customers. It is focusing on cloud management in addition to automation.
Puppet Labs pushes ahead with more staff, broader enterprise DevOps deployments
MIS Impact Report - November, 2014
One of the original vendors to usher in more agile IT and DevOps methodology and technology, Puppet Labs has now grown to more than 300 employees, more than 700 customers and a broader role in more agile and automated IT management.
Another OpenStack pure play is gobbled up as EMC acquires Cloudscaling
TDM Deal Analysis - October, 2014
Consolidation is well under way in the OpenStack market, which has always matched some of the largest acquirers in the industry with a variety of OpenStack startups. In the latest deal, cloud giant EMC has snagged startup Cloudscaling.
Ubisoft internalizes Amazon use with OpenStack
MIS User Deployment Report - October, 2014
Large organizations such as game software maker Ubisoft are seeking to internalize and better control use of public clouds such as Amazon by running private clouds based on OpenStack.
JFrog leaps ahead with US offices, new investment from VMware
MIS Impact Report - September, 2014
Now based in California and Israel, repository management and continuous integration vendor JFrog has attracted more enterprise use, along with a $7m series B investment from VMware and existing investor Gemini Israel Ventures.
ClusterHQ leverages data services in Docker for enterprise container management
MIS Impact Report - September, 2014
A crop of companies new and old are rushing to support development, management and orchestration of Docker containers as the containerization market rapidly takes shape, but ClusterHQ with its Flocker software has set itself somewhat apart with a focus on the data management side of Docker.
Shippable steers container course with continuous-delivery SaaS for Docker
MIS Impact Report - September, 2014
As application containers and Docker continue to gain enterprise attention and traction, Shippable launches its Docker development and management SaaS with enterprise assurances.
Red Hat bolsters its mobile credentials with FeedHenry acquisition
TDM Deal Analysis - September, 2014
Diverging somewhat from its long-standing, almost exclusive focus on enterprise infrastructure software and middleware, Red Hat has reached for mobile application and back-end development specialist FeedHenry to complement its other software, primarily JBoss middleware and OpenShift PaaS.
Piston OpenStack 3.5 features zero downtime update service for OpenStack
MIS Impact Report - September, 2014
The company remains on course with its enterprise-focused approach to OpenStack, which still needs support in the market. Piston's latest distribution of OpenStack now supports the latest Icehouse release and features stability, resiliency and improved updating and other capabilities.
Micro Focus reaches for Attachmate in $1.2bn reverse merger
TDM Deal Analysis - September, 2014
The move provides a relatively risk-free means of expansion for Micro Focus, with high recurring revenue and strong cash flow from mature, stable businesses on both sides – but there are also some intriguing product synergies and, through NetIQ and SUSE, some high-growth opportunities.
Ansible grows business and breadth of devops automation
MIS Impact Report - September, 2014
The configuration and provisioning automation vendor is expanding to a broader role in application deployment and continuous delivery, as well as to new platforms with enhanced support for additional clouds and Windows environments.
HP buys Eucalyptus: it's all about Amazon and hybrid clouds
TDM Deal Analysis - September, 2014
Seeking to broaden its private and hybrid cloud story beyond OpenStack and capture more of the enterprise market as organizations make their way beyond Amazon and build out their private and hybrid cloud deployments, HP has announced plans to acquire Eucalyptus.
StackIQ brings automation to infrastructure management, Hadoop and OpenStack
MIS Impact Report - September, 2014
By automating the provisioning and management of Hadoop and other 'big data' technologies, OpenStack, and other software running on bare metal, HPC clusters and clouds, StackIQ is aligned with top trends in enterprise IT.
Red Hat rounds out hybrid cloud management offering with CloudForms 3.1
MIS Impact Report - August, 2014
After open-sourcing its acquired ManageIQ cloud management technology and making other enhancements to its software for managing public, private and hybrid clouds, the company has released CloudForms 3.1.
M&A plays a key role in OpenStack's evolution
TDM Sector IQ - August, 2014
OpenStack continues to be a hotbed of M&A activity thanks in large part to heavy vendor involvement as well as the componentized nature of open source software. In this report, we analyze previous deals involving OpenStack players, as well as potential acquirers and targets to watch.
Panamax emerges from cloud-centric CenturyLink for Docker container management
MIS Impact Report - August, 2014
There is no denying the current popularity and buzz around Docker and containerization of applications and infrastructure, so the emergence of Panamax to help users, including enterprises, to manage all of those containers across different environments is only natural.
Under-the-radar CFEngine continues to gain traction in IT automation and devops
MIS Impact Report - July, 2014
It may not get as much attention and buzz as its newer counterparts, but configuration, provisioning and IT automation vendor CFEngine, the oldest player in its category, still has vitality in the enterprise segment as agile IT and devops continue to grow.
Docker bags Orchard to enhance its multi-container orchestration
TDM Deal Analysis - July, 2014
While a small deal given that the target is a two-person company, Docker's acquisition of Orchard and its Fig multi-container orchestration technology highlights the growing momentum and market around containerization.
QualiSystems serves growing number of devops, 'shadow IT' customers
MIS Impact Report - July, 2014
The agile IT and devops vendor continues to expand along with the growing use of more modern IT infrastructure provisioning and application release approaches by large enterprises and more mainstream companies.
Enterprise Platforms: Research agenda 2014-2015
MIS Spotlight - July, 2014
The 451 Enterprise Platforms channel covers the software used to run and manage the software layers of the datacenter, often operating in a hybrid cloud capacity. Areas include systems management, cloud platforms, cloud management, end-user management and other platform software.
Development, DevOps and Middleware: Research agenda 2014-2015
MIS Spotlight - July, 2014
The development, devops and middleware channel covers the digital infrastructure used to design, develop, deploy and run the applications and services needed by an enterprise to run its business. It includes analysis of the technologies, practices, vendors and cloud services that are used to develop and integrate applications, fuel them with data, run them, and keep them current.
Ravello paves the way for hybrid use of public clouds, devops
MIS Impact Report - July, 2014
The company is focusing on enterprise use of public and hybrid clouds for more agile, efficient devops approaches that must interface with legacy infrastructure and processes. Ravello's focus is timed right as many companies are figuring out how to manage existing, internal public cloud use and shadow IT efforts that bypass IT departments.
JumpCloud bridges gap to cloud and devops via automation, security monitoring
MIS Impact Report - July, 2014
Rather than focusing on automating configuration, JumpCloud says its software automates routine, day-to-day server maintenance that was previously manual – with the addition of security monitoring and anomaly detection to boot.
Plutora defines its enterprise devops role as release, test and deployment management
MIS Impact Report - June, 2014
The company claims to have the antidote for large enterprises seeking to adopt newer agile and devops IT and application release processes, but must do so while maintaining legacy infrastructure, processes and personnel.
Dell seeks to serve today's cloud-connected developers with Sputnik laptop
MIS Impact Report - June, 2014
While open source software is prevalent and critical in cloud computing and its underlying technology, client software is still mostly proprietary, even for developers. With Ubuntu Linux featured from the start, Dell's cloud-centric XPS 13 laptop – aka Project Sputnik – is the exception.
Red Hat acquires OpenStack cloud builder eNovance for $94.8m
TDM Deal Analysis - June, 2014
Red Hat continues its M&A spree with the purchase of France-based OpenStack cloud builder eNovance. The deal demonstrates increasing market interest in OpenStack as an alternative to proprietary cloud platforms, and highlights Red Hat's growing desire to make its mark on OpenStack.
ElasticBox outlines continuous-delivery path through blueprint Boxes as services
MIS Impact Report - June, 2014
Containerization, and Docker in particular, is gaining heavy attention, but ElasticBox says it has an enterprise-ready version of application and infrastructure blueprints in its 'Boxes,' which are made available as services.


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