451 Research - Biography

Agatha Poon
Research Director

Agatha Poon has been a market research professional for 12 years, and has been a regular speaker at numerous professional gatherings and industry events, including PTC, CommunicAsia, BrightTalk and Cloud Computing Expo. Agatha joined 451 Research in April 2010, bringing expertise in cloud computing and enterprise network migration strategies. She is instrumental in our overall global consulting and research activities, with a particular focus on the enterprise segment. She closely follows the strategies, business models, and coverage of the leading global and regional telecom carriers and managed service providers as they relate to their cloud computing strategies.

Prior to joining 451 Research, Agatha was a Senior Analyst at Yankee Group for more than 10 years, tracking a wide range of research topics including managed services, IP telephony, WAN optimization, application acceleration, cloud computing deployment models and cloud management solutions. Before Yankee, she worked as a Research Analyst in Frost & Sullivan's Telecommunications Service group, where she primarily focused on network access technologies. Agatha has a high degree of familiarity with the Greater China and Japanese markets, having spent time in these areas during her career.

Agatha holds a BA and an MBA in Marketing from Ohio University. She was awarded a full scholarship for the MBA program. In addition to her native Cantonese, Agatha speaks English and Mandarin fluently.

Reports by this Analyst

Cloud Expo Asia Hong Kong: Innovating and collaborating in the world of hybrid IT
MIS Spotlight - May, 2016
As one of the event's research partners, 451 Research takes an insider's view of the two-day confab and discusses its highlights (and lowlights). This year's Cloud Expo Asia attracted a mix of enterprises, vendors and service providers (including datacenter operators).
OneNeck buddies up with Microsoft to round out its hybrid IT strategy
MIS Impact Report - May, 2016
By joining the Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider program, OneNeck has enabled its ReliaCloud customers to deploy and manage workloads running across multiple cloud environments with enhanced monitoring and visibility – to the extent that Azure IaaS components can be deployed from within ReliaCloud.
Sigma Systems looks to capitalize on telecom digital strategy, executes growth plans
MIS Impact Report - May, 2016
Taking advantage of an undisclosed amount of funding from Birch Hill Equity Partners, Sigma is focusing on executing its aggressive expansion plans, which include a mix of organic and inorganic growth in the form of strategic acquisitions, product innovation and market expansion.
CITIC Telecom CPC pursues network-enabled cloud strategy
MIS Impact Report - May, 2016
While government-led economic development initiatives seem to work in its favor, CPC is striving for network-enabled cloud opportunities. Having extended its global MPLS network, which has more than 100 points of presence across multiple regions, the company says its cloud strategy will be in line with its network expansion plans.
Microland pursues leadership role in the hybrid IT world
MIS Impact Report - April, 2016
The company believes a second wave of hybrid enterprises are emerging as business organizations begin to implement multi-cloud strategies for various workloads. In this report, we discuss Micoland's role in the cloud-led vendor ecosystem.
TCS aims to rewrite the rules of infrastructure management, attracts hybrid enterprises
MIS Impact Report - April, 2016
The company claims to have invested a great deal in virtualization and automation for technology transformation since 2010. TCS is now focusing its attention on business agility, with scalable, on-demand cloud-based delivery models.
UnitedStack releases major upgrade with UOS 3.0 as it eyes large-scale cloud deployments
MIS Impact Report - April, 2016
While the public cloud offering remains the core part of UnitedStack's cloud business, it is making a fresh push into the enterprise segment. With UOS 3.0, the company looks to capitalize on enterprise requirements for large-scale cloud deployments with multi-region architectural design, complex network topology and stringent SLAs.
Cloud4C aims to redefine public cloud with built-in HA, embarks on aggressive global plan
MIS Impact Report - April, 2016
In a bid to capture a dominant share of the public cloud market and better align its resources, Cloud4C has focused its attention on augmenting its public cloud business, growing beyond the fast-evolving local business market.
Netmagic enhances SimpliCloud, invests in growing managed services capability
MIS Impact Report - April, 2016
The company continues to invest in software-defined networking and growing its managed services capabilities with industry-specific expertise. As part of its product roadmap, Netmagic will tighten up its security offerings and grow beyond the IaaS layer.
PCCW Solutions pushes into digital services, makes inroads into China market
MIS Impact Report - April, 2016
After launching the HOP! digital logistics platform late last year, the company has unveiled a suite of integrated cloud offerings targeting both midsized companies and large enterprises. It has also invested in a new joint venture in China.
Sureline aims to ease the pain of massive application migration with SUREedge SunShine
MIS Impact Report - March, 2016
The company has added new features and capabilities to its SUREedge application-migration platform, and it has launched a new offering that is designed to address pertinent network and security issues associated with large-scale data migration.
EasyStack looks to cash in on hybrid cloud opportunity with ESCaaS
MIS Impact Report - March, 2016
To accelerate its growth, the company is readying for a big push into the hybrid cloud market with a hosted version of its cloud platform, named ESCaaS. Delivered out of a datacenter in Beijing, ESCaaS will mark the beginning of EasyStack's pursuit of hybrid cloud opportunities.
HCL Technologies presents '21st Century Datacenter Blueprint' for cloud transformation
MIS Impact Report - March, 2016
HCL is making a fresh push into enterprise cloud transformation initiatives using a combination of homegrown automation and orchestration technologies as well as strategic partnerships with hyperscale cloud providers. In a bid to support evolving IT requirements, the company is increasingly cloud-centric and automation focused.
Dimension Data takes aim at hybrid IT management with Private Cloud Enterprise Edition
MIS Impact Report - March, 2016
The company's PCEE is a new private cloud offering under a strategic partnership with EMC. Delivering private cloud in a box built on VCE Vblock, Dimension Data says it is working closely with EMC to make dedicated private cloud deployments more agile and efficient.
OneNeck targets hybrid IT opportunities with ReliaCloud
MIS Impact Report - March, 2016
Under its ReliaCloud brand, OneNeck is actively pursuing opportunities in the enterprise market. The company will invest further in enhancing platform capabilities and incorporating technologies and tools such as SDN and unified orchestration platform, with full visibility into its cloud infrastructure.
ZeroStack's hyperconverged infrastructure platform now available
MIS Impact Report - March, 2016
As the ZeroStack Cloud Platform goes into general availability in early 2016, it will include sought-after features that matter most to enterprises, such as capacity planning and self-healing.
nCrypted Cloud grows into collaboration market from encryption key management
MIS Impact Report - March, 2016
The startup has refined its product positioning, focusing its efforts on addressing corporate issues associated with external collaboration, rather than solving the Dropbox issue. To that end, nCrypted Cloud has aligned its platform capabilities with enterprise user requirements. It has also tightened up product integration with its strategic partners, including Cisco (Spark) and Microsoft (Office 365), as part of the integrated user experience.
Tata aims to give enterprise IT control and visibility with IZO Private Cloud
MIS Impact Report - March, 2016
The core capability of IZO Private Cloud is to put enterprise IT back in the driver's seat with full visibility and control over resources running across multiple IT environments. The next step is to deepen integration of services both horizontally and vertically.
Examining India's Smart Cities initiative and its implications
MIS Spotlight - March, 2016
Early this year, India's Ministry of Urban Development announced a list of the first 20 cities (out of 97 proposals) selected to kick-start the Smart Cities initiative. What does it mean to the industry?
NTT Communications unifies cloud management with enhanced Enterprise Cloud
MIS Impact Report - March, 2016
The enhanced Enterprise Cloud is positioned as an extension of the company's vCloud-based Enterprise Cloud that utilizes a unified management framework, along with open source technologies and the microservice design model.
Microsoft reveals growth strategy in India with in-country Azure Cloud
MIS Impact Report - February, 2016
In our conversation with Microsoft India, the local subsidiary discussed its growth strategy with the in-country Azure platform and product offerings.
A closer look at Nasscom India Leadership Forum: reinventing business strategy
MIS Spotlight - February, 2016
The recent Nasscom India Leadership Forum registered more than 1,300 attendees and attracted much attention from influential players and tech startups. The three-day event was jam-packed with presentations and panel discussions revealing digital strategies and lessons learned.
2016 M&A Outlook - Multi-tenant datacenter, hosting and managed services
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 MTDC, hosting and managed services sector. Where will we see acquisitions, and who might be involved?
NaviSite makes a stronger play for hybrid IT deployments, delves into key verticals
MIS Impact Report - January, 2016
Targeting midmarket and large enterprises, the company is making a stronger play for hybrid cloud hosting, using managed services as wrappers. Next, it intends to expand cloud platform manageability for hybrid IT deployments, harden security and compliance, and optimize the cloud desktop experience.
nGenx sees steady demand for workspace-as-a-service offering, expands internationally
MIS Impact Report - January, 2016
Targeting SMB-focused channel partners, the company provides its workspace service suite as a service and platform offering. Geographically speaking, the company remains US-centric, but it has begun to expand internationally, with new partners from Canada, Australia and the UK.
NxtGen pursues enterprise opportunities with Infinite Datacenter strategy
MIS Impact Report - January, 2016
The provider looks to shake up India's fast-growing cloud computing market in eight cities with a hyperconverged infrastructure, software-defined technology and a mesh topology of cloud datacenter network, which it calls 'Infinite Datacenter.'
IndependenceIT deepens manageability, customization with Cloud Workspace Suite 4.2
MIS Impact Report - January, 2016
IndependenceIT has made good efforts to understand the different roles that stakeholders - end user, administrator and service provider - play in the value chain. Cloud Workspace Suite 4.2 focuses on improved usability in an agile environment.
Former Acxiom IT is now Ensono, reveals new direction in hybrid IT management
MIS Impact Report - January, 2016
Having received capital injections from Charlesbank Capital Partners and M/C Partners, Ensono has officially unveiled its new name and strategic focus on enabling and optimizing hybrid IT support and management for today's increasingly digital enterprises.
A winning strategy for the cloud gold rush in India
MIS Spotlight - January, 2016
The growing complexity of the local cloud landscape has not gone unnoticed by local businesses. Given the amount of foreign investment and cloud activity in the country, it's worth taking a closer look at India's fast-evolving market and the impact of foreign cloud players up and down the value chain.
China's QingCloud goes hyperscale from day one, eyes global opportunities
MIS Impact Report - January, 2016
The company believes what differentiates its public-cloud service from competitive offerings lies in the performance and scalability of its cloud platform. The startup is zeroing in on combating challenges emerged in the new Internet era.
China Telecom brings cloud services to Indian enterprises
MIS Impact Report - December, 2015
CTG operating subsidiary China Telecom India has recently expanded its product portfolio with the official launch of its cloud offering in Mumbai and New Delhi, India.
Yunshan Networks takes aim at the telecom and financial verticals with 2Cloud
MIS Impact Report - December, 2015
The company's hybrid-cloud management platform is aimed at IDC operators, telecom providers and enterprises. Yunshan hopes to accelerate cloud deployments by addressing issues associated with IaaS 2.0.
Qiniu goes deeper into the data management domain with vertical offerings
MIS Impact Report - December, 2015
The cloud storage specialist claims to have a highly distributed storage infrastructure with high availability and scalability. It has unveiled seven industry-specific offerings with more than 30 segment-specific use cases.
Indian IT firms drive digital transformation through innovation and a service approach
MIS Spotlight - December, 2015
While the pace of digital transformation varies, Indian IT firms are bullish about their growth prospects at the global and local levels. In this report, we review the strategies of several Indian IT firms in Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru in the light of global digital revolution.
NEC set to give open source software new meaning with Cloud System
MIS Impact Report - December, 2015
The company has delivered on its promise of a reference cloud system that is backed by verified open source software and standardized processes. For now, NEC Cloud System provides a ready-made cloud platform environment at a single datacenter; the next release will support multi-DC management and interconnected datacenters.
Egenera's Xterity Cloud gains momentum with MSPs
MIS Impact Report - November, 2015
The vendor recently struck a partnership with UK-based IT distributor Entatech to provide Xterity Cloud Services to its network of 5,000 multichannel IT-focused resellers. The partnership is strategically important to Egenera as the company continues to build out the wholesale side of its cloud business.
IIJ ups the ante in the battle for cloud penetration with IIJ GIO Infrastructure P2
MIS Impact Report - November, 2015
Using GIO P2, IIJ customers will now be able to self-provision both public and private compute resources, which were previously known as GIO Hosting Package and GIO Component Services, as one unified service using a common management interface.
Adding nodes and partners, Aliyun aims to be a global leader in the public cloud market
MIS Impact Report - November, 2015
The Chinese provider recently added a second cloud node on US West Coast. Other cloud initiatives include enabling consistent service and product delivery as well as building out an ecosystem of partners to support its Marketplace Alliance Program.
Redknee moves further into the non-telco segment with the purchase of Orga Systems
MIS Impact Report - November, 2015
The vendor is committed to expanding further into the non-telco segment and strengthening domain expertise and geographical coverage through mergers and acquisitions. Additionally, successful integration with Orga Systems for cross-sell and upsell opportunities is the focus in the next 12 months.
Nxtra Data targets the enterprise segment with datacenter and managed services
MIS Impact Report - October, 2015
Positioned as a datacenter and managed cloud provider, Nxtra is upbeat about its growth potential, and is committed to investing in software-defined technologies, building out its cloud portfolio and growing its datacenter footprint beyond India.