451 Research - Biography

Agatha Poon
Research Manager, Global Cloud Computing

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

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.
GDS Services rationalizes its brand with CloudMix
MIS Impact Report - October, 2015
Officially announced in May, CloudMix represents a major milestone for GDS Services as the firm rationalizes its brand and image as the premier enterprise cloud partner in China.
IndependenceIT extends platform usability, integrates with vCloud Air, vCloud Director
MIS Impact Report - October, 2015
Taking a hypervisor- and protocol-agnostic approach, IndependenceIT sees itself as an aggregator that facilitates workflow orchestration across multiple VDI platforms and cloud environments using a common set of APIs. Now in version 4.1, Cloud Workspace Suite has added support for vCloud Air and vCloud Director and invested in API enhancements.
TCS Analyst Day 2015: A journey to 'Digital Reimagination' has begun
MIS Impact Report - October, 2015
Digital initiatives, as TCS sees it, come in different phases, but the final frontier is where disruptive innovation takes place to 'reimagine an enterprise.' TCS recently shared its vision and strategy for 'Digital Reimagination' at its analyst event in Boston.
CenturyLink ramps up its go-to-market strategy in Asia-Pacific
MIS Impact Report - October, 2015
The company is now in a position to make some noise about its go-to-market strategy for a portfolio of products and services, including connectivity, colocation, cloud and managed services.
Secure-24 looks to stake a claim in the managed cloud market
MIS Impact Report - October, 2015
It has been a busy time for managed cloud and IT provider Secure-24. Alongside its cloud-transformation offering and the upgraded cloud architecture with flash storage capability, it has added enhanced application management and desktop as a service.
Rackspace shares growth plans at Solve global conference
MIS Impact Report - October, 2015
At the recent Rackspace::Solve event in Hong Kong, Taylor Rhodes, president and CEO, summed up the company's growth plans for us with an overarching message - up the stack and out of 'Rack.'
Sify Technologies invests in building cloud credibility with platform enhancements
MIS Impact Report - October, 2015
India-based Sify has been delivering various cloud offerings using its second-generation cloud management platform and is now ready to release some details of its 3G management platform. Sify seems to have a clear direction on where the ICT industry is heading and is readying itself for new challenges.
Cloud Connect China 2015, Part 2: Companies that are monetizing the cloud
MIS Spotlight - September, 2015
In Part 2 of this two-part series, we take a closer look at the evolving cloud-computing landscape in China, and provide a perspective on significant trends shaping cloud development in APAC.
Cloud Connect China 2015, Part 1: Trends to watch in China's cloud computing market
MIS Spotlight - September, 2015
We recently attended the third annual Cloud Connect China, which proved to be a key industry gathering, with thousands of vendors, IT professionals, and media and industry analysts. In Part 1 of this two-part series, we identify key trends shaping the evolution of China's cloud computing market.
DataCentred adds ARM servers to its OpenStack-based cloud platform
MIS Impact Report - September, 2015
The company has added ARM AArch64-based servers to its cloud platform alongside existing Intel x86 architecture, and expanded its cloud portfolio by offering customers a single-tenant private cloud option.
Bluelock looks to push the envelope with tailored recovery-as-a-service offering
MIS Impact Report - September, 2015
The provider has turned up the marketing volume with the introduction of its Disaster Recovery for Sensitive Data offering, which Bluelock says is a set of dedicated private cloud, RaaS and security assurance services tailored to individual user requirements.
Sureline Systems looks to ease the pain of application migration with SUREedge
MIS Impact Report - August, 2015
In its latest version, Sureline has deepened platform integration with strategic partners including Nutanix and CenturyLink, and demonstrated some interesting capabilities, such as global de-dupe replication and many-to-one topology, which the company believes will help differentiate it in a crowded market.
HostingCon 2015: new realities and new opportunities for Web hosting companies
MIS Spotlight - August, 2015
The untold truth is that most of the small hosting providers don't have deep pockets, and to stay competitive they are coming to market with a niche focus, since they are unable to match the scale of established providers. The key is to fill the market niche when business transformation is just starting to get moving.
PCCW Solutions doubles down on digital transformation initiatives
MIS Impact Report - August, 2015
Aside from investing in vendor-specific accreditation, PCCW Solutions has tightened up its partnerships with the likes of SAS and Saab AB to provide data analytics and business intelligence offerings. The next step is to develop industry-specific expertise and product offerings that help smooth out the journey to enterprise digitalization.
Apcera pushes into hybrid cloud management with Hybrid Cloud Operating System
MIS Impact Report - August, 2015
Based on the technology foundation of Continuum, the Apcera Hybrid Cloud Operating System is optimized for hybrid cloud deployment and management by extending policy across multiple cloud environments and enabling enterprise workloads to be shared, moved and governed from within a single control pane.
AppDirect seeks to standardize cloud services commerce model with Monetization Suite
MIS Impact Report - August, 2015
AppDirect Monetization Suite is aimed at addressing operational challenges that face developers of all kinds today, particularly in areas of billing, distribution and reseller management. With the new release, AppDirect is eager to exploit software developer interest in reaching out to distribution channels in a timely and cost-effective manner.
ZTE's 11th industry analyst conference: enabling M-ICT through cloud computing
MIS Impact Report - August, 2015
Envisioning a connected world, ZTE believes that the network should be flexible enough to enrich and transform the experience of consumers, enterprises and service providers. To that end, investing in emerging technologies such as cloud and big data is inevitable.
Rackspace adopts a three-pronged growth strategy in Asia: geography, segment and service
MIS Impact Report - August, 2015
In the Asia-Pacific region, Rackspace has made a deliberate effort to distance itself from being a pure-play cloud infrastructure provider. It is adopting a three-pronged growth strategy based on its geographical focus, enterprise strategy and enhanced service management capability.
CITIC Telecom CPC looks to capitalize on cross-border financial flows with SmartCLOUD
MIS Impact Report - August, 2015
With eight geographically distributed cloud datacenters spanning the APAC region, including a new cloud datacenter in Baoshan, Shanghai, the company is hoping to capitalize on cross-border business activities as Chinese businesses grow beyond their home turf.
SevOne takes next step in infrastructure management and monitoring with PLA 2.0
MIS Impact Report - August, 2015
In version 2.0, SevOne Performance Log Appliance can be fully integrated with its Performance Appliance Solution to deliver enhanced features. The company believes this can help improve visibility into the root causes of performance degradation while shortening the time required for troubleshooting and repairs.
Cloud adoption looks promising in Hong Kong, but it's still early for hybrid cloud
MIS Spotlight - July, 2015
The primary motivations for deploying and moving workloads to the cloud are more than just cost-savings. We examine the level of cloud maturity in Hong Kong, based on major initiatives and plans for cloud as both a technology and a business strategy.
Telstra unfolds international growth plans: acquisition, joint venture and more
MIS Impact Report - July, 2015
Having undergone a restructuring exercise to create the Global Enterprise and Services unit in late 2014, Melbourne-headquartered telecom incumbent Telstra has been aligning resources with its regional expansion strategies.