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

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.
DataOne Asia seeks to differentiate in Philippines cloud market
MIS Impact Report - July, 2015
The company thinks the time is right to weigh in more forcibly and draw some competitive differentiation lines in the sand while taking advantage of its data-locality and managed service capabilities. It is also taking a step forward with its hybrid cloud push.
Breqwatr aims to bring consumerized cloud experience to enterprise doorsteps
MIS Impact Report - July, 2015
Designed to be a self-contained two-rack-unit hardware appliance, the Breqwatr Cloud Appliance 2.0 is based on the OpenStack Juno release, comprising core components – Nova, Cinder, Glance, Heat and Ceilometer – used for the deployment of private clouds.
Bright Computing unifies management of HPC and cloud environments with Bright OpenStack
MIS Impact Report - July, 2015
Bright OpenStack enables customers to deploy a production-ready private-cloud infrastructure, but more importantly, it provides a unified experience in managing Hadoop, HPC and OpenStack environments via a single pane of glass.
XO Communications rounds out its growth strategy with network-enabled cloud and UC
MIS Impact Report - July, 2015
The network operator has begun ramping up its ambitions and its messaging around UC and network-enabled cloud with a $500m multi-year network expansion plan. XO has also unveiled the myXO customer portal to boost user experience.
TransCirrus powers OpenStack out of the box with preconfigured appliance suite
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
The startup is focused on enabling enterprises to deploy their own OpenStack-based private clouds with a preconfigured modular appliance suite. Recent OpenStack-related M&A activity suggests that market consolidation is underway and further consolidation is likely.
Optus takes steps to sustain hybrid cloud management
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
The company believes it is well-positioned to be a trusted navigator for transforming enterprises, leveraging its professional services capability. While VMware has been the hypervisor technology of choice for Optus, its strategy is to remain vendor-agnostic and hypervisor-neutral.
OpenStack distro EasyStack raises $16m, aims for leadership role with ESCloud
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
EasyStack has closed a B funding round and added enhanced monitoring with greater stability and performance in its latest software update. Its top three growth priorities are hiring top talent, building market share and developing an ecosystem of strategic partners.
Amid competition from OpenStack distros, Aptira is treading a different path to growth
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
The Sydney-based company continues to ramp up its consulting business for OpenStack deployments. Following the establishment of its local presence in India, Aptira has added local support in Taipei and Budapest.
UnitedStack builds on early success with IDC providers to pursue managed cloud business
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
Building on its early success in enabling IDC operators to harness the cloud, the startup is now looking to double down on managed cloud efforts for future growth. With that said, United OpenStack public cloud remains a core part of the company's strategy to build mindshare, if not market share.
LeaseWeb looks to capitalize on Asia's boom sectors with cloud and CDN
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
The company is slowly reversing its role by enabling Asian companies to conduct business from and within the region. It is eyeing opportunities in Sydney and Tokyo, as well as Indonesia and India. On the product front, LeaseWeb is targeting a commercial release of its cloud offerings in Singapore this summer to gauge market interest.
NetCracker aims to demystify the intricacies of business transformation with NetCracker 10
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
Version 10 of NetCracker's management platform is cloud-ready and module-oriented. The product suite emphasizes a unified approach to infrastructure management using the network and service orchestrators, and it has invested in data analytics and biometrics technologies.
KeyTone hopes to capitalize on the interest in OpenStack with managed hybrid cloud
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
The startup says its hybrid cloud platform is well suited for customers looking to use OpenStack as the centralized 'control engine' to manage multi-cloud environments such as those provided by AWS, Microsoft Azure and VMware vCenter.
Sandvine takes aim at SMBs with OpenStack-based cloud services policy controller
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
The company sees the virtualized offering as one way for network operators to stand out in the market using a subscription-based model. Sandvine is eyeing opportunities in developed economies for now, with some trials in the certification process.