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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

With new organizational structure, Telefónica accelerates pace of digital transformation
MIS Impact Report - April, 2014
The Spanish operator has embarked on a major operational restructuring program. The core strategy at play here goes beyond a structural change. For Telefónica, it represents a major step toward accomplishing its goal of becoming a leading 'digital telco.'
With the official debut of IIJ GIO in Singapore, IIJ is putting ASEAN on its cloud map
MIS Impact Report - April, 2014
Following geographical expansion into the US, Europe and China, Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ) is hoping to position Singapore as a regional hub to accelerate its cloud strategy in the ASEAN region.
KVH takes financial clients to the cloud with the release of its FISC-compliant cloud
MIS Impact Report - March, 2014
The company's new Financial Private Cloud is running on a single-tenant environment, where customers can have dedicated resources down to the hardware level and are supported by Turbine, its second-generation cloud orchestration engine.
Interoute pursues unified approach to ICT delivery with deep platform integration
MIS Impact Report - March, 2014
The company has completed a major upgrade of its cloud platform. New features in the upcoming release will focus on enriching user experience with an intuitive user interface, deep platform integration and network automation.
Parallels deepens its role in cloud aggregation and delivery with prescriptive bundles
MIS Impact Report - March, 2014
Playing the role of a cloud aggregator, Parallels believes it is uniquely positioned to support SMB-focused service providers with the combination of its Parallels Automation and Application Packaging Standard.
Atlantic Metro aims to accelerate cloud adoption with network and cloud convergence
MIS Impact Report - March, 2014
Using its MPLS backbone and interconnected datacenters as a foundation, Atlantic Metro believes the end-to-end approach to infrastructure deployments differentiates its cloud offerings in the increasingly crowded IaaS market.
Pamoja adds Symantec to its cloud, advances user experience with new storefront interface
MIS Impact Report - March, 2014
The company has made available a suite of cloud services leveraging its cloud infrastructure and SEACOM's network as the foundation. The next step is to enrich user experience through advanced service provisioning and billing capabilities.
Under a unified brand, Ubiquity Hosting gears messaging of its cloud story
MIS Impact Report - March, 2014
The company has started offering a new cloud service that is open source-based. Aside from expanding into Europe and Asia, the next strategic move is to provide API-driven enhanced features and capabilities for platform innovation.
RackWare brings dynamic workload management capability to SoftLayer Cloud
MIS Impact Report - March, 2014
Deepening its partnership with IBM-SoftLayer is strategically important for the startup in pursuing its growth strategy. This also resonates with RackWare's goal of making a splash in the enterprise market.
RES Software accelerates workspace management push with the launch of IT Store
MIS Impact Report - March, 2014
The full version of RES IT Store is touted to be a lightweight platform that supports all applications and IT services running across multiple platforms, and can be implemented in a scalable fashion.
How government-led initiatives shape cloud markets in China and India
MIS Spotlight - February, 2014
China and India have served as a model for what the rest of developing Asia needs to do to jump-start new initiatives for nationwide cloud deployments.
AT&T aims to speed cloud adoption with NetBond, adds Equinix to its partner ecosystem
MIS Impact Report - February, 2014
The Equinix partnership is part of AT&T's broader cloud strategy, which comprises a portfolio of cloud products under the Synaptic brand, as well as the network-enabled cloud strategy through partnerships.
Venyu ups its cloud game with platform upgrade, targets SDN opportunity
MIS Impact Report - February, 2014
The company has upgraded its VMware-based cloud platform with new load balancing and networking capabilities. The next step is to invest in product enhancement and technology innovation, with plans to add cloud object storage, deploy SDN and more.
OneNeck IT Solutions leads platform integration, delves into SDN and OpenStack
MIS Impact Report - February, 2014
The rebranded company will bring forth a consistent portfolio of managed cloud and application services with security and compliance in mind. It is also looking to delve into SDN and OpenStack in the second half of 2014.
Connectria joins the AWS partner ecosystem with managed AWS offering
MIS Impact Report - February, 2014
Dubbed Managed AWS, the new offering comes with proprietary monitoring and reporting tools for customers to manage their resource utilization and spending for AWS implementations.
Virtustream acquires ViewTrust to build out its risk management capabilities
TDM Deal Analysis - February, 2014
As Virtustream continues to round out its enterprise-focused cloud capabilities, adding ViewTrust Technology to its arsenal will go a long way toward bolstering its credentials as a contender in the space.
NEC sets sights on China's 'smart city' boom, forms wholly owned subsidiary in Chongqing
MIS Impact Report - February, 2014
The new company hopes to turn Chongqing into a 'cloud-connected' city with investments in building the foundation for cloud deployments.
BT pushes deeper into Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa with fresh investments
MIS Impact Report - February, 2014
Targeting global MNCs, emerging MNCs and selected domestic enterprises, which are expected to be a market of £32bn, BT AMEA recently announced three investment initiatives.
Stratus puts emphasis on software-defined availability with everRun Enterprise launch
MIS Impact Report - February, 2014
The venerable redundant hardware maker has now integrated the software assets it acquired in 2012 from Marathon with its own Avance software. It has also won an OEM deal from IBM and is beta testing an availability platform for OpenStack and cloud.
Geminare gathers pace in the RaaS arena, looks to grow beyond the US
MIS Impact Report - January, 2014
With its fastest growth coming from emerging markets in Latin America and Asia-Pacific, recovery-as-a-service specialist Geminare is seeking international expansion.
ICONZ-Webvisions: charting its cloud strategy in the post-integration era
MIS Impact Report - January, 2014
The integrated entity will now place greater focus on its cloud computing business. Aside from adding product breadth and depth, the company will ramp up its channel strategy for accelerated growth.
Joyent pursues opportunities in the e-commerce segment with 'push button' architectures
MIS Impact Report - January, 2014
The company's Ecommerce Solutions set is the first in a series of custom-built reference architectures due in the coming quarters.
Cristie Software charts migration management strategy, eyes hosting and cloud providers
MIS Impact Report - January, 2014
Aside from expanding its physical presence into the US and Asia, Cristie Software will focus its efforts this year on forging new partnerships with hosting and cloud providers, as well as developing enhanced features and capabilities for CloneManager.
Orange Business Services accelerates its growth strategy in Asia-Pacific
MIS Impact Report - January, 2014
The company is extending its service capabilities, leveraging a mix of in-house IT capabilities and SITA's expertise in the network services arena. We take a closer look at its regional operations and growth strategy moving forward.
The forbidden sky: inside China's cloud market
MIS Spotlight - January, 2014
Although China remains one of the most highly regulated countries by world standards, it remains a top destination for foreign investment. AWS' upcoming limited preview of its cloud region in China is the latest in a string of foreign initiatives.
Virtustream builds momentum in emerging markets, expands into big data with Intel
MIS Impact Report - December, 2013
Following the partnership with Mobily to expand its cloud footprint in the Middle East, the company is inching its way into Latin America and emerging Asia. On the product front, it has teamed up with Intel and SAP to harness big-data opportunities.
Blue Box aims to ease the cloud-migration path with OpenStack-based hosted private cloud
MIS Impact Report - December, 2013
Initially, the hosted private cloud will be delivered out of two datacenters in the US, followed by a datacenter in Zurich. Blue Box is also assessing opportunities in Asia-Pacific.
Eucalyptus has its sights set on China's public sector for private cloud deployments
MIS Impact Report - December, 2013
In China, the company is focused on exploiting private and hybrid cloud opportunities with what it describes as an AWS-compatible open source cloud platform, which is now in v3.4.
With Dimension Data's MCP, BSNL augments enterprise cloud strategy
MIS Impact Report - December, 2013
In this report, we review the joint cloud offering provided by Dimension Data and BSNL and discuss their go-to market strategy in the country.
IBM seizes vertical cloud opportunities in India
MIS Impact Report - November, 2013
Under the SmartCloud family of products, IBM India is venturing into the cloud in a big way, with a full spectrum of cloud services and deployment models.
HCL Infosystems sheds light on its approach to enterprise cloud opportunities in India
MIS Impact Report - November, 2013
The systems integrator is positioned to be a fully integrated cloud provider supporting all three service layers of the cloud stack.
OpenStack Summit Hong Kong: real-world deployments come into sight
MIS Spotlight - November, 2013
We provide more details on the four early adopters under review at OpenStack Summit Hong Kong: Aptira, eNovance, Huawei and NTT Communications.
CtrlS invests in channel support, looks to grow its cloud footprint in India and beyond
MIS Impact Report - November, 2013
The company is upbeat about the growth prospect of its IaaS business, and expects the revenue share for IaaS will increase to 58% in two years from approximately 42% today.
Demystifying the evolving cloud landscape at Cloud Expo Asia
MIS Spotlight - October, 2013
The cloud computing market in the Asia-Pacific region has experienced rapid growth during the past two years, and is poised for more growth in the infrastructure-as-a-service segment.
NTT Communications acquires Virtela and almost all of RagingWire
HITS Insight - October, 2013
NTT Com picks up 80% of RagingWire and all of communication services firm Virtela as it continues to expand its global cloud and datacenter footprint.
Rackspace fires up OpenStack-based public cloud in Hong Kong
MIS Impact Report - October, 2013
The official launch of Rackspace Public Cloud is in line with the company's mission to enable hybrid cloud deployments. Aimed at local and global firms, the new offering will be delivered out of its datacenter in Hong Kong.
Startup UnGeo ramps up datacenter expansion to deliver public cloud services
MIS Impact Report - October, 2013
While the learning curve remains steep as far as public cloud service is concerned, the company envisages a bright future for enterprise cloud adoption.
Racemi joins forces with IBM for free server migration, readies product updates
MIS Impact Report - October, 2013
The channel-focused go-to-market approach seems to be working in Racemi's favor. In addition to GoGrid and IBM, the company has snapped up a few key wins over the past nine months.
Verizon Cloud: A new IaaS offering that will take on the likes of AWS and Rackspace
MIS Impact Report - October, 2013
The new cloud platform is a departure from its existing Enterprise Cloud Services environment, and the company says the branding of Verizon Cloud reflects that.
With SoftBank, Beijing-based GDS Services stakes its claim on enterprise cloud
MIS Impact Report - October, 2013
The two companies are now pursuing joint marketing opportunities to accelerate enterprise cloud adoption, with the goal of connecting customers to markets around the globe.
OutSystems 'cloudifies' app development, looks to stand out through devops automation
MIS Impact Report - October, 2013
The company claims more than 340 customers deploying OutSystems Platform on-premises or in a private cloud environment, but it is pondering a bright future in public cloud delivery.
AppDirect adds private cloud marketplaces to its arsenal with Standing Cloud
TDM Post-Merger IQ - October, 2013
The company can now provide both public and private cloud marketplaces by combining its ability to provide responsive storefront design with Standing Cloud's expertise in such back-end functions as orchestration engines and software packaging.
ClusterTech tunes Joyent's SmartDataCenter for customers in Greater China
HITS Insight - October, 2013
Under the 'Fengqi.Asia' brand, ClusterTech is inching into the evolving public cloud market in the Greater China region, delivering cloud services out of five datacenters in Hong Kong and China. A new cloud node will soon be added in Chongqing.
KVH's enterprise cloud goes live in Hong Kong, zeros in on multiple vertical markets
HITS Insight - October, 2013
The company says its new cloud platform is up and running in Hong Kong, serving a handful of customers. The next step is to extend its joint cloud offering with Colt to companies operating in Singapore and Japan by early 2014.
KVH's enterprise cloud goes live in Hong Kong, zeros in on multiple vertical markets
MIS Impact Report - September, 2013
The company says its new cloud platform is up and running in Hong Kong, serving a handful of customers. The next step is to extend its joint cloud offering with Colt to companies operating in Singapore and Japan by early 2014.
ClusterTech tunes Joyent's SmartDataCenter for customers in Greater China
MIS Impact Report - September, 2013
Under the 'Fengqi.Asia' brand, ClusterTech is inching into the evolving public cloud market in the Greater China region, delivering cloud services out of five datacenters in Hong Kong and China. A new cloud node will soon be added in Chongqing.
PCCW Solutions focuses its success on three strategic pillars
HITS Insight - September, 2013
Positioned as an IT service company, the company to date primarily focuses on what it describes as three pillars: cloud computing, software, and IT and business process outsourcing.
PCCW Solutions focuses its success on three strategic pillars
MIS Impact Report - September, 2013
Positioned as an IT service company, the company to date primarily focuses on what it describes as three pillars: cloud computing, software, and IT and business process outsourcing.
CITIC Telecom CPC accelerates its regional strategy with expanded SmartCLOUD portfolio
MIS Impact Report - September, 2013
Targeting enterprises in Greater China and Asia, the company has stepped up its game with new products and enhanced capabilities.
A tale of two countries: OpenStack in China and India
HITS Insight - September, 2013
Given their sheer size, China and India are often viewed as markets with great potential for the proliferation of OpenStack. But the reality, mind you, is somewhat different from what industry players think it is.

 

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