451 Research - Biography

Rick Kurtzbein
Research Analyst, Datacenters

Rick Kurtzbein joined 451 Research in October 2010 as a Research Analyst covering the datacenter space. Prior to joining 451 Research, Rick had over 20 years of IT experience in several fields. Rick began his career as a contract technical writer on IBM projects before transitioning to project management.

Rick managed software and infrastructure projects at Fortune 500 clients including Sabre Holdings, American Airlines, and Capital One Financial. Rick next joined Unisys as a Transition Manager for datacenter-outsourcing contracts; he later joined IBM in the same datacenter outsourcing role.

Rick holds a BA in English/Technical Writing from the University of North Texas, and the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

Reports by this Analyst

Zayo Group's zColo business expands Las Vegas facility
MIS Impact Report - November, 2015
The colocation division is adding 10,000 square feet to its Las Vegas datacenter. The expanded facility will have 28,000 square feet of operational space to meet demand from connectivity-oriented customers seeking to leverage its network assets.
Aligned Data Centers enters Dallas MTDC market with consumption-based pricing model
MIS Impact Report - November, 2015
Aligned Data Centers is tapping into the Dallas market with a Plano datacenter. The firm's strategy is to incrementally build out customer capacity in a contained environment, with a pay-for-use pricing model. It guarantees a PUE of 1.15 and 100% availability.
ViaWest snares INetU to further scale its hosting services
TDM Deal Analysis - November, 2015
Inking its second cloud hosting and security deal in the past six months, ViaWest has acquired INetU. The move bolsters the company's managed and cloud services and expands its geographic footprint to the US East Coast and Europe.
Infomart takes off in Portland, Oregon, with two-phase 16MW expansion
MIS Impact Report - November, 2015
The company will complete the buildout of its existing Hillsboro, Oregon facility and expand with a second 100,000-gross-square-foot facility. The expansions will add 16MW of critical load, of which 8MW have already been preleased to an anchor tenant.
Carter Validus nabs two Twin Cities datacenters
MIS Impact Report - November, 2015
The company has obtained two multi-tenant datacenter properties in the Twin Cities market, bolstering its holdings in its new Mission Critical REIT II fund with DataBank and tw telecom as tenants.
1547 to enter downtown Chicago market with huge MTDC development project
MIS Impact Report - October, 2015
The firm is partnering with 55th and State Redevelopment's Ghian Foreman to redevelop Chicago's historic Schulze Baking Co building into a multi-tenant, wholesale datacenter. The first phase will provide 52,000 square feet of operational space and 10MW of critical load.
Stream Data Centers leases first data hall, constructs second one in Minneapolis
MIS Impact Report - October, 2015
Stream Data Centers has leased its first 10,000-square foot data hall in Minneapolis to a Fortune 500 enterprise in the healthcare vertical. Now the company is building out its second data hall, which will become available by the first of the year.
OneNeck opens for business in Denver, expands in Madison
MIS Impact Report - October, 2015
OneNeck IT Solutions has launched its new flagship, concurrently maintainable datacenter in Denver and is building out the third phase of its Fitchburg facility in Madison, Wisconsin, increasing its footprint to 50,000 square feet.
ViaWest opens its third Portland datacenter, with DreamHost as anchor tenant
MIS Impact Report - September, 2015
ViaWest celebrated the grand opening of its third Portland datacenter, which will provide 138,000 operational square feet at full buildout. The firm has signed DreamHost as an anchor tenant and has moved ahead with accelerating the phased build out of its electrical infrastructure.
Zayo Group's zColo doubles its footprint in Minneapolis
MIS Impact Report - September, 2015
zColo has added to its extensive Twin Cities network with a carrier-neutral datacenter at the 511 11th Ave. carrier hotel to better serve CDN, cloud and other service providers in the upper Midwest.
CenturyLink continues its global expansion strategy on multiple fronts
MIS Impact Report - September, 2015
The company has built a new datacenter and completed six expansions to date; it also leveraged strategic partnerships to enter the central Washington and Australian markets. CenturyLink continues to pursue its strategy to substantiate its operational expertise with Uptime Institute's M&O Stamps.
Amid increased competition and declining bandwidth prices, 21Vianet sees flat revenue
MIS Impact Report - August, 2015
21Vianet has reported consecutive quarters of very marginal Q/Q revenue increases. The firm cites the poor growth to a slowdown in its CDN business, a decline in bandwidth prices and increased competition. Is it time to take the firm private?
Data Foundry ups its game in Houston to serve the market
MIS Impact Report - August, 2015
The company has completed the first phase of its 350,000-gross-square-foot Houston 2 facility, which includes 60,000 square feet of office space. At full buildout, the facility will provide 175,000 square feet of raised floor and up to 60MW of critical load.
Compass Datacenters adds pre-identified datacenter sites in Texas, Georgia and Ohio
MIS Impact Report - August, 2015
The company has differentiated itself with its Simple Site Selection program. It recently added three new sites to its inventory of pre-identified sites in the suburban markets of Atlanta, Dallas and Columbus.
Bad debt continues to taint DuPont Fabros' results in Q2
MIS Impact Report - July, 2015
The Net Data Centers bankruptcy continues to distract from DuPont's strong quarterly performance. Leasing and commencement results generated strong Q2 revenue results and two new development projects have kicked off in Ashburn and Chicago.
Executives on the move: ByteGrid, QTS, Involta and 1547
MIS Spotlight - July, 2015
We continue to see multi-tenant datacenter providers adding experienced executives to support shifts in business strategies, acquisitions and new services.
DuPont Fabros extends Chicago footprint
MIS Impact Report - July, 2015
The company has opened the first phase of its second datacenter in the Chicago suburb of Elk Grove Village. The facility's first phase consists of 7.1MW of critical load, five data halls and approximately 45,000 square feet of raised floor.
ServerCentral gets that backups aren't 'just backups'
MIS Impact Report - July, 2015
Chicago-based ServerCentral has laid a good foundation of datacenters and connectivity. Now it offers a backup and disaster-recovery-as-a-service product set that should mesh well with most companies' business-continuity requirements.
ViaWest takes a bite out of the security onion
MIS Impact Report - July, 2015
The company has created a product portfolio that addresses many aspects a customer's security concerns. Key partnerships and a recent acquisition have positioned it to be a leader in this area.
Forsythe Data Centers opens new Chicago 'retail plus' datacenter
MIS Impact Report - July, 2015
Forsythe Technology has opened its 221,000-gross-square-foot datacenter in a Chicago suburb. The datacenter will be built out in phases, with the first phase to include eight 1,000-square-foot private data suites, a 2,500-square-foot technology evaluation center and office space.
C7 Data Centers scales up yet again in Salt Lake City
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
The provider expands again at its Granite Point campus. The expansion will add another 35,000 square feet of operational space to the Granite II facility and increase the Granite Point campus' power to over 11MWs of critical load. The additional capacity will become operational in early Q4 2015.
Online Tech and Carter Validus partner on sale/leaseback deal in Indianapolis
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
Carter Validus REIT II negotiated a sale/leaseback deal with Online Tech in Indianapolis. The REIT acquires its first datacenter and Online Tech frees up capex to bolster its private and hybrid cloud in the market.
TDS goes to market with TransitionManager for cloud and datacenter migrations
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
To help companies better organize their cloud and datacenter migrations, TDS has developed a specialized software package. The company says that with TransitionManager, migration project managers can kiss those Excel spreadsheets goodbye.
ByteGrid supports Cleveland demand with additional capacity, services
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
The company continues its national multi-tenant datacenter expansion strategy with the commissioning of 45,000 square feet of datacenter and office space at its Cleveland Technology Center facility. This will support local and national demand in the underserved emerging market.
ViaWest reaches for IT consulting firm AppliedTrust
TDM Deal Analysis - June, 2015
ViaWest has bolstered its services portfolio by acquiring AppliedTrust. With its suite of vertically targeted consulting services, the target should significantly enhance ViaWest's capabilities, positioning it as the go-to consulting colocation/cloud provider.
Switch's SUPERNAP campus remains peerless in Las Vegas for connectivity and scale
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
Thanks in part to vision, Enron's bankruptcy and ideal weather, Switch continues to grow its highly connected Las Vegas datacenter campus. Its latest phase, SUPERNAP 9 is now open.
Involta reaches for Data Recovery Services to maintain its growth
TDM Deal Analysis - June, 2015
Multi-tenant datacenter and MSP Involta has acquired Data Recovery Services. The company is calling this a growth play, adding people, services and markets. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it almost doubles Involta's headcount.
DataBank positioned to serve Minneapolis' enterprises
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
The company's new datacenter in Eagan, Minnesota, is now open for business. The facility will be built out in a four-phase modular deployment, with the first 10,000-operational-square-foot datacenter 'pod' now available.
21Vianet Q1 results: revenue flat as growth slows
MIS Impact Report - May, 2015
The company reported revenue up just 0.7% Q/Q due to a slowdown in its CDN business, a decline in bandwidth prices and increased competition. It also deployed only 502 cabinets in the quarter, yet expects growth to accelerate through 2H 2015.
DuPont Fabros reports Q1: Net DC and Yahoo still problematic, but some bright spots
MIS Impact Report - May, 2015
The company reported revenue of $107m for Q1, down Q/Q but up 5% Y/Y due to a large tenant's bankruptcy in Q1, but also to new lease commencements. New space in Silicon Valley has just opened and is already 100% leased. The Phase II expansion at ACC7 in Virginia is underway.
Green House expands footprint, services portfolio with new facility and FiberCloud pickup
MIS Impact Report - May, 2015
The company continues to expand, launching its newest datacenter in Orangeburg, New York, and purchasing FiberCloud, which brings facilities in the Seattle area as well as cloud and managed service capabilities.
MTDC customer wins: New York Internet, Venyu, MTN Business, Ukrtelecom
MIS Spotlight - May, 2015
Demand for multi-tenant datacenter services continues, with customers from multiple industries looking to leverage MTDC facilities in a variety of geographic locations. This week's wins were primarily driven by the connectivity, reliability, scalability and security provided by MTDCs.
Sabey Data Centers expands its West Coast presence
MIS Impact Report - April, 2015
The company is building a second datacenter at its campus in Quincy, Washington, that will provide some 135,280 square feet, with 10.5MW of critical load at full buildout. It has already signed up an anchor tenant. The first turnkey suite is expected to become available in Q4.
Internap Q1: more churn, lower revenue guidance, same EBITDA guidance
MIS Spotlight - April, 2015
The company's Q1 revenue was affected by churn of a relatively small number of fairly large customers and reported Q1 revenue of $80.8m, down 4.1% sequentially and down 1.4% Y/Y. The firm lowered full-year revenue guidance while reiterating its full-year EBITDA guidance.
CyrusOne makes a move up the East Coast with acquisition of Cervalis
TDM Deal Analysis - April, 2015
CyrusOne has picked up Cervalis to enter the greater New York /New Jersey market. With the deal, the company adds four multi-tenant datacenters to its footprint and extends its National IX platform to the NY/NJ region.
Oil & gas downturn of little concern as CyrusOne expands across South Texas
MIS Impact Report - April, 2015
CyrusOne has further bolstered its South Texas footprint with the purchase of a powered shell in Austin's MetCenter Business Park. The first phase will complete this year, providing 60,000 square feet of operational space and 6MW of critical load.
Continuum targets high-density, network-hungry customer base
MIS Impact Report - April, 2015
In its first six months at its new datacenter, Continuum has completed the migration of its customer base from its previous facility and created the new United IX peering platform. The platform now serves the Chicago market to allow participants to interconnect and exchange traffic.
Sentinel's Transmission+ offers low-cost alternative for non-mission-critical workloads
MIS Impact Report - April, 2015
The company is offering a new datacenter product that leverages dual-sourced transmission-quality utility power to deliver higher availability than typically found with grid-only options. Customers can use this option for less sensitive infrastructure at significantly lower cost.
MTDC customer win roundup: Telx, Data Foundry, CoreSite
MIS Spotlight - March, 2015
We continue to see customer wins for a variety of providers across North American and emerging markets, with demand driven by firms seeking to leverage the advantages of the multi-tenant datacenter model.
Cologix's growth strategy carries over into 2015 - in Minneapolis
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
The company expands at the 511 11th Avenue carrier hotel in Minneapolis to address demand for enterprise-quality datacenter space for customers seeking carrier density in the Midwest.