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

Cyberverse expands to Dallas market, leveraging Aligned Data Centers
MIS Impact Report - October, 2016
The cloud and retail colocation provider decided to shop around the wholesale datacenter market. Cyberverse was so interested in Aligned Data Centers' pricing model and the lower power costs of Dallas, the company decided to expand there.
TRG Datacenters poised to cash in on Houston's escalating wholesale demand
MIS Impact Report - October, 2016
The Houston market remains an underserved multi-tenant datacenter market, despite large builds by CyrusOne. TRG Datacenters' greenfield build of a Houston-area datacenter addresses the demand for more purpose-built, dedicated wholesale supply in the market.
Robust wholesale demand drives strong MTDC supply growth in Chicago
MIS Spotlight - September, 2016
This new report provides the annual update for Chicago, a top North American market that has seen significant growth momentum of wholesale supply in the western suburbs, as well as new speculative supply downtown.
T5's recapitalization in Portland and Dallas supports ongoing expansions
MIS Impact Report - September, 2016
T5 Data Centers and Iconiq Capital have executed an equity recapitalization of T5's datacenters in Portland, Oregon, and Dallas, which would free up capital for T5 to continue growth in both markets.
Constrained downtown Chicago MTDC market: Why so little new supply for so long?
MIS Spotlight - September, 2016
Digital Realty's 350 E. Cermak carrier hotel has been nearly 100% leased for years, mainly by financial service firms that prize its low-latency connectivity to major financial and futures exchanges. Why haven't there been other options downtown?
CentralColo pursues expansion strategy with new CEO and financial backing
MIS Impact Report - August, 2016
Things have been busy for CentralColo, which appointed former ByteGrid founder and chief executive Ken Parent as its new CEO, and landed additional funding from Dubai-based Safanad Limited.
Buoyed by DataBank buy, Digital Bridge launches datacenter platform
TDM Deal Analysis - July, 2016
Digital Bridge's pickup of DataBank from Avista Capital Partners is its initial datacenter investment and will serve as the foundation and springboard for growth fueled by expansion and strategic acquisitions. The target's offerings include colocation, managed services, and cloud and network services.
CyrusOne woos providers with open halls, fast buildouts and networking partnerships
MIS Impact Report - July, 2016
The North American MTDC provider just completed what it says is its fastest datacenter rollout to date, and is increasingly turning its marketing pitch toward the next generation of MTDC consumers: cloud service providers.
Demand for larger blocks of wholesale space spurs MTDC growth in the South Texas region
MIS Spotlight - June, 2016
This new report provides an update from past research for the emerging multi-tenant datacenter market in the Houston and Austin/San Antonio markets, which continues to see significant growth momentum of new supply entering the markets targeted at larger Fortune 500 and 1000 enterprise customers and IT service providers.
AllinFNT: the challenges of a small fish in the Shanghai datacenter sea
MIS Impact Report - June, 2016
Shanghai-based AllinFNT is a small player in China's growing datacenter industry, but it has seen success with a focus on the financial vertical. Will it be able to grow to compete with the larger players in Shanghai?
Compass Datacenters ups it game to better compete in top NA markets
MIS Impact Report - May, 2016
Compass Datacenters has introduced the second generation of its dedicated wholesale datacenter, which offers greater power scalability and positions the firm to better compete in top North American markets.
CyrusOne, DuPont Fabros and Digital Fortress show that MTDC funding is still flowing
MIS Spotlight - May, 2016
We've seen MTDC providers raise plenty of funds in the past few years - but often to refinance debt. These three funding rounds, however, are earmarked for datacenter expansions and growing managed services.
QTS set to enter supply-constrained downtown Chicago MTDC market
MIS Impact Report - March, 2016
The REIT has positioned itself to disrupt the MTDC supply dynamics in downtown Chicago. It will begin to lease wholesale datacenter space this summer in the currently underserved market.
Infomart Data Centers' leasing success drives expansion activity
MIS Impact Report - March, 2016
The company has completed expansions in Dallas, and has expansions under way in Oregon and Virginia. Infomart's datacenter footprint now spans the US, providing wholesale and colocation services.
451 Research publishes Minneapolis/St. Paul: Multi-Tenant Datacenter Market report
MIS Spotlight - February, 2016
This new report provides an update from past research for the emerging multi-tenant datacenter market in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, which has seen significant growth momentum of new supply entering the market targeted at IT service providers and enterprise customers.
DuPont Fabros plans to exit New Jersey, enter three new markets
MIS Impact Report - January, 2016
The company's strategic plan includes exiting the New Jersey datacenter market and entering the Toronto, Phoenix and Portland datacenter markets, to ensure capacity to accelerate revenue growth.
H5 Data Centers scoops up NextFort to enter seventh geographic market
TDM Deal Analysis - January, 2016
The company is entering the Phoenix market with its acquisition of NextFort. H5 Data Centers now has its eighth datacenter in its seventh geographic market across the US.
CyrusOne builds out capacity to meet strong leasing demand across the US
MIS Impact Report - January, 2016
The company has opened its Austin III datacenter, located in the Met Center business park. The new facility further strengthens its position as the market-share leader in the Austin/San Antonio market.
TierPoint alters geographic footprint with acquisition of Chicago-based AlteredScale
TDM Deal Analysis - December, 2015
Marking its tenth acquisition, TierPoint has purchased AlteredScale. The deal will support TierPoint's ongoing efforts to expand into geographically diverse US locations. The company's existing customer base will begin leveraging the new facility immediately.
451 Research publishes Portland: Multi-Tenant Datacenter Market report
MIS Spotlight - December, 2015
This new report provides an update from past research for the emerging multi-tenant datacenter market in Portland, Oregon, which has just recently seen significant growth of new supply entering the market targeted at IT service providers and enterprise customers.
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.