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

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.
ByteGrid buys Sidus BioData, scales compliant managed hosting and cloud services
TDM Deal Analysis - March, 2015
ByteGrid Holdings continues to move up the services stack with the acquisition of Sidus BioData. The target should significantly enhance ByteGrid's capabilities by providing a suite of vertically targeted compliant managed hosting and cloud services.
Lightower buys ColocationZone, gains a datacenter to complement its Chicago network
TDM Deal Analysis - March, 2015
With the acquisition of ColocationZone, Lightower gains a downtown Chicago colocation facility and control of the 725 S. Wells meet-me room. Although Lightower owns 18 colocation facilities on the East Coast, the new Chicago datacenter is its first in the Midwest.
21Vianet Q4 results: revenue up, but expenses up more
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
The company once again reported strong Q4 revenue growth, driven mainly from its CDN and colocation revenue. 21Vianet finished the year with a record 21,522 cabinets under company management, and we expect it will further benefit from its Microsoft and IBM cloud offerings.
Involta's healthcare expertise spurs growth in Boise
HITS Insight - February, 2015
The company has added a second datacenter in Boise with St. Luke's Health System as one of its anchor tenants. The firm has invested $10.5m to build the greenfield, 31,400-gross-square-feet purpose-built facility, which is now open.
Internap reports Q4: churn a downer, but adjusted EBITDA up
HITS Insight - February, 2015
The company reported full-year revenue of $335m, including $43.2m of revenue attributable to the iWeb acquisition. Revenue was down sequentially, partly due to customer churn due following Internap's exit from 111 8th Ave in New York, but adjusted EBITDA was up sequentially.
CyrusOne expansions and leasing success drive solid revenue growth in Q4
HITS Insight - February, 2015
The company turned in solid results for Q4 and continued its success with enterprise customers by adding three Fortune 1000 companies in the quarter out of a total of 15 for the year, increasing its Fortune 1000 customer base to 144.
ViaWest scales up with third Portland datacenter
HITS Insight - February, 2015
ViaWest is building its third datacenter in the Portland market in Hillsboro, Oregon, a stand-alone greenfield development. It will provide over 200,000 gross square feet and 138,000 square feet of net sellable space when fully built out.
Digital Realty closes out 2014 with leasing success and construction in 10 markets
HITS Insight - February, 2015
The company's Q4 results showed total revenue up 8.2% Y/Y. Digital Realty continues to have leasing success, signing leases in Q4 representing $45.9m in annualized revenue. It has datacenter construction under way in 10 markets.
Stream sells datacenter to financial services firm but will stick around to manage it
HITS Insight - February, 2015
An undisclosed Fortune 1000 financial services firm now calls Stream Data Centers' Richardson II datacenter home. Stream sold the facility but will provide facilities management services that include staffing and on-site engineering.
Netrality Properties seizes 1301 Fannin opportunity to enter Houston market
HITS Insight - February, 2015
The company will enter the Houston market with the acquisition of the 1301 Fannin carrier hotel. Netrality Properties will expand the building's datacenter capacity in response to Houston demand.
DuPont Fabros reports Q4 leasing success, new president and CEO, but some bad debt
HITS Insight - February, 2015
The company reported an increase in revenue due to new lease commencements. The firm also named Christopher P. Eldredge as president and CEO, to succeed Hossein Fateh. But one customer has stopped paying base rent, leading to lower 2015 guidance.