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Eric Hanselman
Chief Analyst

Eric is the Chief Analyst at 451 Research. He has an extensive, hands-on understanding of a broad range of IT subject areas, having direct experience in the areas of networks, virtualization, security and semiconductors. He coordinates industry analysis across the broad portfolio of 451 research disciplines. The confluence of the forces of mobile device growth and cloud computing is creating tectonic shifts in the industry, including the move to converged infrastructure and software-defined networking. Eric helps 451 Research’s clients navigate these turbulent waters and determine their impacts and how they can best capitalize on them.

For more than 20 years, Eric has worked with segment leaders in a spectrum of technologies, most recently as CTO of Leostream Corporation, a virtualization management provider. Prior to that, Eric delivered networking security solutions for IBM and Internet Security Systems. At Wellfleet/Bay Networks, Sitara Networks and NEC, he was involved in the introduction of many new technologies ranging from high-performance image analysis to rollouts for IPv6.

Eric holds a patent in image compression systems. He is also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a VMware Certified Professional (VCP), and he is a frequent speaker at leading industry events. Eric majored in Chemistry at Reed College.


Reports by this Analyst

AWS opens its desktop as a service to the market, joins the growing DaaS fray
MIS Impact Report - April, 2014
Announced this past November, Amazon Web Services has now opened up its desktop-as-a-service offering for general availability.
Convergence comes to the Interop Conference
MIS Spotlight - April, 2014
The IT landscape is being wracked by many forces of change, and one of the strongest is that of convergence, the integration of what had been the separate disciplines of computing, storage and networking.
Opportunities and chaos ahead - 2014 previews, part 3
MIS Reviews / Previews - January, 2014
Strong forces are shifting the stars in the IT firmament, and we will sample some of the effects of these changes. Today: information management and social business. This is part 3 of 3.
Opportunities and chaos ahead - 2014 previews, part 2
MIS Reviews / Previews - January, 2014
As the New Year begins, we look at what's in store. Strong forces are shifting the stars in the IT firmament, and we will sample some of the effects of these changes. Today, cloud and datacenter, in part 2 of 3.
Opportunities and chaos ahead - 2014 previews, part 1
MIS Reviews / Previews - January, 2014
As the New Year starts its journey, the 451 Research team is looking at what's in store. Strong forces are shifting the stars in the IT firmament, and we will sample some of the effects of these changes. This is part 1 of 3.
The CloudEthernet Forum: attempting to scale layer 2 at the speed of cloud
MIS Impact Report - November, 2013
There's a new standards body in town that is is looking to bring together different constituencies to explore tools and techniques and address a range of issues in the cloud era.
Can you drive your cloud like a Prius?
MIS Spotlight - November, 2013
There's a lot missing under the hood of most cloud integrations. Enterprises can't achieve a 'best execution venue' strategy unless they put their orchestration efforts into overdrive. Infrastructure automation is key.
Ixia expands network visibility footprint with Net Optics acquisition
TDM Deal Analysis - October, 2013
Independent private vendors in the network visibility space have just become even rarer as Ixia reaches for Net Optics.
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.
Interop New York 2013 keynotes focus on an open application economy
HITS Insight - October, 2013
Interop recently descended on New York, where buyers and sellers of network and IT services discussed and debated topics like cloud computing, virtualization, security and mobility for the delivery of applications.
Hewlett-Packard nurtures OpenFlow apps, creates an app store
MIS Impact Report - October, 2013
The company has upped the ante in OpenFlow with lots of application love and new routers; will this do the trick?
Net Optics unleashes a Phantom into your virtual machines
MIS Impact Report - September, 2013
The company has strengthened its network monitoring offerings for virtualized environments with two new versions of its Phantom virtual monitoring product.
VMware virtualizes the network with NSX
MIS Impact Report - September, 2013
The network virtualization product was introduced at VMworld in San Francisco, representing the next step toward the software-defined datacenter.
IBM looks to foil phishing with Trusteer takeout
TDM Deal Analysis - August, 2013
Big Blue dives into fraud prevention and endpoint protection with the acquisition of consumer-focused Trusteer.
Amazon Web Services APIs for OpenStack – a fool's errand?
MIS Spotlight - August, 2013
The fact that OpenStack is producing such fierce debate in this area is an accolade of its achievements so far.
Intel offers photonic details, illuminating a bright future for optical interconnects
MIS Impact Report - July, 2013
The company has spent more than a decade replicating optical technology in silicon. What's the big deal, and why should you care about it?
Networking sales in the software age
MIS Spotlight - July, 2013
Cloud computing, increasing infrastructure virtualization and software-defined networks are going to cause major disruptions in the way that products are sold by traditional networking vendors.
Big iron, fast photons and SDN: the hard, bright and soft sides of Arista's strategy
MIS Impact Report - July, 2013
With a significant jump in capacity, denser and faster optical interfaces, and an enhanced SDN play, Arista is aiming to leap beyond the core networking offerings from its main rivals.
Gigamon adds virtualization support to network visibility suite following IPO
MIS Impact Report - June, 2013
The provider of network visualization and analysis tools recently released additional functionality for its Visibility Fabric architecture to include support for the Cisco Nexus 1000v virtual switch for VMware vSphere, as well as VMware vMotion.
Clouds part to reveal Cumulus Networks' Linux-based switch software
MIS Impact Report - June, 2013
Cumulus Networks has employed Linux as the system software of the network to integrate with existing operations tools within organizations.
Compass-EOS leaps ahead with industry-first optically interconnected router
MIS Impact Report - June, 2013
The company's optical-interconnect router platform represents a breakthrough accomplishment from the small startup.
NEC paves the way for multivendor SDN ecosystem
MIS Impact Report - June, 2013
The company is continuing to drive the software-defined networking market with its products, applications and interoperability efforts.
Dell pitches shared-infrastructure blades at small businesses with new VRTX servers
MIS Impact Report - June, 2013
VRTX incorporates compute, lots of storage and I/O slots, and a network switch inside. It's intended to bridge the gap between standard tower and rack servers coming from the low end and blade servers coming from the high end.
Pertino brings Dropbox simplicity to on-demand SMB networks
MIS Impact Report - May, 2013
The company's network-as-a-service offering is designed to remove complexity from multigroup extranets.
Embrane upgrades heleos platform and adds hosting customers: is it about to take off?
MIS Impact Report - May, 2013
The startup was ahead of the market when it introduced heleos to manage virtualized network services. The market is clearly catching up, as evidenced by new hosting customers and nascent standardization efforts. How will this first mover do now?
Networking at Interop: from next steps to nirvana
MIS Spotlight - April, 2013
This year's Interop Las Vegas conference is approaching, which provides an opportunity to reflect on the promises and prospects for what has been a hot area for both technology and investment.
Alcatel-Lucent's Nuage Networks aims to give large service providers an SDN infrastructure
MIS Impact Report - April, 2013
Can the small, recently created Silicon Valley software-defined networking startup leverage parent Acatel-Lucent's technology and access to become a market leader?
OpenDaylight project established by giants to co-opt and open up SDN
MIS Impact Report - April, 2013
In the latest example of large rivals coming together for common needs and collaboration, networking and software vendors have teamed up for an open source SDN technology effort called the OpenDaylight project.
Making a network connection at Cloud Connect SV 2013
MIS Spotlight - March, 2013
While clouds have been getting a lot of attention lately, the networks that connect with and between them are often overlooked. Cloud Connect 2013 digs into the practical details on what's needed.
cPacket introduces SPIFEE software for high-speed data access monitoring
MIS Impact Report - March, 2013
The small data access monitoring company has brought a network monitoring application to market that demonstrates the underlying value in its technology and architecture. Is this cPacket's big chance?
Oracle tends to telco tendencies with Tekelec takeout
TDM Deal Analysis - March, 2013
The software giant has been piecing together capabilities that do a lot more than just store data. Oracle's latest acquisition adds depth to its network management and control with a distinctly telecom focus that should raise eyebrows at Cisco.
Fortinet acquires application delivery vendor Coyote Point Systems
TDM Deal Analysis - March, 2013
Fortinet brings more networking into its security portfolio by reaching for application delivery control provider Coyote Point.
Network visibility gets a boost as NetScout integrates acquired technologies
MIS Impact Report - March, 2013
With a combination of acquired technologies, NetScout is looking to leapfrog established players like Gigamon and Ixia/Anue. The power of the new platform will be needed to hold off virtual offerings from VMware and Big Switch looming in the distance.
Oracle connects with Acme Packet in $2bn network multimedia deal
TDM Deal Analysis - February, 2013
The expanding amount of multimedia traffic on enterprise and mobile networks is driving changes in both networking equipment and the applications that generate it. Oracle is looking to Acme Packet to get it bolted on to network infrastructure.
Anuta Networks aims to speed cloud deployments by simplifying network service
MIS Impact Report - February, 2013
Fresh out of stealth, Anuta Networks has unveiled network service virtualization technology for complex, heterogeneous physical and virtual infrastructure. The company says it's enabling agile cloud deployments and laying the groundwork for SDN.
2013 M&A Outlook – Networking
TDM Others - January, 2013
As part of our end-of-year series of M&A analysis, we look at the deals that mattered in 2012 and assess the prospects for the next 12 months in the networking sector. Where will we see acquisitions, and who might be involved?
2013 preview – Enterprise networking
MIS Reviews / Previews - January, 2013
Here we highlight the major areas in enterprise networking that we expect to be driving industry innovation in 2013.
Dell World redux: an ongoing transformation story
MIS Impact Report - January, 2013
The erstwhile hardware giant hosted its second annual 'World' conference in December 2012. Amid the gadgets and gimmickry, we were afforded an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the forces underpinning Dell's transformation.
Procera picks a bunch of DPI with Vineyard buy
TDM Deal Analysis - January, 2013
Vineyard's DPI technology and list of marquee enterprise networking OEMs such as Riverbed, Sophos and Blue Coat proved too tempting for service-provider specialist Procera. We'll see if the company's enthusiasm holds on closer inspection.
Juniper nabs Contrail in an extension of its SDN strategy
TDM Deal Analysis - December, 2012
Having been as enigmatic as the vapor trails for which it was named, Contrail is set to become part of Juniper's plans for virtual network automation and control.
Emulex pulls monitoring from Down Under with Endace buy
TDM Deal Analysis - December, 2012
Networking interface vendor Emulex is taking a step into monitoring the networks they feed with the acquisition of Endace. The addition of network performance monitoring opens new markets and raises the question of how much further the company will go.
Big Switch Networks throws the big switch to light up SDN offerings
MIS Impact Report - November, 2012
With new money, a new logo and a well-stocked set of partners, the OpenFlow startup steps from the shadows into the glaring light of the SDN world. Its controller platform aims to take on the combined glow of VMware and Nicira.
Brocade vies for virtual networking velocity with Vyatta buy
TDM Deal Analysis - November, 2012
After making its own forays into SDN, networking hardware vendor Brocade dives deeper with the acquisition of virtual networking pioneer Vyatta.
Citrix, NetScaler are Cisco's ACE in the hole in mobile-cloud partnership expansion
MIS Impact Report - November, 2012
In a virtual ADC poker game, Cisco folded on its Application Control Engine load-balancing losing hand, and now doubles down with Citrix's NetScaler, but perhaps more importantly, gets insurance should its VMware partnership fold.
Raising a Ruckus, wireless startup heads toward IPO
TDM Debut IQ - October, 2012
Driven by the current brisk growth in mobile data, the company looks to leap into the public market to capitalize on that fervor. Ruckus has doubled sales so far this year, which should draw the attention of Wall Street.
Cisco in virtual tunnel takeout with vCider
TDM Deal Analysis - October, 2012
In the midst of the SDN euphoria, Cisco has acquired overlay networking startup vCider, bringing in technology geared toward allowing virtual networks to span many different cloud types, at a higher level than VXLAN.
Riverbed extends virtual presence with VMware integration
MIS Impact Report - September, 2012
Its Steelhead WAN optimizer, Stingray ADC and Cascade performance-monitoring appliances sprint toward a more virtual and software-defined networking environment with deeper VMware integration and support for VXLAN.
Networks in the mist at Cloud Connect Chicago
MIS Spotlight - September, 2012
The nuances of scaling compute and storage in a cloudy world are becoming better understood, but networking is an area where capabilities and capacity are murkier concepts. The networking track at Cloud Connect Chicago looks to provide clarity.
Silver Peak claims proof-positive of network virtualization's agility
MIS Impact Report - August, 2012
The WAN optimization vendor specializing in virtual datacenter appliances provided a VMworld preview of vCenter's 'point and click' workload optimization.
When worlds combine – the convergence of storage and data networking
MIS Spotlight - August, 2012
Independent worlds of storage and data networking are converging. Greater flexibility and scale needs are pushing organizations to combine traffic to increase efficiency and reduce operating expenses.

 

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