451 Research - Biography

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

Freshly merged, Dell Technologies unveils plan to enable 'the next industrial revolution'
MIS Spotlight - September, 2016
The merger of Dell and EMC was finally completed on September 7 for $60bn, making it the largest merger in IT history. As the IT world continues to change at a breathtaking pace, can Dell achieve its goal of leading the 'next industrial revolution'?
Summer shark attacks: Cisco AMPs up email protection
MIS Impact Report - July, 2016
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the email waters, phishing and other email attacks have come back with a vengeance. An update to Cisco's email protection aims to help businesses that are being thrashed.
Orchestrating SDN and NFV music at Open Networking Summit
MIS Spotlight - July, 2016
The recent Open Networking Summit was as notable for what was heard as what was not. Networking technologies are more in tune for both telcos and enterprises, but there is more integration still to be done.
Cavium diversifies further beyond network chips as it agrees to buy QLogic for $1.4bn
TDM Deal Analysis - June, 2016
Sixteen months after its direct rival and onetime parent Emulex was swallowed up by giant chipmaker Avago, QLogic is set to also become part of a more diversified silicon vendor. There is less than 10% revenue overlap but over 50% OEM customer overlap between the combined companies.
Bitdefender pulls in enterprises with GravityZone
MIS Impact Report - June, 2016
As enterprises continue to see the benefits of virtualizing their environment, their security technologies have to adapt - a need Bitdefender looks to capitalize on.
Veriflow goes formal to tame unintended consequences in network operations
MIS Impact Report - June, 2016
Network operations and security have always been plagued by the effects of the unintended consequences of changes. An early-stage startup wants to bring formal methods to efforts to address this problem.
Divide and be conquered: bimodal IT at the OpenStack Summit
MIS Spotlight - June, 2016
The siren song of bimodal IT was heard at the OpenStack Summit, but who was it calling? It's time to think with more sophistication about technology transitions.
Shell games for SD WAN: Dispersive Technologies makes data hard to find
MIS Impact Report - March, 2016
The company has taken functionality out of military and government use and put it into a commercial play, looking to provide enhanced security alongside the performance and resilience benefits that have become the calling card of software-defined WAN.
Three important things for CISOs to consider in the year ahead
MIS Spotlight - February, 2016
It's time for information security professionals to prepare for the changing IT landscape in three key areas: to become better integrated into the business, to address the gap in skills and staffing, and to focus on the operational integration of security activities.
Which thing are you? Identity in the Internet of Things
MIS Spotlight - January, 2016
We talk about the number of IoT things and the vast volumes of data that they'll generate, but we've first got to determine that they are what they say they are, and that all that data is legitimate. That's trust at a massive scale.
The '4 Gs' meet 4G in physical and IT security convergence
MIS Spotlight - October, 2015
The recent IFSEC, Black Hat and Interop conference lash-up highlighted how the worlds of guns, guards, gates and dogs (4 Gs) and IT security are becoming more tightly intertwined. They can benefit each other, but there are bridges that need building.
Mellanox nabs EZchip: move into silicon heralds development of intelligent interconnects
TDM Deal Analysis - October, 2015
EZchip brings high-performance Ethernet network processors to Mellanox's line of interconnect and network interconnect cards, with the potential for cross-selling into both existing customer bases. But the emerging hyperscale and software-defined datacenter opportunities look the most promising, despite some big challenges ahead.
Ciena colors its world with Cyan buy
TDM Deal Analysis - May, 2015
Ciena has snagged optical supplier Cyan for $400m. While there is overlap on the hardware side, the deal hinges on synergies in SDN and NFV as well as a mutual commitment to open networking and a multivendor operator ecosystem.
New CoreOS containers Rocket to the market
MIS Impact Report - April, 2015
Containers have been synonymous with Docker, but Docker is a relatively recent implementer of the technology, and more forms are on the way. CoreOS has launched Rocket, and we're already seeing more ahead. Components and security are the watchwords.
VMware end-user computing analyst event: management and security for desktop and mobile
MIS Impact Report - April, 2015
With significant growth goals for its end-user computing (EUC) division, VMware shared its future desktop virtualization and mobility management product roadmap in its pursuit to manage and secure all devices in the enterprise.
Wheeler's Internet: what the new FCC regulation means for the cloud
MIS Spotlight - March, 2015
Under the new rules, Internet traffic across cable and wireless services is classified as a telecommunications service, and therefore falls under stricter controls around fair pricing and access to Internet-supporting networks.
EMC colors its EVO:RAIL hyperconverged offering a shade of VSPEX BLUE
MIS Impact Report - February, 2015
While a little late to the hyperconvergence party, the company has launched its VMware EVO:RAIL offering as an extension of its VSPEX converged line. An app store and bundled software and support could help EMC stand out.
Pluribus Networks wins a whopping D round and strategic investor for its SDN journey
MIS Impact Report - January, 2015
Founded in 2010 and based on work started at Sun Microsystems, Pluribus has announced funding of almost $50m led by a new investor, Singapore-based Temasek. This latest round brings total capital to over $90m and makes Pluribus the SDN venture with the largest investment to date, according to the company.
Dell, EMC, HP, NetApp, VMware join startups in putting the 'hyper' into hyperconvergence
MIS Spotlight - January, 2015
Why all the hyper-fuss? Led by the likes of Nutanix, SimpliVity and Maxta, both hardware and software giants are rolling out hyperconverged systems. What's driving them and are these systems right for you?
Microsoft's Cloud Platform System: showcasing the stack on an integrated platform
MIS Impact Report - October, 2014
Microsoft's CPS – powered by Dell – is a preconfigured, Microsoft-supported, integrated platform of hardware and software meant to showcase the full capabilities of the Microsoft stack, peppered with Azure public cloud tie-ins via the Windows Azure Pack.
A disruption in the forces: converged infrastructure's operational challenges
MIS Spotlight - August, 2014
The convergence of key components of IT service delivery offers the potential for greater efficiency in operations. Existing policies, procedures and organizational structures can limit enterprise returns and may require change to deliver the goods.
Bromium compounds endpoint protection with new vSentry release
MIS Impact Report - July, 2014
With its pending version 2.4 release, Bromium adds additional capabilities to its vSentry endpoint protection. Attacker capabilities continue to advance, while its micro-virtualization looks to further isolate malware.
JS&A sees highest number of infrastructure leaders at 4th Telecom Exchange East
HITS Insight - June, 2014
Telecom Exchange does a lot more than foster peering agreements between telcos. The yearly event has become quite the meeting of the minds in the telecom and datacenter industries.
When worlds converge: integrated infrastructure's disruptive market forces
MIS Spotlight - June, 2014
Convergence is on everyone's lips, but they're often saying different things. Mashing together some combination of compute, storage and networking holds lots of promise, and it's shifting IT strategies and disrupting vendor partnerships.
Is software-defined networking the savior of scalable storage?
MIS Spotlight - May, 2014
Storage networking constraints have limited storage scalability for a long time, with many attempts made to resolve them. Some are making a case that SDN could tackle thorny challenges and disrupt the market, including a startup or two that are banking on it.
Dyn adds Renesys to the fold for Internet performance monitoring
TDM Deal Analysis - May, 2014
It's a Dyn deal: Internet performance monitoring firm Renesys' products will be added to Dyn's portfolio as the acquirer seeks to help its customers optimize application performance across multiple clouds and datacenters.
To NFV or to NSV – is that the SDN question?
MIS Spotlight - May, 2014
As more networking capabilities go virtual, there is greater debate about how to define the needs of enterprises and carriers. A call to claim network service virtualization for the enterprise went out at spring ONUG. Does that leave network functions virtualization and ETSI's efforts behind?
The many elements of Pluribus Networks' network hypervisor
MIS Impact Report - April, 2014
Network virtualization gets a different spin with Pluribus Networks' Netvisor network operating system and family of Freedom Server-Switches. With partners like Oracle and F5, and customers like Cloudflare, will this shift approaches to SDN?
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.