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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

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.
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?


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