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Dave Simpson
Senior Analyst, Storage

Dave Simpson joined 451 Research's Storage practice as Senior Analyst in June 2011. He leads the company's research activities around data protection, in particular those driven by emerging technologies and business models, such as virtualization and cloud. Accordingly, Dave serves as the lead analyst for technologies including backup and recovery, data deduplication, disaster recovery, replication and high-availability. Prior to joining 451 Research, Dave was the Editor-in-Chief of, a website focused 100% on the data storage market and targeting IT end users, storage channel professionals, vendors and investors. Dave launched InfoStor in 1997. Prior to launching InfoStor, Dave held senior editor positions at a number of publications, including Datamation, Client/Server Today, Digital News & Review, Systems Integration and Mini-Micro Systems. He has been covering the IT industry for more than 25 years, focusing on the storage sector for the last 15 years.

Dave is based in Los Angeles, California, and reports to Research Director for Storage, Simon Robinson.

Reports by this Analyst

HP targets EMC with low-end backup/de-duplication appliances
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
HP recently launched backup appliances aimed at the low end of EMC's Data Domain lineup. The StoreOnce appliances support HP's new Recovery Manager Central software for 'flat backups' of HP's 3PAR StoreServ arrays.
Google puts the heat on Amazon Glacier with Google Cloud Storage Nearline
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
The company is matching Amazon's penny-per-GB-per-month pricing for Glacier, but touts retrieval times of seconds rather than hours. In the hyperscale cloud backup/archiving arena, the 'race to zero' has begun.
Startup CloudVelox enables migration to, and DR from, AWS
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
Cisco was a primary investor in CloudVelox's recent $15m series C round, which brought its total financing to $33m. The company's other backers include Mayfield, Pelion and Third Point. It shipped its first products in late 2013 and now has about 50 customers.
After SteelStore acquisition, NetApp broadens its data-protection strategy
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
Array-based snapshots and replication remain the cornerstones of NetApp's data-protection strategy, but the SteelStore cloud storage appliances it acquired from Riverbed strengthen NetApp's cloud-based backup/recovery position.
Connected Data enters business market with private-cloud file sync and share
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
Led by ex-BlueArc and Drobo executives, the startup has secured $30m in VC funding and is targeting Box and Dropbox with a private-cloud alternative for enterprises and SMBs.
Netmail combines email archiving, security and storage management
MIS Impact Report - February, 2015
The email management specialist is showing signs of growth, despite having to compete with heavyweights such as HP, Symantec, EMC, Cisco, Barracuda and a bevy of smaller email specialists. Its all-in-one integration is a key differentiator versus both direct and tangential rivals.
Catalogic launches cataloging software for NetApp/VMware environments
MIS Impact Report - February, 2015
Formerly the data-protection assets of Syncsort (which were acquired by a pair of private equity firms), the 'startup' hopes to capitalize on the copy data management trend pioneered by Actifio. Catalogic recently launched the 2.0 version of its ECX software.
Free from CA, Arcserve enters the backup appliance market
MIS Impact Report - February, 2015
On the heels of CommVault's entry into the backup/recovery appliance market, Arcserve, which was spun off from CA Technologies in 2014, becomes the last (almost) pure-play software vendor to embrace hardware appliances.
Actifio targets the midmarket with its 'business resiliency cloud'
MIS Impact Report - February, 2015
The startup has raised $207.5m in VC funding, and may take in another $100m before going public. The IPO could happen late this year. Actifio hopes that its new service will enable midmarket expansion.
CommVault enters backup appliance market via NetApp partnership
MIS Impact Report - January, 2015
The combined forces of the two companies could disrupt the playing field in the backup/de-duplication appliance market, and the duo has its sights set squarely on EMC and Symantec.
Quantum adds cloud options to StorNext multitier storage strategy
MIS Impact Report - January, 2015
The company sees the cloud as just another storage tier in its workflow-centric (no changes necessary) approach to near-term and long-term data protection and content sharing. It recently added three options under its overall cloud umbrella.
EMC data-protection update: two acquisitions and a portfolio refresh
MIS Impact Report - January, 2015
Recent announcements ran the gamut from two cloud backup-related acquisitions to updates across EMC's data-protection portfolio, all of which highlight trends in the backup/recovery space.
Infrascale rounds out Eversync buy with VMware data protection
MIS Impact Report - December, 2014
Earlier this year, Infrascale closed a $16.3m series B round and bought Eversync for its backup appliances and support for enterprise-class applications. The company also recently – and belatedly – introduced support for VMware.
Datto diversifies into SaaS data protection via Backupify buy
TDM Deal Analysis - December, 2014
On the heels of EMC reaching for Spanning Cloud Apps, Datto – who? – has picked up Spanning competitor Backupify for protection of data stored on SaaS platforms such as Google Apps and Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Armed with series C funding, CTERA girds for expansion in cloud services
MIS Impact Report - December, 2014
The company closed a $25m series C funding round earlier this year, bringing its total financing to $45m. New investor Bessemer Venture joined the round, with existing backers Benchmark Capital, Venrock and Cisco also participating.
Can Nakivo repeat Veeam's success in VMware data protection?
MIS Impact Report - December, 2014
In short, no, because the startup was late to the party, but it is off to a good start in becoming a contender in the battle for VMware data protection. However, Nakivo's weaknesses include its lack of support for physical servers and Microsoft's Hyper-V.
Unitrends integrates PHD Virtual and Yuruware acquisitions
MIS Impact Report - November, 2014
Unitrends' sale to Insight Venture Partners in late 2013 gave the company the funds it needed to ink some acquisitions of its own and expand its portfolio to more fully embrace virtualization and the cloud. We examine those moves.
Growing at 35% per year, Vembu branches out from its backup/recovery roots
MIS Impact Report - November, 2014
The 10-year-old company has done well in the service-provider space (mostly MSPs and CSPs), and is actively recruiting VARs. Its channel lineup now exceeds 4,400 resellers, representing 60,000 business customers.
Startup OneCloud launches with disaster recovery for VMware on Amazon AWS
MIS Impact Report - November, 2014
Backed by series A funding from Charles River and Bessemer Venture, OneCloud is providing disaster recovery for VMware environments by using Amazon Web Services as the recovery infrastructure, thus enabling a 'one cloud' integration of primary datacenters and Amazon's cloud.
How BYOD is reshaping the endpoint data-protection landscape
MIS Spotlight - November, 2014
A handful of small vendors have attracted large amounts of VC as they focus almost exclusively on backup/recovery of laptops, desktops and (in some cases) mobile devices. Keep your eyes on Druva and Code 42, and among large vendors, CommVault.
Catalogic hops on the 'copy data management' bandwagon
MIS Impact Report - November, 2014
The 'startup' hopes to help IT managers get a grip on copy data proliferation, but at least for now it's only addressing NetApp-VMware environments. At the helm: Ed Walsh, formerly CEO at Storwize (acquired by IBM), Avamar (bought by EMC) and Virtual Iron (picked up by Oracle).
Bitcasa to cloud-based application developers: 'mi casa es su casa'
MIS Impact Report - October, 2014
Formerly known primarily for its unlimited capacity service for consumers, Bitcasa is making a transition from cloud-based backup and file-sharing services for consumers to being a cloud storage provider for next-generation application developers.
Druva brings funding to $67m, adds server-based data protection
MIS Impact Report - October, 2014
The endpoint backup/recovery and file sync/share specialist is using a recent cash infusion of $25m to branch out beyond its desktop/laptop roots into cloud-based server backup and recovery. Druva recently scored an additional $25m in VC funding.
Symantec boosts NetBackup appliances, but discontinues Backup Exec appliances
MIS Impact Report - October, 2014
Backup appliances are one of the bright spots in the company's data-protection portfolio, so why is Symantec discontinuing its low-end hardware?
Symantec splits to grow security and data management businesses
MIS Impact Report - October, 2014
We detail the drivers, mechanics and impact of Symantec's split into two independent public companies in order to take on the security and data management markets.
Seagate rolls Xyratex, EVault into new cloud division
MIS Impact Report - October, 2014
Seagate is continuing its quest to branch out and become much more than a disk drive manufacturer, and is pinning its hopes on burgeoning cloud capacity and object storage.
Axcient capitalizes on virtual appliances for recovery as a service
MIS Impact Report - September, 2014
Introduced in March, virtual appliances already account for almost 50% of Axcient's new deployments, and the second generation boosts backup performance by 50%. By relying largely on software rather than hardware appliances, Axcient may have found a key differentiator.
Barracuda upgrades storage portfolio, acquires C2C for email archiving
MIS Impact Report - September, 2014
The acquisition of UK-based C2C gives Barracuda a high-end alternative to its Message Archiver email management platform and, along with other additions to its storage family, enables Barracuda to swim upstream into larger accounts.
Datto doubles revenue and cloud-based capacity under management
MIS Impact Report - September, 2014
The company pulled in its first round of funding in 2013, and while it's too early to determine market-share leaders, the company is emerging as an upper-echelon player in cloud-based backup and disaster recovery for SMBs.
ExaGrid tightens partnership with Veeam for accelerated backup/recovery
MIS Impact Report - September, 2014
With Hitachi Data Systems' recent takeout of Sepaton, ExaGrid is one of only two 'independent' vendors left standing in the backup/de-duplication target appliance battle, which is still dominated by EMC's Data Domain.
CommVault focuses on VM backup, snapshot management, endpoint protection
MIS Impact Report - August, 2014
The company is modularizing its Simpana suite and altering pricing structures while still relying on its unified platform as a key differentiator versus new and old rivals.
HDS scoops up longtime partner Sepaton, extending its data-protection portfolio
TDM Deal Analysis - August, 2014
The deal comes as no surprise, and it could contribute slightly to Hitachi Data Systems' more far-reaching battles against EMC, HP and IBM. However, the company's long-term data-protection strategy is still a work in progress.
Veeam continues to disrupt the data-protection market as it surpasses 111,000 customers
MIS Impact Report - August, 2014
The company's latest backup/replication software integrates with NetApp's snapshots and EMC's Data Domain Boost, but competition with CommVault, Unitrends, EMC Avamar and VMware VDP is heating up.
Quantum buys Symform assets to bolster its cloud strategy
TDM Deal Analysis - August, 2014
Quantum will roll Symform's cloud backup and file sync/share technology into its Q-Cloud Protect service, and could also use the technology in its StorNext file system and Lattus object storage platforms. As part of the deal, Symform's product development team will be joining Quantum.
Code 42 counts on combination of endpoint backup/recovery and file sync/share
MIS Impact Report - August, 2014
Since the 13-year-old company introduced its SharePlan file sync/share service late last year to complement its flagship CrashPlan offering, its roster of business customers has surged from 19,000 to 30,000, and it expects to almost double bookings this year.
Startup SageCloud changes its name to Storiant, eyes 'big data' analytics
MIS Impact Report - August, 2014
The company claims that its long-term storage platform for 'cold data' is less expensive than other object storage vendors' platforms, including Amazon's S3. Storiant founder and CEO was a cofounder of Carbonite.
Plenty of action in the fray over cloud storage gateways
MIS Spotlight - July, 2014
About the same time that EMC acquired TwinStrata, and CTERA nabbed an additional $25m in funding, virtually all players in the market – including Microsoft – made news. Was it a coincidence, or is this market finally cleared for takeoff?
Quantum guns for EMC Data Domain with new backup target appliances
MIS Impact Report - July, 2014
EMC continues to dominate the disk-based backup appliance market, but Quantum is in a second tier of contenders that are trying to put a dent in EMC's dominance. Will its new StorNext 5 file system provide some advantages for Quantum?
EMC rethinks data protection with ProtectPoint
MIS Impact Report - July, 2014
The upcoming ProtectPoint software eliminates some of the drawbacks to traditional backup configurations, such as the media server, but it's – for now at least – limited to EMC's VMAX and Data Domain hardware, and to Oracle databases.
Storage: Research agenda 2014
MIS Spotlight - July, 2014
Enterprise storage – so long an afterthought of the IT department – is changing. An unpalatable combination of relentless data growth, capital expense, complexity, fragmentation and in some cases massive operational overhead, is prompting many enterprises to rethink their entire storage infrastructure strategy, especially in an era of unprecedented budgetary scrutiny. Here is an overview of our research agenda for our Storage channel in 2014.


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