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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 InfoStor.com, 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

Zerto's VMware hypervisor replication leads to 200% revenue growth
MIS Impact Report - April, 2014
The startup still competes with all of the big array-based replication vendors, including EMC, IBM, Hitachi Data Systems, NetApp, HP and Dell, but VMware's Site Recovery Manager is rival number one.
Zetta's software-only approach bucks the trend toward hybrid cloud backup appliances
MIS Impact Report - April, 2014
Virtually all of its rivals bundle on-premises backup hardware with their subscription-based cloud backup/recovery services, but Zetta claims performance advantages without the hardware.
EMC moves toward cloud-based data protection as a service
MIS Impact Report - April, 2014
Shortly after reorganizing and renaming its backup and recovery division, EMC added enhancements to virtually all of its data protection products. The moves are in-line with the company's three-step vision of the evolution of data protection.
CTERA triples customer count, ships 30,000 cloud storage gateways
MIS Impact Report - March, 2014
The company, which counts Microsoft as a competitor, continues to expand beyond its core cloud storage gateway base into file synchronization and sharing as well as endpoint backup.
Actifio reels in $100m, bringing its total funding to $207.5m
MIS Impact Report - March, 2014
'Copy data management' is resonating with IT organizations, and the company has attracted 'copycats' in the vendor community. An IPO is well in the works, and Actifio is also gearing up for a major product announcement.
HotLink fires up BC/DR for VMware by using Amazon EC2, S3
MIS Impact Report - March, 2014
The startup uses a 'transformation engine' to bridge multi-hypervisor environments, including VMware and AWS. Its VC backers include Foundation Capital and Leapfrog Ventures, and HotLink says it recently eclipsed the 1,000-customer mark.
TwinStrata upgrades cloud-integrated storage as it strives for differentiation
MIS Impact Report - February, 2014
One of the original players in the cloud storage space hopes to stand out in part by leveraging backup, archival and disaster-recovery use cases. TwinStrata recently upgraded its CloudArray platform to expand its file-based services.
Vembu adds 'virtual file system' and de-duplication to cloud-based backup/recovery
MIS Impact Report - February, 2014
The online backup vendor is also branching out beyond data protection into file sync and share, NOC managed services, and CRM applications for its MSP partners.
High-flying Veeam closes in on 100,000 customers, but there's no IPO on the horizon
MIS Impact Report - February, 2014
Veeam may qualify as the fastest-growing data-protection vendor ever, but VMware (and parent EMC) could provide newfound competition for the company.
'Startup' Catalogic Software rises out of Syncsort's data-protection assets
MIS Impact Report - February, 2014
An investor group bought Syncsort's data-protection assets in late 2013; out of that transaction, Catalogic has emerged, hoping to branch out beyond its backup/recovery roots into a broader data management architecture.
Quorum closes series C round, hopes to rise in DRaaS visibility ranks
MIS Impact Report - February, 2014
Focused squarely on disaster recovery as a service, the company hopes to gain the name recognition that some of its rivals enjoy, including vendors such as Axcient, Datto, Unitrends, Barracuda and EVault.
Spanning Cloud Apps adds salesforce.com to its SaaS backup lineup
MIS Impact Report - January, 2014
The company started out providing backup and recovery for Google Apps, but like its competitors, Spanning Cloud Apps is branching out to support more SaaS platforms.
2014 M&A Outlook – Storage and systems
TDM Others - January, 2014
As part of our end-of-year series of M&A analysis, we look at the deals that mattered in 2013 and assess the prospects for the next 12 months in the storage and systems sector. Where will we see acquisitions, and who might be involved?
After successful IPO, Barracuda takes a bite out of the cloud-based backup market
MIS Impact Report - January, 2014
The security and storage vendor was the only data-protection player that went public in 2013, and by any measure it was a success. In its first quarterly report since the IPO, total revenue increased 15%.
Better late than never: Symantec releases NetBackup 7.6 to tackle 'VM sprawl'
MIS Impact Report - January, 2014
It's more than a year late, but Symantec hopes its NetBackup 7.6 release will enable it to defend its market-leading position in enterprise data protection software, despite stiff competition.
Can the VM-specific backup vendors maintain their momentum?
MIS Spotlight - January, 2014
Veeam's growth has been meteoric, but VMware itself may be the dark horse in data protection for virtual environments.
With EMC in its sights, HP revamps StoreOnce de-duplication lineup
MIS Impact Report - January, 2014
HP touts a common architecture across its data de-duplication appliances and software, as well as a common architecture for data protection (backup/recovery) and retention (archiving).
Axcient adds WAN optimization to cloud-based backup and recovery
MIS Impact Report - December, 2013
The seven-year-old company has pulled in more than $53m in venture capital, and is emerging as one of the frontrunners in the hybrid cloud backup market.
Unitrends acquires PHD Virtual to round out data-protection portfolio
TDM Deal Analysis - December, 2013
Insight Venture Partners owns PHD Virtual Technologies and is a majority investor in Unitrends, as well as a minority stakeholder in Unitrends/PHD competitor Veeam Software.
Cloud-storage provider Bitcasa scores series B funding and new CEO
MIS Impact Report - December, 2013
Once known for its unlimited capacity in the cloud, the company recently raised prices tenfold, after ex-Zynga exec Brian Taptich took over as CEO for departing cofounder/CEO Tony Gauda.
451 Live – IT professionals discuss modernizing the storage infrastructure
MIS Spotlight - December, 2013
The inaugural 451 Research Enterprise 451 Storage Executive Summit recently took place in New York. Here we offer an overview of key themes and topics of conversation, including software-defined storage, flash and 'big data.'
Seagate's EVault targets long-term archiving, and Amazon's Glacier, with LTS2
MIS Impact Report - December, 2013
Due in 2014: An implementation of the 'preservation optimized' service based on parent Seagate's potentially disruptive Kinetic Open Storage disk-drive technology.
InMage adds appliances to backup and disaster-recovery portfolio
MIS Impact Report - December, 2013
The data protection specialist expects hardware appliances to triple its deal size and enable it to attract smaller enterprises and SMBs.
EMEA and managed service providers fuel growth for APTARE
MIS Impact Report - November, 2013
European revenue is growing at 20% per year for the storage reporting and analytics vendor, and channel revenue has surged at a 60% CAGR over the last four years.
EMC's Mozy adds file sync, continues its push into the enterprise
MIS Impact Report - November, 2013
The online backup vendor has the advantage of backing from the EMC mothership as it tries to distance itself from its consumer-focused roots and a slew of rivals.
SOS Online Backup rebrands as Infrascale, targets PaaS market
MIS Impact Report - November, 2013
The company started out as a cloud-based backup/recovery vendor, added file sync and share, and then rebranded in 2012 as a platform-as-a-service vendor. Series B funding is in the works.
Code 42 adds file sync/share to cloud-based backup and recovery
MIS Impact Report - November, 2013
SharePlan joins CrashPlan as the company broadens its horizons while remaining focused on endpoint data protection and file synchronization, sharing and collaboration.
Bright spots for Quantum: big data, archiving and object storage
MIS Impact Report - November, 2013
The company is tackling the big data market with new versions of its StorNext management appliances and a partnership with CommVault for its Lattus object storage platform.
Can VMware become a major player in backup and recovery?
MIS Impact Report - November, 2013
The latest version of the company's vSphere Data Protection software, which is based on EMC Avamar technology, goes well beyond its VDR predecessor and stiffens competition with its data-protection partners.
Spectra Logic's object store provides an alternative to Amazon's Glacier
MIS Impact Report - October, 2013
The company has been battling disk-based storage for years, but recently took the battle to new ground: object-based archive storage, where low cost and long-term retention rule.
Sepaton counts on hybrid de-duplication to combat EMC Data Domain
MIS Impact Report - October, 2013
The company is taking the gloves off and going bare-fisted against the market leader, billing its new VirtuoSO de-duplication platform as an 'EMC Data Domain killer.'
Syncsort sells its data-protection business to investor group
TDM Deal Analysis - October, 2013
The deal follows on the heels of Syncsort's acquisition of Circle Computer Group. Syncsort is now focused on data integration, while the new company – to be renamed soon – is focused on data protection and snapshot cataloging.
Datto raises $25m in series A round as it targets international expansion
MIS Impact Report - October, 2013
The hybrid cloud backup specialist is ramping up its business as it undergoes a period of accelerated growth. The purchase in July of Paradeon may be the first in a series of acquisitions for Datto.
Cloud storage controllers: Panzura's funding hits $58m as it girds for growth
MIS Impact Report - October, 2013
The company's most recent round was $25m, led by Meritech Capital, with participation from SanDisk Ventures. Is the cloud storage controller/gateway market poised for takeoff?
Under new leadership, Acronis sets out plan for growth
MIS Impact Report - October, 2013
Former president and company cofounder Serguei Beloussov has replaced Alex Pinchev as CEO as the company branches out from its roots in backup and recovery into file sync and share.
TheInfoPro IT study reveals surprising trends in enterprise data protection
MIS Spotlight - September, 2013
Virtualization is shaking up the backup/recovery market, from vendor-share shifts to technology innovation.
Backupify banks on backup for Google Apps, salesforce.com
HITS Insight - September, 2013
The startup has raised $19.5m in funding, and Symantec is among its investors. With more than 6,000 business customers, Backupify is proving that there's a market for SaaS backup.
Backupify banks on backup for Google Apps, salesforce.com
MIS Impact Report - September, 2013
The startup has raised $19.5m in funding, and Symantec is among its investors. With more than 6,000 business customers, Backupify is proving that there's a market for SaaS backup.
Nakivo gains a toehold in the VM backup market, where low cost is king
MIS Impact Report - September, 2013
The startup is a Johnny-come-lately to the VMware backup/recovery market, and faces specialists such as VMware, Veeam, Dell, Acronis and PHD Virtual, as well as all the mainstream data protection players.
PHD Virtual completes integration of VirtualSharp, upgrades data-protection software
MIS Impact Report - September, 2013
The integration of backup/recovery and disaster recovery assurance puts the vendor in more direct competition with VMware and Veeam.
SageCloud closes series B funding, preps 'cold data' storage platform
MIS Impact Report - September, 2013
The startup has raised $13.2m and hopes to commercially ship its cold-data storage software in January 2014. It's sort of like Amazon Glacier, but for private clouds.
With $107.5m in VC backing, Actifio is set for rapid expansion
MIS Impact Report - September, 2013
The 'copy data storage' startup is girded for battle with the biggest names in data protection and data management, and recently upgraded its software platform to attract service providers.
VaultLogix grows its cloud backup/recovery business via acquisitions
MIS Impact Report - August, 2013
In part through a series of small acquisitions, the online backup specialist has amassed more than 9,000 customers – far more than most of its competitors in the cloud-based data-protection market.
CommVault adds file synchronization to endpoint data-protection software
MIS Impact Report - August, 2013
It's not full-featured file sync/share/collaboration a la Dropbox, Box and many others, but integrated backup/recovery and file sync gives CommVault another differentiator versus longtime rivals Symantec, EMC and IBM.
Asigra introduces pay-as-you-recover licensing for data protection
MIS Impact Report - August, 2013
The cloud data-protection company introduces a new pricing model for data recovery, which focuses on pay-per-recovery rather than pay-to-protect.
Quorum gains momentum, and capital, by banking on disaster recovery as a service
MIS Impact Report - August, 2013
The company's marketing challenge is to distinguish cloud-based DRaaS from backup as a service in order to differentiate in a nascent but crowded market.
Datacastle focuses on endpoint data protection, partners with Microsoft, IBM
MIS Impact Report - August, 2013
The company has raised $16m in VC, and has some notable channel resellers and OEMs, including Seagate's EVault subsidiary, Microsoft, IBM, SunGard, Recall, Redstor and SYNNEX.
SwiftStack goes GA with open source software for private cloud object storage
MIS Impact Report - July, 2013
The startup recently raised $6.1m in series A funding (bringing its total backing to $7.6m), and is betting on OpenStack Swift to propel adoption of object-based private clouds.
ExaGrid carves out a position in the midrange de-duplication market
MIS Impact Report - July, 2013
The heavily capitalized company is growing steadily, but faces competition from giants such as EMC Data Domain, Symantec, HP, Dell and Quantum.
Carbonite shows first fruits of Zmanda acquisition: Microsoft/Oracle database backup
TDM Post-Merger IQ - July, 2013
The online backup giant bought the data-protection specialist last year for $15m, giving it a way into the SMB backup/recovery and hybrid cloud backup markets.

 

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