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Carl Brooks
Analyst, Infrastructure Services

Carl Brooks covers cloud computing and the next generation of IT infrastructure for 451 Research. Previously, he spent several years researching and reporting on the emerging cloud market for TechTarget. Carl has also spent more than 10 years supporting small and medium-sized businesses as an IT consultant, network and systems integrator, and IT outsourcer.

He specialized in server and desktop operations, Linux and Microsoft products, and security, and has thorough knowledge of hardware platforms and networking technologies, as well as significant experience working with the channel market.

Carl holds BA degrees in English and History from the University of Massachusetts-Boston, and has cheerfully let a small variety of basically useless IT certifications lapse.


Reports by this Analyst

Windstream Hosted Solutions looks to continue growth
HITS Insight - April, 2014
The company has laid out a strategy for continuing to grow its mixed colocation, managed infrastructure and cloud services business, which remain areas of high revenue growth.
VMware's Cloud Hybrid Service exhibits rapid expansion and ambitious roadmap
HITS Insight - April, 2014
VMware is mounting an offensive to be a significant infrastructure player by the end of the year and take its place in the ranks of vendor clouds; some of that activity will come at the expense of partners.
Gigas touts regional opportunities in Spain and LATAM
HITS Insight - March, 2014
The Spanish managed IaaS provider says it has home-field advantage in LATAM because of its native-language (Spanish) support and an emphasis on the Latin 'face to face' sales culture.
Redmond courts hosters at the Microsoft Hosting Summit 2014
HITS Insight - March, 2014
The Microsoft Hosting Summit showcased the company's desire to balance its need to leverage the service-provider community with the need to push its own service business further.
Scalr touts hybrid cloud management for devops; reins in 'shadow IT'
MIS Impact Report - March, 2014
As hybrid cloud strategies become reality for more large enterprises and service providers, vendors such as Scalr seek to enable and support provisioning, management and control of multi-cloud infrastructure for developers and IT operations teams.
Carpathia and VMware to launch hybrid hosted IaaS that's FedRAMP-compliant
HITS Insight - March, 2014
Sometimes it's easier to let the experts take over and not reinvent the compliance wheel: midsized managed infrastructure and IaaS provider Carpathia will join with VMware to host Palo Alto's VMware Government Cloud Service.
Flexiant named key partner for Parallels Automation suite
HITS Insight - March, 2014
The virtualization and automation giant has productized Flexiant, and will be offering it as a deployment option to its customer base on a global basis.
Brinkster Communications competes with proprietary IaaS stack, managed services
HITS Insight - February, 2014
The longtime hosting provider is looking to cash in on the fast-moving wave of external infrastructure adoption by enterprises, and says that it can capitalize on the core infrastructure it's developed as a Web host to give it an advantage on operations.
Linode rolling out metered billing to complete IaaS picture
HITS Insight - February, 2014
Evolving from a more traditional virtual private server hosting business into a true IaaS offering, Linode is completing that transition with the introduction of a usage-based billing model.
EarthLink Q4 and full-year results: still underwater
HITS Insight - February, 2014
Despite a continuing decline in revenue, EarthLink seems to have a coherent strategy in place to turn the business around, and is executing on it with significant product development releases.
EarthLink launches managed server and network services
HITS Insight - February, 2014
The company continues to try to leverage its base and reach into customers' datacenters with higher-level services. It has launched two new service lines – server management and monitoring, and network management and monitoring.
Rackspace: Q4 and FY 2013 results, CEO Lanham Napier steps down
HITS Insight - February, 2014
The business grew, profits fell and longtime CEO Lanham Napier has ceded the role of CEO to cofounder Graham Weston during a successor search.
Web.com Q4 2013 results reflect steady revenue growth
HITS Insight - February, 2014
Web and application hosting provider Web.com reported its Q3 results, with continued growth in revenue and average revenue per user.
Not just a 'safe bet': Microsoft's new CEO points to doubling down on cloud and mobile
MIS Spotlight - February, 2014
The speculation over who would take the reins at Microsoft is over, with the naming of internal candidate Satya Nadella, who headed up positive growth and development in enterprise and cloud. This choice points to much more cloud and mobile focus.
The Chicken Little approach to net neutrality should be put aside
HITS Insight - February, 2014
Net neutrality is a hot-button issue, and for good reason, but advocacy for open access should concentrate on the reality of today's interconnected market.
Egenera says new growth comes from service providers, updates platform
MIS Impact Report - January, 2014
A year into its acquisition of Fort Technologies, Egenera has completed several integrations. The company says its fortunes are now being driven by service providers rather than enterprises.
RightScale brings new cloud approaches to the enterprise
HITS Insight - January, 2014
The company is diversifying its product lines with vSphere integration and planning tools, while also increasing its on-premises presence.
IBM's global push to transform its business on the back of SoftLayer
HITS Insight - January, 2014
Big Blue has announced a $1.2bn initiative to, essentially, bring the SoftLayer operating model to IBM datacenters around the world. Financial results and the Lenovo deal bring perspective.
TDS consolidates managed infrastructure and IT services under OneNeck
HITS Insight - January, 2014
The company has bucked the trend of gradually absorbing acquired service providers' businesses into its own brand, and undertaken a substantial reorganization that firmly separates the TDS Telecom business from its IT business.
Verizon partners with Oracle for true on-demand software and infrastructure
HITS Insight - January, 2014
The two have launched a partnership that introduces a new way to buy Oracle software, in conjunction with Verizon Cloud. No strings or long-term licenses attached: Oracle by the hour.
New EarthLink CEO comes in at inflection point
HITS Insight - January, 2014
The veteran ISP and IT infrastructure firm has marked the end of a three-year transformation of the business by bringing in a new CEO with deep ties to the IT infrastructure services world.
EarthLink launches FlexCloud for enterprises that want a mix of IaaS capabilities
HITS Insight - December, 2013
Doubling down on its existing partnership with independent cloud provider Virtustream, EarthLink offers its latest infrastructure service – IaaS combined with datacenter services.
Intel's Cherry Creek hints at a 'new normal' for MTDC
HITS Insight - December, 2013
Technically, the project is exciting because of the scale of output and the hardware used, but commercially, it's a sign of what's to come for IT infrastructure in general, and the datacenter industry in particular.
Microsoft launches Cloud OS Network
HITS Insight - December, 2013
The company has launched a specific combination of server products along with Windows Azure and selected provider partners to address demand for hybrid cloud.
HP shows off HP Cloud at Discover
HITS Insight - December, 2013
HP is all in on hybrid cloud with 'enterprise-grade OpenStack' and a unified, updated HP Cloud portfolio.
Microsoft to open local Windows Azure IaaS environment in São Paulo
HITS Insight - December, 2013
Next year, Microsoft plans to open a Windows Azure region in Brazil complete with a local storage option.
Amazon Web Services - innovation on operations at scale
HITS Insight - December, 2013
Since its official launch seven years ago, Amazon Web Services has grown into a remarkable entity from an IT infrastructure perspective.
Google Compute Engine enters general availability
HITS Insight - December, 2013
The search engine giant has clarified its strategy around GCE and launched several new features that bring the platform closer to mainstream IaaS maturity.
Microsoft Azure – a long game for IaaS normalcy
HITS Insight - December, 2013
The company cites take-up and traction as robust, and planned major upgrades for Azure show that Microsoft hopes to repeat its datacenter-saturation story with Azure.
OnApp v3.1 adds bare metal, leads the market in deployments
MIS Impact Report - December, 2013
With several major enhancements this year, the proprietary IaaS software-platform vendor continues to grow its customer footprint at a rapid clip.
Will Amazon WorkSpaces be the catalyst that takes desktops as a service mainstream?
MIS Impact Report - November, 2013
Amazon WorkSpaces is billed as a cloud-based alternative to on-premises VDI, delivering persistent desktops, applications and data to multiple types of devices from the AWS cloud.
AWS takes another victory lap at re:Invent 2013
HITS Insight - November, 2013
The company's second annual trade show and user conference highlights leadership, iconoclasm and outreach simultaneously.
Rackspace Q3 2013: revenue growth up, profits down
HITS Insight - November, 2013
The company is aware that its margins story is not rosy. Officials say the focus for 2013 has been on growing OpenStack-based IaaS and associated online services, and creating hybrid blends of dedicated and virtual infrastructure environments.
EarthLink Q3 forecast revised upward as losses continue
HITS Insight - November, 2013
The company is still grappling with its transition to an IT infrastructure business as the ISP business slides. EarthLink's CenterBeam acquisition gets it a mobile development platform as well as another piece of the services market.
Windows Azure outages show surprises still in the works for providers
HITS Insight - November, 2013
Microsoft's flagship cloud service garnered unpleasant headlines last week. Damage was constrained, but one outage deserves some attention for what it says about the general state of IaaS at hyperscale.
Internap acquires iWeb as part of broader infrastructure strategy
HITS Insight - October, 2013
Internap makes a strategic acquisition with Canadian infrastructure provider iWeb as it continues datacenter expansion and 'cloudy colocation' DCIM capabilities.
ViaWest launches new channel platform and a fifth Denver datacenter
HITS Insight - October, 2013
The expanding MTDC and IT infrastructure provider has opened a partner and channel program to spur uptake and opens another datacenter in Colorado.
Nasuni updates with multi-cloud migration and new hardware
HITS Insight - October, 2013
The storage gateway firm, which sells appliances that can be used for local storage and shared across IaaS providers' storage services, rounds out its fourth year with a new set of features and hardware offerings.
OpenStack Havana: management, metering and other improvements
HITS Insight - October, 2013
Now almost four years old, the project has rolled out its eighth major release, code named Havana, on schedule six months after Grizzly. This release of OpenStack fixes bugs, adds instrumentation and orchestration.
Verizon Cloud: A new IaaS offering that will take on the likes of AWS and Rackspace
MIS Impact Report - October, 2013
The new cloud platform is a departure from its existing Enterprise Cloud Services environment, and the company says the branding of Verizon Cloud reflects that.
2nd Watch: a next wave IT services firm
HITS Insight - October, 2013
This IT services startup caters almost exclusively to cloud customers – enterprises actively seeking to or already operating significant IT environments within IaaS or other types of cloud computing services.
SoftLayer after the buy: the infrastructure platform is key
HITS Insight - October, 2013
IBM's acquisition of SoftLayer has proven dynamic for both firms.
Verizon Cloud launches as new IaaS service
HITS Insight - October, 2013
Built as an answer to hyperscale public IaaS providers, Verizon Cloud will be the telecom's flagship cloud offering.
Nirvanix and the challenge of pricing the commodity cloud
MIS Spotlight - October, 2013
The demise of Nirvanix has awoken cloud providers to the competitiveness of the market; as cloud services are commodified and margins get squeezed, how can providers stay profitable in such a cutthroat industry?
Zerigo updates platform with VDI and partner strategy
HITS Insight - October, 2013
Established VoIP firm 8x8 has a VMware offering, including VDI, based on custom intellectual property and it thinks datacenters and enterprise service providers will be interested.
HCTS 2013: The Digital Infrastructure Playbook
HITS Insight - September, 2013
A busy event and new data from 451 Research highlights the rapidly coalescing digital infrastructure market and the growing opportunity around providers, technology and data.
Nirvanix's exit: the impact on the cloud market
MIS Spotlight - September, 2013
Our previous report looked at the reasons behind Nirvanix's recent and sudden demise; here we look at the broader implications for the emerging cloud model.
Azure partners with AT&T for direct links
HITS Insight - September, 2013
Beginning in 2014, Microsoft Windows Azure will be using AT&T's network services to allow for direct connections between enterprise networks and Azure datacenter locations.
Nirvanix's exit: the impact on the cloud market
HITS Insight - September, 2013
Nirvanix's hasty exit, with or without leaving customers flat, has chilling implications for the provider market even as a potential rescue mission may be underway.
RightScale launches network management capabilities
HITS Insight - September, 2013
A new service launches with a promise of true cross-provider network automation.

 

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