451 Research - Biography

Carl Brooks
Analyst, Service Providers

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

Increased focus on managed services bearing fruit for Rackspace
MIS Impact Report - November, 2015
After years of positioning itself as the alternative to AWS, Rackspace's pivot to emphasize managed services combined with IaaS, neatly removing itself from that head-to-head battle, has continued to pay off throughout 2015.
ViaWest snares INetU to further scale its hosting services
TDM Deal Analysis - November, 2015
Inking its second cloud hosting and security deal in the past six months, ViaWest has acquired INetU. The move bolsters the company's managed and cloud services and expands its geographic footprint to the US East Coast and Europe.
NTT pushes disaster recovery as a service in Europe
MIS Impact Report - November, 2015
The global telecom and IT services provider is riding the trend of using cloud techniques for advanced infrastructure services, and has expanded its DRaaS operations to Europe.
Breaking up is (not) hard to do: a new twist in cloud consolidation
MIS Spotlight - November, 2015
Virtustream has received a major boost to its business, and Windstream has strategically relocated Hosted Solutions. Shedding your cloud is the new way to make better use of your cloud.
With a raft of new services, the party goes on at AWS
MIS Impact Report - November, 2015
Amazon's cloud business continues to crush it, and customers continue to press for improvements. This fast growth is possible because AWS pioneered commercial cloud computing, starting with IaaS and building from there.
Provider responsibility: Is there a potential Clinton in your customer base?
MIS Spotlight - October, 2015
A political controversy and some customer choices put an unfair media spotlight on two providers, Platte River Networks and Datto.
VMware doubles down on hybrid cloud, platform updates, partners
MIS Impact Report - October, 2015
Despite a high-profile change in ownership, the vendor continues pushing forward, revealing a raft of major updates at its recent flagship events. VMware should also continue to look at partners as the key to further growth.
When disaster recovery goes too well: unique snags in virtualized DRaaS
MIS Spotlight - October, 2015
Easy, fast disaster recovery as a service is changing the game for big IT shops, but providers are learning lessons, too.
Rackspace extends managed services to former rival Amazon Web Services
MIS Impact Report - October, 2015
The company continues its evolution into a managed cloud provider by adding managed services for AWS customers. This was an anticipated move after its recent addition of the Microsoft Azure portfolio.
Cirrity well positioned in the growing channel-based cloud market
MIS Impact Report - September, 2015
Atlanta-based cloud wholesaler Cirrity is part of a small, but growing, cadre of pure-channel cloud suppliers that do not sell directly to end customers, but rely on intercessors to go the 'last mile' to the enterprise user.
Managed infrastructure market 2015 preview: cloud is normalized, services are the key
MIS Impact Report - September, 2015
This report takes a global view of the managed infrastructure market, analyzing the state of the market by technology and region and highlighting vendors working in the space.
Datapipe picks up DualSpark for AWS experience, migration capabilities
MIS Impact Report - September, 2015
The acquisition of cloud consulting firm DualSpark shows the currency of Amazon Web Services expertise even for major partners like Datapipe. More hosting providers and MSPs are finding it desirable to explicitly support AWS and other cloud services as well as their own operations.
CentriLogic continues growth on the back of expanding services and cloud
MIS Impact Report - August, 2015
Following the 2014 acquisition of Adveniat, which allowed CentriLogic into new overseas territory in the US Virgin Islands, the company has continued to grow its fleet of managed infrastructure services and customers.
Cloudnexa touts freemium managed services for AWS
MIS Impact Report - August, 2015
Marrying the consumer cloud consumption model to enterprise IT has proven hard thus far. Cloudnexa, making a play for freemium software-based managed IT services, may have enough traction to make a dent.
Smart-X ControlUp: community-based tech support for your grumpy admin
MIS Impact Report - August, 2015
Israeli software firm Smart-X wants to 'digitize knowledge' with lightweight remote monitoring and management for virtual desktop infrastructure and community collaboration. It is effectively a social media data-mining pool for systems administrators.
How a shift to an all-AWS strategy is helping Smart421's turnaround
MIS Impact Report - July, 2015
Smart421 has standardized on Amazon Web Services as part of a novel turnaround strategy for KCOM Group. The flip side is that this may be perceived as limiting customers' options, but there is a lot of growth yet for AWS and also for companies that can use it smartly.
Oracle's cloud game plan: Run full-court press in the cloud service provider arena
MIS Impact Report - July, 2015
The vendor has undertaken an extensive campaign to push into the top ranks of cloud computing providers, building on its base of existing Oracle Cloud services to offer a comprehensive array of software tools and platforms delivered as on-demand services.
Rackspace's managed cloud extends support for Azure and Office 365
MIS Impact Report - July, 2015
The company has announced that it will support Microsoft Windows Azure under its own Managed Cloud brand, and as a core portfolio item. This represents an interesting, but not unexpected, development of Rackspace's deliberate brand transition.
VMware's vCloud Air gains momentum with disaster recovery as a service
MIS Impact Report - July, 2015
The company says that it is continuing to land new deals for cloud-based disaster-recovery services (which are a frank improvement on traditional DR, and significantly less expensive), and that it continues to improve and develop the service as more customers come onboard.
C&W Business looks to span Caribbean, South American markets with cloud
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
The provider is making an interesting play for managed infrastructure services amid an ongoing merger between Cable & Wireless Communications and Columbus Communications, and is adding datacenters in Colombia and Trinidad and Tobago in response to solid demand.
SingleHop's Datagram buy shows the shape of datacenter consolidation
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
MTDC consolidation is taking a decided turn toward the cloud and managed services route. With this strategic expansion, SingleHop is betting it can reinvigorate relatively low-value datacenter real estate with cloud computing.
PEER 1 places hybrid cloud front and center with On Demand IaaS product
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
Long in development, managed hosting and cloud infrastructure provider PEER 1's On Demand product consolidates the company's infrastructure products and emphasizes hybrid cloud capabilities above all.
OpenStack land grab continues apace as Big Blue buys Blue Box
TDM Deal Analysis - June, 2015
With its private OpenStack cloud-as-a-service model, Blue Box is right in IBM's private/hybrid cloud wheelhouse. Big Blue now has managed local, dedicated hosted and public OpenStack options. Meanwhile, another OpenStack-focused player has been removed from the market.
Cloud storage provider Nasuni aiming to generate growth via the channel
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
The company says it will continue to post strong growth this year, and may seek a fourth funding round. Originally offering a software storage appliance with a back-end connection to public cloud storage, Nasuni now does business as a cloud provider.
How the cloud is changing compliance
MIS Spotlight - May, 2015
What was once the cardinal difference between hands-on and hands-off services is being rapidly eroded. In order to tackle a highly dynamic topic, 451 Research has published a new report, Automating the Manual: Compliance as a Service.
Virtustream goes out with a bang for $1.2bn, ushering in the next stage of cloud M&A
TDM Deal Analysis - May, 2015
Virtustream's talk of a potential IPO has paid off as EMC has bought the cloud software and services firm. EMC has now made its IaaS buy, as have fellow tech vendors. However, this deal is all about the business outcome, not just the cloud.
Azure Stack: Microsoft is offering Azure to anyone that wants to run it themselves
MIS Impact Report - May, 2015
Microsoft has released a tide of cloud-related product news recently, but the announcement with the largest potential to impact the market was Azure Stack. Microsoft will be enabling Windows Server customers and infrastructure providers to create their own Azure environments.
Behold: the (not so) awesome power of VENOM
MIS Spotlight - May, 2015
A a new security vulnerability in the Xen, KVM and QEMU hypervisors led to a tortured 'backronym' and an instant media circus, but underneath it all is a valuable reminder that infrastructure is important to get right, all the time.
Rackspace Q1 2015: under targets, but growth continues
MIS Impact Report - May, 2015
The company saw a slower quarter than it expected, but says federation with new products will help and new enterprise deals on hosted private cloud are on the way.
HP courts service providers, cloud channel with Cloudline
MIS Impact Report - April, 2015
In a clear sign of the changing times, HP's newest cloud campaign is aimed at getting its hardware and software into the data halls of cloud services providers, not just enterprises. The Cloudline brand is HP's stab at meeting the demand for cost-effective operations for '*aaS' providers.
CloudLinux's Kuberdock brings PaaS to Docker for service providers
MIS Impact Report - April, 2015
Designed to allow service providers to deliver containerized applications via Docker instead of virtual machines, the Ukrainian company's PaaS offering provides process efficiencies and cost savings when deploying applications using OS-level containerization technology.
Cloud 2.0: Why cloud is now mainstream and what that means
MIS Spotlight - April, 2015
New data from 451 Research's Voice of the Enterprise: Cloud Computing study makes a strong case for cloud market maturity, and this means the game is changing: 'Cloud 2.0' is here.
VMware's vCloud Air now generally available Down Under
MIS Impact Report - April, 2015
The company's hybrid cloud strategy requires globally deployed datacenters. VMware's expansion to an Australian datacenter not only enables customers to seamlessly extend private environments into the public cloud with the same management tools, it provides the ability to have customer data stored under Australian compliance and data protection regulations.
Newly renamed Faction will continue to drive IaaS growth exclusively via the channel
MIS Impact Report - April, 2015
The white-label IaaS provider - formerly known as Peak and, before that, PeakColo - cites competition disambiguation (there are a lot of 'Peak' companies out there) as the major reason for the name change, as well as an opportunity to freshen up marketing materials. There's enough new activity in the cloud channel that differentiation is becoming a need.
Connectria's broad spectrum of managed services spans from mainframe to AWS
MIS Impact Report - April, 2015
The company continues to generate growth by bridging diverse types of infrastructure and services. Connectria can be best thought of as part of an emerging category of managed hosting and cloud providers that are both highly automated and offer high-touch customer services.
Microsoft's next-generation performance environment: Catapult
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
The company has successfully deployed a hardware-accelerated compute fabric based on FPGAs that has disruptive potential. Catapult is a new way to push systems performance forward. In the long term, this will have a profound impact on how enterprises create and consume IT.
Why SolidFire remains interesting, and the challenges it faces
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
Solid-state-storage startup SolidFire has great technology, good buzz and customer love, but it faces an uphill climb to make a dent in enterprise storage, even with new enterprise business coming in.
Bluelock works to productize the cloud experience
MIS Impact Report - March, 2015
The midsized cloud and managed infrastructure provider, and vCloud Air partner, is working to use its experience to help automate and productize services that customers like.
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.
SingleHop broadens its cloud game with the pickup of Server Intellect
TDM Deal Analysis - March, 2015
Managed infrastructure and cloud vendor SingleHop has joined the trend of strategic acquisitions in the hosting space by buying Server Intellect, a fellow managed service and infrastructure provider that specializes in Microsoft and Hyper-V.