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Peter ffoulkes
Research Director, Servers and Virtualization and Cloud Computing

Peter ffoulkes has over 20 years of diversified international experience in enterprise and high-performance computing, including positions in management, business and product strategy development, product marketing, sales and training with leading international IT companies. His most recent positions were Vice President of Marketing at Adaptive Computing, Director of Outbound Marketing at ClearSpeed Technology, Director of Marketing for High-Performance Computing at Sun Microsystems, and Director and Principal Analyst for the Worldwide Workstation Computing program at Gartner Dataquest.


Reports by this Analyst

If the road to hybrid cloud is private, how do the public get access?
TIP Insight / Servers - April, 2014
Enterprises are continuing the journey to cloud-based architectures, but concerns of data privacy and sensitivity are causing many to consider private clouds for some workloads, leaving other categories as better opportunities for public cloud providers.
Converged infrastructure: the enterprise platform of the future?
TIP Thursday / Servers - April, 2014
Although initially received with skepticism by some vendors, Cisco's move into the world of x86-based 'industry standard servers' was a harbinger of change in the transformation of IT toward the software-defined datacenter and a cloudy future.
Securing the cloud: What are the top concerns?
TIP Thursday / Cloud - March, 2014
With security being cited by 37% of respondents as the biggest pain point when implementing cloud computing architectures, it isn't surprising to find that security is a major consideration when selecting a cloud provider.
Paying for it: a guide for cloud providers by their clients
TIP Insight / Cloud - March, 2014
The true cost of cloud services is frequently obscured by cloud providers themselves. This report discusses how cloud-computing clients are assessing the services and costs offered by cloud service providers.
The road to hybrid cloud is private
TIP Thursday / Cloud - March, 2014
In the next two years, private cloud is the preferred venue for the majority of enterprise workload types, followed closely by hybrid cloud. Collaborative and cloud-native applications provide the largest opportunity for public cloud service providers.
If cloud is about service, then who will be your server tonight?
TIP Thursday / Servers - March, 2014
If cloud computing is the future of IT, then the choice of cloud platform will be a critical decision that will have significant future implications for the degrees of freedom available around technology and service provider choices.
Intel focuses on in-memory business analytics to prepare a coup de grace for RISC/Unix
TIP Thursday / Servers - February, 2014
Supported by leading x86 server vendors Cisco, Dell, HP and IBM – soon to be known as Lenovo – Intel introduced its latest high-end CPU family, the Xeon Processor E7 v2, at a San Francisco event.
Microsoft: 'We're busy going nowhere, isn't it just a crime!'
TIP Thursday / Servers - February, 2014
The first problem for Microsoft to address is to convince the market that it has a role to play in the future that is not anchored in its past market dominance.
Moving beyond hype, is cloud becoming an addiction?
TIP Thursday / Cloud - January, 2014
Conversations across the industry are almost beginning to sound like the self-help group mantra - 'I'm an IT professional and I'm working on a cloud project.'
Growth opportunity for service-level monitoring tools is steady but modest
TIP Insight / Servers - January, 2014
Successfully delivering IT as a service will require the ability monitor and measure service levels. Interest and adoption of service-level monitoring tools is growing steadily, creating a modest opportunity for a variety of vendors.
As the cloud computing market blossoms, hybrids are expected to flourish
TIP Thursday / Cloud - January, 2014
The seamless delivery of business functions is a vital requirement for a hybrid cloud. Based on TheInfoPro's data, customer-facing enterprise applications and e-business are prime use cases based on security and compliance requirements, control and cost.
Oracle earnings: Like the camera, data doesn't lie, but it can be 'datashopped'
TIP Thursday / Servers - January, 2014
Oracle wants to believe that it can return its hardware business to growth. Perhaps it is time to call upon Oracle's executive triumvirate to define what growth actually means in a measurable and accountable way.
The 'little buyout that could' becomes the 'world's largest startup'
TIP Thursday / Servers - December, 2013
CEO Michael Dell used his keynote at Dell World last week to talk enthusiastically about Dell now being 'the world's largest startup.' The company now faces the challenges that test and sometimes sink startups regardless of scale.
Cloud management and automation is still beyond the horizon for most
TIP Thursday / Cloud - December, 2013
Cloud computing architectures are like icebergs; by design, the majority of the cloud's capabilities and supporting infrastructure are below the surface, hidden from the customer's view.
Measuring server administration team efficiency: It's about time
TIP Thursday / Servers - December, 2013
Of the differing efficiency metrics cited by survey respondents, the top three were about time: time to provision (22%), time to issue resolution (21%) and uptime (17%).
Server virtualization is 'so last year' - not!
TIP Thursday / Servers - November, 2013
With all of the activity surrounding cloud computing, it would be tempting to think of server virtualization projects as somewhat passé, but in reality that is far from the case.
What's in store for cloud storage providers?
TIP Thursday / Cloud - November, 2013
It must have been an interesting year for cloud storage providers. The year appeared to start quite well, with 27% of respondents planning increased spending in 2013, rising to 32% in 2014. Halfway through the year everything changed.
VMware: 'To the private cloud and beyond!'
TIP Insight / Servers - November, 2013
As the server virtualization market commoditizes, VMware spending is flattening. To maintain growth, the company needs revenue from management and cloud markets where the company will face significant competition. The outcome is far from certain.
Balancing capex and opex on the journey to the cloud
TIP Thursday / Servers - October, 2013
There is a widely held belief that as organizations transition to cloud architectures delivering IT as a service, capital spending will decline and the balance will shift toward an opex model. There is logic to support this viewpoint.
The future for managed hosting providers is much brighter than it looks
TIP Thursday / Cloud - October, 2013
At first glance, the future for datacenter outsourcing, managed hosting and colocation vendors looks bleak, with just 12% of workloads using these services currently and only 13% planning to run on them by 2015.
Workloads drive the journey to the cloud
TIP Insight / Cloud - October, 2013
Public cloud providers are eager to encourage consumers to use their services, but there are complex issues to overcome which vary by workload type. This report discusses the obstacles and some suggested topics for providers to address.
As server budgets decline, the balance shifts toward software-defined infrastructure
TIP Thursday / Servers - October, 2013
Confirming the results from our mid-study update for the Wave 13 Servers and Virtualization Study, server budgets are showing a notable decline going into 2014.
Can Oracle even the odds in the 'Converged Infrastructure Cup'?
TIP Thursday / Servers - September, 2013
There is no doubt that Oracle is a formidable force in the industry, and the company delivered credible top-line results in Q1 of FY 2014.
Technology immaturity remains the largest IT roadblock to cloud adoption
TIP Thursday / Cloud - September, 2013
For most intents and purposes, the transformation of IT from traditional, siloed architectures to cloud-based architectures is inevitable, grinding at the obstacles in the way as relentlessly as a glacier.
The software-defined datacenter lives to provide and to serve
TIP Insight / Servers - September, 2013
In the era of cloud computing, 'Are you being served?' is a question most CIOs should be asking their users. Armies of admins are not an effective response to the growing volume of user requests, but emerging vendors are delivering graceful solutions.
451 Research survey shows boom in cloud consumption by the enterprise
MIS Impact Report - September, 2013
The takeaway from our new end-user research on cloud computing is pretty straightforward – enterprises are evaluating and using infrastructure providers in record numbers, and the trend is set to continue.
451 Research survey shows boom in cloud consumption by the enterprise
HITS Insight - September, 2013
Cloud infrastructure and services are the new normal for enterprises and the benefits are clear.
Integrated infrastructure offerings are gaining acceptance, but slowly
TIP Thursday / Servers - August, 2013
Integrated infrastructure offerings designed to speed and simplify the deployment of virtualized production datacenters based on x86 architectures gained significant attention with the introduction of Cisco's UCS systems in 2009.
Security is the biggest pain in the cloud
TIP Thursday / Cloud - August, 2013
Security concerns remain the largest pain point for cloud implementations, cited by 30% of respondents, which is 12 percentage points ahead of the next most cited concern.
In a virtualized world, server vendors are toast
TIP Thursday / Servers - August, 2013
Virtualization is not a new concept, but when combined with the ubiquitous 'industry standard' server based on Intel's x86 architecture, it has redefined the nature of the datacenter not only today, but for the foreseeable future.
Looking at clouds from both sides now – trust and verify
TIP Insight / Cloud - August, 2013
As the transition to cloud computing continues, more organizations will have to consider using external suppliers for IT services. How will those choices be made? What criteria will be used to create a shortlist, and what to select a winner?
OpenStack's road from mindshare to revenue
MIS Spotlight - August, 2013
The project has generated excitement and fits the requirements of many IT professionals. Its next challenge is to convert that mindshare into customers.
Servers and virtualization budgets: a slowly deflating balloon
TIP Thursday / Servers - August, 2013
Current indications are that the spending bubble has not yet burst; it is still working through the system, albeit a little more slowly than some anticipated.
If my head is in the clouds, why can't I see where I am going?
TIP Thursday / Cloud - July, 2013
There is no doubt that cloud computing is real, and that the cloud will be the future of computing. The outstanding questions are what will that future look like, how will we get there, how long will it take and who will provide those services?
Hypervisor heterogeneity may come sooner than we think
TIP Thursday / Servers - July, 2013
VMware’s vise-like grip on the hypervisor market shows signs of beginning to slip. When asked, about half of respondents said they would reconsider their options when license renewals come up for renegotiation.
If your head is in the clouds, it helps to understand your capacity
TIP Insight / Servers - July, 2013
Virtualization and the cloud redefine the economics of IT service delivery with multimillion-dollar savings for large enterprises. That is the first wave. Optimization will add further reductions, but which vendors are poised to lead the second wave?
For the hardware business, Oracle executives continue to believe less is more
TIP Thursday / Servers - July, 2013
Despite bullish statements from Oracle's executive team, the company disappointed the market in its June 20 fourth-quarter earnings. It would appear that TheInfoPro community has better insight into the company's prospects than its own executives do.
A change of fortune is in the wind for public cloud providers
TIP Thursday / Cloud - June, 2013
With the IaaS market projecting significant growth, both existing and aspiring cloud vendors have a huge opportunity before them and are at the same time challenged by understanding how to deliver against the promise.
Heterogeneity is coming to x86 hypervisors, but how much is still open to question
TIP Thursday / Servers - June, 2013
It is the nature of IT organizations to prefer heterogeneous relationships, begging the questions: Will VMware users remain faithful, for how long, and to what extent?
Public cloud providers fall short of customer expectations
TIP Insight / Cloud - June, 2013
Despite the hype around public cloud providers, the market is nascent, and early success does not guarantee long-term viability. Vendors will need to up their game to meet customer expectations.
Cloudy vision lowers confidence and slows service provider adoption
TIP Thursday / Cloud - June, 2013
Cloud computing is changing the IT landscape, and most organizations we survey are either actively engaged in some kind of cloud computing project or are laying the foundation to be able to do so in the foreseeable future.
For x86 servers, form follows function
TIP Thursday / Servers - June, 2013
While the x86 processor architecture is indeed the critical factor in defining the category, x86 servers are not a true commodity in the way that grain, gold or oil are a commodity.
A Cloud Oddity: 'This is cloud control to Admin Tom. Can you hear me, Admin Tom?'
TIP Thursday / Cloud - May, 2013
Public cloud services offer many advantages, especially in terms of ease of access and speed of deployment, but circumventing established corporate IT policies can leave organizations and individual employees exposed to significant risks.
The Southwest Airlines model doesn't fly in cloud-ready datacenters
TIP Thursday / Servers - May, 2013
Digital infrastructure is complex. Like other aspects of IT evolution, platform standardization is more commonly driven by people, process and cultural issues than by theoretical business philosophies and technology-based considerations.
In the cloud, who monitors the service levels?
TIP Insight / Servers - May, 2013
Cloud computing is about delivering IT as a service, regardless of who owns the infrastructure and where the service is delivered from. As organizations move toward private and public cloud deployments, service-level monitoring is becoming a hot topic.
Self-service: I get by with a little help from my friends
TIP Thursday / Cloud - May, 2013
Cloud computing is all about a service-oriented approach and enabling IT to be delivered in a utility-like model.
Obscured by clouds: BMC and Enstratius drop out of sight in the 'private' cloud
TIP Thursday / Servers - May, 2013
As far as cloud computing is concerned, the terms private and public are normally used in the context of defining ownership of the IT assets used to deliver cloud services.
Is there a human cost in moving to cloud computing?
TIP Thursday / Cloud - May, 2013
For many organizations, cloud computing is not primarily about saving money. It is about the business benefits derived from greater agility and reduced time to receiving value for their lines of business.
There are forks in the long and winding road to Dingley Dell
TIP Thursday / Servers - April, 2013
Manor Farm of Dingley Dell is the house where members of the Pickwick Society spent hours playing cards and eating fine food in front of a fire in the old dining room in Charles Dickens' first novel, "The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club."
All aboard for digital infrastructure – please adjust your mindset
TIP Insight / Cloud - April, 2013
Improved instrumentation and automation of virtualized digital infrastructure is a double-edged sword that can enable significant cost saving opportunities but will also require changes in organizational mindset to deliver meaningful results.

 

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