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451 Research analyzes the technologies, services and companies that disrupt and evolve information technology. Utilizing a proven research methodology and a team of 100+ analysts, we create actionable data and insight to help you implement, invent and invest in digital infrastructure - from edge to core. Our online Research Dashboard is organized into fourteen ‘research channels’ that align to the prevailing issues driving IT innovation.

Cloud and IT Service Markets

Covering the competitive landscape of cloud technologies, products and services, along with the economic delivery models that drive adoption and innovation.

The Cloud and IT Service Markets Channel provides a market-level focus, including cloud services and the new-generation IT services market that leverages cloud infrastructure for delivery. Recognizing that financial engineering – just as much as technology, process and social engineering – is critical, this channel offers subscribers a unique economic analysis of the impact of pricing and cost consideration on service consumption and delivery. It also examines the way in which IT services firms are leveraging cloud delivery to create services that help buyers innovate around social, mobile and analytics technology. The Cloud and IT Service Markets Channel is designed to provide analysis of technologies, products, services, pricing and economic models, as well as an understanding of enterprise users that operate service delivery and consumption models using the cloud. This analysis is targeted at enterprise buyers, service providers, vendors and investors. The geographic focus of this research is global. Specific regional analysis will be available in separate regionally focused channels. Special reports covering the Asia-Pacific market will also be included in the coverage. This channel provides a point of intellectual convergence for our organization around cloud in the same way that the industry is converging on cloud from all points. To that end, this channel will cover market entrants bringing new technologies, innovative approaches and disruptive economics to cloud regardless of whether they are IT hardware or software vendors, telcos, systems integrators, service providers or outsourcers. Cloud management platforms are the current key focus.

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Contributing Analysts

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Datacenter Technologies

Covering products and technologies used to build and manage advanced, resilient and efficient datacenters.

The Datacenter Technologies Channel focuses on products and technologies that are or will be used by companies building and managing advanced, resilient and efficient datacenters. Technologies covered include mechanical and electrical (M&E) equipment; connectivity; IT hardware and software for the management of datacenters (such as DCIM); prefabricated and modular datacenters; and emerging technologies that help to optimize datacenter service management, such as energy optimization, power management and load balancing. This channel also covers innovations in IT (low-power servers, blades, racks) that affect datacenter design or economics. The Datacenter Technologies Channel takes a 360-degree view of disruptive technologies by analyzing the activities of vendors bringing products to market, competitive positioning and market disruptions, as well as funding, finances and growth strategies. The research team is particularly interested in how third-party (independent commercial) datacenters deploy new technologies for competitive advantage.

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Contributing Analysts

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Andy Lawrence Rhonda Ascierto Andrew Donoghue Daniel Bizo Chuck Whitney

Data Platforms and Analytics

Covering the technologies required for enterprises to store, process, integrate and analyze data to gain competitive advantage.

The Data Platforms and Analytics Channel focuses on the technologies required for enterprises to store, process, integrate and analyze the data that is pertinent to gaining competitive advantage – whether it is generated internally or externally. It provides a clear perspective on the trends driving innovation and disruption in the data management sector, covering relational and nonrelational databases (including NoSQL and NewSQL), as well as data warehousing, Hadoop, data caching, stream processing, log management, machine learning, business intelligence (BI), data integration, data quality, data governance and analytics. The Data Platforms and Analytics Channel also tracks the data management implications of broader trends, such as cloud computing, the Internet of Things (IoT) and open data.

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Contributing Analysts

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Development, DevOps and IT Ops

Covering the technologies employed for software development and software lifecycle management to drive business growth.

The Development, DevOps and IT Ops Channel covers all of the technologies and concerns for companies involved in software development and managing the use of software throughout its lifecycle. As cloud practices and technologies spread, the devops movement has been merging the best from cloud and agile software development approaches to help companies increase their software release throughput. This channel closely tracks the vendors, organizations and practices that are evolving and emerging in this space, with research that is targeted at helping both vendors and end users understand how they can grow their business (or otherwise meet their goals if profit isn't a driver, such as for nonprofits and government agencies) with developers.

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Contributing Analysts

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Enterprise Mobility

Covering the emerging tools and service-enabling strategies that drive enterprise mobility.

The Enterprise Mobility Channel covers emerging tools and service-enabling strategies that drive enterprise mobile deployments, providing IT with visibility and enabling business-unit productivity with mobile technologies. For enterprise mobility architects, as well as vendors and investors, this channel delivers market insight through both qualitative and quantitative research deliverables. With one of the largest integrated market research teams dedicated to mobile technology use in the enterprise, the Enterprise Mobility Channel covers the entire mobile value chain – spanning infrastructure, hardware, software and services. Our team of analysts provides timely insight on topics including enterprise mobility management, mobile devices (including wearables), mobile app development tools and strategies, back-end mobile infrastructure and mobile operator strategies for the enterprise.

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Contributing Analysts

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European Services

Covering services and service providers that specifically target the European market, with particular emphasis on the UK, France, Germany and Benelux.

The European Services channel gives service providers operating in Europe insight into buyer behavior and drivers of demand. It examines the Western European market, with a particular emphasis on the UK, France, Germany and Benelux, including economic background, cultural influences, and regulatory and compliance issues. Areas of focus include European multi-tenant datacenter and colocation services; European Web, application and managed hosting services; cloud services; Internet exchanges; and content delivery networks. Research topics include new and disruptive service offerings, pricing, bundling propositions, regional offerings and service adoption rates. These topics are complemented by analysis of the competitive landscape and potential strategic partnerships, as well as profiles of key service providers in a number of countries. In addition, this channel examines the market opportunities for service providers in the SMB and midmarket space, as well as the evolving enterprise space, for complex service deals.

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Contributing Analysts

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Information Security

Covering innovative security technologies and trends within the contexts of risk management, compliance and business processes.

The Information Security Channel covers technologies that organizations deploy to protect themselves against an ever-increasing array of threats – such as network security, endpoint protection, mobile and cloud security, malware detection, threat intelligence, and security services. It provides a wide-ranging view of innovative trends that include security analytics, anti-fraud and data-centric security. Aimed at senior security practitioners as well as vendors and investors, the Information Security Channel examines technical issues within the contexts of risk management, compliance and business processes. Our research reports run the gamut of critical security topics, from profiles of companies just out of stealth to exploring how security products end up as shelfware.

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Contributing Analysts

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Mobile Telecom

Covering the most important innovations in wireless network infrastructure, connected devices and mobile services.

Our Mobile Telecom Channel covers all the key developments and forward-looking opportunities in the fast-moving mobile communications industry. This encompasses the most important innovations in wireless network infrastructure, connected devices and mobile services. Key coverage topics include mobile data monetization strategies, migration to 4G/5G networks and services, customer experience management, and smartphone OS wars. Insights from our Mobile Telecom Channel are relevant for network operators, infrastructure providers, BSS/OSS players, device/OS vendors, app developers, Internet companies and content owners. Our research reports include technology vendor profiles, MNO best practices, market forecasts and consumer behavior insights.

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Contributing Analysts

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Multi-Tenant Datacenter

Covering the overall business landscape and the critical metrics of the global multi-tenant datacenter market.

The Multi-Tenant Datacenter Channel focuses on the global MTDC market with research covering critical metrics such as total capacity, utilization, and the ongoing supply & demand imbalance, segmented by key regional markets, both in the US and globally. Specific deliverables include analysis of M&A activity, coverage of earnings and financial outlook, profiles of vendors and the ongoing expansion activity of providers globally. Aimed at executives from datacenter providers, as well as vendors, investors and real estate professionals, the Multi-Tenant Datacenter Channel covers the overall size, scope and growth of the multi-tenant datacenter market globally. The geographic focus of this research is global. Specific regional analysis will be available in separate regionally focused channels. Special Reports covering Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa will also be included in the coverage.

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Contributing Analysts

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Networking

Covering networking technologies and the underlying transformation of physical networks and devices into cloud-delivered network services.

The Networking Channel covers network technologies for organizations of all sizes, including network virtualization, software-defined networking (SDN), network traffic monitoring, silicon photonics, advanced wireless tracking and analytics, and wireless beaconing – as well as the wider transformation of physical networks and devices into cloud-delivered network services. The 451 Network team tracks innovative trends in both network technology and services, with an emphasis on analyzing which will have the greatest impact on enterprise IT, and in what time frame. Targeted at planners, strategists and technologists, as well as vendors and investors, the Networking Channel considers network innovation within the contexts of enterprise IT, security, compliance and evolving business processes. Our research focus ranges from profiles of new companies to examining major topics at the industry level.

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Service Providers

Covering the evolution of public and private cloud computing and the disruptive technologies that impact traditional hosted infrastructure services.

The Service Providers Channel tracks managed infrastructure service providers, Web and applications service providers, hyper-scale cloud providers, network service providers, content delivery networks and systems integrators, as related to the adoption of public and private cloud computing and traditional hosted infrastructure services. This includes coverage of technology, market sizing and factors that affect the strategies for these competitors. This channel is designed to provide competitive analysis for service providers, product selection guidance for enterprise buyers, customer insight for infrastructure and software vendors, and competitive dynamics analysis for financial investors. The geographic focus of this research is global. Specific regional analysis will be available in separate regionally focused channels. Special Reports covering the Asia-Pacific market will also be included in the coverage.

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Contributing Analysts

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Social Business Applications

Covering the rapidly evolving world of next-generation business applications, with a core emphasis on applications that impact and fragment traditional work structures.

The Social Business Applications Channel covers the fast-moving world of next-generation business applications – including enterprise content collaboration, social networking and monitoring, file sync & share, crowd computing, workforce management, legal technology and digital marketing. There is a particular focus on disruptive and innovative technology, and our analysts are often the first to cover startups in this space, in addition to examining new approaches coming from more established vendors. The core emphasis is on business application areas that impact and fragment traditional work patterns and structures. The research is undertaken for those tasked with acquiring, managing and deploying such systems, as well as the vendors and investors active in these markets.

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Contributing Analysts

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Nick Patience Alan
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Storage

Covering the innovative and disruptive technologies, systems and software implemented to meet the ever-evolving business demands on storage infrastructure.

The Storage Channel provides ongoing research of technology and business-model innovation across the entire enterprise storage landscape – spanning primary storage systems and software, backup and recovery, archiving, cloud storage services, cloud-enabling storage technologies and storage management. Storage is emerging as a significant pain point for IT organizations, but is also ripe for disruption; the 451 Storage Channel focuses on how this space is being impacted by storage-specific technologies such as Flash, and also examines how innovation in adjacent and overlapping datacenter technology segments – including server virtualization, the software-defined datacenter, infrastructure convergence, cloud, mobile and 'big data' – is reshaping the way enterprises and service providers think about optimizing the storage infrastructure to meet ever-evolving business needs. Designed for senior storage practitioners at end-user organizations – as well as vendors, service providers and investors – the Storage Channel encompasses every stage of the innovation lifecycle, informed by ongoing conversations with over 200 technology suppliers and service providers in the storage space, from the stealthiest startups to industry behemoths. The team also has an active dialogue with over 250 senior storage professionals at both midsized and large organizations worldwide.

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Contributing Analysts

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Simon Robinson Dave Simpson Tim Stammers

Systems and Software Infrastructure

Covering the evolution of compute platforms within both the datacenter and enterprise environments, as well as the hardware and software needed to operate enterprise-class infrastructure.

The Systems and Software Infrastructure Channel covers the entire range of compute platforms, including the hardware and software needed to operate enterprise-class infrastructure. This includes servers (x86, enterprise servers, blade servers, appliances, hyper-dense servers and high-performance computing systems), semiconductors and interconnects used within those servers (multi-core and multithread CPUs, low-energy cores, many-core processors and systems-on-a-chip). This Channel’s coverage also spans system software (operating systems, virtualization and hypervisors) and systems management technologies (system automation, load balancing, workload optimization and converged management). The Enterprise Platforms and Infrastructure Software Channel also tracks developments in the evolution of compute platforms within both the datacenter and enterprise environments.

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Contributing Analysts

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John Abbott Daniel Bizo Peter Christy Simon Robinson Tim Stammers

 

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