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Business Applications

Covering the rapid evolution of business applications and how they serve in a digitally transformed world. Technologies and applications have a profound effect on employees, customers and partners as businesses transition from digitization to true transformation.

Digital transformation is about using technologies to improve, connect and radically change business processes, enhance customer experiences and harness innovation. As a result, our research will examine the impact of this transformation on customer and employee applications. The Business Applications Channel will focus on how organizations can best attract, win, retain and support customers by leveraging the latest applications, analytics and infrastructure. Our coverage of the future of work will focus on the collaboration and content tools and practices that enable employees to work most efficiently toward the goals of their organization. Our governance, compliance, e-discovery and anti-fraud coverage will focus on how organizations manage risk associated with unfettered data growth across all devices (and things) and meet the challenges of identifying and responding to criminal behavior.

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Contributing Analysts

Kingstone Sheryl Denne Scott LaRoque-Doherty Sean Incera Melissa Mckee Jordan Patience Nick Dawson Keith
Sheryl Kingstone Scott Denne Sean Doherty Melissa Incera Jordan McKee Nick Patience Keith Dawson

Cloud Transformation

Covering the technology and services, economics and business models driving enterprise cloud transformation, and the re-invention of the IT industry.

The Cloud Transformation Channel is the evolution of 451 Research’s Cloud and IT Service Markets Channel. It provides a point of intellectual convergence for our organization around cloud and digital transformation. We track firms bringing innovation and disruptive approaches to support cloud and digital transformation at end organizations – whether it’s technology or services, economics or business models. The worlds of hosting, cloud, outsourcing, systems integration, telco, distribution and technology vendors are converging on this opportunity, and in the process these market participants must re-invent themselves. The Cloud Transformation Channel also tracks how the industry is itself being transformed by cloud, how this opportunity can be addressed, and what investment opportunities will be presented as part of these transformations.

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Contributing Analysts

Fellows William Poon Agatha Rogers Owen Ring Katy Brooks Carl Hanselman Eric Sadowski Al Atelsek Jean
Carl Brooks Eric Hanselman Al Sadowski Jean Atelsek

Data Platforms and Analytics

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

The Data Platforms & 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 non-relational 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 & 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

Aslett Matt Roy Krishna Stamper Jason Curtis James Patience Nick
James Curtis Nick Patience

Datacenter Technologies

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

The Datacenter Technologies Channel focuses on products, technologies and strategies 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, as well as the application of relevant technologies (such as energy management) in immediately related markets, such as buildings. 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) datacenter operators and service providers deploy new technologies for competitive advantage. DCT analysts work with Uptime Institute (part of The 451 Group), and its datacenter owner/operator members, on the exchange of information, expertise and best practices. 

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Contributing Analysts

Lawrence Andy Ascierto Rhonda Donoghue Andrew Bizo Daniel Fidacaro Jeff
Andy Lawrence Rhonda Ascierto Andrew Donoghue Daniel Bizo Jeffrey Fidacaro

Development, DevOps and IT Ops

Covering the technologies used for software development, continuous integration and delivery, DevOps, private cloud, platforms as a service (PaaS), IT monitoring, IT service management, API management, hybrid-cloud integration, process orchestration and IT portfolio management.

The Development, DevOps & IT Ops Channel encompasses a broad range of the technologies and business challenges companies face in software development and overall lifecycle management. The increasing realization by companies of the business value of software has driven acceleration in software-defined business models and products, and therefore methods for creating and maintaining that software. As cloud practices and technologies spread, the DevOps movement has merged the best technologies from cloud and agile software development approaches to help companies accelerate software release throughput. PaaS offerings are expanding and becoming popular means to experiment with integrated application development and deployment frameworks. Business-process orchestration across hybrid-cloud architecture requires new approaches and technology for integration, and all applications need to be managed intelligently as a portfolio of strategic assets to increase their value to the enterprise. This Channel closely tracks the vendors, organizations and practices that are evolving and emerging in these markets. Its research is of value to IT vendors, end users and investors, helping them understand how they can better run, transform and grow their businesses via innovation.

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Contributing Analysts

berkholz donnie BW Lyman Jay Lehman Carl Gohring Nancy Fellows William Brooks Carl Patience Nick Ring Katy Sadowski Al

William Fellows Carl Brooks Nick Patience Dr. Katy Ring Al Sadowski

Enterprise Mobility

Covering the demand-side dynamics, supply-side technologies and disruptive trends shaping the future of business mobility.

The Enterprise Mobility Channel delivers market insight and strategic counsel to businesses deploying mobile technologies, vendors providing those technologies, and investors investing in them. Our team’s overall focus is the impact of mobile technologies on businesses’ digital transformation strategies. We believe the promise of mobility is that it frees data from the internal systems that house it, turning it into a core business inventory. The success in enriching this data inventory through the context and presence of the mobile user, understanding it through analytics, and managing and recycling it across infrastructure into continuously iterated mobile experiences is what will determine winners and losers among businesses utilizing mobile. With this ultimate goal in mind, we focus on the demand-side dynamics, disruptive trends and supply-side technologies that we believe will shape the near-term future for enterprise mobility. 

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Contributing Analysts

Marsh Chris Castanon Raul LaRoque-Doherty Sean Mckee Jordan Partridge Brian Incera Melissa Patience Nick
Sean Doherty Jordan
Melissa Incera Nick Patience

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

Duncan Rory Paschke Jeff Ring Katy Fellows William Bizo Daniel
Donoghue Andrew Rogers Owen  Jones Penny Lawrence Andy  Morgan Kelly
Andy Lawrence   Kelly Morgan  

Information Security

Covering innovative technologies and trends that characterize the ever-changing nature of the security landscape, within the contexts of risk management and business processes.

The Information Security Channel covers technologies that organizations deploy to protect themselves against an ever-increasing array of threats, with emphasis on areas including advanced threat defense, endpoint protection, cloud security, security analytics and intelligence, data protection and emerging trends in identity and access management. Aimed at senior security practitioners as well as vendors and investors, the Information Security Channel examines technical issues within the contexts of risk management 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

Crawford Scott Bekker Garrett Sanabria Adrian Ball Kathryn 2016 Sherrill Aaron
Kathryn Ball Aaron Sherrill
Cummins Dan Hanselman Eric Ogren Eric Daly Patrick 2016  
Dan Cummins Eric Hanselman Eric Ogren Patrick Daly    

Internet of Things

Covering the technologies required to enable the virtualization of the physical world and the new avenues of enterprise value creation made possible by turning IoT data into actionable business insight.

The Internet of Things (IoT) Channel focuses on the emerging technology paradigm in which sensors, ‘connected’ machines and other smart devices create and then disseminate data over the Internet and private enterprise networks. It provides an enterprise-centric perspective on the early adoption and demonstrable benefit of IoT, incorporating insights from throughout 451 Research including enterprise platforms, data and analytics, mobility, security, datacenter and cloud technologies.

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Contributing Analysts

Renaud Christian Hanselman Eric Partridge Brian Rehbehn Ken Hughes Ian Immerman David 2016 Daly Patrick 2016
Christian Renaud Eric Hanselman Brian Partridge Ken Rehbehn Ian
David Immerman Patrick Daly

Mobile Telecom

Covering the most important innovations in telco strategies including data/video-monetization, multi-play services and new digital service initiatives.

Our Mobile Telecom Channel covers key developments and opportunities in the telecom operator space. This encompasses the most important innovations in mobile and integrated/multi-play services and emerging digital services. Key coverage topics include telecom operators’ mobile data/video monetization strategies, telco diversification into new digital services, migration toward 5G networks and services, business model innovation, content and OTT strategies, telco IoT and customer experience management.

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 mobile network operator (MNO) best-practice analysis, technology vendor profiles, market forecasts and consumer behavior insights.

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Contributing Analysts

Lonergan Declan Kingstone Sheryl Pigg Jennifer Clark Karpinski Rich Metodiev Boris
 Jennifer Pigg-Clark Rich Karpinski Boris Metodiev
Partridge Brian Rehbehn Ken Swain Wally    
Brian Partridge Ken Rehbehn Wally Swain    

Multi-Tenant Datacenters

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 multi-tenant datacenter (MTDC) market with research covering critical metrics such as capacity and utilization, segmented by key regional markets, both in the US and globally. Specific deliverables include profiles of vendors, market-specific evaluations, examinations of key trends, analysis of M&A activity, coverage of financial results and outlook, and tracking of 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 MTDC market globally, with extensive coverage of both North America and Latin America as well as special reports on Asia included in channel. Specific analysis on Europe, the Middle East and Africa is available in a separate European channel.

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Contributing Analysts

Morgan Kelly Paschke Jeff Kurtzbein Rick Beaubien Stefanie thompson dan Sherrill Aaron
Kelly Morgan Jeff Paschke Rick
Aaron Sherrill
Ascierto Rhonda Jones Penny Lawrence Andy Miller Teddy    
Rhonda Ascierto Penny Jones Andy Lawrence Teddy Miller    


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

The Networking Channel covers network technologies for organizations of all sizes, including network virtualization, software-defined networking, 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 Research Network team tracks innovative trends in both network technology and services, with an emphasis on analyzing which will have the greatest impact on the carrier network and 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 the carrier, 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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Contributing Analysts

Pigg Jennifer Clark  Renaud Christian Christy Peter Davis Jim Rehbehn Ken Duffy Jim Hanselman Eric
Jennifer Pigg Clark Christian
Peter Christy Jim
Ken Rehbehn Jim Duffy Eric Hanselman

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, hyperscale cloud providers, network service providers, content delivery networks, interconnection providers 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, focused channels. Special reports covering the Asia-Pacific market will also be included in the coverage.

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Contributing Analysts

Sadowski Al Brooks Carl Davis Jim Duncan Rory Morgan Kelly
Kelly Morgan
Hanselman Eric Paschke Jeff Poon Agatha Sherrill Aaron thompson dan
Eric Hanselman Jeff Paschke Agatha Poon Aaron Sherrill Dan Thompson


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 more than 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 more than 250 senior storage professionals at both midsized and large organizations worldwide.

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Contributing Analysts

Baltazar Henry Stammers Tim Hill Steven Sadowski Al Hanselman Eric
Henry Baltazar Tim Stammers Steven Hill Al Sadowski Eric Hanselman

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 Systems and Software Infrastructure Channel also tracks developments in the evolution of compute platforms within both the datacenter and enterprise environments. 

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Contributing Analysts

Abbott John Bizo Daniel Christy Peter Hanselman Eric Stammers Tim Baltazar Henry Sadowski Al
John Abbott Daniel Bizo Peter Christy Eric Hanselman Tim Stammers Henry Baltazar Al Sadowski



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