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Data Storage Industry Analysts

451 Research451 ResearchThe 451 Group LLC provides information technology (IT) research and advisory services in the United States and internationally.

It creates actionable data and insight to help users implement, invent, and invest in digital infrastructure.

The company offers research services covering various technology segments, such as cloud and IT service markets, datacenter technologies, data platforms and analytics, enterprise mobility, enterprise platforms and infrastructure software, European services, information security, mobile telecom, multi-tenant datacenter, networking, service providers, social business applications, and storage, as well as development, devops, and middleware research channels.

It offers research products that comprise market, technology and business, and customer insights; and market monitor and forecast, M&A and datacenter knowledgebase, and go-to-market services to vendor, investor, service-provider, and end-user organizations.

The company also provides standards, education, peer-to-peer networking, consulting, and award programs to enterprise organizations and third-party operators, manufacturers, and providers; and runs technology summits and conferences around the world.

The 451 Group LLC was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in New York, New York with additional offices in the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, United Kingdom, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, the Russian Federation, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia.
451 Research Acquisitions
Coughlin AssociatesCoughlin AssociatesT. M. Coughlin, the founder of Coughlin Associates has over 30 years of magnetic recording engineering and engineering management experience at companies developing flexible tapes and floppy disc storage as well as rigid disks at such companies as Polaroid, Seagate Technology, Maxtor, Micropolis, Nashua Computer Products, Ampex and SyQuest.

Tom has an extensive engineering background in magnetic heads and media as well as integration of these and other technologies into hard disk drives.

He was responsible as an individual contributor as well as a high level engineering and corporate manager for design of magnetic storage systems for many generations of hard disk drives at Ampex, Syquest, Seagate, Maxtor and Micropolis.

He has been involved in due diligence and quality analysis of hard disk drive manufacturing facilities, provided failure analysis services on digital storage products, worked on factory yield improvements and provided expert witness work on hard disk drive and storage systems.

Since 1997 Tom has written market and technology analysis reports and articles including the Digital Entertainment series focusing on data storage and the creation, distribution and reception of entertainment content, Magnetic Storage Capital Equipment and Technology Report and various other reports.

He has given technology and market assessment presentations at the annual Storage Visions and Creative Storage conferences (which he started and organizes), IDEMA and IIST Symposia and for the IEEE Magnetics Society as well as the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society. He has published over 300 articles, reports, technical papers, blogs and presentations.

Tom has a Bachelors degree in Physics and a Masters in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Materials Science from the University of Minnesota. He also has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Shinshu University in Nagano, Japan.

He is the chairman and organizer of the annual Storage Visions and Creative Storage Conferences, well known in the data storage and storage applications industries.
He is also the general chairman of the annual Flash Memory Summit.

Tom has been active with the Solid State Storage Initative group of SNIA.

He is also a member of the IEEE Computer Society, Association of Computer Machinery, American Physical Society, and American Association for the Advancement of Science, Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, Storage Networking Industry Association and the American Vacuum Society.

Coughlin Associates is located in Atascadero San Luis Obispo County, California.
DeepStorage.netDeepStorage.netWebinars and Seminars, Hands-on Testing and Analysis.

Objective analysis, testing and reviews that IT professionals need to help them know how to implement these new technologies, while helping vendors of innovative products get their message out into the marketplace.
Enterprise Management
Enterprise Management AssociatesEnterprise Management Associates, Inc. provides IT and data management research, industry analysis, and consulting services to enterprise IT professionals, and IT and data management vendors.

It offers advisory services, IT and data management consulting, hands-on workshop, training, application and business, IT governance, security and risk management, BI and data warehousing, network management, storage management, and systems management services.

Enterprise Management Associates, Inc. was founded in 1996 and is based in Boulder, Colorado.
Enterprise Strategy GroupESGThe Enterprise Strategy Group, Inc., an information technology (IT) analysis and business strategy company, provides market intelligence, analysis, and consulting services for organizations in the United States and internationally.

It offers analysis on information risk and management, as well as IT infrastructure, operations, and professional services and outsourcing through blogs, briefs, reports, and research data points.

The company provides industry analysis for technology companies targeting the IT Infrastructure, IT operations, and information and risk management markets; delivers data and analysis for a range of constituents associated with the IT industry.

It offers testing and analysis of data center technology products for companies of various types and sizes, as well as delivers strategic guidance, drives organizational alignment, and provides operational execution services to various companies ranging from fledgling startups to industry titans.

It serves IT and media professionals, technology companies, and investment professionals.

The company was founded in 1999 and is based in Milford, Massachusetts. It also has offices in Beijing, China; and São Paulo, Brazil.
Evaluator GroupEvaluator GroupEvaluator Group Inc. provides information technology services. The Company offers research, consultation, and education services.

Evaluator Group is an IT analyst firm dedicated to delivering unbiased in-depth information on Information Management and data storage.

We review products and architectures with the perspective of how they impact application delivery such as databases, virtualization, VDI and Data Analytics.

Our goal: To help IT professionals and vendors create and implement strategies that enable them to maximize the value and efficiency they get from their storage.

The Evaluator Group is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado.
Forrester ResearchForrester Research Forrester Research is one of the most influential research and advisory firms in the world.

We work with business and technology leaders to develop customer-obsessed strategies that drive growth. Forrester’s unique insights are grounded in annual surveys of more than 675,000 consumers and business leaders worldwide, rigorous and objective methodologies, and the shared wisdom of our most innovative clients.

Through proprietary research, data, custom consulting, exclusive executive peer groups, and events, the

Forrester experience is about a singular and powerful purpose: to challenge the thinking of our clients to help them lead change in their organizations.

Forrester Research is headquartered in Cambridge Massachusetts.
Forrester Research Acquisitions
Frost & SullivanFrost & SullivanFrost & Sullivan, Inc. provides growth partnership and consulting, events, and training services worldwide.

The company offers growth consulting services, such as growth strategy development and implementation, marketing strategy consulting, client events, mega trends ideation, growth workshops, voice of the customer strategies, customer research, best practices analysis, technology research, organizational development, growth capability benchmarking, and emerging technology services, as well as mega trends, implementation planning and execution support, change management, organizational development, and scenario planning. The company provides manufacturing and process consulting practice services for companies to deploy their projects during manufacturing and supply chains.

Further, the company provides research support and marketing services to other non-profit organizations.

It serves aerospace, defense and security, business and financial services, digital transformation, education, energy and environment, industrial automation and process control, manufacturing leadership, manufacturing and process consulting, measurement and instrumentation, metals and minerals, mobility, public sector and government, tech vision, transformational health, and visionary science markets.

Frost & Sullivan, Inc. was formerly known as General Units, Inc.

The company was founded in 1961 and is based in San Antonio, Texas with additional offices in North America, Latin America, the Middle East, Europe, Israel, Africa, the Asia Pacific, and South Asia.
Formerly General Units, Inc.
GartnerGartnerGartner Consulting, Inc. provides fact-based consulting services to help clients use and manage IT to enable business performance.

The company offers market independence, benchmarking, and research services. Its consulting services include business consulting, comparative analytics, program management, architecture and critical technologies, and sourcing.

The company’s benchmarking solutions include IT key metrics data, which provides detailed spending and staffing metrics; IT executive benchmarks, which supports periodic events, such as a performance review, strategy planning, and the annual budgeting cycle; and IT custom benchmarks, which are individually configured, project-specific benchmarks that support mergers and acquisitions, the implementation of packaged software, or the support of major outsourcing contract evaluation, and includes on-site data collection and presentation of findings.

Its cost optimization services include software infrastructure, including security, development tools, integration and middleware, database, enterprise management, and operating systems; business applications, such as business intelligence and data warehousing, CRM, ERP, SCM, personal productivity, and knowledge support; vertical applications for finance, retail, healthcare, engineering, manufacturing, services sectors; communications equipment and services, including voice, LAN, WAN, wireless, and mobile; IT services and hosting, including maintenance, development, and implementation; and hardware services, such as mainframe, desktop, servers, and storage. The company serves public sectors, banking/financial services, healthcare, telecom and media sectors.

Gartner consulting, Inc. was founded in 1985 and is based in Stamford, Connecticut.

It operates in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Japan. Gartner Consulting, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Gartner, Inc.
Gartner Acquisitions
International Data Corporation provides market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology (IT), telecommunications, and consumer technology markets.

It offers consulting services in the areas of forecasting and segmenting, customer understanding, competitor landscape, partner ecosystem, marketing and sales effectiveness, influencing customers, IT investment, and thought leadership; events, such as briefings, forums and conferences, speaker bureau, and Web conferences; go-to-market services; and technology research services, such as big data and analytics, cloud, mobility, social business, and more.

The company also provides research in the areas of big data/analytics, cloud, consumer, financial services, IDC insights, IT executive suite, IT procurements tools, marketing strategies, security, social business, and vertical markets. In addition, it offers research in the technology areas of channels, consumer, infrastructure hardware, IT overview, IT procurement tools, marketing operations, pricing and valuation, small and medium business, software, telecom and networks, and vertical markets.

International Data Corporation serves clients in energy, financial, government, health, manufacturing, and retail industries in the United States and internationally.

The company was founded in 1964 and is based in Framingham, Massachusetts with additional offices in North America, the Asia Pacific, Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Latin America. International Data Corporation operates as a subsidiary of International Data Group, Inc.
MorningstarMorningstarMorningstar Research, Inc. operates an investing site that provides access to objective information on funds available to individual investors in Canada.

Its site offers independent editorial content produced by Morningstar analysts and journalists. The company also provides products and services to advisors and institutions that include Morningstar PALTrak, an investment research software solution for advisors; Morningstar Advisor Workstation, a Web-based investment research and portfolio management solution system; and Morningstar Direct, a global institutional investment analysis platform.

Morningstar Research, Inc. was formerly known as Portfolio Analytics Limited and changed the name to Morningstar Research, Inc. in December 1999.

The company was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada. As of November 30, 1999, Morningstar Research, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Morningstar Inc.
Morningstar Acquisitions
Seeking AlphaSeeking AlphaSeeking Alpha Ltd provides stock market opinion and analysis information.

Seeking Alpha is a platform for investment research, with broad coverage of stocks, asset classes, ETFs and investment strategy.

In contrast to other equity research platforms, insight is provided by investors and industry experts rather than sell-side analysts. Seeking Alpha has three outstanding characteristics:

The Company offers daily summaries of market and stock related stories, conference call transcripts, new initial public offer filings, and housing market information through blogs, money managers, and newsletters.

Seeking Alpha serves customers in the United States.

Seeking Alpha is headquartered in New York City, New York.
SiliconANGLE SiliconANGLE Media, Inc. powers @theCUBE, and

We are a modern data driven digital media platform that creates authoritative & engaging social experiences for audiences.

We combine the depth of research, the reach of publishing, & the relevance of live video with insights from real-time social data to create unique interactions for both audiences and brands.

SiliconANGLE Media is the result of the combination of John Furrier and Dave Vellante’s vision.

The SiliconANGLE and Wikibon brands, products, and services set out to create a new type of information company that creates high quality information in real-time using cutting edge social technologies, data, and crowd sourcing, combined with proven “old school” methods.

SiliconANGLE is headquartered in Palo Alto, California.
SiliconANGLE Acquisitions
Storage Switzerland Storage Switzerland Storage Switzerland do business with many different technology vendors, integrators and customers but with the clear understanding that our evaluations, reports and briefings will be factual, candid and neutral, based solely on thorough examination and testing of a technology or product as well as discussions with its current and potential consumers.

George Crump is President and Founder of Storage Switzerland.

With 25 years of experience designing storage solutions for data centers across the US, he has seen the birth of such technologies as RAID, NAS and SAN. Prior to founding Storage Switzerland he was CTO at one the nations largest storage integrators where he was in charge of technology testing, integration and product selection.

The methodology used to vet these technologies has been proven successful in the real world and is supported by a track record of over 90% accuracy in technology selections over the last seven years.

Our methodology includes examining a product through briefings, testing and discussions with end users.

Once a technology concept or specific product makes it through our process successfully, we will endorse it, sometimes passionately, through articles, public events and product reviews.

Storage Switzerland was founded in 2007.
StorageioStorageIOServer StorageIO (e.g. StorageIO®) is an independent information technology (IT) advisory consultancy firm (aka industry analyst) by noted IT industry veteran and author Greg Schulz.

StorageIO provides a range of services to its clients whom range from stealth startups to existing small, medium size and the industry’s largest most well-known firms.

Our diverse client past and current range from IT organizations, vendors, value-added resellers (VARs), media, publishers and event organizers to financial and venture capitalist on a global basis. What StorageIO does With a focus on information and data infrastructure topics including hardware, software, services, management, best practices, industry, technology and market trends.

StorageIO provides independent, real-world experience based services to different clients.

StorageIO provides a range of services including confidential (e.g. whisper services) nondisclosure agreement (NDA) based.

These include custom consulting, strategy, M&A, content creation, lab and validation, along with advisory, audit and research.

StorageIO was founded in 2006 and is based in Stillwater, MN USA.
Taneja GroupTaneja GroupArun Taneja is the Founder, President and Consulting Analyst of the Taneja Group, an analyst and consulting group focused on storage, server, networking and other infrastructure technologies, including Big Data and Cloud.

He has 30+ years of experience in the industry specifically in the areas of Servers, Operating systems, Storage Area Networks, Network Attached Storage, Clustering and Data Management Software (backup/restore, replication, snapshot, SRM, virtualization, etc.). He founded

The company specializes in thought leadership work in identifying future technology trends and how these technologies are best used for maximum business benefit.

Mr. Taneja has held various executive level positions with companies like Sun Microsystems, IBM, Data General and Vixel (now Emulex). He specializes in identifying technologies that have disruptive market potential and assisting companies with all aspects of product definition, market positioning and strategy.

Taneja Group in early 2003 and has built it to be a formidable presence in the analyst industry

Taneja Group is headquartered in Hopkinton Massachusetts.
TechTarget-Search StorageTechTarget-Search StorageTechTarget, Inc. provides specialized online content for buyers of corporate information technology (IT) products and services; and purchase-intent marketing and sales services for enterprise technology vendors in the United States and internationally.

It offers customized marketing programs that integrate demand generation and brand marketing, as well as advertising techniques, which enable IT vendors to identify, reach, and influence corporate IT decision makers who are researching specific IT purchases.

The company’s products include IT deal alert, core online, demand solutions, brand solutions, and custom content creation, which are provided through online, as well as operates face-to-face events.

It also operates an integrated content platform that consists of a network of approximately 140 Websites, which focus on media groups, such as security, networking, storage, data center and virtualization technologies, chief information officer/IT strategy, business applications and analytics, application architecture and development, channels, and Internet content sites.

In addition, the company enables registered members to conduct their pre-purchase research by accessing vendor supplied content through a network of Websites.

As of October 19, 2010,, and of Westwick-Farrow Media were acquired by TechTarget, Inc., and of Westwick-Farrow Media were acquired by TechTarget, Inc. provides online services to IT security, storage, and senior technology professional audiences.
In 1999, we launched to create a space in which storage experts could share objective content to help IT pros, like yourself, solve any and all of today’s storage challenges.

It's clear that storage challenges are only becoming more complex. So, whether you have a specific question around implementing parallel I/O technology or you’re purchasing a new NAS system, you’ll find detailed articles on to master all your latest storage projects.

TechTarget, Inc. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Newton, Massachusetts.
TechTarget Acquisitions
The Clipper Group, Inc.The Clipper Group, Inc.The Clipper Group are technology acquisition consultants, strategic advisors, and Internet publishers on enterprise-class information technology and infrastructure.

We specialize in large servers (including mainframes, Linux, UNIX, and Windows); enterprise storage solutions (including SAN, NAS, virtualization, tape, archiving, object management, software-defined storage management, and storage appliances); and enterprise software (applications, database management systems, and middleware), whether deployed in an enterprise or mid-sized data center or in the cloud.

We are independent consultants and do not sell information technology products (hardware, software, etc.). We serve two client sets, to the betterment of both:

Helping mid-sized and large enterprises make the best information technology procurement decisions, in terms of identified business objectives, by focusing on each client's specific situation and critical business requirements

Helping information technology vendors resolve strategic product and marketing issues by better understanding the business needs of the marketplace

The Clipper Group concentrates on critical issues and decisions for information technology buyers, vendors and investors. Our portfolio of services combines technology assessment with business process expertise, specializing in the following:

The Clipper Group, Inc. was established in 1993 in Wellesley, Massachusetts and since 2010 has been headquartered in Rye, New Hampshire.
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