Sean Hackett Appointed as Research Director for The 451 Group's CloudScape Service

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The 451 Group has been analyzing the business of IT enterprise innovation for ten years. CloudScape, The 451 Group's cloud computing research service, offers industry-leading insight and opinion about this important trend.

The 451 Group, a technology research and advisory firm focused on analyzing the business of enterprise IT innovation, today announced the appointment of Sean Hackett as Research Director of The 451 Group's CloudScape Research Program. Mr. Hackett has been an IT industry analyst and consultant for over ten years. His expertise spans multiple IT services domains, and throughout his career he has closely tracked the evolution of the IT services market - from managed network services on through application hosting, traditional IT outsourcing, BPO and cloud computing.

Mr. Hackett joins The 451 Group from CA Inc, where he worked in the company's corporate strategy and planning group as a senior principal. In this role, Mr. Hackett supported the company's executive leadership team and board of directors. While at CA, Mr. Hackett's responsibilities included: identifying and investigating new market opportunities, conducting competitive intelligence and contributing relevant research in support of the company's M&A due diligence process.

Prior to CA Inc, Mr. Hackett directed IDC's IT outsourcing and cloud computing research program. While at IDC, Mr. Hackett was early in identifying the disruptive power of the cloud computing service-delivery model, and published several groundbreaking studies related to its emergence. During his tenure at IDC, Mr. Hackett also closely followed the markets for traditional IT outsourcing, managed network services and application hosting. Before IDC, he was a founding member of the strategy consulting practice at Breakaway Solutions, a startup application service provider. Mr. Hackett was also a management consultant at Deloitte Consulting in the company's outsourcing advisory practice and was one of seven selected from thousands of applicants to participate in Fidelity Investments' exclusive management development program. He holds an MBA with a concentration in corporate finance, and has also completed additional coursework in corporate strategy at MIT.

Mr. Hackett is based in The 451 Group office in Boston.

About CloudScape research service

451 CloudScape is an interdisciplinary research and advisory program from the 451 Group and Tier1 Research, providing detailed insight, advice and analysis targeting cloud practitioners. CloudScape draws on the unique expertise of The 451 Group, with its ten-year history of insight into grid, utility and cloud computing, as well as Tier1 Research, the leading analyst company covering hosting, Internet infrastructure and IT services. Insight is delivered via daily commentary, long-format reports, analyst advisory services, events and webinars.

About 451 Research

451 Research is a business unit of The 451 Group and is an independent technology industry analyst company focused on the business of enterprise IT innovation. The company's analysts provide critical and timely insight into the market and competitive dynamics of innovation in emerging technology segments. Clients of the company - at vendor, investor, service-provider and end-user organizations - rely on 451 Research's insight to support both strategic and tactical decision-making for competitive advantage.

About the 451 Group

The 451 Group operates 451 Research, Tier1 Research and The Uptime Institute. Tier1 Research is an independent division of The 451 Group that analyzes the financial and industry implications of developments impacting public and private companies within the hosting, communications and Internet infrastructure sectors. The Uptime Institute provides education, publications, consulting, certifications, conferences and seminars, as well as independent research and thought leadership for the enterprise datacenter industry and for datacenter professionals. The Uptime Institute's datacenter engineering and management consulting arm, Uptime Institute Professional Services - formerly known as ComputerSite Engineering - helps clients develop and execute solutions that are responsive to their unique business needs in order to ensure that their datacenters are managed for uninterruptible uptime over sustained periods.

The 451 Group is headquartered in New York, with offices in key locations, including San Francisco, Washington DC, London and Boston.

For additional information on The 451 Group, or to apply for trial access to its services, go to: http://www.the451group.com or http://www.tier1research.com.

For additional information on The Uptime Institute and its services, go to http://www.uptimeinstitute.org.

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