Ian Brown is a senior analyst in the IT Services practice at Ovum. Within IT services, Ian’s main focus is on infrastructure services, which includes: infrastructure-led outsourcing, data center services, managed services, desktop lifecycle services, and cloud computing services. He currently specializes in data center issues, including legacy modernization, IT transformation, and cloud computing.
Ian has worked exclusively for the IT Services practice since joining Ovum in April 2007. His research has included reports on:
• business continuity and disaster recovery market
• storage services
• co-location and managed hosting markets
• power and efficiency in the data center
• IT services markets and forecasts.
Research in 2011 will include reports on data center services, data center and IT transformation, workplace services, and infrastructure-as-a-service.
Ian has also undertaken consulting projects on market opportunities for IT and data center services vendors. Topics have included desktop services, data center location and opportunities, and due diligence work on potential IT services acquisitions. Speaking engagements have included round-tables on sustainability and IT, and internal briefings for tier-1 IT services vendors.
Prior to joining Ovum, Ian worked for 11 years as a technology analyst at Datapro and for nine years as a research director for Gartner in its worldwide Server Team. As a result, Ian is well versed in infrastructure transformation and consolidation issues, particularly as they relate to the data center.