ACSL - publisher profileACSL (Applied Computer Science
Limited) - founded in the UK in 1991 by
Zsolt Kerekes (see also
- was an influential publisher of computer buyers guides and related market
research information from 1992 to 2018.
ACSL's best known
- The SPARC Product Directory (1992 to 2009 approx) - which for a
time was the leading guide to SPARC based hardware, manufacturers and resellers
ranged from startups exiting stealth mode upto many of the world's leading
computer, storage and memory companies.
- StorageSearch.com (1998 to 2018) - which was the first publication
to defragment the enterprise storage market and went on to become a strategic
evangelist of the SSD and memoryfication markets.
In 2019 - following the sale of StorageSearch.com (the sale was
completed in December 2018) - ACSL has ended its advertising funded business
model and will begin a new phase of "retirement" publishing.
- ACSL will go into stealth mode to develop content outside the computing
market (primarily fiction based on the writings of Zsolt Kerekes)
- ACSL is open to offers from companies in the computer market - who may wish
to engage the writing / idea analysis services of Zsolt Kerekes - on a paid
per article or editing project basis. In the first instance - please initiate
contact via linkedin.
ACSL publications timeline
ACSL incorporated as a publisher of computer directories
- ACSL publishes the SBus Product Directory (later renamed the
SPARC Product Directory) -
the independent market report and buyers guide to Sun compatible cards,
systems, and VARs
many years) by Sun Microsystems.
1993 - ACSL becomes an
international publisher with customers in over 20 countries, and generates over
80% of its revenue from outside the UK. Prints reports in both California and
1996 - ACSL became a dotcom publisher.
ACSL published the last printed edition of its subscriber funded market reports
and moved to a free to view (advertiser funded) web based publishing model .
- ACSL published STORAGEsearch.com
2001 - STORAGEsearch.com overtakes SPARC Product Directory
in readers and pageviews (in February 2001) and by the end of the year becomes
ACSL's main publication - generating over 80% of ad revenue.
- STORAGEsearch.com passes 1 million unique readers annually milestone.
- was the best year for StorageSearch.com's ad revenue since the
publication began.. 100% of our ads in recent years were for SSDs or
SSD related technologies (such as controller IP or SSD software).
2018 - In June 2018 - ACSL announced that StorageSearch.com
was being offered for sale and that the founding editor would retire in
December 2018. The sale agreement was announced in November 2018, and the sale
was completed in December 2018.
|a new story
by Zsolt Kerekes|
|Editor:- July 11, 2019 - Zsolt Kerekes, best
known in recent decades for his publications in the data storage and enterprise
server markets, has published his first new story since retiring from the
computer market earlier this year.|
The new story - Jamie and the
Tree Troll - is a novella set in the shady woods on the North slopes of
the South Downs in East Sussex, England - which was written as a story for his
nephew (Jamie Huggest) in 2005.
Zsolt says - "I hope you enjoy it
whether you live around here or not. And if you're an expert on local history
you might be interested to see some previously undocumented accounts regarding
the Saxons in Clayton which I have curated in parts of the text."
the articles about SSD design and reliability - which I was writing in
days - whose
legacy was the enrichment of later IP soil layers which in their turn have
already been dug over and forgotten - I'd like to think that my childrens'
stories on goblinsearch.com
contain snapshots of everyday real life intertwined with magic which may appeal
to future generations." ...read the
announces sale of StorageSearch.com|
|Editor:- November 26, 2018 - ACSL, publisher
announces it has agreed to sell its publication StorageSearch.com (web site and
content) to Foremay a leading
company in the SSD market. |
Earlier this year (in
2018) ACSL announced that Zsolt Kerekes
who founded the publishing company in 1991 was planning to retire in December
2018 and that StorageSearch.com was being
Zsolt Kerekes said - "My time at StorageSearch.com has
been the most interesting in my 40 years in the electronics market and my
readers played a big part in speeding up the adoption of SSDs. I'm delighted
that my past scribbles about the SSD market might still be regarded as having
some lasting value."
Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The new ownership is
expected to close before the end of the year.