ACSL - publisher profileACSL (Applied Computer Science
Limited) - founded in the UK in 1991 by
Zsolt Kerekes (see also
- has been an influential publisher of computer buyers guides and related
market research information from 1992 to 2018.
ACSL's best known
publications have been :- the SPARC Product Directory (1992 to 2009
approx) - which for a time was the leading guide to SPARC based hardware,
manufacturers and resellers worldwide, 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, and MarketingViews.com (1996 to 2001) - which provided
guidance for ACSL's customers in matters related to web based PR and
advertising. (Note:- Jan 2019 - the domain MarketingViews.com is now available
ACSL's past customers - ranged from startups exiting
stealth mode upto many of the world's leading computer and storage companies.
Although ACSL was based in the UK - we learned very soon after launching our
first publication - that strategic decisions about the future shape of
computer technology are mostly made outside Europe - and so throughout most of
the company's history its primary customer and revenue base was in the US,
closely followed (in the years from 2010 to 2017) by China.
- following the sale of StorageSearch.com (which closed 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 (upto a couple of weeks per quarter). 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
is for sale|
|Editor:- February 2019 - ACSL announces that
having completed the sale of its flagship publication StorageSearch.com in
December 2018, it is now offering its web property MarketingViews.com (first
published in 1996) for sale too. |
|"In the 1990s and early 2000s MarketingViews
was a useful faqs resource to which I could send potential customers who asked
me for advice about web marketing and PR from my perspective as a publisher
in the enterprise and embedded computing markets" - said Zsolt Kerekes
founder of ACSL.|
"We don't need this site any more as ACSL has
exited the markets which MarketingViews was originally set up to support."
is being offered as a domain only sale - with no rights to past content.
it get visitors? - Yes - the marketing articles on it are old and its current
readers aren't the reason you'd buy the site today. But its small number of
readers (low thousands per month) from external links are a potential bonus for
a future buyer.
If you're in a publishing or PR or web focused
communications company and would like a great sounding name for your next
blogging platform then contact the publisher.
ACSL is seeking a high
credibility and careful future owner for the domain.
$10,000 will be considered.
Contact the publisher to discuss this.
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
June 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.