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Simon Richard

Simon Richard

Director

Simon Richard is a Research Director and Agenda Manager on the Gartner for Tech Professionals research team. He primarily covers data center and cloud networking. Mr. Richard focuses on helping customers evolve their data center architecture and management practices by leveraging new technologies, such as network virtualization, software-defined network (SDN), software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) and ethernet fabrics. Recently, Mr. Richard expanded his research to increasing agility by leveraging API-driven infrastructure, which extends his coverage to the container ecosystem and DevOps tooling and techniques.

In previous roles, Mr. Richard was responsible for the formulation, promotion, and execution of corporate network strategy and architecture. He also led the strategic and architectural phases of a private cloud implementation from a technical perspective.


Years of Experience:

  • 4 years in total with Gartner
  • 19 years in IT industry
  • 10 years in Energy & Utilities industry
  • 13 years in Healthcare industry

Roles That Need My Research:

  • Enterprise Architects
  • Network Architects
  • IT Operations Director
  • Office of the CTO
  • Network Engineers
  • Virtualization Architects

Top 5 Vendors I Cover:

  • Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Juniper Networks, Inc.
  • Citrix Systems, Inc. (Networking, including Netscaler and Cloudscaler)

Top Key Initiatives I Cover:

  • Infrastructure Agility
  • Infrastructure Modernization
  • Planning, Sourcing and Managing Network Infrastructure
  • Network and Gateway Security
  • Cloud Computing

Common Inquiries I Address:

  • How should I architect my data center network?
  • How should I optimize my next-generation wide-area network (WAN) for hybrid cloud?
  • Is software-define WAN mature?
  • How can I compare the various SD-WAN vendors?
  • How can I leverage SDN?
  • How can I compare Cisco ACI and VMware NSX?
  • What are my options for container and Docker networking?
  • What vendor should I consider for data center switching?
  • How to architect my network for server virtualization and private cloud?
  • What are my network options to access AWS and Azure?
  • How to effectively extend my network to cloud providers?
  • What are my load balancer or application delivery controller (ADC) options?
  • How can I prepare for IPv6?”
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 / 4:05 PM - 4:50 PM

Networking in the Cloud: Amazon VPC and Azure VNet Best Practices

Unplanned VNet and VPC networking deployments will hinder a successful cloud implementation and often requires rework as more workload are created or migrated to the cloud. This session will address:
1. How to design and create VNet and VPC with scalability in mind. What are the best practices regarding IP addressing, subnetting and accessing services such as load balancing, DNS and object storage?
2. How to interconnect VNet or VPC, within or across multiple regions in a cost and performance efficient way. How to interconnect across AWS and Azure, effectively creating a multicloud.
3. How to automate the creation and VPC and VNet, by using the cloud provider tools or third-party tools that work across providers.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 / 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Managing Containers in Production Requires a Platform — Enter CaaS!

IT professionals struggle with integrating open-source systems to manage the container ecosystem on-premises and in the cloud. Container as a Service (CaaS) assists I&O to operationalize the Docker container life cycle. This paper explores the components required in a CaaS and their interaction.

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