Simon Richard

Simon Richard


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 / 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Networking in the Cloud: Amazon Virtual Private Cloud and Microsoft Azure Virtual Network Best Practices

Unplanned VNet and VPC networking deployments will hinder successful cloud implementation and often requires redesign as more workloads are deployed in the cloud. This session will address how cloud networking is different from enterprise networking, how to design and create VNet and VPC with scalability in mind, and the best practices for VNet and VPC architectures.

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.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 / 1:55 PM - 2:40 PM

Tech Case: Spectrum Health DevOps Journey

Meet the analysts face to face.

Gartner Catalyst Conference 2017
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, 1 Market Pl,San Diego,CA92101
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