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Bob Gill

Bob Gill

Vice President

Bob Gill is a Vice President and Agenda Manager in Gartner’s Infrastructure Strategies group.

Mr. Gill is a leading authority in data center planning, aligning business and IT strategy, cloud computing, edge computing architectures, managed DNS, content distribution, and colocation.

He also manages the Research Agenda for Infrastructure Delivery, which centers on the evolution from on-premises, data-center-based IT, to hybrid IT including colocation and cloud computing. Mr. Gill’s experience extends over 38 years in the business and technology arena, including data network design, networked operating systems, internet services, network computing and data center services.

Starting in 1989, Mr. Gill spent 15 years at Gartner in research and executive roles, including Group Vice President and Director of Research for a startup synthesized within Gartner.

In 2002, Mr. Gill was VP of Business Development for a value-added reseller focused on the SMB medical market. He then served as Chief Research Officer for The Information Project, where he was responsible for the overall research agenda and process, as well as Managing Director of the Server practice, which spawned the virtualization and cloud practice areas. Mr. Gill returned to Gartner in 2012.


Years of Experience:

  • 20 years in total with Gartner
  • 38 years in IT industry
  • 15 years in Technology & Telecommunications industry

Top 5 Issues I Help Clients Address:

  • Planning and implementing moves outside of the data center, including colocation and cloud computing
  • Selecting and implementing the right colocation solution
  • Selecting and implementing the right cloud computing strategy
  • Contracts, service-level agreements and MSA negotiations
  • Bridging the gap between private virtualization efforts and public IaaS

Roles That Need My Research:

  • Data center managers
  • Infrastructure and operations executives
  • CIOs

Top Key Initiatives I Cover:

  • Infrastructure Delivery Strategies
  • Infrastructure Agility
  • Infrastructure Modernization
  • Cloud Computing

Common Inquiries I Address:

  • What goes where? On-premises, colocation or the cloud?
  • How should I evaluate colocation alternatives?
  • How should my organization adopt cloud computing?
  • How should I deliver content and applications in the best means possible?
Monday, December 4, 2017 / 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Gartner Essentials: How to Create an Enterprise Cloud Strategy

Many organizations do not have a broadly accepted cloud strategy, yet risk governance and efficiency by implementing cloud anyway. This session will offer advice on how to create a cloud strategy that is business-benefit focused.

Monday, December 4, 2017 / 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Roundtable: Colocation Selection, Negotiation, and Optimization

This session gives attendees the chance to ask questions about: Colocation and its role in a data center strategy, how to select a provider and offering type, building an RFP and what to look for in service-level agreements and master services agreements.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 / 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Data Center 2020 — Infrastructure Strategies Roadmap

How do we get to Hybrid IT from here? This presentation will detail the infrastructure strategies roadmap, which describes the future "data center"/cloud combination, contrasts it with the current state, and highlights the migration and hurdles to achieve the desired state.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 / 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Colocation State of the Union

As colocation has evolved from simple excess space and power, to a critical role in any cloud and hybrid IT model, the market and offerings have diverged significantly. This session will detail over all trends and key planning assumptions.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 / 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Ask the Analyst: Creating an Edge and Cloud Strategy

This session will allow participants to ask questions and to share experiences and success stories they have encountered as they advance along the path toward cloud and/or edge computing and IT.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 / 8:15 AM - 9:00 AM

Reimagining Data Centers on the Edge — The Edge Computing Roadmap

This presentation will detail the edge computing roadmap, which describes the impact and possibilities of reimagining the data center, placing compute, storage, and networking resources as close to the users, sources and sinks, of data as possible. From geographically distributed, micro data centers, to processing hubs/collection points for IOT devices, and even single tenant augmentation of public cloud, edge topology and evolving infrastructure will drive tectonic shifts in how we consider data centers.

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