Analyst Profile

Lydia Leong

Lydia Leong

VP Distinguished Analyst

18 years at Gartner ,  25 years industry experience
Arlington, VA USA

Roles and Responsibilities

Lydia Leong is a VP and Distinguished Analyst in the IT Leaders group at Gartner. Her coverage is focused on cloud computing and infrastructure strategies, particularly infrastructure as a service (IaaS), along with platform as a service (PaaS) as it intersects IaaS, but she also follows data centers, hosting, content delivery networks (CDNs) and other Internet infrastructure services. Because cloud computing is reshaping the IT landscape, her research covers a broad range of topics related to the transformation of IT organizations, data centers and technology providers. She works primarily with IT organizations, but she also produces strategic and quantitative research targeted at service providers, vendors and investors. She was Gartner's Analyst of the Year in 2010.

Areas of Coverage

  • Networking & Communications Services
  • Outsourcing & IT Services


Previous Experience

Prior to joining Gartner, Ms. Leong held various technical and management positions in the Internet industry, including director of server engineering at Excite@Home and director of product engineering and operations at Digex/Intermedia Communications. Her prior roles have included product management, systems architecture, large-scale data center operations (including DevOps-style operations) and product development.

Professional Background

Digex, Director, Product Engineering and Operations, 3 years
Excite@Home, Director, Server Engineering, 1 year

Industry Awards/Accolades

"Cool Site of the Day," 29 October 1994
Gartner Analyst of the Year, 2010
Gartner Quantitative Research Excellence award, 2009
Gartner Thought Leadership award, 2008 and 2010


Completed graduate courses in Computer Systems Management, University of Maryland's Graduate School of Management and Technology
Computer Science Engineering, University of Pennsylvania