Analyst Profile

Rakesh Kumar

Rakesh Kumar

Practice Vice President

24 years at Gartner,  36 years industry experience

Location:  United Kingdom  | Language(s):  English, Indian - Hindi, Indian - Punjabi

Roles and Responsibilities

Rakesh Kumar is a Managing Vice President in Gartner Research, where he leads the Infrastructure Strategies team. With more than 28 years of international experience, Mr. Kumar is a recognized leader in data center infrastructure, digital innovation, consolidation, and cloud and hosting options. Mr. Kumar also leads the research in data center power and cooling issues and is an established international authority in environmental and "green" IT strategies. He has worked with the European Union and various governments around the world on energy-related technology issues. Mr. Kumar has spent considerable time in India working with many companies and government departments. He is one of the world's foremost experts on the development of core IT infrastructure in India.


Previous Experience

Mr. Kumar joined Gartner in April 2005 with the acquisition of Meta Group, where he was senior vice president and co-research director (EMEA). In this position, apart from his core research areas, he drove changes in the European research organization and was instrumental in delivering Meta Group's leading Operations Excellence transformation program. Before Meta Group, Mr. Kumar was EMEA marketing manager for HP's commercial Unix and NT business. He has also held various positions with IBM in software development, sales and consultancy management. Mr Kumar is a part qualified Chartered Accountant, having trained with KPMG.

Professional Background

  • Hewlett-Packard, Marketing Manager, 4 years
  • IBM, Director, 7 years
  • Meta Group, Senior Vice President, 6 years


  • B.S., Aeronautical Engineering, University of London
  • M.B.A., Nottingham University

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