Analyst Profile

Dave Russell

Dave Russell

VP Distinguished Analyst

13 years at Gartner ,  28 years industry experience

Roles and Responsibilities

Dave Russell is a Vice President and Distinguished Analyst at Gartner, where his research focus is on storage strategies and technologies, with an emphasis on backup/recovery, snapshot and replication, SSD/flash optimization software, software-defined storage (SDS) and storage management. Mr. Russell covers both distributed and mainframe storage solutions. In addition, he covers the overall storage capabilities and portfolios of many of the industry's top providers as well as emerging providers, and also focuses on how CIO objectives and priorities cascade down to the I&O and the storage teams.

Areas of Coverage

  • Servers & Storage
  • Servers & Storage - Competitive Positioning

Dave Russell's Recent Gartner Activity

Latest Research


Previous Experience

Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Russell spent 15 years at IBM in storage product development as a Software Engineer in mainframe storage and as a manager of product development, architecture and strategy teams for distributed systems storage solutions.

Professional Background

IBM, Program Director for Technical Strategy, 15 years

Industry Awards/Accolades

Gartner Inquiry Excellence Award


B.S., Management Information Systems, University of Arizona
M.S., Management Information Systems, University of Arizona