Analyst Profile

Douglas Toombs

Douglas Toombs

VP Analyst

7 years at Gartner ,  27 years industry experience
Arlington, VA USA

Roles and Responsibilities

Douglas Toombs is a Research Vice President in Gartner for Technical Professionals (GTP), and a Key Initiative Leader for Infrastructure, Operations, and Cloud Strategies. In his work, Mr. Toombs covers a wide variety of topics related to data center infrastructure, IT operations, and cloud computing adoption strategies, helping organizations place the right workloads in the right locations.

Areas of Coverage

  • Outsourcing & IT Services
  • Networking & Communications Services


Previous Experience

Mr. Toombs brings more than 20 years of hands-on IT experience to his role at Gartner, including 10 years in the hosting and managed services industry. Based on his firsthand experiences of being both a customer and a vendor, he brings a deep understanding of the service provider market to GTP clients, and helps them plot strategies to successfully leverage third-party managed, hosting, cloud, and colocation services.

Professional Background

451 Research, Research Manager, 2 years
PSINet, Principal Microsoft Architect, 2 years
Sun Microsystems, Principal Engineer, 8 years

Industry Awards/Accolades

Contributing Editor, Windows IT Pro Magazine
ITIL 3.0 Foundation Certification
National bronze award, American Society of Business Publications Editors
US Patent #US 8,601,155 B2 - Telemetry Stream Performance Analysis and Optimization


B.S., Business Information Systems, Messiah College, Grantham, Pennsylvania



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