Analyst Profile

Douglas Toombs

Douglas Toombs

VP Analyst

10 years at Gartner,  31 years industry experience

Location:  Arlington, VA USA  | Language(s):  English

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.


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


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

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