Analyst Profile

Simon Richard

Simon Richard

Sr Director, Analyst

5 years at Gartner ,  19 years industry experience

Roles and Responsibilities

Simon Richard is a Research Director and Agenda Manager on the Gartner for Tech Professionals research team. He primarily covers data center and cloud networking. Mr. Richard focuses on helping customers evolve their data center architecture and management practices by leveraging new technologies, such as network virtualization, software-defined network (SDN), software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) and ethernet fabrics. Recently, Mr. Richard expanded his research to increasing agility by leveraging API-driven infrastructure, which extends his coverage to the container ecosystem and DevOps tooling and techniques.

Areas of Coverage

  • Networking & Communications Equipment
  • Servers & Storage


Previous Experience

In previous roles, Mr. Richard was responsible for the formulation, promotion, and execution of corporate network strategy and architecture. He also led the strategic and architectural phases of a private cloud implementation from a technical perspective.

Professional Background

Department of Mathematics, SUNY Stony Brook, Adjunct Professor, 1 year
KeySpan (now National Grid), Principal Network Engineer, 6 years
McKesson, Principal Network Architect, 9 years

Industry Awards/Accolades

McKesson Distinguished Technologist, 2012


Ph.D., Mathematics, SUNY Stony Brook



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