Analyst Profile

Santhosh Rao

Santhosh Rao

Sr Director Analyst

7 years at Gartner ,  15 years industry experience
United Arab Emirates

Roles and Responsibilities

Santhosh Rao is a Senior Research Director, Analyst at Gartner, where he guides senior IT leaders on strategy and technology selection. He also advices technology executives on product strategy and GTM strategies and the invest clients on market trends. Mr. Rao's areas of coverage include Backup and Recovery, Edge computing, Industrial IoT, Enterprise Storage and Video surveillance. Santhosh is the lead author for the Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery solutions and Magic Quadrant for Primary Storage Arrays programs.

Santhosh Rao's Recent Gartner Activity

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Previous Experience

Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Rao worked as a Senior Solutions Architect with NetApp, where he designed storage solutions for cloud and virtualized environments. Before NetApp, he was a Senior QA Engineer with Dell India R and D Center, where he validated server, storage and systems management software solutions.

Professional Background

Dell India R and D Center, Senior Product Engineer, 5 years
NetApp, Senior Solutions Architect, 4 years


B.E., Visvesvaraya Technological University, Karnataka
PGDIB, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi


Indian - Hindi
Indian - Kannada

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