Analyst Profile

Danilo Ciscato

Danilo Ciscato

Research Director

3 years at Gartner ,  30 years industry experience
Milan, MI Italy

Roles and Responsibilities

Danilo Ciscato is a Research Director in Gartner Research. He covers enterprise network architecture technologies and market trends, including data center networking, LAN, WAN, WLAN and Application Delivery Controllers (ADC). He performs research and analysis in the areas of data center networking and software-defined networking (SDN, SD-WAN).

Areas of Coverage

  • Networking & Communications Equipment
  • Networking & Communications Equipment


Previous Experience

Before Mr. Ciscato joined Gartner in November 2014, he held several technical, marketing and senior business management positions in leading IT companies over a period of 28 years. He has a broad background in networking and telecommunications, developed working with large customers in most IT environments, from mainframes to PCs. He built his career alongside the developments in networking over the last two decades, starting from early deployments of WANs, LANs and TCP/IP routing in the enterprise, and then following subsequent developments such as LAN switching, VoIP, WLANs, application delivery networking and WAN optimization. Mr. Ciscato spent 19 years at Cisco. He started as Senior Consultant, one of the first employees of the company in Italy, and then covered a number of positions, up to Director of Business Development, Advanced Technology Sales and Marketing for Italy, a role that he held for more than 10 years, managing the introduction of all new networking technologies in the Italian market. In the last five years with Cisco, he has covered international roles, like Director of Marketing for the Mediterranean Region and Director of Enterprise Architectures Marketing for EMEA. Prior to Cisco, Mr. Ciscato worked nine years for IBM, in Italy and in the U.S., in various technical and management roles. He started as Product Engineer, worked in R&D as Software Developer, became a System Engineer with customers in the telco. industry, and finally was Proposal Manager for Network Outsourcing with IBM Global Services.

Professional Background

Cisco, Director of Enterprise Architectures Marketing EMEA, 19 years
IBM, Proposal Manager for Network Outsourcing, 9 years

Industry Awards/Accolades

Cisco's Consultant of the Year in EMEA in 1996
IBM's National Award for best graduation thesis work on telecommunications in Italy in 1985


Master's Degree, cum Laude in Electronics Engineering From the Polytechnic of Milan