Author Profile

Paul Delory

Paul Delory

VP Analyst

9 years at Gartner,  16 years' experience

Location:  TX USA  |  Language(s):  English

Roles and Responsibilities

Paul Delory is a Research Vice President with Gartner for Technical Professionals, and the agenda manager for the Data Center Infrastructure for Technical Professionals and Cloud and Edge Computing for Technical Professionals agendas. Mr. Delory provides deep technical expertise to systems administrators and the vendors who serve them. His research interests include: - Infrastructure automation - DevOps, DevSecOps, and GitOps - Virtualization - Private and hybrid cloud architectures - Hyperconverged infrastructure - Composable and fabric-based infrastructures Topics covered in his research agendas include: - Design, architecture, and selection of public cloud infrastructure providers/services - Engineering best practices and cost control for public cloud infrastructure - Containers and Kubernetes - Backup, disaster recovery, and ransomware defense/recovery - Servers, storage, and network infrastructure - Edge infrastructure and 5G - Infrastructure strategy and cost modelling for cloud, data center, and edge.


Previous Experience

Before joining Gartner in 2015, Mr. Delory was an engineer and subject matter expert on virtualization for several large healthcare organizations. Most recently, he was Lead Virtualization Engineer for Fresenius Medical Care, where he served as a technical lead for a team of six engineers whose sole focus was the virtualization platform (technologies from VMware and Citrix). As an engineer, Mr. Delory specialized in scripting and data center automation. He has extensive experience with common languages such as PowerShell and Ruby, and with automation and orchestration products such as Microsoft SCCM and VMware vRealize. He has deployed multiple desktop virtualization environments, using both VMware View and Citrix XenDesktop; and multiple application virtualization environments, using both VMware ThinApp and Microsoft App-V. He has hands-on engineering experience with hyperconverged integrated systems. He has built and supported all manner of traditional x86 servers. Before beginning his career in enterprise IT, Mr. Delory was an entrepreneur and college-level educator. He created a new and innovative line of computer diagnostic and repair tools, for which he was awarded multiple U.S. patents, and he founded Siderion Corp. to market these tools. He also served as an adjunct instructor at Middlesex Community College, where he taught English composition and ethics.

Professional Background

  • Lead Virtualization Engineer, Fresenius Medical Care, 2 years
  • Senior Network Server Engineer, Boston Medical Center, 3 years
  • Systems Engineer, Partners Healthcare, 3 years


  • B.A., magna cum laude, double major in Philosophy and English Literature, University of Massachusetts
  • Graduate studies in Philosophy, Boston College

Industry Awards/Accolades

  • U.S. Patent No. 7,376,537
  • U.S. Patent No. 8,095,339