Analyst Profile

Julia Palmer

Julia Palmer

Research Director

2 years at Gartner ,  21 years industry experience

Roles and Responsibilities

Julia Palmer is a Research Director at Gartner, covering emerging storage and hyperconverged strategies and technologies, addressing both software-defined and traditional data center storage. Ms. Palmer has more than 19 years of combined experience in many areas of information technology such as storage infrastructure solutions and design (SAN, NAS, object, etc.), software-defined storage, web-scale data center, server hardware, flash technologies, performance engineering and validation, R&D research, application performance analysis, backup and restore, project management, converged infrastructure and hyperconverged integrated systems, and solutions delivery for information technology offerings and cloud computing.

Areas of Coverage

  • Servers & Storage - Competitive Positioning
  • Servers & Storage


Previous Experience

Before joining Gartner, Ms. Palmer managed GoDaddy's Web-Scale Performance Engineering team with a broad focus on front-end and back-end performance engineering across all of the GoDaddy platforms. She guided a team of storage, systems and performance engineers, specializing in storage and server rightsizing analysis, performance optimization and power reduction. Additionally, her team focused on researching, validating and analyzing GoDaddy hardware needs based on platform and application loads and patterns. Her role included leading architecture and test of various server and storage solutions for different needs of enterprise and cloud customers' applications. Ms. Palmer provided a strong engineering leadership, from solution architecture definition to global deployments at scale. She engaged and maintained key technology partnerships with internal product teams and external suppliers to productize comprehensive solutions. She also provided direction to commodity suppliers, ODMs and CMs on ways to improve component costs and peripheral designs. Ms. Palmer delivered many oral and written proposals for technical and executive audiences. She authored comprehensive architectural drawings and white papers of solution designs. She authored internal white papers describing the storage server SKU configuration process and design methodology employed by her team, providing customer education and raw data supporting their decisions.

Professional Background

GoDaddy, Hardware Optimization and Performance Engineering Manager, 8 years
Intel Israel, Automation Systems Engineer, 5 years
Intel, U.S., Senior Enterprise Storage Engineer, 5 years


Master of Computer Science, Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics