Analyst Profile

Wataru Katsurashima

Wataru Katsurashima

VP Analyst

6 years at Gartner,  24 years industry experience

Location:  Japan  | Language(s):  English, Japanese

Roles and Responsibilities

Wataru Katsurashima is a Vice President, Analyst for Technology and Service Provider Product Manager research. Mr Katsurashima is focused on cloud-native infrastructure and operations (containers, Kubernetes, serverless, DevOps, etc.), public cloud IaaS and PaaS, cloud management, managed services for public cloud, and data center infrastructure (hyper-converged, storage). Mr. Katsurashima's research also provides insight to product managers in diverse technology spaces including cloud services and software segments.


Previous Experience

Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Katsurashima had a notable career with VMware as Chief Evangelist and Head of Product Marketing in Japan region. Mr. Katsurashima has more than 20 years of experience in various areas of information technology such as cloud computing, cloud-native, cloud management, virtualization, storage, and automation, through various product management and marketing positions.

Professional Background

  • Juniper Networks, Director, Japan Marketing, 1 year
  • NEC, Product Manager, R&D Researcher, 11 years
  • VMware, Japan Chief Evangelist, 5 years


  • M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Tohoku University

Industry Awards/Accolades

  • Gartner Speaker's Award, 2019 (Japan).
  • Selected in the AR Insights/ARchitect "Power 100 analyst" worldwide list for 2020.