Analyst Profile

Karen Benson

Karen Benson

Group Vice President

28 years at Gartner ,  31 years industry experience

Roles and Responsibilities

Karen Benson is Group Vice President of Gartner's Technology & Service Provider Data Center Research. This globally dispersed team of analysts provides insight and actionable advice on industry technology trends, competitive positioning and market opportunities covering a broad array of technology segments, including security, integrated systems, servers, storage, networking, SDN, NFV, infrastructure management software, virtualization, software-defined data centers, 3D printing, managed print services, digital document technologies and more. The team delivers the strategic market insight to technology and service providers that need to grow their business. The Data Center group also advises user clients on industry trends and technologies, providing tactical and strategic advice on the technology areas listed above. Ms. Benson is based in the Gartner office in Paris, France.

Areas of Coverage

  • Servers & Storage

Karen Benson's Recent Gartner Activity

Latest Research


Previous Experience

In her career at Gartner, Ms. Benson has held a variety of roles, including global head of the T&SP Data Center Convergence team and research area. She led the Enterprise Systems team, including managing the storage technologies and server technologies teams and research areas. Prior to that, she was a server and technical workstation analyst RVP and agenda manager. Before joining Gartner, she was a market and channel analyst at Labinal (now Snecma Group) in France. She also gained experience in software and system integrator companies.

Professional Background

Charbonnages de France Informatique (IT), IT Analyst, 1 year
Labinal (Snecma Group), Market and Channels Analyst, 2 years
Soproga IT Services, Trainee, 1 year


B.A., Computing Information Systems and Languages, University of the West of England (formerly Bristol Polytechnic)
M.B.A., Open University Business School, U.K.



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