Rakesh Kumar

Rakesh Kumar

Managing Vice President
Rakesh Kumar is a Managing Vice President in Gartner Research, where he leads the Infrastructure Strategies team. With more than 28 years of international experience, Mr. Kumar is a recognized leader in data center infrastructure, digital innovation, consolidation, and cloud and hosting options.

Mr. Kumar also leads the research in data center power and cooling issues and is an established international authority in environmental and "green" IT strategies. He has worked with the European Union and various governments around the world on energy-related technology issues. Mr. Kumar has spent considerable time in India working with many companies and government departments. He is one of the world's foremost experts on the development of core IT infrastructure in India.
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Thursday, 14 May, 2020 10:45 AM|Thursday, 14 May, 2020 11:45 AM
Roundtable: Discussion for Heads of Infrastructure: Accelerating I&O’s Contribution to Digital Transformation

Infrastructure’s customer base is more complex today than ever before – business partners have a wide range of technical maturity levels and their needs are varied and constantly shifting. Infrastructure teams that continue to offer and communicate solutions in terms of what Infrastructure produces rather than orienting around how business partners can use them to support business innovation and growth will struggle to remain relevant and demonstrate value. Join your peers to learn how progressive Heads of Infrastructure enable their teams to drive business transformation and growth through new engagement models and shared accountability.

This 3-hour session will focus on answering the following questions:

● How can we guide our teams to innovate towards solving conflicts between efficiency/reliability and speed/agility?

● How can we pivot individuals toward a more future-centric professional identity, one that aspires to greater versatility in role and skillset?

Who should attend?
To foster a high-level of strategic discussion, this meeting is reserved for the Head of Infrastructure. Limited to one attendee per organization.

Thursday, 14 May, 2020 05:30 PM|Thursday, 14 May, 2020 06:00 PM
The Role of I&O With Virtual Machines, Containers, and Serverless

Virtual machines, containers and serverless computing progressively erase the dependency of applications on infrastructure. This session will show how I&O responsibilities differ with each abstraction style.

Friday, 15 May, 2020 01:30 PM|Friday, 15 May, 2020 02:15 PM
Ask the Expert: How to Build Sustainable Innovation Within I&O

Innovation centers spur and support progress in infrastructure and operations, but may demand new skills, culture and processes. In this session, we answer FAQs on best practices to harness innovation within I&O.

Meet the experts face to face.