Santhosh Rao provides strategic advice to IT leaders on IT infrastructure and IoT. His areas of coverage include enterprise storage, data protection, cloud computing and video surveillance. He also advises on emerging deployment architectures such as edge computing and software-defined data centers. Prior to joining Gartner, Rao worked as a Senior Solutions Architect with NetApp, where he designed storage solutions for cloud and virtualized environments. Before NetApp, Rao was a Senior QA Engineer with Dell India R&D Center, where he validated server, storage and systems management software solutions.