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Adrian O'Connell

Sr Director Analyst

Adrian O'Connell is a Senior Director Analyst at Gartner, where he is part of the Quantitative Innovation team focusing on the overall data center infrastructure markets.

As part of that team, Mr. O'Connell analyzes technology developments, end-user requirements and business model changes that relate to data center infrastructure and server markets.

Current key focus areas include the impact of cloud computing on server sales, consumption-based pricing, data center customer segmentation, edge computing and hyperconverged systems.

Mr. O'Connell maintains a global view for all server types and contributes to the worldwide forecast and market share, as well as the integrated systems research areas.

Previous experience

Prior to working with the server team, Mr. O'Connell spent two years with Gartner's PC group, where his main responsibilities were in running the European PC Quarterly Statistics Program, as well as the analysis of the U.K., Dutch and Nordic PC markets.

Professional background


Research Director

Areas of coverage

Technology Market Essentials


B.A., with honors, Linguistics, School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences at the University of Sussex

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Server market trends, opportunities and positioning

2Consumption-based pricing (hardware as a service)

3Integrated systems - opportunities in data center hardware convergence

4Open compute and ODM sourcing - shifts in server design and manufacturing