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Chandra Mukhyala

Sr Director Analyst

Chandra Mukhyala is a Senior Director, Analyst within Gartner's Technology and Service Provider research group. Mr. Mukhyala's research focus is on providing strategic advice to product and portfolio planning teams on data center storage software, with an emphasis on software-defined storage, distributed file and object storage, and backup and disaster recovery.

Previous experience

Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Mukhyala was a senior product manager within IBM's Storage Division where he was responsible for creating a new software defined scale-out NAS offering from concept, and successfully bringing it to market. Prior to IBM, he held portfolio marketing and senior product management roles at Dell Enterprise Storage division and NetApp respectively.

Professional background


Senior Product Manager

Dell Enterprise

Portfolio Marketing Manager


Senior Product Manager

Areas of coverage

Infrastructure and Operations Leaders

Infrastructure, Operations and Cloud Management

Data Center Infrastructure

Cloud and Edge Infrastructure

Product Planning


M.B.A, General Management, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University

M.S, Electrical Engineering, Wichita State University

B.E, Electronics Engineering, Nagpur University

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Data protection: Backup and recovery, backup storage targets, Cloud backup

2Software-defined storage, Cloud storage

3Scale-out NAS and distributed file systems

4Hybrid cloud storage and object storage

5Product management best practices