Gartner Expert

Douglas Toombs

VP Analyst

Douglas Toombs is a Research Vice President in Gartner for Technical Professionals (GTP), and a Key Initiative Leader for Infrastructure, Operations, and Cloud Strategies. In his work, Mr. Toombs covers a wide variety of topics related to data center infrastructure, IT operations, and cloud computing adoption strategies, helping organizations place the right workloads in the right locations.

Previous experience

Douglas brings more than 20 years of hands-on IT experience to his role at Gartner, including 10 years in the hosting and managed services industry. Based on his firsthand experiences of being both a customer and a vendor, he brings a deep understanding of the service provider market to GTP clients, and helps them plot strategies to successfully leverage third-party managed, hosting, cloud, and colocation services.

Professional background

451 Research

Research Manager

Sun Microsystems

Principal Engineer


Principal Microsoft Architect

Areas of coverage

IT Operations and Cloud Management for Technical Professionals

Cloud Computing for Technical Professionals

Data Center Infrastructure for Technical Professionals


B.S., Business Information Systems, Messiah College, Grantham, Pennsylvania

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Evaluating public cloud IaaS

2Migrating to public cloud IaaS

3Cloud strategy planning

4Multicloud strategies