Gartner Expert

Julia Palmer

VP Analyst

Julia Palmer is a Research VP at Gartner, covering emerging infrastructure technologies and strategies. Ms. Palmer provides strategic advice to CIOs and IT leaders on infrastructure agility and innovation, addressing existing and preparing for upcoming enterprise workloads in data center, cloud, and edge. She focuses on emerging technologies such as hyperconverged infrastructures, software-defined storage, hybrid and public cloud storage and platforms, distributed file systems and object storage, next-generation solid-state storage technology and composable infrastructure.

Ms. Palmer has more than 19 years of combined IT end-user experience in many areas of information technology such as storage infrastructure solutions and design (SAN, NAS, object, etc.), software-defined storage, web-scale data center, server hardware, flash technologies, performance engineering and validation, R&D research, application performance analysis, backup and restore, project management, converged infrastructure and hyperconverged integrated systems, and solutions delivery for information technology offerings and cloud computing.

Previous experience

Before joining Gartner, Ms. Palmer managed GoDaddy's Web-Scale Performance Engineering team with a broad focus on front-end and back-end performance engineering across all of the GoDaddy platforms. She guided a team of storage, systems and performance engineers, specializing in storage and server rightsizing analysis, performance optimization and power reduction. Additionally, her team focused on researching, validating and analyzing GoDaddy hardware needs based on platform and application loads and patterns. Her role included leading architecture and test of various server and storage solutions for different needs of enterprise and cloud customers' applications.

Ms. Palmer provided a strong engineering leadership, from solution architecture definition to global deployments at scale. She engaged and maintained key technology partnerships with internal product teams and external suppliers to productize comprehensive solutions. She also provided direction to commodity suppliers, ODMs and CMs on ways to improve component costs and peripheral designs.

Ms. Palmer delivered many oral and written proposals for technical and executive audiences. She authored comprehensive architectural drawings and white papers of solution designs. She also authored internal white papers describing the storage server SKU configuration process and design methodology employed by her team, providing customer education and raw data supporting their decisions.

Professional background


Hardware Optimization and Performance Engineering Manager

Intel, U.S.

Senior Enterprise Storage Engineer

Intel Israel

Automation Systems Engineer

Areas of coverage

I&O Organizational Strategy

Data Center Infrastructure

Cloud and Edge Infrastructure

Marketing Planning and Performance


Master of Computer Science, Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Storage and hyperconverged vendors' selection against customer requirements on-premises, in the public cloud and at the edge

2Hybrid cloud storage and hyperconverged strategies, trends and technologies

3Benefits and pitfalls of emerging storage technologies and hyperconverged offerings

4Strategic storage services roadmap and how to efficiently address storage growth and lower TCO

5Web-scale IT challenges (software-defined, scale-out, open-source storage)