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Michael Hoeck

Sr Director Analyst

Michael Hoeck is a Senior Director Analyst within Gartner for IT Leaders and Tech Professional (GITL). He works in the Infrastructure and Operations group, covering backup and recovery solutions for traditional, hybrid and cloud environments, enterprise information archiving (EIA) software, and e-discovery tools, as well as strategies around information life cycle management (ILM) and information governance (IG).

Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Hoeck held a progressive series of account management, sales, systems engineering and product roles at Dell Technologies focused on archiving, e-discovery, compliance and backup. Prior to Dell Technologies, he held roles in system engineering, specialty sales and channel with EMC Corporation, Legato Systems and OTG Software.

Previous experience

Mr. Hoeck was previously responsible for account management, specialty sales, systems engineering and product roles. He focused on delivering expert-level insight to backup, archiving, e-discovery and compliance to help customers solve the complex challenges of protecting and managing data whether on-premises, virtualized, hybrid and/or cloud.

Professional background

Dell Technologies

Data Protection Specialist

EMC Corporation

Data Protection Software Manager

EMC Corporation

Archiving and eDiscovery Specialist/Systems Engineer

Areas of coverage

I&O Operations Management

Data Center Infrastructure

Infrastructure Availability and Recovery


Bachelor of Science, Finance, Indiana University

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Choosing the data protection technology for backup, archiving and disaster recovery.

2Choosing backup strategy for on-premises, cloud and hybrid cloud environments.

3Choosing technology to meet compliance and e-discovery requirements.

4Develop applicable retention policies based on customer and/or regulatory requirements.