Gartner Expert

Paul Delory

VP Analyst

Paul Delory is a Research Vice President with Gartner for Technical Professionals, and the agenda manager for the Data Center Infrastructure for Technical Professionals and Cloud and Edge Computing for Technical Professionals agendas. Mr. Delory provides deep technical expertise to systems administrators and the vendors who serve them. His research interests include:

- Infrastructure automation

- DevOps, DevSecOps, and GitOps

- Virtualization

- Private and hybrid cloud architectures

- Hyperconverged infrastructure

- Composable and fabric-based infrastructures

Topics covered in his research agendas include:

- Design, architecture, and selection of public cloud infrastructure providers/services

- Engineering best practices and cost control for public cloud infrastructure

- Containers and Kubernetes

- Backup, disaster recovery, and ransomware defense/recovery

- Servers, storage, and network infrastructure

- Edge infrastructure and 5G

- Infrastructure strategy and cost modelling for cloud, data center, and edge.

Previous experience

Before joining Gartner in 2015, Mr. Delory was an engineer and subject matter expert on virtualization for several large healthcare organizations. Most recently, he was Lead Virtualization Engineer for Fresenius Medical Care, where he served as a technical lead for a team of six engineers whose sole focus was the virtualization platform (technologies from VMware and Citrix).

As an engineer, Mr. Delory specialized in scripting and data center automation. He has extensive experience with common languages such as PowerShell and Ruby, and with automation and orchestration products such as Microsoft SCCM and VMware vRealize. He has deployed multiple desktop virtualization environments, using both VMware View and Citrix XenDesktop; and multiple application virtualization environments, using both VMware ThinApp and Microsoft App-V. He has hands-on engineering experience with hyperconverged integrated systems. He has built and supported all manner of traditional x86 servers.

Before beginning his career in enterprise IT, Mr. Delory was an entrepreneur and college-level educator. He created a new and innovative line of computer diagnostic and repair tools, for which he was awarded multiple U.S. patents, and he founded Siderion Corp. to market these tools. He also served as an adjunct instructor at Middlesex Community College, where he taught English composition and ethics.

Professional background

Lead Virtualization Engineer

Fresenius Medical Care

Senior Network Server Engineer

Boston Medical Center

Systems Engineer

Partners Healthcare

Areas of coverage

Product Strategy and Launch for Tech CEOs

Product Development

IT Operations and Cloud Management for Technical Professionals

Cloud Computing for Technical Professionals

Data Center Infrastructure for Technical Professionals


B.A., magna cum laude, double major in Philosophy and English Literature, University of Massachusetts

Graduate studies in Philosophy, Boston College

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Automating infrastructure and application delivery

2[Vendor clients] Product strategy for converged, hyperconverged, or composable infrastructure

3Selecting a hyperconverged vendor or product

4Private, hybrid, and/or distributed cloud architectures

5Virtual machine and container architecture, performance tuning, sizing, and configuration best practices