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Raj Bala

VP Analyst

Raj Bala is a VP, Analyst at Gartner focusing on cloud infrastructure, which includes public cloud infrastructure and platform service providers (AWS, Alibaba, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Tencent) and distributed systems. Mr. Bala has a combined experience of 23 years in cloud infrastructure and enterprise content management (ECM) and has most recently been an entrepreneur, where he raised venture capital from top-tier investors wherein he devised an exit through an acquisition. He is also a software developer and has built high-performance APIs along with mobile and web clients.

Previous experience

At EMC, Mr. Bala was responsible for building the ISV partner and developer community for Atmos, an object storage product with a REST API. Vendors under his purview included cloud storage gateways, enterprise file sync and share developers, and enterprise content management platforms. Mr. Bala also helped position these integrated solutions to the network of Atmos-based cloud service providers.

He also built API tools, collateral and the client-facing SDK to support the developer community. As a software developer, he has experience building asynchronous network APIs, web applications, and apps for both iOS and Android.

Professional background


Strategic Partner Manager, Cloud Infrastructure Group


Developer Evangelist



Areas of coverage

Sourcing, Procurement and Vendor Management Leaders

Data Center Infrastructure

Cloud and Edge Infrastructure

CIO Leadership of Innovation, Disruptive Trends and Emerging Practices


Special Student, MIT

B.S. Business Administration, Thomas Edison State University

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Choosing the right cloud infrastructure and platform services provider

2Is my AWS enterprise discount proposal (EDP) competitive with other enterprises?

3Evaluating public cloud providers based on business requirements

4What are the differences in the market for hybrid cloud platforms (Azure Stack, Outposts, Oracle Cloud at Customer)

5What skills are required for successful adoption of AWS, Google and Microsoft