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Santhosh Rao

Sr Director Analyst

Santhosh Rao is a Senior Research Director, Analyst at Gartner, where he guides senior IT leaders on strategy and technology selection. He also advices technology executives on product strategy and GTM strategies and the invest clients on market trends. Mr. Rao's areas of coverage include Backup and Recovery, Edge computing, Industrial IoT, Enterprise Storage and Video surveillance. Santhosh is the lead author for the Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery solutions and Magic Quadrant for Primary Storage Arrays programs.

Previous experience

Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Rao worked as a Senior Solutions Architect with NetApp, where he designed storage solutions for cloud and virtualized environments. Before NetApp, he was a Senior QA Engineer with Dell India R and D Center, where he validated server, storage and systems management software solutions.

Professional background


Senior Solutions Architect

Dell India R and D Center

Senior Product Engineer

Areas of coverage

Infrastructure and Operations Leaders

Data Center Infrastructure

Cloud and Edge Infrastructure

Product Planning

Messaging and Differentiation


PGDIB, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi

B.E., Visvesvaraya Technological University, Karnataka

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1How to create and execute a backup and DR strategy for hybrid IT environments?

2How to use backup to protect and recover from ransomware attacks?

3How to design and deploy an edge computing infrastructure?

4How to successfully deploy an Industrial IoT project?

5How to modernize your video surveillance infrastructure?