Gartner Expert

Stanley Zaffos

VP Analyst

Stanley Zaffos is a Research VP in Gartner Infrastructure and Operations Management. His major areas of responsibility include SAN and NAS storage systems, architectures and technologies, SSD deployment strategies, storage cost optimization strategies, green IT, cloud storage and cloud gateway appliances, archival storage, storage array replication, storage networking and virtualization, storage consolidation, and storage system pricing. Mr. Zaffos also assists clients in creating SLAs and RFPs, vendor selection, storage infrastructure visions, and identifying the organizational implications of deploying new storage technologies into their environment.

Roles and responsibility


Storage architects



Previous experience

Mr. Zaffos held numerous marketing positions during his 12 years with the Amdahl Corporation, most recently as the storage strategy manager with responsibility for developing an integrated product strategy for the S/390, Unix and Windows storage markets. Previous assignments while at Amdahl included building and managing the competitive analysis organization, launching multiple processor and storage series, and defining future processor market requirements. Before serving at Amdahl, Mr. Zaffos held a variety of marketing and technical sales support positions with ITEL/NAS, the forerunner of Hitachi Data Systems, and worked as an engineer and scientific programmer in the aerospace industry.

Professional background


Storage Strategy Manager

National Advanced Systems (aka HDS)

Product Manager

Lockheed Missiles and Space


Areas of coverage

Accelerating Infrastructure Innovation and Agility (retired)

Data Center Infrastructure

Cloud and Edge Infrastructure


M.A., Computer Science, University of Santa Clara

B.S., Electrical Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Storage system prices, terms and conditions

2Identify comparative strengths and weaknesses of vendors' storage offerings

3Create RFPs and storage strategies that meet business and budget needs

4Select data replication technologies that are flexible and meet SLAs

5Identify the benefits of emerging storage architectures and technologies