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Valdis Filks

Sr Director Analyst

Valdis Filks is a Research Director for storage technologies and strategies in Gartner Research.

Roles and responsibility

IT Director


IT Manager

Storage Manager

Storage Admin.


Previous experience

Before joining Gartner, Mr. Filks worked as an EMEA chief storage architect, enterprise systems manager, storage practice manager and professional services storage practice manager in Central and Northern Europe. He has firsthand experience in being a storage administrator - managing and being responsible for a storage department in real-life practice. Mr. Filks has experience from being an end user, selecting storage and server vendors, implementing storage solutions, and supporting and designing systems, to being responsible for consultants and sales for storage and high-end servers. His technical knowledge spans a wide range, from databases, security systems and operating systems, to high- and low-level programming. He has worked throughout EMEA as a PS storage architect.

Mr. Filks is fluent in Latvian and English.

Professional background

Sun Microsystems

Business Development Manager

Royal Bank of Scotland

Senior Technical Analyst

Central Electricity Generating Board

MVS Systems Programmer

Areas of coverage

Accelerating Infrastructure Innovation and Agility (retired)

Infrastructure and Operations Leaders

Data Center Infrastructure


B.A., Management and Computer Science, Open University

H.N.D., Computer Science, University of Westminster, London

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1How to manage storage infrastructure more efficiently

2How to improve storage administrator productivity

3What storage technologies are important and can save costs

4What storage technologies do not save costs

5How to enjoy work more, work shorter hours and make more money