Gartner Expert

Wataru Katsurashima

Sr Director Analyst

Wataru Katsurashima is a Sr Director, Analyst for Technology and Service Provider Product Manager research. Mr Katsurashima is focused on cloud-native infrastructure (containers, Kubernetes), public cloud IaaS, infrastructure modernization with software (virtualization, software-defined, hyper-converged), and cloud management. Mr. Katsurashima's research also provides insight to product managers in diverse technology spaces including software segments.

Previous experience

Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Katsurashima had a notable career with VMware as Chief Evangelist and Head of Product Marketing in Japan region. Mr. Katsurashima has more than 20 years of experience in various areas of information technology such as virtualization, storage, networking, cloud, automation, and operations management, through various product management and marketing positions.

Professional background


Japan Chief Evangelist


Product Manager, R&D Researcher

Juniper Networks

Director, Japan Marketing

Areas of coverage

Data Center Infrastructure

Cloud and Edge Infrastructure

Product Planning

Product Development

Product Life Cycle Management


M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Tohoku University

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1End users: Cloud-native infrastructure (containers, Kubernetes, serverless, etc.)

2End users: Infrastructure modernization with public cloud and software (IaaS, HCI, SDx/SDN/SDS, cloud strategy, hybrid, multicloud, etc.)

3Vendors: product planning, product management, product life cycles

4Vendors: market status and future competitive landscape

5Vendors: go-to-market and marketing planning