Gartner Expert

Wataru Katsurashima

VP Analyst

Wataru Katsurashima is a Vice President, Analyst for Technology and Service Provider Product Manager research. Mr Katsurashima is focused on cloud-native infrastructure and operations (containers, Kubernetes, serverless, DevOps, etc.), public cloud IaaS and PaaS, cloud management, managed services for public cloud, and data center infrastructure (hyper-converged, storage). Mr. Katsurashima's research also provides insight to product managers in diverse technology spaces including cloud services and 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 cloud computing, cloud-native, cloud management, virtualization, storage, and automation, through various product management and marketing positions.

Professional background

VMware

Japan Chief Evangelist

NEC

Product Manager, R&D Researcher

Juniper Networks

Director, Japan Marketing

Areas of coverage

Infrastructure, Operations and Cloud Management

Cloud and Edge Infrastructure

Product Planning

Product Development

Product Life Cycle Management

Education

M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Tohoku University

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Cloud-native infrastructure and operations (containers, Kubernetes, serverless, DevOps, etc.)

2Infrastructure modernization with public cloud (IaaS, PaaS, cloud strategy, hybrid cloud, multicloud, etc.)

3Cloud management, and managed services for public cloud

4Emerging technologies in cloud computing (distributed cloud, service mesh, etc.)

5Vendors: product planning, product management, product life cycles, go-to-market and marketing planning