Ron Blair is a Research Director of Infrastructure Strategies for IT Leadership within Gartner. Mr. Blair’s current coverage is focused on cost optimization and helping organizations balance total-cost-of-ownership needs with total-value-of-ownership desires amid the vast amount of the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and on-premises options available in the marketplace. He is also the lead analyst for the Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) Magic Quadrant. Previously, he was a global product director in the service provider arena and focused on creating various “as a service” offerings. Areas of responsibility included idea generation, business case creation and funding, development, pricing, vendor partnering, sales enablement, marketing, and delivery readiness.