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Dave Russell

Dave Russell

Vice President and Distinguished Analyst

Dave Russell is a Vice President and Distinguished Analyst at Gartner, where his research focus is on storage strategies and technologies, with an emphasis on backup/recovery, snapshot and replication, SSD/flash optimization software, software-defined storage (SDS) and storage management. Mr. Russell covers both distributed and mainframe storage solutions. In addition, he covers the overall storage capabilities and portfolios of many of the industry’s top providers as well as emerging providers, and also focuses on how CIO objectives and priorities cascade down to the I&O and the storage teams.

Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Russell spent 15 years at IBM in storage product development as a Software Engineer in mainframe storage and as a manager of product development, architecture and strategy teams for distributed systems storage solutions.


Years of Experience:

  • 12 years in total with Gartner
  • 28 years in IT industry

Top 5 Issues I Help Clients Address:

  • Redesign the backup and recovery infrastructure
  • Improve the overall storage management practice
  • Design storage architectures to meet evolving business requirements
  • Evaluate vendors’ storage strategies
  • Review pricing and terms on storage-related bids

Roles That Need My Research:

  • Architects
  • IT operations
  • IT availability and/or resiliency process owner
  • CIO

Top Key Initiatives I Cover:

  • Infrastructure Modernization
  • Infrastructure and Operations Leaders
  • Infrastructure Agility
  • Business Continuity Management Program
  • Infrastructure Agility

Common Inquiries I Address:

  • Desire to modernize backup/recovery and overall availability
  • Tape libraries coming off of lease and need to consider disk solutions
  • Desire to improve availability for critical applications
  • Need to rearchitect storage for virtualized environments
  • Cost containment for storage
Sunday, December 3, 2017 / 4:45 PM - 5:15 PM

Conference Orientation: How to Get the Most Out of Your Conference Experience

In this session, the conference chairs will provide attendees with an early glimpse into what they can expect over the course of the event, and provide some insight into the Gartner research constructs and methodologies that will be presented at the conference, as well as how to take best advantage of all the pertinent offerings while here at the event. This session is perfect for first-time attendees, but also useful to those who may not have been to the event recently.

Monday, December 4, 2017 / 8:15 AM - 9:00 AM

Gartner Keynote: An Infrastructure and Operations Vision for 2018 and Beyond

I&O's ability to participate and contribute to their organizations digital initiatives needs I&O leadership, not just management. It's time to make I&O digital business platform-ready. Many I&O leaders are at the stage where they need to understand how I&O must help deliver and support digital business platforms. Learn how "Platform Thinking" – ecosystems, data-driven trust, resource-orchestration and bimodal IT – will transform I&O. Discover the leadership capabilities I&O leaders will need to build.

Monday, December 4, 2017 / 11:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Welcome Address

Welcome address for the conference by the conference co-chairs.

Monday, December 4, 2017 / 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Senior Executive Circle Lunch: 2018 CIO Agenda: Implications to I&O

Each year Gartner conducts the industry's largest CIO survey, this year with over 3,100 respondents from around the world. This session shares the results of the most recent survey, scheduled to complete in October, 2017, and offers insights in to what those of us infrastructure and operations can do to better align with and support the goals and objectives of the head of IT.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 / 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Backup and Recovery: Time to Tame the Beast

Backup and recovery is a process that has been in the industry for well over half a century, but many organizations continue to still experience backup as an expensive and problematic activity. Based on over 2,500 end user inquiry per year on backup and recovery, this session looks at current trends in backup, alternatives that are available, and their maturity and applicability, as well as best practices to remediating current backup challenges.

Thursday, December 7, 2017 / 8:15 AM - 8:45 AM

Closing Keynote: Interactive Polling Results From the Event

A review of some of the more impactful and/or surprising results from the 2016 Gartner Data Center Conference live polling results. This is a great chance to see what your peers were thinking in the sessions that you were not able to attend.

Meet the analysts face to face.