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David Cappuccio

David J. Cappuccio

Vice President and Distinguished Analyst

David J. Cappuccio is a VP, Distinguished Analyst and Chief of Research for the Infrastructure teams within Gartner, responsible for research in Enterprise Data Center Strategies and Trends, data center physical design, retrofit, construction and cost models, data center cloud and hybrid strategies, power/cooling, green IT, and data center consolidation and migration strategies. His experience extends more than 45 years in the technology arena, including financial services, IT operations, market research and management consulting. Prior to rejoining Gartner in 2004, Mr. Cappuccio spent 10 years with the company, starting in 1992, in various research and executive roles, including Group VP and General Manager of Gartner’s worldwide Research organization.

In 2001, Mr. Cappuccio was chief research officer of Next Economy Partners, a research and advisory firm he co-founded to augment venture capital firms’ ability to assist emerging technology companies with marketing, revenue generation and strategic alliance development. Most recently, before he returned to Gartner, he was chief operating officer and SVP for Delahaye Medialink Worldwide, a leading public relations benchmarking and media research firm.


Years of Experience:

  • 23 years in total with Gartner
  • 48 years in IT industry
  • 26 years in Banking, Finance and Insurance industry

Top 5 Issues I Help Clients Address:

  • Hybrid Data Center and Cloud Strategies, Designs and Costs
  • Edge Computing and Micro Data Centers
  • Cloud and Hybrid Application and Workload Migration Planning
  • Data Center Consolidation and Migrations
  • Data Center Power, Cooling, Facilities Issues and DCIM

Roles That Need My Research:

  • Data Center Manager or Director
  • CIO
  • CTO
  • Facilities Manager

Top Key Initiatives I Cover:

  • Infrastructure Delivery Strategies
  • Infrastructure Modernization
  • Infrastructure Agility

Common Inquiries I Address:

  • Data center strategies – creating hybrid data centers with cloud, colocation, on-premises and hosting
  • Data center migrations – from old to new, or from existing to colocation/hosting provider
  • Data center retrofits – how to get more from the same footprint
Monday, December 4, 2017 / 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Gartner Essentials: 2018 Top 10 Trends and Their Impact on I&O

As I&O leaders, CIOs and CTOs struggle with maintaining existing operations, while at the same time adapting to an ever-increasing introduction of new technologies by business leaders, they rarely have time to look beyond short planning horizons. This session is designed to look at emerging trends in both business and technology, and discuss their potential impact on IT; to enable IT leaders to get ahead of the curve.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 / 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM

Roundtable: Best Practices in Data Center Consolidation or Migration

Consolidations and migrations are complex endeavors; what do successful migration projects have in common?

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 / 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Roundtable: Data Center Optimization and Retrofits — Getting the Most for Your Capital

What are best practices in getting the most out of existing data centers or executing truly cost-effective retrofits?

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 / 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Roundtable: Data Center and Cloud Strategies – Making Them Real

What are enterprises doing to insure data center and cloud strategies are aligned, and what is the end game?

Thursday, December 7, 2017 / 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

Creating the Future-Proof Digital Infrastructure

After decades of owning and managing data centers, today's enterprise must grapple with the issues of how to support older applications, while at the same time embracing cloud services and the rapid march toward a digital economy. This session will focus on how enterprises are solving these problems, building an infrastructure based on an ecosystem of partners, and minimizing risk along the way.

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