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Thomas J. Bittman
VP Distinguished Analyst
20 years at Gartner
31 years IT industry

Thomas Bittman is a vice president and distinguished analyst with Gartner Research. Mr. Bittman has led the industry in areas such as private cloud computing and virtualization. Mr. Bittman invented the term "real-time infrastructure," which has been adopted by major vendors and many… Read Full Bio

Focusing on the Enterprise-Defined Data Center

by Tom Bittman  |  May 18, 2015

We need another IT term, right? My problem is terms like “Software-Defined Data Center” focus on a very limited “how,” and not the “why.” And far too many of the infrastructure and operations (I&O) teams that I talk to use SDDC to describe how they are modernizing their own data center – and in a […]

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Some Perspective on the Explosion of VMs in the Cloud

by Tom Bittman  |  March 5, 2015

Virtualization was dominated by on-premises enterprise virtualization, and on-premises private clouds were the primary sourcing model for VMs offered as a service – for a few years. Certainly not true today. In 2011, roughly 3 percent of all virtual machines (VMs) were sourced in public cloud IaaS providers (mainly Amazon). That was also roughly equal […]

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Cloud Computing Requires Brokers – And Carrots

by Tom Bittman  |  February 20, 2015

I can use a credit card and get services up and running within a very short amount of time from a cloud provider. Why would I want to use a broker? Because I can use a credit card and get services up and running within a very short amount of time from a cloud provider. […]

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Problems Encountered by 95% of Private Clouds

by Tom Bittman  |  February 5, 2015

In my last blog post, I identified ten reasons private clouds were failing. I consolidated that list to six items (below), and polled attendees at Gartner’s Datacenter Conference in Las Vegas in December. I asked the question “What is going wrong with your private cloud?” I was a little surprised that 95% of the 140 […]

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Why Are Private Clouds Failing?

by Tom Bittman  |  September 12, 2014

I recently wrote a research note to explain what we’ve been seeing from our client base. In thousands of interactions, there are very specific patterns for private cloud successes and failures. The top ten reasons (in no particular order) that private clouds are failing are: Focusing Exclusively on Operational Benefits: Thinking private cloud is an […]

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How to Create a Cloud Strategy That Fails Big!

by Tom Bittman  |  June 24, 2014

The elephant in the room is – everyone sees a different part of the elephant. Cloud computing is becoming widely adopted, and yet, there are very different schools of thought on exactly what “cloud” is all about. That’s partly due to the term “cloud computing” being used for a broad collection of services, delivered at […]

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Hybrid Cloud is Three Years Behind Private Cloud

by Tom Bittman  |  October 24, 2013

Polls (and inquiries) imply that the hybrid cloud computing trend is almost exactly three years behind private cloud computing. By any measure, private cloud computing has become a major trend since the concept was first publicly discussed in 2008. While it isn’t mainstream yet, many enterprises have deployed something, and have plans to expand. Market […]

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The Consumerization of Truth, Part II: Sandy Hook

by Tom Bittman  |  July 16, 2013

When I wrote The Consumerization of Truth, and Virtual Villages, little did I know that I was about to be thrust into the middle of wildly divergent worldviews. My blog post discussed how a connected world of people devolves into polarized and radicalized worldviews, as like-minded people confirm each other’s beliefs. Three days after my […]

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The Consumerization of Truth, and Virtual Villages

by Tom Bittman  |  December 11, 2012

How is it possible that we have wildly divergent worldviews in a society connected by email, the Internet, Google, and Facebook? It’s because of email, the Internet, Google, and Facebook. And more importantly, the people who use these tools, and the virtual villages we build. When Thomas Friedman argued that the world is flat – […]

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Mind the Gap: Here Comes Hybrid Cloud

by Tom Bittman  |  September 24, 2012

Just when you thought you were starting to understand cloud computing, and private cloud computing, here comes hybrid cloud!  Vendors are already flocking to the term – it means everything from remotely managed appliances to a mix of virtual and non-virtual servers to traditional applications using cloud services, and everything in between. So what is […]

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