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Chris Wolf
Research VP
6 years at Gartner
19 years IT industry

Chris Wolf is a Research Vice President for the Gartner for Technical Professionals research team. He covers server and client virtualization and private cloud computing. Read Full Bio

VMworld 2013: Will VMware Regain its Voice?

by Chris Wolf  |  August 19, 2013

Think of one of your favorite bands. Odds are that when they first hit the scene they were brash, unapologetic, and reached stardom at an unthinkable pace. Then what happened? If they’re like some of my favorite bands, they got rich, “matured,” and lost touch with what got them to reach their early success. They […]

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The Rumble in the Jungle–Debating the Necessity of Virtual Desktops

by Chris Wolf  |  June 5, 2013

This year’s Gartner Catalyst conference is shaping up to be a memorable event. Catalyst has always been known for cutting edge sessions and this year is no different. Some of you may recall the Thrilla in California in which Citrix’s Simon Crosby debated VMware’s Scott Drummonds. The full debate was made available online and generated […]

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VMware Will be a Public Cloud IaaS Provider

by Chris Wolf  |  March 13, 2013

Let’s face it. Sometimes being an “enabler,” is admirable. However, if you’ve seen an episode of Intervention lately, being an enabler is not always a good thing. VMware’s IaaS strategy was to enable its partners to offer vCloud services and give it’s customers near unlimited (>9,500 partners) choice of cloud providers. There was a big […]

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The 90s Called: They Want Their Procurement Team Back

by Chris Wolf  |  February 4, 2013

Today I talked to a client about their private cloud architecture and pending investments. The talk hit on a lot of areas, ranging from software licensing, to vendor support, to orchestration, and finally to standardization. When we got to the topic of standardization and procurement, they couldn’t contain themselves. One member of the organization said: […]

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Heterogeneous Virtualization Trends at Gartner Data Center

by Chris Wolf  |  December 11, 2012

Heterogeneous virtualization has been a hot topic among clients and last week at the Gartner Data Center conference in Las Vegas I presented a session on the subject. During the session, I polled the audience on their heterogeneous virtualization plans. Fifty participants responded to each polling question. The first question I asked was about the […]

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Desktop Virtualization Trends at Gartner Data Center

by Chris Wolf  |  December 10, 2012

At the Gartner Data Center conference in Las Vegas last week I asked several polling questions regarding desktop virtualization adoption plans and trends, and thought that they were worth sharing. Note that the poll was taken in my session on “Desktop Virtualization: Tales from the Trenches,” so the audience was already at least considering the […]

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Catalyst 2012 and Mobile Futures

by Chris Wolf  |  August 3, 2012

This year at Catalyst we are going out with a bang, with industry heavyweights Brad Anderson (Microsoft) and Simon Crosby (Bromium) offering keen insights into mobility, application, data, and endpoint futures. If that’s not enough, some of my Gartner colleagues (Tom Austin, Larry Cannell, and Ken Agress) will share their knowledge of mobility futures as […]

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Standardization ADD: We are all Hypocrites

by Chris Wolf  |  June 21, 2012

Standardization Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or (SADD): (n) A condition in which one professes to support standardization, yet can’t help but be distracted by the newest, shiniest object – Opex costs be damned. I’m a hypocrite. There. I said it. It’s almost therapeutic. Are you one too? Here’s how I see it. We are all […]

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Hyper-V 3: A Windows Server 2003 Remix?

by Chris Wolf  |  September 20, 2011

Remember the days of Windows NT Server? I was among the many who mocked it as a serious data center server operating system. Then came Windows 2000 Server, and perceptions began to change. With the release of Windows Server 2003, Microsoft turned the tide of server OS dominance in the data center, placing Microsoft on […]

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VMworld 2011: If Amazon is the Benchmark…

by Chris Wolf  |  September 8, 2011

In a recent Gartner field search study, two early internal IaaS cloud adopters noted that if Amazon was the benchmark by which they are measured in terms of cost, then they had to make tough decisions regarding best-of-breed vs. good enough. In particular, the two clients cited whether deploying a third party virtual switch (i.e., […]

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