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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

Cloud-Native Isn’t Edge-Native

by Tom Bittman  |  April 17, 2020

Applications or parts of applications that operate near the edge are not the same as applications that thrive in the hyperscale cloud. In the same way that lifting and shifting a traditional application to the cloud doesn’t fundamentally change the nature of the app, and sometimes simply isn’t doable because of app requirements, you can’t […]

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COVID-19 and I&O: Now, Next, After

by Tom Bittman  |  March 30, 2020

I hope you’re taking precautions, taking care of your family, friends and community, and following social distancing guidelines. I certainly am. Everyone has a role, some on the front-lines (I am so thankful for our first responders and healthcare workers), to family caregivers. One thing I’m promoting is helping small businesses by using services whenever […]

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The Consumerization of IoT

by Tom Bittman  |  March 22, 2018

IoT is already growing quickly, and edge computing is rapidly becoming a major trend. But in my opinion, what will really light a fire under both is the consumerization of IoT. IoT is, of course, a growing trend in enterprises, and in industry. In fact, in IT circles, the discussion is mostly about Industrial IoT […]

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The Edge Will Eat The Cloud

by Tom Bittman  |  March 6, 2017

Today, cloud computing is eating enterprise data centers, as more and more workloads are born in the cloud, and some are transforming and moving to the cloud. But there’s another trend that will shift workloads and data and processing and business value significantly away from the cloud. The edge will eat the cloud. And this […]

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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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