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My blog on virtualization, cloud computing, and the future of infrastructure

by Tom Bittman  |  September 12, 2008  |  2 Comments

Welcome to my blog! I plan on sharing some thoughts on trends and the state of the industry for virtualization, cloud computing and the general future of infrastructure. A little about me:

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I’m a vice president and distinguished analyst with Gartner Research. I’m the lead analyst responsible for server virtualization and real-time infrastructure architectures. However, my primary area of focus is cloud computing.

Before joining Gartner fourteen years ago, I was a division plan manager and chief software engineer with IBM. I’ve been in the IT industry for 25 years.

With Gartner analyst Neil MacDonald, I published research about computing appliances starting in 1999.

In 2001, with Gartner analyst Donna Scott, I developed the real-time infrastructure concept – before the industry was talking about autonomic, dynamic, on demand, or adaptive anything. In 2001, I explained how service providers would leverage these concepts to change the idea of outsourcing completely (what has since become the engine of cloud computing). 

I published research explaining the importance of start-up VMware when that company had 50 employees. For the past seven years, I’ve advised the industry about the virtualization trend.

In 2004, I invented the concept of the meta OS – a conceptual operating system that spans distributed systems and takes on some of the services provided by traditional operating systems (starting to be promoted by vendors such as VMware and Microsoft in 2008).

Now, I focus on virtualization trends, general infrastructure and operations future, and cloud computing.

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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

Thoughts on My blog on virtualization, cloud computing, and the future of infrastructure

  1. Tarry Singh says:

    Welcome to blogosphere. I am glad to see Gartner folks too get into blogging. I spoke to some of the folks here in UK/NL etc for the Data Center Summit and was surprised to hear that they don’t have blogger/analyst pases for folks like us.

    But I guess Gartner is just about beginning to open up, I guess. Right?

  2. Robert Cohen says:

    I have recently written a White Paper that ties together a number of things, including Virtual Worlds, cloud computing, virtualized data resources and next generation networks. I think it addresses a number of issues you intend to discuss here. You can find the White Paper at The paper offers a view of how the Internet and Virtual Worlds may look in the next 5 years.

    There is also a talking points piece on the paper that is available at

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