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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

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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Top Five Private Cloud Computing Trends, 2012

by Tom Bittman  |  March 22, 2012

Private cloud computing continues to heat up, and there are several key trends defining private cloud computing in 2012: 1) Real Deployments: We’ll see about a 10X increase in private cloud deployments in 2012. Enterprises will find where private cloud makes sense, and where it’s completely over-hyped. We’ll see successes – and there will also […]

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Top Five Server Virtualization Trends, 2012

by Tom Bittman  |  March 21, 2012

Server virtualization is a maturing but still very dynamic market, and there are several key trends reshaping server virtualization in 2012, and affecting the advice we are giving to our clients: 1) Competitive Choices Mature: Imagine how the virtualization market would be different if the server virtualization trend was starting today. VMware’s competition has greatly […]

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Private Cloud and Hot Tubs

by Tom Bittman  |  February 28, 2012

Sitting in my hot tub with my wife in central Wisconsin in February made me think about private cloud computing. Why? I was perfectly comfortable where I was, but I knew that eventually I was going to need to get out and make a run across the deck through below-freezing temperatures. I was going to […]

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Mark Twain and the Open Virtualization Alliance

by Tom Bittman  |  May 19, 2011

On May 17, 2011, HP, IBM, Intel and Red Hat (as governing members) joined BMC Software, Eucalyptus Systems and Suse to announce the “Open Virtualization Alliance”, or OVA (which means “eggs” in Latin, right?). Their stated purposes include “increase overall awareness” of KVM, “accelerate the emergence of an ecosystem” around KVM, and so on. Sure, […]

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How Cloud Computing Reboots the Channel

by Tom Bittman  |  April 7, 2011

In the past two months I’ve spoken to an audience of channel partners, had 6-7 lunch roundtables with channel partners in the U.S. and Canada, and I’ve met with a few channel partners in Europe. Two things are becoming increasingly clear to me: the channel will be critical in broader adoption of cloud computing (and […]

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Guest Blog: A Student’s iPad Experience

by Tom Bittman  |  April 6, 2011

(This blog post was written by my teenaged son, Danny) I’ve been using the iPad in school since April 2010. Since I bought the iPad, I’ve probably gone through ten different note-taking apps, and four or five planners. So rather than dwell on each app and describe why I didn’t like them, I’ll just tell […]

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