Josh Krischer is an expert and executive advisor on high-end computing, storage, disaster recovery techniques, and data center consolidation, with 45 years of experience. Currently doing business through his own independent analyst firm, he was a Research Vice-President at Gartner Inc. between 1998 and 2007. In his career, he has been a featured speaker at many IT events world-wide, including Gartner summits and symposia, industry and educational conferences, and major vendor events. While at Gartner, his world-wide responsibilities included co-authoring the Gartner magic quadrants, vendor ratings and hype cycles for servers and storage. He consulted IT industry players of all sizes, from start-ups to leading hardware vendors (including top level executives from EMC, FSC, HP, HDS, IBM, Sun, Unisys, etc.) regarding strategic actions in marketing and sales. Furthermore, he advised thousands of end-user executives with data center issues, in particular with disaster recovery and procurement decisions. One of his specialties, which he presented on many Gartner events, is how to purchase storage and negotiate with vendors. Between 2000 and 2005, he handled almost all of Gartner’s storage RFPs in the EMEA region, saving customers millions of Euros.