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Eric Burgener

Research Director, Storage

Eric Burgener is Research Director for Storage in the Enterprise Platforms, Storage & Network Infrastructure Group.  Mr. Burgener's core research coverage includes Storage Systems, Software and Solutions, quarterly trackers, end-user research as well as advisory services and consulting programs.  Based on his background coverage enterprise storage, Mr. Burgener's research includes a particular emphasis on flash-optimized arrays as well as software-defined storage.  He is an active participant in the IT Buyers Research Program at IDC and blogs throughout the year on the topic of Infrastructure and Data Management.


Previously, Eric was Vice President of Product Management at Virsto Software, a company acquired by VMware in 2013.  In the past, he has worked as an Executive in Residence at Mayfield (a venture capital firm), and at a number of enterprise infrastructure vendors in a variety of executive positions, including Veritas Software, Dell Computer, Sun Microsystems, Topio, Mendocino Software.  He has worked across different functional areas on the vendor side, including product management, product marketing, business development, and technical support, focusing primarily on enterprise storage solutions since 1991.


  • IDC Rookie Analyst of the Year 2014
  • MBA from the University of California at Berkeley
  • BA from Bowdoin College
  • Frequent speaker, presenter and moderator at various industry forums and events including IDC Directions, The Cube, Flash Memory Summit and others
  • Frequently quoted in the technical and business press on the topics of enterprise flash and software-defined storage, including Fortune, Wall Street Journal, EE Times, and both IDG and TechTarget publications
This IDC Perspective reviews recent research on software-defined storage (SDS), drawing from the fall 2017 edition of the Storage User Demand Study Survey, a File- and Object-Based Storage Survey, July 2017, and other research. SDS adoption...
This IDC Market Note reviews IBM's October 24, 2017, storage announcements. Enhancements to the company's FlashCore technology, as well as Spectrum Virtualize and Accelerate software-defined storage offerings, improve the competitiveness of...
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