Richard Fichera

Vice President, Principal Analyst serving Infrastructure & Operations PROFESSIONALS

Richard is a member of Forrester's Infrastructure & Operations research team and has coverage responsibilities for servers and data center architecture and transformation. Among the core technologies he focuses on are blade and modular servers, converged infrastructure, virtualization and management of virtual data center resources, enterprise cloud infrastructure, and techniques for data center transformation.

Previous Work Experience

Richard recently returned to Forrester after spending four years as director of BladeSystem strategy at Hewlett-Packard. He was responsible for planning future technology products as well as serving as an executive sponsor for large financial service companies; participating in merger and acquisition projects; and serving as a member of HP's Technology Advisory Council team, which solicited input from a group of senior customer representatives. Richard was also a member of the startup team at Egenera, an early blade server and virtualization pioneer.

During his 10-year tenure at Forrester, Richard consulted with many large companies on their technology road maps and strategy, emerging technologies and their role in the organizations, vendor management and selection, and data center migration and transformation.


Richard has a combined degree in computer science, operations research, and statistics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Richard Fichera's Research

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report: Rumors Of VMware's Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated

    VMware, for years one of Silicon Valley's darlings, has struggled to find its place in the new world of cloud computing. Skepticism over its long-term viability continues because of unprecedente...

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report: Embrace Cloud Economics For On-Premises Enterprise Storage

    Cloud storage isn't a panacea, considering enterprises' concerns about privacy, governance, availability, and unpredictable costs, but the basic opex cost model is extremely attractive. Enterpri...

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report: Hybrid Cloud Is The Foundation For Storage Agility And Economics

    Hybrid clouds are the future state of compute and storage for enterprises in the age of the customer. Hybrid cloud storage can now blend on-premises storage infrastructure with public and hosted...

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report: Hyperconverged Infrastructure And You

    To support a business technology (BT) agenda, infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals must factor critical aspects of their own environments into their decisions and understand how the...

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report: Edge Computing: IoT Will Spawn A New Infrastructure Market

    Internet of things (IoT) is the latest transformational technology, extending ubiquitous connectivity and control to the physical world. The applications are limited only by our imagination and ...

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