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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.

Education

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

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.

Education

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

Richard Fichera's Research

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Lead The I&O Software Revolution With Infrastructure-As-Code

    Strategic Plan: The Infrastructure Transformation Playbook

    September 12, 2017 Chris Gardner, Richard Fichera

    Infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals have always focused on delivering services at lower costs and ever-greater efficiency, but customer obsession requires innovation that enables top-line growth. The evolution and success of digital business models is leading I&O organizations to disrupt their traditional infrastructure models to pursue cloud strategies. I&O professionals and leaders must embrace a strategy that leverages what cloud and development/operations (DevOps) pioneers call "immutable infrastructure" — or, as Forrester recommends, "composable infrastructure."

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Rumors Of VMware's Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated

    VMware Faces Great Challenges But Keeps Delivering Growth, Defying Its Critics

    July 12, 2017 Chris Gardner, Dave Bartoletti, Andre Kindness, Richard Fichera

    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 unprecedented challenges, and some execution and strategic missteps. However, it keeps delivering growth and sound financial performance, contradicting critics. Part of this is due to the growing maturation of the software-defined data center (SDDC) and the increasing popularity of infrastructure-as-code (IaC). This report helps infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals understand the issues affecting VMware and its pundit-defying staying power.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Embrace Cloud Economics For On-Premises Enterprise Storage

    Business Case: The Infrastructure Transformation Playbook

    May 18, 2017Richard Fichera

    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. Enterprises are increasingly demanding on-premises consumption-based pricing from both legacy and new vendors as part of new procurements. To help infrastructure and operations (I&O) teams and professionals get the maximum benefits from consumption-based storage, this report reviews the basic concepts and variations of this economic model, which intentionally mimics cloud pricing.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

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

    Proper Utilization Of Cloud And Enterprise Storage Will Dictate BT Success

    April 28, 2017Richard Fichera

    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 cloud services. Advances in storage solutions are paving the way for more organizations to properly and more easily use the powerful hybrid combination. Infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals must balance cloud mobility and on-premises governance with hybrid cloud storage strategies that are optimal for their business technology (BT) agenda, not just convenient to implement. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and revises it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy. We're updating it now to reflect our latest research on cloud and enterprise storage.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Hyperconverged Infrastructure And You

    Understanding Workloads, Data Services, And Costs Will Yield Optimal Decisions

    March 8, 2017Richard Fichera

    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 these requirements affect implicit and explicit weighting as they evaluate hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) offerings. This report covers the major variations in workloads and data services that can make an impact on your selection and outlines a methodology for evaluating the true cost of these solutions.

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