John Burke

John Burke

CIO and Principal Research Analyst

Research Leader: Cloud, Networking & Infrastructure Services

Primary Focus Areas: Private cloud infrastructure including hyperconverged infrastructure and containers, private and hybrid cloud management, Infrastructure and Platform as a Service, and serverless compute; Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN); Network Functions Virtualization (NFV); identity-driven infrastructure services; and the security associated with each.

Other Areas of Expertise: Automation, DevOps, API management, and SOA/microservices design; IT Service Management and ITIL; information stewardship; network and application performance management; Application Delivery Optimization (WAN optimization, application delivery controllers); Big Data, analytics and visualization.

John Burke, CIO and Principal Research Analyst with Nemertes Research, advises key enterprise and vendor clients, and conducts and analyzes primary research in these areas. Mr. Burke leads research on the hybrid cloud, the modern software-defined WAN, automation, and DevOps.

An established speaker, Mr. Burke has appeared at UBM’s Interop events, IDG’s IT Roadmap and Tech Target events, and in private events for Comcast, Cisco, Citrix, AT&T, and other vendors. He has spoken on subjects including SD-WAN, hybrid cloud, automation and the new data center; SDN and NFV; security; and desktop virtualization. Mr. Burke writes frequently for Network World, Tech Target, and other media sources.

As a research analyst and consultant, Mr. Burke draws on his past and current experience as a practitioner and leader in IT to better understand the needs of IT executives and the challenges facing vendors trying to sell to them. His experience has given him broad and deep knowledge in computing, communications, and IT management.

Mr. Burke’s IT experience includes enterprise architecture and directing the voice and data networking, desktop support, and central systems management groups at the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN). He also directed central systems, networks, and desktop support at The College of St. Catherine (now St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN), and supported the engineering faculty in their application of IT to teaching and research at The Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD).

Mr. Burke holds a master’s degree in the history of science and a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering, both from The Johns Hopkins University. His interests include baking, birding, and beer.