Cliff Grossner, Ph.D.

Senior Research Director, Data Center, Cloud and SDN Technology, IHS Markit

Dr. Cliff Grossner is a senior research director responsible for data center, compute and networking, cloud services and SDN research at IHS Markit.
He has more than 25 years of telecommunications industry experience covering market analysis, corporate and product strategy, product management and marketing, and scientific research. A recognized thought leader, Dr. Grossner is also a frequent expert judge for industry and technology innovation awards and an invited speaker at industry conferences and is frequently quoted in technical publications such as Light Reading, Fierce Telecom, eWeek, Network Computing and Lightwave Online. He joined the company in December 2014, when IHS Markit acquired Infonetics Research where he led the firm's data center networking, cloud and SDN research coverage. During his tenure at Infonetics, Cliff launched the SDN practice and grew revenue 100%. Previously, he held a range of senior positions in the information and communications technology industries including heading strategic marketing for Alcatel-Lucent's enterprise network business unit, tenures at Bell Labs, Sesame Networks, NewStep Networks, and Nortel. He has also worked as a research scientist and faculty lecturer at McGill and Concordia universities, specializing in artificial intelligence, distributed computing, and computer architecture. Dr. Grossner earned his Doctor of Philosophy at McGill University, and his Master of Science in Computer Science at Concordia University, both in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Dr. Grossner holds multiple patents in computer networking, networking embedded security and telecommunications applications.
  • Telecommunications
  • Next-generation products

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