Dr. Cliff Grossner heads the Cloud and Data Center Research Practice at IHS Markit.
As executive director in the Cloud and Data Center Research Practice, he focuses on cloud services, data center compute and networking, and software defined networking (SDN). Dr. Grossner has more than 25 years of telecommunications industry experience encompassing scientific research, market analysis, corporate and product strategy, product management and marketing. A recognized thought leader, he frequently is an expert judge for industry and technology innovation awards and an invited conference speaker, who is often quoted in technical publications, including SDx Central, Light Reading, Fierce Telecom, eWeek, Network Computing and Lightwave Online. Dr. Grossner joined IHS (now IHS Markit) during the 2014 acquisition of Infonetics Research, where he led the firm's data center networking, cloud and SDN research coverage. During his tenure at Infonetics, he launched the SDN practice and grew revenue 100%. Previously, he held senior positions in the information and communications technology industries, including heading strategic marketing for Alcatel-Lucent's enterprise network business, tenures at Bell Labs, Sesame Networks, NewStep Networks, and Nortel. At McGill and Concordia universities, he worked as a research scientist and faculty lecturer specializing in artificial intelligence, distributed computing, and computer architecture. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy at McGill University, and his Master of Science in Computer Science at Concordia University, both in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, having been awarded national scholarships to support his graduate work. He holds over 10 patents in computer networking, networking embedded security and telecommunications applications.