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Dave Raffo

Consulting Analyst

Dave Raffo is a Consulting Analyst at DCIG. Dave has been a technology analyst and journalist for 30 years. He covered cloud storage, storage-as-a-service and integrated infrastructure as a senior analyst at Evaluator Group and Futurum Group before joining DCIG. He previously spent more than 25 years as a tech journalist, including 18 years coverage enterprise storage and data protection.

Dave worked for 13 years at TechTarget as Editorial Director and Executive News Editor for storage, data protection and converged infrastructure. During that time, he led TechTarget’s storage coverage. In 2020, Dave won an American Society of Business Professional Editors (ASBPE) national award for column writing.

His previous jobs covering technology include news editor at Byte and Switch, managing editor of EdTech Magazine, and features and new products editor at Windows Magazine. Before turning to technology, he was an editor and sports reporter for United Press International in New York for 12 years. A New Jersey native, Dave currently lives in northern Virginia.

Dave holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Journalism from William Patterson University.

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