Analyst Profile

Elias Khnaser

Elias Khnaser

VP Analyst

6 years at Gartner ,  23 years industry experience

Roles and Responsibilities

Elias Khnaser is a Research Vice President with Gartner for Technical Professionals (GTP). He manages the data center infrastructure and cloud research agenda and is responsible for the strategic technical direction of the team's collective research. Mr. Khnaser engages with more than 300 end-user organizations annually, advising CIOs, directors and architects on all aspects of cloud computing, edge, and data center transformation strategies. He is well known for his ability to relate complex technical concepts to align IT with business needs. Mr. Khnaser's coverage is primarily focused on cloud adoption strategy, cloud architecture (hybrid and multicloud), cloud migration, platforms and providers, exit strategy. He is well published, authoring and co-authoring 6 books, 40+ online video training courses and hundreds of articles for Virtualization Review Magazine, InformationWeek and Forbes. He is a frequent speaker at various Gartner and leading technology conferences.


Previous Experience

Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Khnaser was the CTO for Sigma Solutions. In that role, he directed the company's technical strategy and was a customer-facing executive engaging with client CIOs, architects and engineers on cloud, EUC and virtualization strategies. He is well-published with six books and thousands of blogs on Forbes, InformationWeek and He has also presented at many industry conferences.

Professional Background

General Growth Properties (GGP), SBC Architect, 6 years
Sigma Solutions - A Pivot Company, Chief Technology Officer, 4 years
VSD Technologies, Chief Technology Officer, 2 years

Industry Awards/Accolades

Citrix Technology Professional (CTP)
Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP)
VMware vExpert


B.S., Marketing, Lebanese American University



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