Gartner Expert

Elias Khnaser

VP Analyst

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

Sigma Solutions - A Pivot Company

Chief Technology Officer

VSD Technologies

Chief Technology Officer

General Growth Properties (GGP)

SBC Architect

Areas of coverage

IT Operations and Cloud Management for Technical Professionals

Cloud Computing for Technical Professionals

Data Center Infrastructure for Technical Professionals


B.S., Marketing, Lebanese American University

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Public cloud computing strategy and architecture

2Hybrid and multicloud strategy and architecture

3Evaluating and assessing cloud computing providers

4Cloud exit strategy

5Edge computing strategy and architecture