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Chief Technology Officer, Sigma Solutions
News & Commentary Posts: 20
Elias Khnaser, Chief Technology Officer for Sigma Solutions, is an internationally renowned expert and thought leader in the areas of IT transformation, enterprise consumerization, virtualization, and cloud computing. He is well-published, authoring and co-authoring six books, 10 video training DVDs, and hundreds of articles. He is a frequent speaker at leading technology conferences and is an evangelist, blogger, and columnist at Virtualization Review Magazine, InformationWeek, and Forbes. Elias is responsible for the technical vision of at Sigma, identifying trends, innovating, and developing strategies for keeping the company on the cutting edge of solutions delivery. He is also a customer-facing executive, advising clients on IT transformation, development of IT roadmaps, enterprise consumerization strategies, virtualization, and cloud computing.
Articles by Elias Khnaser

HDS' Victoria: One Storage Queen To Rule Them All!

10/6/2010
Last month, Hitachi Data Systems unveiled the much-anticipated refresh of its USP-V enterprise storage platform. The new product, internally codenamed Victoria and officially named the Virtual Storage Platform (VSP), is packed with features and seems to me well worth the wait. The same day HDS made the VSP announcement, HP also announced the release of its P9500, which it OEMs from Hitachi; HP rebrands the VSP and uses its own management software.

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HP Looks To Deny Dell Access To The Data Center

8/24/2010
HP's trumping of Dell's bid for 3PAR is a masterful preemptive strike. HP is certainly not that interested in 3PAR and will most likely not counter offer should Dell choose to pursue the deal. What HP is interested in is making the buy as expensive as possible for Dell in order to throw a wrench into the PC giant's further acquisitions ambitions.

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With VDI, Local Disk Is A Thing Of The Past

7/21/2010
Last week I read a few interesting articles about storage in desktop virtualization, VDI in particular. The consensus is that this storage belongs on local disk, not the SAN. One industry expert even says you can use SSDs locally and still get away for less money. I beg to differ.

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Will Microsoft Win Back Virtualization With Windows 8 and HyperV 3?

7/12/2010
Is Microsoft trying to win back the virtualization market by, once again, leveraging its desktop dominance? Redmond has a history of using this strategy -- remember when Novell was its main competitor in the server market? The popularity of Windows on the desktop eventually forced IT to adopt Windows NT. The approach that Microsoft is reportedly taking with Windows 8 and Hyper-V 3 seems strikingly familiar. And that's OK by me.

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Unidesk: A Companion To VDI

6/30/2010
Every now and then, a technology comes along that's intriguing enough that I sit up and take notice. Unidesk, a start-up based in Massachusetts, recently introduced the concept of "composite virtualization," a technology that addresses a missing component in VDI implementations: user personalization. Now, you may be saying, "That's not new, it's existed forever in profile management and other tools." In this blog, I will explain why the way Unidesk approaches personalization really is n

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Open Letter To Jack Domme, CEO, Hitachi Data Systems

6/29/2010
A few weeks ago, HDS put together its first-ever blogger day, hopefully the first of many. Titled "HDS Blogger Day 0.9," I and other bloggers had access to an impressive lineup of executives and technical leaders. The company's CEO, Jack Domme, attended the dinner after the event, a great show of support for the community in general. But I do have some remaining questions.

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Day 1: Highlights Of Citrix Synergy 2010

5/13/2010
Day 1 of Citrix Synergy 2010 in San Francisco brought some exciting advances. The highlight was Citrix CEO Mark Templeton's keynote address that confirmed earlier product availability news and introduced several other new offerings and roadmaps. There is definitely more energy and excitement at Synergy this year than could be felt in previous years. Here is a quick summary:

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Hitachi Takes A Swing At Cisco

4/19/2010
Hitachi Data Systems Monday unveiled its version of a converged infrastructure. Dubbed Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP), the HDS offering is a direct competitor to Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS).

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9 Reasons Enterprises Shouldn't Switch To Hyper-V

12/16/2009
In my job I'm privileged to help companies navigate virtualization challenges. Lately, more and more enterprise IT groups are asking about migrating to Hyper-V because of perceived significant cost savings, from a licensing perspective. I always expected that at some point I would have to address this question, but I thought that time would be two or three years from now.

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Up With Virtual Grid Power

11/22/2009
I recently wrote a column for InformationWeek Analytics that got some e-mail responses, and I thought the discussion was interesting enough to post the column and some of the comments that sparked the discussion. So here goes.

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