Speakers at the Desktop Virtualization Strategies Conference

David Goldstein

David Goldstein is a Technology Strategist at HCSC. He develops long-term strategies for major sectors of IT infrastructure (data center, networking, storage) and for business units heavily dependent on IT to deliver services (e.g., customer service.)  Prior to that he was Director, Consulting at Gartner, where he was at for ten years. developing IT strategies, and conducting sourcing processes and risk assessments.  He earned a MS in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University in 1972, specializing in integrated circuits design and performance analysis

Sandy Hawke

With over twelve years of information security experience in various technical sales, consulting, and product marketing roles, Sandy drives BigFix's product marketing strategy. Before joining BigFix, she held senior product marketing responsibilities at Blue Coat Systems, Vormetric, Nevis Networks and SenSage. Her background also includes hands-on technical risk mitigation as she led field level engineering support for Cybertrust’s Western sales team and was responsible for assessing customer environments against the TruSecure certification criteria. She began her career managing network firewalls for UUNET – one of the largest ISPs in the world. Combining her hands-on experience with a real world business perspective, Sandy can provide salient insights on optimizing infrastructure and security investments. In addition to the CISSP credential, she holds a BA degree in Political Science from the University of Delaware and an MA degree in Political Science from UC, Santa Barbara.

Elias Khnaser
Elias is the virtualization and cloud computing practice manager for Sigma Solutions. In this capacity he draws on over 12 years of experience architecting some of the largest server-based computing environments in the world. As Sigma Solutions’ virtualization practice manager, Elias advises clients on all aspects of virtualization—from server to desktop, all the way through application virtualization. Prior to helping found Sigma Solutions, Elias worked for some of the country’s leading Fortune 500 companies managing teams responsible for environments as small as 2,500 users and as large as 14,000 users. In addition to his role at Sigma, Elias is a recognized industry analyst, speaker, published author, and frequent blogger at publications such as InformationWeek. His publications include: VMware ESX Server 3.0 & 3.5 CBT, VCP Exam Cram: VMware Certified Professional; Exam Cram: Citrix CCA MetaFrame Presentation Server 3.0 and 4.0 (Exams 223/256) (co-author); MCSE Designing Security for a Windows Server 2003 Network: Exam 70-298 Study Guide and DVD Training System (co-author); Citrix MetaFrame XP Including Feature Release 1 (co-author). He is also Contributing author at Windows IT Pro Magazine, Techrepublic.com, Certcities.com, Cramsession.com, InformationWeek and DABCC.com. Elias has a bachelor of science in business marketing from the Lebanese American University and holds numerous industry certifications from Microsoft, Citrix, VMware, Cisco, and other leading vendors.

Don Krueger
Don Krueger is a Senior Consultant of Virtualization at GlassHouse Technologies, Inc.  He is a twelve- year veteran of consulting and has more than seventeen years of experience in IT. Since becoming a consultant, Don has written a variety of different architectural designs for companies ranging from in size from small shops to dozens of fortune 100 enterprises. Throughout his career, Don has focused on server-based technologies and is an expert in technologies from Microsoft, Citrix, HP, and Dell. For the last four years at GlassHouse Don’s primary focus has been in server virtualization.

Natalie Lambert

Natalie Lambert, director of product marketing at Citrix, is responsible for the go-to-market strategy of XenDesktop. In her role, she is driving web based programs and key alliances to ensure broad understanding of desktop virtualization. Ms. Lambert joined Citrix in 2009 after 7 years at Forrester Research, where she was the leading expert on desktop virtualization, desktop management, and desktop security. In that role, she advised clients on technology investments and best practices surrounding the enterprise computing environment. Ms. Lambert has been widely quoted in the press, including outlets such as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Edward Moffat

Edward works with Oracle customers and Oracle partners to understand the financial, technical, security, social and environmental advantages of Oracle's desktop tools. Leading the evangelization of the desktop software products since 2003, he has responsibility for the Sun Ray, Secure Global Desktop, VDI, and VirtualBox and products in Canada and parts of the US.  Edward joined Oracle in 2010, and previously has held a number of different roles and had assignments in Canada, the U.S. and Europe with Sun Microsystems. He has consulted on desktop security matters to the Banks and Federal agencies. He consults to various vertical markets in Canada and the US, and previously represented Sun to the press, contributes to various blogs, and speaks at a number of conferences in Canada and the United States.  Edward came to Oracle with significant strengths in the Financial Services industry having previously worked at Citibank and Bank of Montreal, and has been working to bridge the gap between IT-speak and business-speak for over two decades.

Ron Oglesby

Ron Oglesby educates enterprise IT organizations and solution providers on how to reduce the costs of desktop management and accelerate application delivery through successful virtualization deployments. His has years of desktop experience as a Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) and extensive knowledge of Microsoft and VMware virtualization technologies. Before joining Unidesk, Ron was the Practice Executive for Virtualization Services at Dell where he developed methodologies that helped Dell’s strategic customers implement their virtualization and consolidation initiatives. Prior to Dell, Ron was the Director of x86 and Virtualization Services at GlassHouse Technologies, one of the world’s largest independent data center consulting and services companies, where he oversaw North American consulting operations and directed a large team of engineers on numerous enterprise virtualization projects. Ron joined GlassHouse through its acquisition of RapidApp, where, as CTO and Senior Architect, he managed the professional services business and developed unique intellectual property for managing virtualization implementations. Ron is also a best-selling author of advanced technical design guides for VMware Infrastructure 3, VMware ESX Server, and Terminal Services for Microsoft Windows Server 2003. He is also recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award.

Nick Schmidt

Nick Schmidt is currently the senior manager of CDW’s Information Technology, overseeing IT infrastructure Services. Mr. Schmidt’s organization encompasses Telecommunications, Network Services, System Engineering, IT Security, and Data Center Services. He is a 30-year I.T. veteran. with extensive experience leading organizations ranging from domestically focused operations to multi-million dollar global technology organizations.  Prior to CDW, Mr. Schmidt has served in multiple capacities in private and publically held companies primarily focusing on infrastructure excellence. With extensive experience gained from within major telecommunications providers as well as leading consumers of telecommunications services, Mr. Schmidt brings a wealth of information to his perspective.