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SAP CEO Bill McDermott on why Concur is worth $8.3 billion

SAP's announcement that it will pay US$8.3 billion to buy business-travel and expense software vendor Concur might have generated less initial buzz than the companies hoped, given it was almost simultaneous with the revelation that Larry Ellison has relinquished his CEO seat to become CTO and executive chairman of Oracle.

By Chris Kanaracus | 20 September, 2014 04:19

Tags: Concur, business issues, Internet-based applications and services, applications, e-commerce, SAP, software, internet, cloud computing, Mergers and acquisitions, Bill McDermott

OpenDaylight Executive Director spells out where this open source SDN efforts stands

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) is the public face of the Software Defined Networking movement, spelling out requirements and defining standards. The group's board includes Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft and Goldman Sachs on the data center side, and Verizon, Deutsche Telekom and NTT Communications on the service provider side. Additionally, there are close to 150 members, from global telcos to startups. To get a sense of where the movement stands, Network World Editor in Chief John Dix tracked down ONF Executive Director Dan Pitt, who spent 20 years developing network architecture, technology, standards, and products at IBM Networking Systems, Hewlett Packard and Bay Networks.

By John Dix | 16 September, 2014 03:57

Tags: open source, IBM, goldman sachs, hewlett packard, deutsche telekom, Facebook, NTT Communications, Yahoo, Google, SDN, Open Networking Foundation, Microsoft, software, Open Source Subnet

EMC CEO defends federated business model, debunks storage myths

There's EMC and then there's EMC.

By John Gallant | 04 September, 2014 06:35

Tags: IT industry, storage, emc

Cisco describes its SDN vision: A Q&A with Soni Jiandani

Soni Jiandani is one of Cisco's serial entrepreneurs, having been a key member of the teams that developed everything from the Nexus 5000 to Cisco's Unified Computing System (which in five years has leapt to the top of the x86 blade server market in North America, according to IDC). Today Jiandani is Senior Vice President of Cisco's Insieme business unit, the group pushing the company's Software Defined Networking vision. Network World Editor in Chief John Dix caught with Jiandani to get her take on how SDN plays out.

By John Dix | 24 July, 2014 00:10

Tags: Cisco Systems, SDN, Networking, cisco, ACI

The future of networking is a NOS on your choice of bare metal, says Cumulus Networks

If Cumulus Networks has its way, companies will use its Cumulus Linux to decouple the network operating system from the hardware and break free of the integrated approach that has driven the industry for decades. Network World Editor in Chief John Dix talked about the vision with Co-Founder and CEO JR Rivers.

By John Dix | 24 June, 2014 06:52

Tags: Cumulus Networks, Linux, Configuration / maintenance, open source, SDN, hardware systems, software, operating systems, Data Center, Red Hat

Healthcare provider finds SDN is the proper Rx

William Hanna, vice president of technical services at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), went out looking for a way to add capacity to a backup network and found what he wanted in Software Defined Networking (SDN) tools from Alcatel-Lucent. Network World Editor in Chief John Dix sat down with Hanna to learn about the process and experience.

By John Dix | 22 May, 2014 07:02

Tags: SDN, alcatel-lucent, William Hanna, Networking, IBM, intel, LAN & WAN, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, VMware, management

Ex-Cisco CEO reflects, looks ahead on 25 years of Networkers

John Morgridge was Cisco's first CEO. He took the company public and presided over its growth until John Chambers took over as CEO in 1995. On the 25th anniversary of the Networker's user conference this week, Morgridge, 80, reflects on the past and looks ahead to the future as Cisco's Chairman Emeritus.

By Jim Duffy | 20 May, 2014 00:17

Tags: Cisco Systems, Networking, router, LAN & WAN

There's no bubble in business Wi-Fi, Aerohive CEO says

Aerohive Networks sells not just enterprise Wi-Fi gear but also cloud-based software designed to make it easier to set up and manage a customer's entire wired and wireless network. Other wireless LAN vendors are moving in the same direction, including Cisco Systems, the biggest seller of enterprise Wi-Fi, which acquired Meraki Networks in 2012.

By Stephen Lawson | 29 March, 2014 11:03

Tags: business issues, Networking, wireless, Aerohive Networks, investments, WLANs / Wi-Fi

Competing on multiple fronts helps Broadcom, CEO McGregor says

Broadcom got a jump on Mobile World Congress this week, announcing two steps forward in its fledgling LTE silicon business. On Monday, the company introduced a turnkey solution for LTE smartphones to be priced under US$300. On Tuesday, it announced a test, on a live carrier network in Finland, of a high-end handset chip that can use so-called Category 6 LTE with speeds as high as 300Mbps (bits per second).

By Stephen Lawson | 13 February, 2014 02:18

Tags: Networking, broadcom, Components, Scott McGregor, mobile, processors

The Grill: Gino Pokluda gains control of an unwieldy database system

Gino Pokluda had a problem: The database system at Presbyterian Health Plan in Albuquerque, N.M., where Pokluda serves as manager of service improvement and innovation, was becoming increasingly expensive and unwieldy, requiring about 80TB of storage for 13 database environments. To gain control, Pokluda implemented Delphix software to enable agile data management and eliminate redundant infrastructure. The 2012 project sliced his storage needs to 35TB, even though his team now maintains 23 environments. Here Pokluda, who manages all production, test and development environments for the company, discusses the database system overhaul and shares other IT management insights.

By Mary K. Pratt | 07 October, 2013 13:54

Tags: databases, applications, software

You can't make it run better if you don't know where the problem lies

Riverbed Technology is best known for its WAN optimization tools, but the company has branched out over the years through multiple acquisitions. Network World Editor in Chief John Dix caught up with Eric Wolford, president of the company's Products Group, to see how the company is trying to help customers squeeze more efficiency out of their IT resources.

By John Dix | 09 August, 2013 22:24

Tags: application management, Networking, infrastructure management, Riverbed Technology, software, wan optimization, system management, LAN & WAN, management, Traffic management

Google making steady progress in the enterprise

Google Enterprise is making inroads on many fronts, winning converts to everything from its productivity tools to its cloud offerings. We recently caught up with President of Google Enterprise, Amit Singh, for a progress report and to discuss what comes next.

By John Dix | 24 June, 2013 20:15

Tags: Configuration / maintenance, Google, Networking, hardware systems, wireless, software, Data Center

10 questions for Recall Senior VP and CFO Allison Aden

Name: Allison Aden

10 questions for Agencyport Software CFO Rick Gilbody

Name: Rick Gilbody

10 questions for ownCloud CFO Dan Curtis

Name: Dan Curtis

Google's software-defined/OpenFlow backbone drives WAN links to 100 per cent utilization

Google, an early backer of software-defined networking and OpenFlow, shared some details at the recent Open Networking Summit about how the company is using the technology to link 12 worldwide data centers over 10G links. Network World Editor in Chief John Dix caught up with Google Principal Engineer Amin Vahdat to learn more.

10 questions for Imperva CTO Amichai Shulman

Name: Amichai Shulman

CIO Rebecca Jacoby steers Cisco's IT ship

Running the internal IT operations of Cisco Systems is a big job not just because of the size of the company -- more than 70,000 employees worldwide and a market capitalisation in the range of $US100 billion -- but also because Cisco is continually developing new IT products across a broad range of technologies and is known for rapidly adopting those products for its own use. Cisco CIO Rebecca Jacoby spoke with IDG News Service on the sidelines of the NetWork conference last week and shared some insights into the legendary enterprise IT company's own enterprise IT.

By Stephen Lawson | 14 December, 2010 08:29

Tags: servers, Rebecca Jacoby, Networking, hardware systems, Phones, CIO role, smartphones, careers, IT management, staff management, Cisco Systems, consumer electronics

Open source identity: Free Telephony Project founder David Rowe

Move over proprietary telephony systems. Australian engineer David Rowe started the Free Telephony Project three years ago to build an affordable IP-PABX system out of free hardware and software. That’s right, the design of the Free Telephony Project IP-PABX is open for any interested person to review and improve. With the first Free Telephony Project products now available and in use world-wide, Rowe hopes it will go along way to improving the availability of voice services in developing nations. In this edition of Open Source Identity, TechWorld interviews Rowe to uncover the burgeoning business of open product development.

By Rodney Gedda | 23 October, 2008 12:06

Tags: telephony, codec, opensource, open source identity, asterisk, ip-pabx, uclinux

Symantec chief talks acquisitions, Cisco's snub

Symantec chairman and CEO John Thompson last week delivered a keynote speech to thousands of security professionals at the RSA Conference 2008 in the US. Ellen Messmer caught up with Thompson at the RSA event, where he expanded on a range of topics including vendor alliances, Symantec's competition and the importance of data-loss prevention technology.

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