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The Grill: Rosetta Stone CIO Pradeep Mannakkara makes a rapid move to the cloud

When Pradeep Mannakkara took the CIO position at Rosetta Stone, he encountered an IT infrastructure that was nearly the same age as the 21-year-old language-learning company. So Mannakkara established a plan to not only update, but also transform Rosetta Stone's technology stack and its 70-person IT department. Since starting in 2011, he has shifted much of the aging infrastructure to cloud-based platforms and added more mobile applications and state-of-the-art technologies. He says the changes achieved his goals of enabling a more efficient workflow and fostering innovation, while also increasing the strategic value of the IT organization.

By Mary K. Pratt | 18 November, 2013 16:10

Tags: Rosetta Stone, internet, cloud computing

F5, VMware & Cisco: One happy family?

At first blush, F5 Networks' new Synthesis Architecture for Software-Defined Application Services might appear to compete with new offerings from Cisco and VMware. But no, F5 CEO John McAdam and executive vice-president of Strategic Solutions Manuel Rivelo tell IDG Communications Chief Content Officer John Gallant that F5 is very much in sync with these two data center giants (we did not, however, press them on the relationship between Cisco and VMware).

By John Gallant | 11 November, 2013 22:21

Tags: virtualization, Cisco Systems, F5 Networks, SDN, LAN & WAN, VMware

F5 execs: We're blasting virtualisation beyond Layer 3

Cisco wasn't the only networking company making big virtualization news last week with the debut of its Insieme product line and Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) strategy aimed at virtualizing the data center. F5 Networks, in addition to announcing that it will work hand-in-hand with Cisco on ACI integration, launched its own Synthesis Architecture for Software-Defined Application Services, which aims to virtualize networking functions above Layers 2/3.

By John Gallant | 11 November, 2013 22:20

Tags: virtualization, F5 Networks, SDN, VMware, LAN & WAN

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

Cloud computing causing rethinking of disaster recovery

Cloud computing gives organisations the opportunity to rethink many traditional IT practices, but it may be a particularly good fit for disaster recovery and business continuity.

By John Dix | 31 July, 2013 00:42

Tags: network storage, Configuration / maintenance, Cloud, security, IBM, hardware systems, internet, cloud computing, Data Center

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

HP Q&A: Converged Cloud is company's chief initiative

Saar Gillai, named head of Hewlett-Packard's Cloud operations in January, is on the hot seat.

By Joab Jackson | 10 May, 2013 20:39

Tags: internet, cloud computing, Hewlett-Packard, Infrastructure services

Interview: Dell software chief talks transformation

John Swainson has one of the more challenging jobs in the tech industry right now. As president of Dell's software division, he's charged with sorting through all the software Dell has acquired and organizing it into coherent offerings that can further its effort to become a more profitable, software- and services-driven company.

By James Niccolai | 25 April, 2013 17:01

Tags: Dell, PC, Components, software, John Swainson

Oracle's Mark Hurd talks Fusion Applications, customer satisfaction and SAP's HANA

As co-president of Oracle, Mark Hurd is tasked with selling an ever-increasing array of new software and hardware products, such as the Exadata database machine and Fusion Applications, while figuring out how to keep the company's vast installed base happy and fending off competition from the likes of SAP.

By Chris Kanaracus | 12 April, 2013 20:47

Tags: business issues, CIO role, hardware systems, software, mark hurd, business management, COLLABORATE, IT management, Oracle, services

UEFI president: We need more key providers

Since its introduction, the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface has created a fair amount of controversy. UEFI was created through an industry consortium as an evolutionary step up from BIOS, the simple firmware long used when starting a computer to initialize all the components and load the operating system. Among its advanced features, UEFI includes an option called Secure Boot, which requires that any software used before the operating system starts, or after it shuts down, has been signed by a certificate authority.

By Joab Jackson | 28 February, 2013 20:51

Tags: Windows desktops, Configuration / maintenance, open source, Microsoft, desktop pcs, hardware systems, software

NetSuite CEO Zach Nelson talks growth, strategy and life with Oracle

NetSuite is one of the SaaS (software as a service) market's pioneers, having sold its growing family of ERP (enterprise resource planning), e-commerce and other applications since 1998. The vendor's results have been beating Wall Street's predictions, and may yet again in a few weeks, when NetSuite is expected to announce its fourth-quarter and year-end results.

By Chris Kanaracus | 09 January, 2013 20:59

Tags: Zach Nelson, business issues, netsuite, Internet-based applications and services, SAP, software, internet, business management, cloud computing, Oracle, personnel

Zend CEO: PHP is fit for the enterprise

PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor) is a well-established server-side dynamic language platform for Web development. Among its many users have been important Web properties such as SugarCRM and the Drupal content management system. Perhaps the top promoter of PHP is Zend Technologies, which offers an application server and development tools for PHP and stresses PHP usage in enterprises.

By Paul Krill | 30 October, 2012 15:53

Tags: Languages and standards, application development, Zend Technologies, software

The Grill: Orlando Health CIO Rick Schooler's vision of healthcare IT

Orlando Health VP and CIO Rick Schooler talks about how analytics is transforming healthcare. Insider (registration required)

10 questions for WellDoc CFO Jon Brilliant

Name: Jon Brilliant

Red Hat CEO: We're the cloud leader -- with Linux

Jim Whitehurst says it's not just Red Hat's products, but its philosophy that place it at the forefront of cloud computing

10 questions for Layer 7 Technologies CTO Scott Morrison

Name: Scott Morrison

MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor on implications of 'the mobile wave'

MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor's big interest these days is "the mobile wave," which refers to a re-ordering of technology and modern life through the proliferation of iPads, smartphones and the increasingly sophisticated software that runs on them.

Epicor CEO Pervez Qureshi talks company's renewal, SaaS and growth plans

Following last year's merger with Activant Solutions, ERP (enterprise resource planning) vendor Epicor is closing in on US$1 billion in revenue, a figure that belies the vendor's relatively low profile compared to giants such as Oracle and SAP.

10 questions for Recall Senior VP and CFO Allison Aden

Name: Allison Aden

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