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NetApp sets its sights on cloud data management: A Q&A with CEO Tom Georgens

Moving virtual servers around a hybrid cloud environment isn't hard, but managing the data is. That's why NetApp wants to be "the enterprise data-management standard across the enterprise," says CEO Tom Georgens. Network World Editor in Chief John Dix recently caught up with Georgens to get his take on what changes in the cloud computing world.

By John Dix | 22 July, 2014 06:50

Tags: internet, netapp, cloud computing, cloud storage

Early user of VMware NSX net virtualization tool extols fine grain controls

Canadian airline company WestJet is one of the earliest customers of VMware's NSX network virtualization tools, which initially reached for the tech to address a security issue. Network World Editor in Chief John Dix recently sat down with WestJet technologist Richard Sillito to learn what the company is learning about network virtualization and its broader NSX plans.

By John Dix | 26 June, 2014 04:09

Tags: network security, WestJet, virtualization, security, VMware

Securing the virtual world

Catbird Networks Director of Product Management, Malcolm Reike, talks about how virtualization changes the security game with Network World Editor in Chief John Dix.

By John Dix | 26 June, 2014 03:36

Tags: network security, firewalls, Catbird Networks, virtualization, security

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

HP CIO, Ramon Baez, sees your future in the Cloud

At its annual Discover user conference, Hewlett-Packard put cloud computing and big data on the top of the agenda, capitalizing on the heavy work it has been doing with these technologies.

By Joab Jackson | 13 June, 2014 08:03

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

Cloud provider FireHost's security chief brings lessons from the front lines

Jeff Schilling, who joined cloud hosting startup FireHost this week as chief security officer, knows a thing or two about cybersecurity.

By Stephen Lawson | 31 May, 2014 04:56

Tags: business issues, personnel, security, FireHost, internet, cloud computing

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

Whirlpool CIO moves 69,000 global employees to Google Apps

Whirlpool CIO Mike Heim is taking IT, and all the other business units, in a new direction. Heim is moving the company, with its 69,000 global employees, to http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9247616/4_things_to_do_now_to_get_ready_for_the_Internet_of_Things?. He says the move could transform how Whirlpool employees get work done by increasing real-time collaboration. Indeed, he sees the potential for IT-driven transformation in other areas, too. Here Heim, who joined Whirlpool in May 2012 after 33 years at pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly, shares his ideas on leading IT through change.

By Mary K. Pratt | 05 May, 2014 23:46

Tags: whirlpool, Google, internet, cloud computing

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

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