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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

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

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

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

Storage Companies Have a Condescending Approach Towards Mid-Size Businesses: Syed Masroor

NetApp India is at the forefront of storage innovation. The company is now aggressively targeting the mid-size business tier in India with new offerings. We talk to Syed Masroor, head-technology and solutions organisation, try to understand NetApp's vision and how competition is failing to tap the mid-size businesses storage market. We also probe him about the storage trends the company is seeing in India.

Intel/McAfee: What's the future of security?

Intel completed its multibillion-dollar acquisition of McAfee almost a year and a half ago, and this week McAfee co-President Mike DeCesare spoke with Network World senior editor Ellen Messmer about what the merger of Intel's chip-making capabilities and McAfee's security expertise is expected to bring down the road.

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Hitachi GST CEO claims hard drive future hangs in Cloud

In March, Western Digital agreed to buy Hitachi Global Storage Technologies> (HGST), the disk drive subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd., in a stock and cash transaction valued at $US4.3 billion. HGST CEO Steve Milligan will join WD as president at the closing of the deal, expected in the fourth quarter.

By Lucas Mearian | 02 September, 2011 07:16

Tags: Seagate Technology, IT industry, iSuppli, storage, IBM, storage hardware, hitachi, western digital

Q&A: Why Apple's co-founder is hot on solid state storage

Earlier this year, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak accepted the position of chief scientist at start-up solid state drive company Fusion-io. It's the first time since 1972, when he worked in Hewlett-Packard Co's calculator division, that he's held a technologist's position for a company that wasn't his own.

By Lucas Mearian | 14 October, 2009 03:59

Tags: solid-state drives, Apple, Fusion-io, Steve Wozniak

Quantum CEO on EMC's buyout of Data Domain

Now that EMC has purchased deduplication technology leader Data Domain, its reseller agreements with the likes of FalconStor Software Inc. and Quantum Corp. for the same type of single-instancing technology could be in jeopardy. Quantum resells both its tape libraries and dedupe software through EMC, sales that amount to less than 10% of its revenue.

By Lucas Mearian | 31 July, 2009 09:05

Tags: quantum, data domain, emc

Q&A: Praveen Asthana, Dell's director of enterprise storage

Dell has continued to move its storage product line and services upstream, adding more sophisticated software into its arrays, which have traditionally been targeted at small to midsize businesses. At the same time, the company says it will increase its offerings around cloud-based computing, both in on-site and off-site backup and disaster recovery.

By Lucas Mearian | 17 October, 2008 10:37

Tags: Dell, cloud computing

Affordable SSDs in the offing?

September is usually too early to draw year-end conclusions, but I'll go out on a limb to say that 2008 will be remembered as a key year for SSDs (solid-state drives) -- not so much for sales figures, which won't likely reflect the hype surrounding flash SSDs this year, but for the technology itself, which remains one of the most controversial to hit storage in recent times.

By Mario Apicella | 22 September, 2008 11:10

Tags: solid state drives

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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