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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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 Symplified founder and CTO Darren Platt

    Name: Darren Platt

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst weighs in on strategy, Oracle and growth

    Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst is coming up on his five-year anniversary at the helm, following his arrival in December 2007. Under Whitehurst's leadership, Red Hat's revenue has grown from US$523 million in its fiscal 2008 to more than $1.1 billion in its fiscal 2012, without deviating from its core strategy of open-source infrastructure software.

  • 10 questions for ownCloud CFO Dan Curtis

    Name: Dan Curtis

  • 10 questions for Bit9 CTO Harry Sverdlove

    Name: Harry Sverdlove

  • 10 questions for Imperva CTO Amichai Shulman

    Name: Amichai Shulman

  • 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.

  • Q&A: Austereo CIO Ross Forgione

    What does an average work day involve for you at Austereo? The average day at Austereo is an adventure. It's a combination of managing daily operational needs and activities and taking on the new challenges associated with an organisation that continually pushes itself and the traditional boundaries of our industry.

  • 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.

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