Former Microsoft Exec Joins XenSource

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2006-09-11 Print this article Print

Gordon Mangione, former corporate vice president for Microsoft's Security Business and Technology Unit, joins XenSource as senior vice president of product operations.

Former Microsoft executive Gordon Mangione has a new job as senior vice president of product operations at XenSource, a Microsoft ally that develops infrastructure virtualization solutions based on the open-source Xen hypervisor. Mangione was last an executive at Ignition Partners, a venture capital firm in Seattle, a position he took after leaving Microsoft, where he was a corporate vice president for the Security Business and Technology Unit. Before that, Mangione served as a corporate vice president for the SQL Server Team and was also vice president of the Exchange team.
He also participated in the development of SNA Server, one of the first servers developed for the Microsoft Windows NT operating system.
In July, Microsoft and XenSource announced a strategic relationship for the development of technology that provides interoperability between Xen-enabled Linux and Windows Server virtualization. Click here to read more about how Microsoft and XenSource have joined forces over server virtualization. "I am excited to join XenSource and create a strategic product road map to enable the company to take advantage of the numerous opportunities available to it. This is an exciting time and XenSource has a unique and dynamic business model based on the innovation of open-source development and exploding market demand for volume virtualization products," Mangione said in a statement. Peter Levine, president and CEO at XenSource, based in Palo Alto, Calif., said Mangiones experience leading product teams at Microsoft would help XenSource deliver great virtualization products for its customers. Ian Pratt, XenSources founder and the project leader for the open-source Xen hypervisor project, said Mangione brings "a wealth of experience delivering complex enterprise systems software and managing large distributed teams. With XenSource now shipping its first enterprise products, and ramping development with major ISV partners, he will play a key role in XenSources success." There has also been a lot of debate over whether the Xen virtualization technology is ready for enterprise use, with Linux vendors Red Hat and Novell offering different views. For example, Red Hats Chief Technology Officer Brian Stevens recently told eWEEK that Novell was being irresponsible and risked damaging enterprises first experiences with Xen. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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