Don Bergal

Don Bergal is the chief marketing officer at Confio and is responsible for overseeing all of the company's marketing, operations and business development initiatives. Don has over 15 years experience in the software, services and data communications industries, most recently with software developers Jabber, Inc. and Antepo, leading companies in the XMPP Instant Messaging market. He served as vice president of business development for Antepo, launching the company's U.S. operations. As vice president of marketing at Jabber, Inc., he led the product marketing, demand generation and communications programs, he established and executed the technology partnerships and positioning for Jabber, servicing the enterprise, ISP and mobile network marketplaces. Prior to joining Jabber, Bergal was a founding member of the management team at wireless data service provider Wireless Telecom (acquired by Vaultus), he held a range of responsibilities from vice president of marketing to vice president of product development. Prior to that, he held product management, engineering management, and sales positions at SynOptics/BayNetworks and Rational Software. Bergal earned a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

Articles by Don Bergal

There is no doubt that virtualization is radically changing the shape of IT infrastructure, transforming the way applications are deployed and services delivered. Databases are among the last of the tier 1 applications to be hosted on virtual servers, but the past year has seen a huge wave of increase for production Oracle, SQL Server and other databases on VMware platforms. For all the benefits of virtualization, including cost-effectiveness, there are some impacts on the IT staff involved. Unfortunately for the DBAs virtualization often means losing control and visibility of their systems, which can ultimately hinder their ability to deliver database-oriented business solutions. While in the past DBAs had perfect visibility to the physical servers hosting the databases, the virtualization layers and the tools to manage them are typically out of bounds to them. While all the excitement of late has centered on VMware and other virtual machine systems, the DBAs have a valid reason for skepticism.

Posted July 27, 2011