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Rosetta Stone embraces storage virtualization in DevOps shift

Clint Boulton | July 26, 2016
The learning software company is using little-known virtualization software to ease its transition to agile software development as its digital download business blooms.

Agile in the front, nimble in the back

Agility on the front-end requires agility on the back-end, which led Rosetta Stone to overhaul its data center. The company is switching from content delivery network (CDN) market leader Akamai to GlobalDots, a CDN aggregator that, Moseley says, should enable better performance for its digital downloads, which consumers worldwide cache locally on their laptops, tablets and smartphones.

Rosetta Stone has also begun running its VMware virtual machines in a data center operated by AT&T, which provides Internet, power and cooling services. And the company runs some of its VMs in Amazon Web Services (AWS). In the near future, Moseley hopes to move more compute capabilities into the cloud, which could be AWS, Microsoft, Google or some other provider.

"We're in the process of evaluating cloud vendors to find who we want to stick with long term," Moseley says.

Actifio will play a key part in Rosetta Stone’s strategic cloud strategy.

Ideally, Moseley says, Actifio's technology will enable Rosetta Stone to fail back and forth between its co-location systems and its cloud provider. Such flexibility will enable the company to solidify its disaster recovery strategy while allowing it to accommodate traffic spikes. "It gave me the ability to move functions I need out of the data center and into a public cloud where it makes sense," Moseley says.


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