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Chris Holland

VP, Cloud Service Development - SafeNet

Chris Holland is currently serving as Vice President of Cloud Service Development, focusing on developing cloud strategies and “as-a-service” solutions and aligning them with SafeNet products and services. Chris previously served as VP of Software Rights Management, and was responsible for enhancing the value the company brings to customers through new product development.

Chris joined SafeNet in March 2004, after the acquisition of Rainbow Technologies, as the Director of Product Management, Enterprise Division. In this role, he managed all aspects of product management, product marketing, and strategic direction delivering high assurance security solutions to customers. During his tenure at Rainbow Technologies, he led the development of SSL remote access technologies.  Prior to joining Rainbow Technologies, Chris worked for Ericsson in product management, developing next generation phone technology for medium size enterprises. He developed network and security processors for a semiconductor company (Valence Semiconductor). Before moving to the United States in 1997, Mr. Holland worked for AST Europe in the UK, delivering computer systems.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Computing Science and Software Engineering from Brunel University in London.

22 Posts

Mar 28

Perfect Harmony

Some high profile software companies are insanely profitable. Most software companies, though, have a tougher time – offering more niche products and (relatively) high prices in specialized fields and with limited resources. In these cases, software licensing is at the heart of the relationship between their company and their customer.For these companies, software licensing defines every dimension of every interaction:
Mar 24

IT Expects Virtualization to Save Money for Licensing

Recently, we ran a survey in Europe and in North America and asked IT directors and other technology decision makers some questions about virtualization. One was “Virtual Machines – do you have it or plan to get/use it soon?” The reply was overwhelmingly (80%) yes.

Another question (to the 80%) was “What is your #1 driver for Virtual Machines?” Nearly 50% of the responses were in the category of “reducing licensing expense”. This perception is evident because the types of license agreements companies are dealing with simply do not reflect the modern age.   Licenses describe installations per site/server/location, and when in a high speed networked and virtualized environment, these are increasingly meaningless concepts.