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Julia Austin

Julia Austin

Julia was the VP of Innovation at VMware and focused on advancing VMware into new technology and product areas. This includes internal programs to foster and fund new innovations and the VMware Academic Program (VMAP) which sponsors collaborative research and thought leadership with academic partners. She was also the Site
Julia was the VP of Innovation at VMware and focused on advancing VMware into new technology and product areas. This includes internal programs to foster and fund new innovations and the VMware Academic Program (VMAP) which sponsors collaborative research and thought leadership with academic partners. She was also the Site Director for the VMware Cambridge research lab. Julia has over 20 years of extensive experience managing technology teams in both mature and start-up organizations. Prior to VMware, Julia was the Vice President of Engineering at Akamai Technologies and has held technical management and consulting positions at several other organizations. Julia received her BA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is a graduate of Boston University’s School of Business where she received her Master of Science degree in Management Information Systems.
Turning an Idea into Reality

At VMware’s recent internal R&D Innovation offsite, I had the pleasure of sharing this video with the attendees. It is a terrific selection of stories about products and features that got their start at this annual event. The stories not only demonstrate that VMware has a track record of turning great ideas into real solutions […]

Honeybees and Discovering the Next Big Thing

I had an amazing experience recently helping a friend set up a beehive on her property.  Throughout the process, I was taken with the intricate details of how a hive functions and the role of each bee and their CEO, the queen.  I wondered how much of their elaborate system of egg nurturing to honey-making […]

Staying on the Edge

Something I have always appreciated about working at VMware is the constant stream of innovation.  I will always remember my job interview here seven years ago and how amazed I was at the number of opportunities there seemed to be to innovate, both in and around the products.  And those products were simple back then.  […]

Spring RFP Awards Announced

After a thorough review of over 50 interesting and thoughtful research proposals, we have selected our Spring RFP award winners!  Congrats to the research teams at the University of Tennessee, Boston University and the University of Toronto.  I will be posting details for our Fall RFP soon or be on the lookout for more details […]

Academic Program Happenings

A couple of announcements to make. First off, we just launched the VMware Graduate Fellowship Program.  These fellowships are awarded to outstanding students pursuing research related to VMware’s business interests.  We’re offering a fairly significant amount of cash for these nominated awards – two per year – and have put aside internship positions for the […]

Labs 2.0 live today!

I am thrilled to announce a refresh of our VMware Labs website today.  The labs team has been working tirelessly to ensure we not only have a great new look and feel, but a fresh set of content for our community to explore and leverage. VMware Labs is our home for collaboration. We see collaboration […]

Academic research and the year ahead

It’s 2011 and it seems the creative juices are flowing world-wide as we received over fifty submissions to our request for research funding proposals.  VMware’s Sponsored Academic Research program was announced last year to foster in-depth exploration in enterprise technologies.  Recipients of this bi-annual award will receive up to $250,000 in funding.  An important part […]