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Paul Strong

Paul Strong

Paul Strong is VMware's externally facing corporate Chief Technology Officer and is responsible for connecting VMware R&D with the VMware field organization, its partners and its customers, helping to change the way businesses view and manage their business services and technology assets. As part of VMware’s CTO Office, Paul helps
Paul Strong is VMware's externally facing corporate Chief Technology Officer and is responsible for connecting VMware R&D with the VMware field organization, its partners and its customers, helping to change the way businesses view and manage their business services and technology assets. As part of VMware’s CTO Office, Paul helps drive VMware’s technology vision, and cross company technology strategy. His team runs a set of cross VMware programs that drive outbound communication of VMware’s technology strategy, enable inbound aggregation of customer technical needs and opportunities, facilitate direct R&D engineer to customer technical engagement, and drive the development of market segment specific technologies, for example within industry verticals, or horizontal areas, such as high performance computing (HPC). Paul is a recognized leader within the Cloud and Grid communities, and within industry, and is a regular keynote speaker and contributor of articles on the subjects of Clouds. He lead the Open Grid Forum (OGF), a Grid and Cloud computing community, as secretary, and was chairman from 2006-2008, as well as leading the OGF Reference Model working group. Paul also sits on the technology advisory boards of a number of companies and projects, ranging from small startups, to mature businesses, to government funded consortia. As a Distinguished Research Scientist at eBay, he was responsible for eBay's research into large distributed systems (including Grids and Clouds) and how to manage them. Prior to joining eBay Paul architected and developed various software systems, including contributions to Sun's Solaris Containers (now Zones) and N1 products, large scale B2B eCommerce systems, and large, distributed command and control systems. Paul has a bachelor's degree in Physics from the University of Manchester, in England.
Staying Connected – The VMware CTO Ambassadors

One challenge facing technology companies is how to enable product architects and engineers to stay connected with their customers. It’s with strong customer connections that these architects and engineers can act as trusted advisors and help guide customers on their technology journey – addressing IT needs today and anticipating future trends and requirements. Staying connected with […]

It’s All About The Applications

These are exciting times for those of us with a passion for infrastructure.  The unstoppable tide of virtualization, having covered servers, is now crashing over networking and storage as we continue towards a fully automated data center. With all of these developments in infrastructure, it’s very easy to lose sight of the purpose of that […]

IT as a strategic weapon, rather than a necessary evil

When Joe Baguley joined the VMware Office of the CTO in 2011, we knew he would be fantastic at connecting the VMware R&D organization with its customers and partners in EMEA – to share VMware’s vision and strategy, and to relay customer feedback back to R&D in order to continue to innovate and improve our […]

Software-Defined Datacenters, Clouds & PuppetConf 2012

Just over a week ago I had the pleasure of speaking at PuppetConf 2012.  PuppetConf is a great conference focused, somewhat unsurprisingly, around Puppet, a declarative, model driven framework for automating systems and IT management.  The conference brings together a community of pretty hard core systems admins from the DevOps world and beyond.  Automated management […]

The Millennial Committee & The Consumerization Of Enterprise IT

I am lucky enough to spend a lot of my time meeting customers, talking to them, listening to them and learning from them.  On a recent trip to Turkey I had the opportunity to chat with a number of CIOs and other technology leaders about the trends shaping enterprise IT today.  Of course you can’t […]

Deciding How or Where To Source/Host Applications

The previous post is intended as a starting point for a discussion about where the real value, not just the cost, is in IT for organizations.  Ultimately it is the organization that has to decide, but IT can now think about a roadmap for how and where to source IT services, and how it transforms […]

Destination Cloud! Where The Value Lies

My last post was one in a series that looks at Cloud, both in terms of technology evolution and also in terms of a business model that is highly disruptive.  However I left questions about the road ahead unanswered.  Such questions are almost always addressed in terms of technology adoption roadmaps.  This clearly has great […]