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Ray O'Farrell

Ray O’Farrell joined VMware in April 2003 and serves as EVP and Chief Technology Officer. Prior to his current role, Ray co-led the Software-Defined Data Center Division comprising the vSphere, networking, management and storage businesses and was responsible for the division’s strategy, business and product planning and engineering execution. He
Ray O’Farrell joined VMware in April 2003 and serves as EVP and Chief Technology Officer. Prior to his current role, Ray co-led the Software-Defined Data Center Division comprising the vSphere, networking, management and storage businesses and was responsible for the division’s strategy, business and product planning and engineering execution. He also works with R&D and business unit leaders across the organization to ensure VMware delivers a cohesive and consistent set of product capabilities to its customers. O’Farrell joined VMware to lead the ESX Storage team during the early development of the ESX platform. He helped build a large ecosystems of partners in storage and helped expand the portfolio which today includes products such as Vmfs and VMware Virtual SAN. During his tenure at VMware, O’Farrell built and managed a global R&D organization and held engineering responsibilities across the entire VMware portfolio. His responsibilities spanned management of all of the components of VMware’s flagship vSphere and suite products, including core compute, networking, storage and Cloud management. O'Farrell has over 20 years of software engineering and product delivery experience. Prior to VMware, O’Farrell developed and shipped development tools and operating systems for real-time, embedded and DSP systems at a number of companies including Industrial and Scientific Imaging (Ireland), Ashling Microsystems (Ireland), Improv Systems (United States) and Microtec/Mentor-Graphics (United States). O'Farrell holds a bachelor of engineering in electronics and a masters of engineering in computer science, both from the University of Limerick in Ireland.
DELL Luminaries Series: Of Risk and Trust . . . in IT with Ray O’Farrell, VMware EVP and CTO

CTO Ray O’Farrell recently sat down with Mark Schaefer and Douglas Karr as part of the Dell EMC Luminaries podcast series to discuss how companies are undergoing digital transformation by innovating and adapting to the Internet of Things. Ray takes us from the beginnings of VMware, through the evolution of the company and how it […]

Opportunities: VMware Shaping IoT

Ray O’Farrell, Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer Over the last few months, we’ve seen many of the large infrastructure and infrastructure-software companies in the world of IoT releasing new products and announcing new partnerships. This is far from surprising. IoT at its core, is around the connectivity of Things, all the way back […]

AI – An Important Workload for the New IT

When I meet with customers, I often hear that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is presented as “machines making decisions for businesses or individuals,” but my take is that AI is a tool to help people make better decisions. AI helps us connect the dots across huge data sets and gain insights to solve real world problems […]

SaaS – The Next Frontier

Insights from customer conversations Enterprise software applications are increasingly being delivered as software-as-a-service (“SaaS”) applications. The concept of SaaS has been around since the early 2000’s, but it has gained great momentum and customer adoption in recent years. In its Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Spending Guide, IDC[1] predicts SaaS will remain the dominant cloud […]

RADIO@ Bulgaria

At VMware, every year we organize a fascinating internal conference series by and for R&D, called RADIO – “R&D Innovation Offsite”. RADIO is a unique event offering unparalleled networking, educational, and innovation opportunities for the technical community across VMware. We had our flagship RADIO event in San Francisco this May, marking its twelfth anniversary. Since […]

To Simplify Your Private Cloud, Hyper-Converged Software Solutions Are Your Best Bet

Enterprises in general and CIOs and IT leaders in particular are being challenged to reevaluate their on-premises infrastructure and leverage the power of cloud-based consumption models. They must deliver the best cloud experience to their lines of business. But how do they do that when existing data center models were not designed to either scale […]