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Xplorer Group

The VMware Xplorer Group is a division within the Office of the CTO, whose charter is analyze emerging technologies & trends, and drive innovation across VMware. The Xplorer Group is responsible for the following programs - Borathons, Flings, R&D Innovation Offsite (RADIO), TechTalks, and xLabs.
The VMware Xplorer Group is a division within the Office of the CTO, whose charter is analyze emerging technologies & trends, and drive innovation across VMware. The Xplorer Group is responsible for the following programs - Borathons, Flings, R&D Innovation Offsite (RADIO), TechTalks, and xLabs.
Hackers Innovate Everywhere at VMware’s Global Borathons!

Last fall, we saw over 400 hackers participate in a Borathon across our major global sites. From Bulgaria, India, China, Palo Alto, and a global Open Source Borathon, where all the teams hacked remotely across the world. In case you’re wondering, “Borathon” is VMware’s quirky name for our internal hackathon and originated from our cultural […]

New Flings Newsletter!

By customer request, we have created a quarterly Flings newsletter! If you don’t have time to go to the Flings site to see what’s new or updated, the Flings newsletter will provide that information for you. If you’d like to subscribe to the newsletter, you can check the Newsletter box in your Profile on the […]

VMware Innovation Zone: A glimpse into the future

​To celebrate our 20 years, the Office of the CTO (OCTO) is showcasing 20 extraordinary years of transforming unthinkable ideas into reality at VMworld 2018 US. We are celebrating our past and present with our patents (#2 most powerful patent portfolio in Computer Software by IEEE), artifacts (VMware 1.0 box, DISCO award, and more), a […]

Four VMware Flings Make It into Products!

VMware Flings took off with a bang this year when four Flings made it into products by March. These Flings were popular as soon as they were released, and with enthusiastic customer feedback, it didn’t take long for VMware to integrate the functionality into our products. Fling functionality in vSphere 6.7 The functionality of ESXi […]

Our first themed Borathon on Sustainability

Last week Earth Day was honored with an amazingly successful Borathon event at our Palo Alto campus that focused on sustainability as the theme for the event. We enhanced our well-loved hacks so we may continue to grow our community, partner closely with our Fellow and Principal Engineers and present our hackers with new challenges. […]

VMware Around the World: The RADIO@ Program

This year marked VMware’s 13th flagship internal R&D conference, better known as RADIO (R&D Innovation Offsite). Sponsored by Ray O’Farrell, EVP and VMware’s CTO, and organized by VMware’s Office of the CTO (OCTO), the annual event brought together more than 1,400 of VMware’s best and brightest technologists from around the globe for an academic-like conference focusing on […]

AI at VMware: A History, Present and What’s Next

A few months ago, Michael Gandy and Joel Leichnetz from the Xplorer Group presented a session at VMworld about AI at VMware. We thought it would be interesting to share with the larger community as Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become such a buzzword (and often over used). A brief history of AI AI is not […]