• Ray O'Farrell

    Ray O'Farrell

    EVP & Chief Technology Officer

    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.
  • Bruce Davie

    Bruce Davie

    CTO, Asia Pacific & Japan

    Bruce Davie is VP and CTO for VMware, APJ. He joined VMware as part of the Nicira acquisition, and was Networking CTO until 2017. He has over 25 years of industry experience, and was a Cisco Fellow prior to joining Nicira. He has written over a dozen Internet RFCs, contributed
    Bruce Davie is VP and CTO for VMware, APJ. He joined VMware as part of the Nicira acquisition, and was Networking CTO until 2017. He has over 25 years of industry experience, and was a Cisco Fellow prior to joining Nicira. He has written over a dozen Internet RFCs, contributed to networking standards on MPLS and QoS, and authored several networking textbooks. Bruce received his Ph. D. in computer science from the University of Edinburgh in 1988 and is an ACM Fellow.
  • Chris Wolf

    Chris Wolf

    Vice President and CTO, Global Field & Industry

    Chris serves as CTO, Global Field and Industry at VMware. In that role, Chris is responsible for driving the execution and communication of the Office of the CTO’s vision, internally and externally, supporting VMware’s global field teams on all CTO evangelism and representing VMware’s technical vision to customers, partners and
    Chris serves as CTO, Global Field and Industry at VMware. In that role, Chris is responsible for driving the execution and communication of the Office of the CTO’s vision, internally and externally, supporting VMware’s global field teams on all CTO evangelism and representing VMware’s technical vision to customers, partners and analysts. He also owns and manages the field CTO activities and helps drive the CTO Ambassador (CTOA) programs and industry-vertical CTO activities. Prior to joining VMware, Chris was a Research Vice President for Gartner’s Technical Professionals service, where he managed the data center and private cloud research agenda, and was responsible for the strategic direction and technical accuracy of the team’s collective research. There he had the privilege of engaging with more than 200 end-user organizations annually, advising CIOs, architects and directors on private and hybrid cloud computing, server virtualization, and desktop transformation strategies. Before that, Chris was a founding member of the Data Center Strategies team at Burton Group, was a nationally recognized independent virtualization consultant and instructor at multiple colleges, worked for several years at CommVault Systems, and started his IT and technology career in the US Marines. He also authored “Virtualization: From the Desktop to the Enterprise,” the first book that was exclusively devoted to defining all aspects of x86 virtualization as we know it today.
  • Christos is a VMware Fellow and the CTO of the Storage and Availability Business Unit. He has 25 years of research and development experience in distributed systems, fault tolerance, storage, and storage management. He has co-authored more than 20 research papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences and holds over 25
    Christos is a VMware Fellow and the CTO of the Storage and Availability Business Unit. He has 25 years of research and development experience in distributed systems, fault tolerance, storage, and storage management. He has co-authored more than 20 research papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences and holds over 25 granted patents with several pending.
  • The CTO Ambassador program is run by the VMware Office of the CTO. The CTO Ambassadors are members of a small group of our most experienced and talented customer facing, individual contributor technologists. They are pre-sales systems engineers (SEs), technical account managers (TAMs), professional services consultants, architects and global support
    The CTO Ambassador program is run by the VMware Office of the CTO. The CTO Ambassadors are members of a small group of our most experienced and talented customer facing, individual contributor technologists. They are pre-sales systems engineers (SEs), technical account managers (TAMs), professional services consultants, architects and global support services engineers. The ambassadors help to ensure a tight collaboration between R&D and our customers so that we can address current customer issues and future needs as effectively as possible.
  • David Tennenhouse

    David Tennenhouse

    Chief Research Officer

    David Tennenhouse is VMware’s Chief Research Officer. He leads the research & innovation activities that are accelerating and extending VMware’s technology leadership. These include: formation of a new VMware research group focused on networks and distributed systems; a portfolio of advanced development and incubation activities that are hosted in the
    David Tennenhouse is VMware’s Chief Research Officer. He leads the research & innovation activities that are accelerating and extending VMware’s technology leadership. These include: formation of a new VMware research group focused on networks and distributed systems; a portfolio of advanced development and incubation activities that are hosted in the product teams; in-house hackathons; experimental prototypes that are released to customers; joint research projects with VMware’s technology partners, customers and relevant startups; and the VMware academic program of engagements with university researchers.
  • Duncan Epping

    Duncan Epping

    Chief Technologist

    Duncan is a Chief Technologist working in the Storage and Availability Business Unit at VMware, serving as a partner and trusted adviser to EMEA customers. He is the co-author of several books, including the vSphere Clustering Deepdive series and Essential Virtual SAN. He is the owner and main author of
    Duncan is a Chief Technologist working in the Storage and Availability Business Unit at VMware, serving as a partner and trusted adviser to EMEA customers. He is the co-author of several books, including the vSphere Clustering Deepdive series and Essential Virtual SAN. He is the owner and main author of virtualization blog yellow-bricks.com.
  • Frank Nydam

    Frank Nydam

    Vice President, Healthcare Solutions

    Frank Nydam is the Vice President, Healthcare Solutions, responsible for VMware’s Healthcare strategy, market development and solutions. Frank joined VMware in 2002 and has been primarily focused on the application of virtualization technologies in the Life Sciences and Healthcare Provider industry segments. In his current role Frank collaborates with a
    Frank Nydam is the Vice President, Healthcare Solutions, responsible for VMware’s Healthcare strategy, market development and solutions. Frank joined VMware in 2002 and has been primarily focused on the application of virtualization technologies in the Life Sciences and Healthcare Provider industry segments. In his current role Frank collaborates with a broad range of Healthcare ecosystem partners including hospitals, clinical application providers and industry groups to help deliver safer more efficient Healthcare solutions. As a member of VMware’s Office of the CTO, Frank is responsible for helping align product and technology strategy as well as incubating new solutions. Before joining VMware, Frank was the Director of Technology at a national Microsoft Business Solutions partner responsible for application development and infrastructure staff and services. Frank holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering/Management from Kent State University, Executive MBA’s certificates in Finance and Healthcare studies. Frank is a member of HIMSS and represents VMware’s as their executive liaison to CHIME. VMware is a Premier Foundation Member of CHIME and Diamond Member ofHIMSS.
  • Greg Bollella

    Greg Bollella

    Sr. Staff Engineer

    Dr. Greg Bollella has been interested in algorithms and software architectures that support the deterministic execution of logic within general-purpose operating systems and virtual machines since 1992. At VMware he investigates real-time virtualization and Cloud Computing for The Internet-of-Things. While a Senior Engineer at IBM, he was fundamental to the
    Dr. Greg Bollella has been interested in algorithms and software architectures that support the deterministic execution of logic within general-purpose operating systems and virtual machines since 1992. At VMware he investigates real-time virtualization and Cloud Computing for The Internet-of-Things. While a Senior Engineer at IBM, he was fundamental to the industry effort that spurred the creation of the Java Community Process, established JSR-01, the first activity under the JCP, and led the JSR-01 Expert Group that defined the Real-Time Specification for Java. During his work on the Golden Gate project at Sun he concurrently held a Distinguished Visiting Scientist position for four years at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His dissertation research is in real-time scheduling theory and real-time systems implementation. This work creates an architecture that defines fundamental issues that are necessary for supporting real-time applications within general-purpose operating systems and language runtimes.
  • Jon Herlocker

    Jon Herlocker

    Principal Engineer

    Jon Herlocker is a VP for the MSBU group and works on technology strategy for the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at VMware. In prior roles he was CTO and VP of Engineering of Mozy and CTO of the EMC Cloud Services Division. He was co-founder of two high-tech startups -
    Jon Herlocker is a VP for the MSBU group and works on technology strategy for the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at VMware. In prior roles he was CTO and VP of Engineering of Mozy and CTO of the EMC Cloud Services Division. He was co-founder of two high-tech startups - MusicStrands (now Strands), and Smart Desktop. He holds a PhD in computer science from the University of Minnesota and was tenured Associate Professor of Computer Science at Oregon State University (Corvallis) where he published a number of highly cited scientific papers and led DARPA-funded research. He was heavily involved in the pioneering work in the area of recommendation systems, and in 2010 he was awarded the Association for Computing Machinery's Software System Award in recognition of developing a software system that has had a lasting influence in the field of computer science. Jon’s research & product experience has spanned distributed systems, machine learning, and human computer interaction.
  • Josh Simons

    Josh Simons

    Sr Dir & Chief Technologist, High Performance Computing

    With over 20 years of experience in High Performance Computing, Josh currently leads an effort within VMware's Office of the CTO to bring the full value of virtualization to HPC. Previously, he was a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems with broad responsibilities for HPC direction and strategy. He joined Sun
    With over 20 years of experience in High Performance Computing, Josh currently leads an effort within VMware's Office of the CTO to bring the full value of virtualization to HPC. Previously, he was a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems with broad responsibilities for HPC direction and strategy. He joined Sun in 1996 from Thinking Machines Corporation, a pioneering company in the area of Massively Parallel Processors (MPPs), where he held a variety of technical positions. Josh has worked on developer tools for distributed parallel computing, including language and compiler design, scalable parallel debugger design and development, and MPI. He has also worked in the areas of 3D graphics, image processing, and realtime device control. Josh has an undergraduate degree in Engineering from Harvard College and a Masters in Computer Science from Harvard University. He has served as a member of the OpenMP ARB Board of Directors since 2002 and is currently serving as Chairman of the Board.
  • Kit Colbert

    Kit Colbert

    CTO, Cloud Platform BU

    Kit Colbert is VP & GM, Cloud-Native Apps at VMware, driving strategy and product development of third platform application solutions across the company. Previously, he was CTO of VMware's End-User Computing business unit, Chief Architect and Principal Engineer for Workspace Portal, and the lead Management Architect for VMware vSphere Operations
    Kit Colbert is VP & GM, Cloud-Native Apps at VMware, driving strategy and product development of third platform application solutions across the company. Previously, he was CTO of VMware's End-User Computing business unit, Chief Architect and Principal Engineer for Workspace Portal, and the lead Management Architect for VMware vSphere Operations Suite. At the start of the career, he was the technical lead behind the creation, development, and delivery of the vMotion and Storage vMotion features in vSphere. Kit holds a ScB in Computer Science from Brown University and is recognized as a thought-leader on third platform, end-user computing, and cloud management trends. He speaks regularly at industry conferences, on the main stage at VMworld, and is the Cloud-Native and EUC voice for the VMware Office of the CTO Blog.
  • Nicola Acutt

    Nicola Acutt

    VP, Sustainability Strategy

    Nicola J. Acutt, Ph.D., is Vice President, Sustainability Strategy, in the Office of the CTO at VMware. Nicola is a change maker, thought leader and strategist whose leadership experience spans business, government and nonprofits. Responsible for sustainability across operations, product and people, Nicola is passionate about a business focused approach
    Nicola J. Acutt, Ph.D., is Vice President, Sustainability Strategy, in the Office of the CTO at VMware. Nicola is a change maker, thought leader and strategist whose leadership experience spans business, government and nonprofits. Responsible for sustainability across operations, product and people, Nicola is passionate about a business focused approach to corporate sustainability strategy. Hired in 2010 to launch the VMware Foundation, Nicola implemented a novel approach that calls upon the company's 18,000-plus global employees as “citizen philanthropists” to shape the direction of VMware’s corporate giving. In 2014, she assumed additional responsibility as Vice President for Global Community Affairs, chartered with leading an effort to revitalize the company’s values and employee experience. This work culminated in VMware being named one of the Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” for the first time in 2015. Nicola now leads VMware’s Sustainability Strategy focusing on the company's product impact as well as stronger operational efficiency and performance. Prior to joining VMware, Nicola was a faculty member of the Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco, where she led Curriculum Development and rose to rank of Associate Dean. Earlier in her career, she worked as a consultant to the South African Government on natural resource policy and, as a Ph.D. candidate, undertook research at the Center for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment in the UK. Originally from South Africa, Nicola received a Commonwealth Scholarship to complete her Ph.D. at the University of East Anglia in the UK, and has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Raj is a VMware Fellow and serves as the Chief Architect for Hyper-Converged Infrastructure. He is responsible for driving Converged Infrastructure strategy for private and hybrid clouds as well as developing solutions that bring together Software-Defined Data Center and Converged Infrastructure technologies. Prior to VMware, Yavatkar was an Intel Fellow
    Raj is a VMware Fellow and serves as the Chief Architect for Hyper-Converged Infrastructure. He is responsible for driving Converged Infrastructure strategy for private and hybrid clouds as well as developing solutions that bring together Software-Defined Data Center and Converged Infrastructure technologies. Prior to VMware, Yavatkar was an Intel Fellow with a strong track record of inventing new technologies and leading technical teams to translate technical strategies into products. Raj led Intel's efforts in the areas of networking systems, systems (hardware and software), and System-on-Chip architecture. Raj is an IEEE Fellow and is recognized as a leading expert in the networking industry. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Purdue University and holds more than 35 patents.
  • VMware Research is a systems research group founded in December 2014. Our mission is to bring innovation in computer science in core areas of importance to VMware. Our focus is on large impact research projects, similar to those that are typically published in top system conferences like SOSP, PODC, NSDI,
    VMware Research is a systems research group founded in December 2014. Our mission is to bring innovation in computer science in core areas of importance to VMware. Our focus is on large impact research projects, similar to those that are typically published in top system conferences like SOSP, PODC, NSDI, etc. Research is unfettered and at the same time aims to be aligned with VMware's long term business viability. The founding members of VRG span broad research areas, from architecture/OS/kernel through distributed systems/storage/reliability/security and into algorithms/probabilistic analysis/optimization/randomization.