Welcome to the VMware CTO community site! I’m really excited to join forces with the other members of the office of the CTO in what I hope will be an open, interesting discussion about VMware’s future.
Since I’m one of the new faces in the CTO office, perhaps I should start by offering a bit of background. I’ve been at VMware for just over a year, having joined the company as part of its acquisition of SpringSource last year. Prior to SpringSource I was the CEO and co-founder of Hyperic, a web infrastructure monitoring and management product which is now part of the vFabric Platform. Over the last 13 years I’ve been fortunate to work as an engineer and architect on a number of innovative enterprise software companies (Netscape was my first job out of college!) as well as a number of startups. Throughout this period I’ve been involved in the design and development of new infrastructure technologies like application servers and management platforms. I’ve also lived through the difficult task of implementing and supporting them at scale. It’s been a great opportunity to witness the giant steps we’ve taken in IT as well as experience some of the ugliness that comes with such rapid innovation and change in such a critical part of a business. This experience, for better or worse, has shaped my views on the real changes that IT needs to make in order to get ahead of the game.
The last year since I’ve joined VMware has been an incredibly interesting time for the company. 18 months ago few would have imagined that VMware would be able to evolve from a leader in virtualization infrastructure into areas beyond its traditional expertise. With the help of some extremely talented people and the support of our customers VMware has expanded its leadership to include new development, runtime, and management technologies that are delivering the same revolutionary changes to IT that our core virtualization technology has offered for the last decade. It was amazing to witness this excitement and support firsthand at last week’s VMworld 2010 here in San Francisco.
Our stated mission (which Paul shared in his keynote speech) is to enable the delivery of IT as a service; reducing complexity and helping our customers deal with their infrastructure, applications, and services as “a secure, manageable, compliant whole”. In order to fulfill this mission, it is crucial for VMware to recognize that IT today is comprised of much more than the servers and applications that live inside a company’s own datacenter. Today’s IT includes a wide (and growing) range of technologies delivered and consumed with minimal touch points with existing infrastructure. From things like Gmail and Google Apps that provide alternatives to existing desktop apps, to more business focused applications like Salesforce.com and Workday that are used to manage some of the most important functions in a company. Rather than resist this inevitable new force in IT, VMware plans to seize the opportunity to help define how applications and services that are delivered via this now well proven model can be built, provisioned, managed, and consumed by our customers. Key strategic partnerships like VMforce and the recent acquisition of Tricipher are good examples of our commitment to take an active role in the growing world of software as a service.
I’m very excited to work with VMware’s many technology leaders to help define the evolution of our strategy from infrastructure leadership into new SaaS & application services. In keeping with the great examples set by my colleagues in the CTO office, I look forward to engaging each of you in an open dialogue as we go through this journey.