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Kit Colbert

CTO, End-User Computing

Biography

Kit Colbert is the CTO, End-User Computing at VMware, driving technical strategy and advanced development of innovative solutions for VMware's desktop, social, and mobility products. A 10-year veteran at VMware, Kit previously held roles as the Chief Architect and Principal Engineer for Horizon Workspace and as the lead Management Architect for the vCenter Operations Suite. At the start of his 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 a recognized thought-leader on End-user Computing and Cloud Management trends. He speaks regularly at industry conferences, on the main stage at VMworld, and is the desktop and mobility voice for the VMware Office of the CTO blog.

Posts by Kit Colbert

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Inspired by Mobility

August 26, 2014
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Inspired by Mobility

I’m here at VMworld and will take the stage later this morning to present the End-User Computing portion of the keynote along with the EVP and GM of EUC, Sanjay Poonen.  One of the themes of our talk will be the idea of “inspired by mobility.”  I wanted to take a moment to explain in a bit more detail what I mean by this and our thinking behind it. As Sanjay and I will talk about, we’re in a new era of computing: the mobile-cloud era.  This era is characterized by changes in apps, data, devices, and how end-users consume them.  Long gone are the days of one Windows laptop per user.  Now each user moves between three or four devices in...

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Welcoming A New Member To The VMware Family – CloudVolumes

August 20, 2014
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Welcoming A New Member To The VMware Family – CloudVolumes

This past year has been very exciting for the End-User Computing group at VMware.  Almost one year ago, Sanjay Poonen joined us as General Manager of EUC.  In October 2013, we acquired Desktone , allowing us to provide customers with a mature Desktop-as-a-Service solution.  In January 2014, we announced partnerships with Google and F5 Networks .  Then in February, we acquired AirWatch , the leader in enterprise mobility management – VMware’s biggest acquisition ever.  We launched the industry’s first hybrid DaaS offering with VMware Horizon DaaS in March, and in April, we announced VMware Horizon 6 , a ground-breaking release that included fully integrated application publishing. And today we’re thrilled to announce another major event: the...

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VMware + Containers = Containers without Compromise

August 12, 2014
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VMware + Containers = Containers without Compromise

For this post, I’m temporarily taking off my VMware End User Computing hat and putting back on my Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) one. (As many of you may know, I was part the VMware SDDC team for 9+ years, so every now and then I still need my SDDC fix!) Today I’m at Gartner Catalyst participating in a panel session entitled “Virtual Machines: Forever Glory or Dying Breed?” The session is motivated out of interest in Docker and Linux containers , and the question as to whether containers might one day replace virtual machines. You’ve probably heard about containers or seen them in the news, but not everyone has had time to research container-based approaches. With that in mind, let me...

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EUC Integration Points

July 23, 2014
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EUC Integration Points

By Kit Colbert and Jens Koerner Jens Koerner is the Director of Product Management for Mobile responsible for EUC product strategy. His main focus is product integration to deliver a seamless experience for our customers across the EUC suite. He joined VMware from SAP where he was the product manager for the SAP Mobile Platform. Jens is based in Palo Alto. Back in April, I blogged about how we’re thinking of bringing VMware and AirWatch together , outlining our broad vision and high-level architecture for how to conceptualize the integration.  The original blog was well-received by customers and partners alike, who were happy to see that VMware is committed to moving quickly on integrating the great new technologies of AirWatch with VMware’s...

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The Cloud is the Device: Towards Ubiquitous End-User Computing

May 6, 2014
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The Cloud is the Device: Towards Ubiquitous End-User Computing

Today I’m in Boston speaking at the IEEE: Rockstars of Mobile Cloud conference on the concept of “the cloud is the device.”  This talk was inspired by the AirWatch/VMware integration efforts I blogged about last week .  The title itself is an evolution of the tagline Sun used for years: “the network is the computer.” This tagline was a somewhat iconic description of Sun’s aspirations, where all computing intelligence lived on servers and applications were remotely delivered to network-connected “dumb” client devices.  It was certainly an ambitious vision, perhaps somewhat ahead of its time.  But it never materialized because Sun fundamentally underestimated the power of end-point devices and the compelling use cases for executing applications and services locally as well as remotely....

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Bringing VMware and AirWatch together

April 29, 2014
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Bringing VMware and AirWatch together

AirWatch is our biggest acquisition ever and as you can imagine, customers and partners alike are eager to hear how we plan to integrate it into VMware.  Specifically, how are we going to bring the two traditionally separate silos of desktop and mobile together? To help explain our vision for uniting VMware and AirWatch, we released a video describing our architecture and technology integration plans.  Definitely watch the video to learn more, and the rest of this blog will give you a summary of our plans and a bit more color on certain areas. Vision First, I want to make it clear that this is not about just integrating two sets of technologies. It’s about setting a vision for end-user computing and helping...

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