Today we’re excited to announce that Ben Fathi has been appointed chief technology officer at VMware. Fathi joined VMware in 2012 and most recently served as senior vice president, R&D. As CTO, he’ll help drive VMware’s technology strategy and work with the engineering teams to continue to deliver innovative products with a focus on staying ahead of customer needs.
VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger said of the news “I am pleased and excited to have Ben serve as VMware’s CTO where he will lead innovative product development and programs, collaborate with the academic community and provide leadership across our R&D community for years to come.”
Fathi has more than 30 years of experience in the computer industry, with an expertise in developing operating system software. In his role as senior vice president of research and development, he led teams responsible for our core VMware products and product innovations.
Prior to joining VMware, Fathi served as a senior vice president at Cisco, where he led the operating systems and networking protocol teams. Before his time with Cisco, he held multiple roles at Microsoft over the course of 12 years, most recently as corporate vice president of development for the Windows core operating system division
Fathi holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in Computer Science, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts. This appointment is effective immediately and Fathi will report to CEO Pat Gelsinger.
Using a quadcopter, our own Alan Tan has recorded VMware’s progress in building one of the largest campuses in Silicon Valley. You can seeAlan’s series of aerial campus videos on the VMware Company Blog. Alan captured aerial videos of our campus in different stages of construction. The most recent quadcopter flight was recorded on November 29th.
Last week, we had a rare glimpse into the future; more specifically, into the future of IT. Meeting via Google Hangout, technology industry experts, futurists and journalists met to discuss where they see IT going.
The panel included Paul Saffo, an acclaimed futurist, MD of Foresight at Discern Analytics, and a Stanford University professor; Michael Webster, a New Zealand-based virtualization and cloud expert; Mark Burgess, researcher, author and founder of CFEngine; Chris Priemesberger, journalist and eWeek editor; and Paul Chapman, VMware’s VP of IT.
You can watch the entire Hangout here.
And catch some key highlights below.
People and Change
Whether we’re thinking about the first computer or whatever wearable devices we may be donning in the future, it’s difficult to move ahead with new technologies if the people aren’t on board–whether in an enterprise or a consumer setting.
This was the first topic up for debate and discussion: people and change management.
“The rate of change and the accelerated pace of change makes it taxing for people and organizations to keep up. Constant change is now the steady state. As certain IT roles start to shrink, new roles are appearing,” noted Chapman. “Technology is almost the implementation detail. Now how do we accelerate the people and process to adopt and embrace a new way of delivering services?
Futurist Saffo urges organizations to think both beyond roles and about innovation.
“It’s got to feel like a race with the Red Queen – that people have to run faster and faster just to stay in one place,” said Paul Saffo. “The larger issue here is it’s not just how an individual views their professional life, but also that management has created a safe space to feel free to keep innovating.”
The Data Center of the Future
In the second topic, panelists covered the data center and where it’s headed.
Burgess believes we’ll be carrying more and more of our data with us, because so many no longer trust having it in the public space anymore, perhaps due to recent allegations the NSA is listening. However, he also thinks data center capacity will be spread out, so perhaps we’ll see data centers at the end of our street one day.
Looking Ahead to the Future
We also peered 10, 20, even 30 years down the road. Saffo thinks smart phones will be gone in just a matter of years with even smarter phones sporting virtual keyboards. He also sees more robust voice recognition with domain-specific AI.
Finally, though we did get a chance to answer many of our audience questions, there were still a couple remaining. Here are the answers to the questions we didn’t have time for on the broadcast, with a special thanks to Mark Burgess and Paul Saffo for their thoughts.
Q: How are you planning to drill this down to the ground level within the organization? The message has to flow through the ground in a collaborative way.
MB: For me this is about encouraging participation at every level of the organization to understand business goals and imperatives. It’s only when people feel they too are making a difference to the larger story that they feel themselves part of the larger narrative. There have been many attempts over the years to encourage this alignment (including white collar versions like ITIL), but I think the smartest example has to be what we see today in DevOps. They understand you build a culture of participation from the bottom up, encouraging individuals to collaborate across silos and optimize the whole business rather than their little corner of it. Both ITIL and DevOps borrow heavily from the work of W.E. Deming and his quality assurance work for Japan’s car industry.
PS: This is the sort of question inevitably answered in different ways at each organization. Meanwhile, there is no shortage of schema for facilitating communication and collaboration. My favorite, which I have used both in my company and consulting with others, is the Drexler-Sibbet Team Performance Model. It is specific enough to actually be useful, but also general enough that it applies across a wide range of circumstances. Here is a link to view the performance model on David Sibbet’s page. But note if you search Google (Images) you can find multiple PDFs and JPEGs of it with detailed write ups.
Q: Do we have to get away from this concept of DevOps and back to ubiquitous engineering? It seems much is being lost in the rush to be ‘pragmatic’ – which is word often misused.
MB: If I understand you right, you are saying it’s not just Dev and Ops that need to collaborate, but everyone, i.e. the engineering of the entire family of business process? I think you’re right – and there are no short cuts to building human relationships. That’s where collaboration starts.
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Today in Barcelona, CEO Pat Gelsinger and the VMware team made a series of announcements from the stage at VMworld 2013 Europe. Complete details of each announcement is highlighted in a post on the VMware Company blog and below is an overview of today’s announcements.
VMware Cloud Management Solutions: Announced today, new capabilities and enhancements across the portfolio of cloud management solutions will simplify and automate management of IT services for multiple clouds and platforms. New product releases include VMware vCloud Automation Center 6.0, VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite 5.8, VMware IT Business Management Suite, and VMware vCenter Log Insight 1.5. Read the full post VMworld 2013: Cloud Management Launch by Ramin Sayar, senior vice president & general manager of the cloud management business unit.
VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced: Included in the details of the Cloud Management news, powered by EMC Avamar, VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced delivers industry-leading storage-efficiency for backups, unique capabilities to accelerate recovery and unparalleled integration with VMware vSphere. Announced today, VMware vSphere Data Protection 5.5 Advanced will feature new capabilities including network-efficient backup data replication, integration with EMC Data Domain, a new Microsoft SharePoint agent, and automated backup verification.
This week we announced the keynote sessions for the VMworld Europe conference in Barcelona. Tuesday, October 15 at 9 a.m. CEST, CEO Pat Gelsinger kicks off the show with a discussion of the next generation of IT and how the software-defined data center is extending the proven model of virtualization and automated management across storage, networking and security. This presentation will include key announcements and discussions with customers who have used virtualization to become champions of next-generation IT in their own organizations. Watch the keynote live at http://vmware.com/go/now.
On Wednesday, October 16 at 9 a.m. CEST, VMware President and COO Carl Eschenbach and VMware engineers will showcase state-of-the-art technology that is transforming IT by virtualizing and automating compute, storage, networking and security across private and hybrid clouds. Watch it live here
This week Venture Beat takes a look forward to 2014 with “Microsoft, VMware, and the year of the hybrid cloud.” Examining the data reveals that 50 percent of cloud buyers are looking at or already invested in a hybrid cloud solutions, and according to Forrester, 76 percent of enterprise companies could adopt a hybrid cloud solution in 2014.
If you’re interested in all things Hybrid Cloud, make sure to follow the VMware vCloud team’s Blog, Twitter and Facebook channels.
Over at ArsTechnica Dave Girard takes a look at VMware Fusion and Parallels in an extensive review, while the article is worth a read, Girard concludes “VMware’s robust IT-oriented security features make it the best choice if data security is a concern. The linked clone feature is also great for testing environments where you need one master VM but with different settings. If you’re looking for solid launch-day support for Windows 8.1, Mavericks, or Linux in a VM, VMware Fusion 6 is highly recommended.”
Lastly, eWeek hosted a Twitter chat this week with a discussion on the Software Defined Data Center. You can review the questions and comments by searching on #eweekchat and be sure to follow Chris Preimesberger and @eWeekNews to participate in their monthly Twitter chats on IT industry topics.
This week, Sally Johnson at TechTarget takes a look at how software-defined networking is a rare case of technology led by security. In the article she talks with Niciria founder Martin Casado about his path from the intelligence community to network virtualization at VMware: Security: The genesis of SDN
Finally, Matthew Nawrocki at TechRepublic takes a look at the newest version of VMware Workstation and notes, “VMware isn’t standing still with their new release of Workstation 10. With several new features, Oracle and Microsoft should take notice.” Review: VMware Workstation 10
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