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The VMware Foundation and “Destination Give Back” at VMworld 2014 – #vGiveBack

The VMware Foundation is an important part of the culture at VMware. This culture of service connects VMware employees with each other, as well as with our broader community.

At VMware, our giving is rooted in a philosophy that we call Citizen Philanthropy, which speaks to the power of choice in where and how we give back.  The choice in how to contribute one’s time, talent, and resources, as well as the choice of which causes to support. As such, the VMware Foundation is a platform to amplify employees’ contributions to the causes closest to their hearts.

In this short video, Nicola Acutt, vice president, Global Community Affairs, speaks to how VMware’s unique approach to giving goes beyond writing a check, and how, together, individual actions add-up to our collective impact.

Nicola also gives a preview of “Destination Give Back,” which is new to VMworld this year. Located in the Hang Space in Hall E of the Moscone Center, the VMware Foundation is inviting attendees to have some fun and give back. Attendees will be able to learn more about causes selected by VMware employees and test their ingenuity to make giving take flight with the VMware Foundation.

Follow the conversation and share your experience using the hashtag #vGiveBack.

New Video! CTO Kit Colbert on the Future of End User Computing

Learn VMware’s strategy to deliver on its mission in the changing end user computing space—to provide secure virtual workspaces that let end users work at the speed of life. VMware CTO Kit Colbert discusses four key priorities to help IT deliver value to the business as the mobile-cloud era matures: desktop, mobile, content collaboration and workspace services. This new strategy video will help you understand how end users benefit from a software-defined approach to the data center and the cloud.

Kit Colbert will be on stage at VMworld, and we’ll be talking to him more about the future of the software-defined data center. Stay tuned to the Company Blog for more information.

#VMworld Networking & Security Spotlight Sessions

Martin Casado

Martin Casado

Last year at VMworld, we launched the VMware NSX network virtualization platform to great fanfare. At VMworld 2014 in San Francisco, our Networking CTO Martin Casado will give two Spotlight Sessions to explain just why NSX is taking off with customers. If you are attending the show, you’ll want to make sure you register for the sessions to get a seat.

Hit the jump for more details on the sessions.

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The State of Silicon Valley: Sustained Innovation and Growth

Tuesday marked an important milestone in VMware’s history with the grand opening of our expanded Palo Alto campus. Fostering innovation is part of VMware’s DNA and in that spirit, Oliver Roll and the communications team invited several industry luminaries to address the “State of the State of Silicon Valley” by participating in a roundtable discussion. Panelists included:

  • Marc Andreessen, Co-Founder and CEO, Andreessen Horowitz
  • Dave DeWalt, CEO of FireEye
  • Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware
  • John Hennessy, President, Stanford University
  • Joe Tucci, Chairman and CEO, EMC

The panel was moderated by CNBC’s Melissa Lee, who asked the panelists plenty of thought-provoking questions. Each participant provided unique insight on a wide variety of hot topics, including tech stocks and investments in Silicon Valley, the “talent war,” the unique attributes that make Silicon Valley such a hotbed of innovation, the current cloud business landscape, and the future of Silicon Valley and related industries. Notably, Melissa asked: Are we in a tech bubble? (Sneak preview: Marc Andreessen is sick of talking about it.)

Following the event, VMware employees gathered to “cut the ribbon” on the newly expanded Palo Alto campus, encompassing about 100 acres and 1.6 million square feet of office and R&D space.

Watch the video to hear the dynamic discussion in full and tune in to a social discussion from noon-1 p.m. PT today with VMware VP of Global Corporate Communications Oliver Roll (@oliverroll) and SiliconANGLE’s John Furrier (@furrier).  They’ll be recapping the panel, discussing a few of the key themes and crowdsourcing questions. If you’d like to submit your question in advance of the discussion, simply tweet with the hashtag #vmwSotS.

Leadership Perspectives: Carl Eschenbach, Part Two

Carl Eschenbach, president and chief operating officer at VMware, is the third executive we’ve interviewed as part of our Leadership Perspectives video series. He had so much great insight to offer that we couldn’t narrow our interview down to just one video! You saw Part One here on the VMware Company Blog last week.

In Part Two, Carl talks about the EMC Federation (and how it affects VMware’s strategy), what he’s learned from his roles at VMware, and what he’s looking forward to in 2014.

The VMware Leadership Perspectives video series is an occasional series to introduce the leaders at VMware who are building the next generation of IT infrastructure. Check out the previous Leadership Perspectives videos from:

  • Bill Fathers, senior vice president and general manager of the Hybrid Cloud Services business unit
  • Sanjay Poonen, executive vice president and general manager of the End-User Computing business unit

Be sure to subscribe to the VMware Company Blog to stay up to date with each video as well as the latest news from VMware.

Leadership Perspectives: Carl Eschenbach, Part One

In the third of a series of leadership perspectives videos, Carl Eschenbach, president and chief operating officer at VMware, discusses changes he’s seen in the tech industry throughout his career, VMware’s opportunity in the next 12-24 months, and recent acquisitions and how they fit into VMware’s strategy.

Check out the video to hear more about Carl’s take on these topics, and be sure to stay tuned for the Company Blog for “Part Two” of our interview with Carl.

The VMware Leadership Perspectives video series is an occasional series to introduce the leaders at VMware who are building the next generation of IT infrastructure. Check out the previous Leadership Perspectives videos from:

  • Bill Fathers, senior vice president and general manager of the Hybrid Cloud Services business unit
  • Sanjay Poonen, executive vice president and general manager of the End-User Computing business unit

Be sure to subscribe to the VMware Company Blog to stay up to date with each video as well as the latest news from VMware.

EMC World 2014: It’s a Wrap

Whether or not you were at EMC World this year, one thing is clear – the software-defined datacenter is the “Future of IT.” There were several announcements coming out of the show this year, including news that Pivotal and VMware will now deliver enterprise-class hybrid PaaS and SAP HANA is now supported on VMware vSphere 5.5 for production scenarios.

Additionally, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger took the stage to lead  a general session followed byPivotal’s CEO Paul Maritz on Tuesday. Pat’s keynote, titled “The Future of IT is Software-Defined” outlined the way of the (near) future as IT organizations continue their journey to delivering IT as a Service.

Watch the video of Pat’s keynote for a view of where the IT industry is headed and how VMware is enabling the transformation.

Until next year!