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For the third installment of our interview series with VMware CIO Tony Scott (check out Parts One and Two), we look ahead to the evolution of IT and the role VMware will play in transforming static business models to dynamic, fluid ones.
Tribal Knowledge [TK]: How would you sum up some of the IT-driven transformation we’ve seen this year?
Tony Scott [TS]: We’re entering a new era of business, where models that once seemed solid and permanent are becoming more liquid. You need to be liquid to be disruptive in this day and age.. That means agile and flexible. Able to spin up new services in weeks not months or years. Poised to leverage mobile-cloud architecture to create new business models, revenue streams and means to create stronger connections with customers and partners. We’re going through this transformation at VMware and we’re excited to help our customers on their journey as software is always at the core of any liquid business.
TK: Why software?
VMware Fellows Are Recognized for Exceptional Leadership and Technology Contributions
VMware, Inc. today announced that recently appointed VMware Fellows, Martin Casado and Raj Yavatkar, are being honored by endowments of $800,000 in each of their names to Northern Arizona University, Martin’s alma mater, and Scripps University, where Raj’s daughter graduated.
The VMware Fellows program recognizes the continued and dramatic contributions by outstanding VMware people to its products, the company and the industry at large.
“Martin and Raj are two incredible leaders who embody the broader VMware research and development philosophy,” said Ben Fathi, chief technology officer, VMware. “Their passion for continued innovation and relentless focus on product performance and quality have helped establish VMware’s leadership in the software-defined data center. These scholarships will continue their legacy by helping students follow in their footsteps and create the disruptions that will shape the future of technology.”
VMware might be known best as the first software firm to succeed in virtualizing x86 architecture, but the idea of Citizen Philanthropy may not be as well known. Here at VMware, our giving is called Citizen Philanthropy—an idea that promotes choice in where and how to contribute, as well as the belief that individual actions matter and add up to our collective impact. If you stopped by Destination Give Back at VMworld, you saw Citizen Philanthropy in action—with attendees taking a symbolic action of flying a paper airplane to support their cause of choice. Together these actions added up to our collective support for the global community.
Closing out the year, the VMware Foundation took on another ambitious big idea. What if every VMware person joined in giving back through at least one Foundation program? We call it Mission Possible. As of Q3, 6,169 VMware employees have contributed their time, talents, and/or directed financial resources to a cause they are passionate about. While that’s 38% of VMware’s global workforce, we know this number doesn’t fully reflect our culture of service and gratitude.
Are you looking for the perfect holiday gift for the techie in your life? Well look no further. The VMware Fusion team recently received an Editors’ Choice award from PCMag.com for VMware Fusion 7! What better way to celebrate the holidays than to give the gift of Windows on Mac?
VMware Fusion has always had a loyal following and the VMware Fusion product team has put a lot of effort into making it one of the leading solutions available to serve its customers.
Read more about the PCMag.com distinction on the VMware End-User Computing blog.
The vCloud Suite has made it so easy to manage his company’s private cloud that Luigi now has time to contribute value in entirely new ways.
Guido Appenzeller is VMware’s Chief Technology Strategy Officer for networking and security. Previously he was the co-founder and CTO of Big Switch Networks, one of the pioneers in the software-defined networking market. Guido is responsible for analyzing and evaluating emerging trends across the networking ecosystem, and evangelizing VMware’s strategy for network virtualization. Below, Guido outlines his perspective on the importance of software for the advancement of the networking industry.
Anyone who’s tracked the evolution of enterprise IT over the last 20 years can probably point to a single trend as having catalyzed much of the innovation currently taking place inside the data center. That trend, of course, is abstraction, or the decoupling of functions from their underlying hardware.
Through virtualization, we’ve not only improved storage and compute technology by orders of magnitude, but also engendered entirely new use cases and laid the groundwork for advances still to come. Unfortunately, not every aspect of the data center has kept up with this breakneck pace of innovation.