Late last year, we announced the winner of the 2014 VMware Fling Contest — Zachary Widing. He won for his idea to update the Onyx Fling to support the vSphere Web Client. You can read additional details on Zachary’s winning submission here.
We caught up with Zachary to discuss winning the Fling contest. It’s been a busy start to 2015 for Zachary, who joined VMware recently.
Q. What was your reaction to learning your idea won the 2014 VMware Fling contest?
A. I was ecstatic to find out that I had won. While the reward was nice, the fact that my Fling submission would be continued into the vSphere Web Client was “reward” for me enough.
Q. What inspired you to enter the contest?
A. I was inspired to enter the VMware Fling contest because I believe in the idea of open innovation, and that possibly “my” idea could be considered good enough to become reality.
Last October, VMware established a new R&D hub in China with the aim of fostering IT innovation and closer collaboration with the country’s local organizations and institutions. As work at VMware Labs Asia continues to thrive, we wanted to offer an overview of the types of projects that will be hosted there, as well as some of the reasons VMware chose to expand its footprint in China.
VMware Labs Asia adds to VMware’s already robust presence in China, which includes a global R&D center. First and foremost, the new lab will serve to spur collaboration between VMware and various local bodies in an effort to leverage the unique market opportunities for virtualization technology in the country.
Markets such as mobile are booming, but many aspects of IT infrastructure still lag behind other developed nations. This is a challenge that VMware is uniquely suited to tackle.
“For a lot of customers in China—whether enterprise, industrial, telco, etc.— VMware is in a very unique position to become the most attractive technology partner,” said Dr. Ying Li, managing director, VMware Labs Asia. “Most customers understand that Unix and mainframe are not going to get them to the next generation of IT. They get the message—they need to transform IT infrastructure—and they’re actively looking for input to help them transform their data center.”
By Dawn Smith, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Secretary
Last week, Good Technology issued a news release relating to reputed developments in an infringement lawsuit it filed against AirWatch in Germany last December. In this release, Good Technology suggests AirWatch’s products have been found to infringe Good Technology’s patents and that an injunction would soon be issued against AirWatch. Nothing could be further from the truth. This lawsuit is only in the very early stages, there have been no substantive rulings in the case, and there has not been a finding that AirWatch’s products infringe any Good Technology patent. Our AirWatch business is experiencing rapid growth and remains fully open for business in Germany, across Europe, and around the world.
In this German lawsuit, Good Technology also brought claims against one of AirWatch’s numerous German resellers in an effort to obtain a procedural advantage in the dispute. But there was no substantive basis for including this reseller – Envision, because it has not had any sales for AirWatch. To avoid the burdens associated with such frivolous litigation, Envision used a procedural tool in the German court to extract itself from the lawsuit without requiring any merits rulings from the German court.
VMware and AirWatch believe Good Technology’s infringement claims lack merit. We also believe Good Technology’s patents are invalid and AirWatch will be filing nullity actions in Germany to invalidate those patents.
It’s been a busy week for VMware! On Monday, at a live event in San Francisco, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger and CTO Ben Fathi introduced our latest innovations across virtual compute, networking and storage. The theme of the event – One Cloud, Any Application – speaks to our new products and services that help you to deliver a consistent environment for building, running and managing any cloud-native or traditional application, through a software-defined platform that spans private and public cloud environments. Read more about the launch on Tribal Knowledge.
Also on Monday, the end-user computing team was excited to announce that VMware acquired Immidio, a privately held company that offers a user environment management (UEM) solution. The Immidio UEM solution provides a consistent and dynamic desktop experience that is independent of operating system, device and location.
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.
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.”