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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!

SAP HANA on vSphere: More Proof Points on the Path to the Software-Defined Data Center

By Mark Chuang, Senior Director – vSphere

Last week, VMware and SAP jointly announced that SAP HANA is now supported on VMware vSphere 5.5, the foundation of the VMware vCloud® Suite. This means that vSphere is the first and only hypervisor certified to run SAP HANA in production either on-premises or in the cloud. SAP HANA, SAP’s in-memory computing platform for dramatically accelerated analytics and real-time data processing, can now be effectively extended into and managed in a software-defined data center, taking advantage of virtualized infrastructure for incredible gains in agility, resource efficiency and speed.

This means that customers can now transform and virtualize their entire SAP landscape—from transactional and analytic workloads—and focus on innovation and growth.

By combining the power of SAP HANA with vSphere 5.5, customers can simplify their data management endeavors while realizing faster time-to-value, higher service levels and lower total cost of ownership (TCO). This announcement underscores VMware’s commitment to help customers move to a software-defined architecture to radically simplify IT and dramatically improve the efficiency of their infrastructure. It is also a concrete example of VMware’s continuing promise to support the virtualization of all applications, especially mission-critical ones that enterprises can’t run without.

To learn more about our focus on evolving vSphere to continue to be the leading platform for all applications and workloads, check out this video where I discuss our vSphere strategy, roadmap and future direction.

The Future of IT is Software-Defined

Why the Software-Defined Data Center is a Nexus of Business Possibility

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger

By Pat Gelsinger

The $2 trillion Information Technology industry is in the early stages of a tectonic shift, as we transition from the previous Client-Server platform to the Mobile Cloud era. For the first time in history, we’re seeing dramatic changes driven by both the consumer and enterprise worlds. In many ways, everything is up in the air. At this critical juncture, the demands on IT are greater than ever. Whether you’re an individual consumer or a business leader, you want essentially the same thing: instantaneous access to the apps and data you care about, without hassles or hiccups, and with confidence and compliance.

As we make this massive shift from the PCs and servers of old to the Mobile Cloud era, we’re experiencing a fundamental restructuring of how IT value gets created and consumed. Simply put, software has usurped hardware as the place where value resides. This is driven largely by well-established laws of technology: software can be quickly adapted, programmed and automated. By contrast, hardware is inflexible, labor-intensive and specialized. As a guy who spent 30+ years in the hardware world, this is a difficult fact to acknowledge – yet it’s undeniable.

To wit, we have entered the age of the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC). The SDDC is a data center where everything has been virtualized and infrastructure can be delivered as software on demand. This software-defined approach will become the model for every leading data center in the world because it represents a radical and powerful change agent for the enterprise. At its core, the SDDC empowers IT to move at the speed of the business, by rapidly delivering apps and services as they are needed.

The technical argument for the Software-Defined Data Center is airtight: Virtualize all components, abstract the functionality, pool the resources and automate the processes. In this model, hardware becomes increasingly invisible – seen solely through a layer of dynamic, scalable and agile software. Many of the core elements of this approach have been pioneered by companies like Google, Amazon and Facebook. But while they’ve accomplished a great deal, their implementations have been specifically designed for their specialized environments. Now is the time for us, as an industry, to take these valuable learnings and apply the software-defined approach for the benefit of all businesses – and all the millions of applications that power our economy.

Next Step: Virtualize Your Network

Compute virtualization was just the opening act of the SDDC story. According to VMware’s analysis, by virtualizing roughly 70 percent of our customers’ compute workloads over the past decade, businesses saved billions of dollars and in the process, they accomplished something else: They made it easy to spin up new applications in literally seconds. This, in turn, exposed a frustrating reality: As app provisioning has sped up exponentially, we have discovered that the operating model of the network is simply not equipped to keep pace. In fact, the network is now a barrier to achieving the full benefits of virtualization, because the movement of all of these dynamic apps is now severely constrained by the limitations of the physical network. The fact is today’s network is operationally intensive, requiring significant manual intervention and vendor-specific expertise at every turn.

The answer to this challenge is to virtualize your network. This represents the next chapter in our industry’s inevitable move to a software-defined approach to IT.  Network virtualization takes the fast and fluid operational model of a virtual machine (VM) and extends that across your network. It advances networking with new levels of automation, programmability, and management by leveraging the power of software. Network virtualization also transforms the economics of networking within the data center by reducing the need for costly, proprietary networking hardware. As we build virtual networks we are strengthening the foundations of the hybrid cloud, which gives businesses the ability to move valuable apps and data seamlessly between public and private cloud environments.

Charting the Course to a Software-Defined Future 

Modern business is here today. It’s global, competitive, collaborative, and extremely dynamic.  But too often, the technology infrastructure supporting these businesses is limping along – slow, inefficient, brittle, and generally incapable of keeping up. The best companies in the world are charting a path to a software-oriented model of IT where infrastructure drives strategic advantage. IT professionals with the courage to embrace this new reality – and let go of the hardware-centric models of the past – will change the landscape of business forever. The future is bright. Let’s move forward.

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Leadership Perspectives: Sanjay Poonen

In the second of a series of leadership perspectives videos, Sanjay Poonen, executive vice president and general manager of the End-User Computing business unit discusses why he chose to join VMware, the end-user computing landscape (now and in the future), and how end-user computing and Desktop-as-a-Service fit into an enterprise cloud strategy.

Check out the video to hear more about Sanjay’s take on:

  • How the end-user computing landscape has it evolved and why it is a critical focus for VMware
  • How the end-user computing industry will evolve over the next 12-24 months
  • How an end-user computing/Desktop-as-a-Service approach fits into an enterprise cloud strategy for customers
  • Computing at the “Speed of Life”
  • What Sanjay is looking forward to in 2014

You can read more from Sanjay on the VMware Company Blog. 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 first Leadership Perspectives video from Bill Fathers, senior vice president and general manager of the Hybrid Cloud Services 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.