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VMware Careers TV: Allwyn Sequeira, VP & CTO, Networking and Security

After VMware’s recent announcement of becoming a founding sponsor of the Open Networking Research Center (ONRC), a collaborative effort to explore software-defined networking (SDN) as the new networking model for the cloud era, Price Smith, Social Recruiting Community Manager, VMware sat down with Allwyn Sequeira, vice president and CTO, networking and security, VMware to learn about his team’s involvement in the Center.

Highlights of the interview include Allwyn’s insights on the changing landscape of networking architecture, the benefits of the ONRC for the tech community at large, as well as an inside look into Allwyn’s career experiences here at VMware.

 Enjoy the entire discussion via the VMware Careers YouTube video below.

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VMware Employee Spotlight – Dexter Arver

DexterName: Dexter Arver

Position at VMware: Supervisor, Web Applications

Years at VMware: 6.75 years

 

1. What is it about the VMware culture that has allowed you to pursue interests such as photography at work while still being committed to your work responsibilities?  

I would mainly attribute it to the fact that even though we’re a large corporation, VMware still has a startup vibe. To me, this means that although people have roles within the company, we’re not big enough to have full time employees that are photographers (for instance). This gives people like myself an opportunity to help out and contribute. Of course, this would be impossible unless my manager trusted and supported my volunteer efforts. 

2. Select 5-8 photographs from events at VMware that you have been a part of and captured on camera. In a couple of sentences describe the event, time frame, and how the photo(s) encompasses one or all of VMware’s core values (VMware Values – Passion, Innovation, Commitment to Execution, Teamwork, Active Learning, Giving Back) as well as what the photo means to you.

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 This picture was taken during VMware’s first Service Learning Fair in October, 2010. There is a photography mailing list that I was subscribed to, and Nicola Acutt, our VMware Foundation Director sent out an email asking for a volunteer photographer, and that’s how I met Nicola. I believe this photo shows how committed VMware is to giving back to our communities.

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 This picture was taken in October 2010. I would say that the turtles (and the pond) are one of the favorite things people like to mention about the Palo Alto campus. They are the closest thing we have to a mascot.

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 I had the opportunity to take pictures at an offsite engineering innovation event in May of 2011. This event gives people a chance to take a step back from their daily lives and really come together as a team to think about the future of this company. Not many companies empower their employees to really focus on Innovation and what that really means.

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 In June 2011, we had an Intern Kickoff Event and I grabbed this picture as one Intern powered through two defenders in a football inspired game. I believe this game was designed to show them that teamwork is vital in stopping a juggernaut of a problem (the two defenders were taught a lesson on this day). 

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 In September 2011, I organized a group of work friends and colleagues to volunteer at the Coyote Ridge Open Space Preserve. We spent an afternoon pulling out old fences which were no longer necessary and were sometimes hurting local animals. Again, it is hard to believe that our company gives us a whole week every year to 'serve and learn' and give back to our communities.

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 A big part of my work is creating an internal engineering journal and since I help put the magazine together, I get to shoot the cover. This picture was taken in our computer lab in December 2011. I had never worked to create any kind of a journal before my job at VMware, and it just shows with the right attitude, how easy it is at VMware to learn and grow into new roles.

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 In April 2012, I shot pictures of six people at VMware who have been with the company for twelve years. The above two photos are from this shoot. I think without passion for what they do, these exemplary people would not have stayed at VMware for a dozen years.

3. Which VMware values do you most identify and live by and how do you demonstrate this in your day to day work? (VMware Values – passion, innovation, commitment to execution, team work, active learning, giving back more than we take).

Passion. I believe without passion, you’re not going to keep striving for excellence and without that, you’re just going to get bored with your work and your life. That’s why I think it’s important to ask yourself, over and over again, whether you’re doing exactly what you want to be doing. And if you ever answer yourself “no,” it is time to do something about it. Once you’re sure (and you believe in what you’re doing), you should bring that energy to your work every day. This will only inspire others around you to give it their all and with that kind of energy, your team will become unstoppable.

4. What are you most looking forward to in the year ahead? 

I became a manager at the end of last year, and I’m most looking forward to giving the opportunities and guidance my manager has given me to those who work for me. 

 

A big thank you to Dexter Arver and all of our employees who help fuel the engine of opportunity here at VMware!

-The VMware Careers Team

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VMware: 2012 Bay Area Top Workplaces

 At VMware, we thrive on forward momentum. We are an engine of opportunity fueled by the transformative products and solutions we bring to market, the passion and trust we inspire in our customers, and our collaborative drive to imagine, define and deliver the future of IT through cloud computing.

 It is through this collaborative effort among our employees that we are honored to announce that we have made the 2012 Bay Area Top Workplaces list! This award is based on the results of a random survey of a portion of our Bay Area employees by Workplace Dynamics in partnership with the Bay Area News Group. Being recognized on lists like this is an honor.

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 On this occasion, we want to extend a big thank you to each of our Bay Area employees who demonstrate our values of innovation, passion, execution, teamwork, active learning and giving back, and, by doing so, contribute every day to making VMware a place where great people want to work long term. 

 If you are passionate, innovative, driven, and inspired by the opportunity to learn and contribute something back to the broader community, connect with us! 

 

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VMware Foundation – Employees Give Back – Big Bike Ride for Heart & Stroke

On Friday, June 1, 2012 the VMware Burlington Staffing and GSS teams partnered together for the Heart and Stroke Big Bike event in Burlington, Ontario. Hosted by the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Big Bike event helps raise awareness and funds for heart disease and stroke research. The Big Bike holds twenty-nine people and VMware was able to fill two bikes for this event. This was a history-making event as VMware was the number one company for fundraising in all of Halton, Ontario! It was a wet and rainy ride as Burlington received 40mm of rain in a six hour period, (It felt like all 40mm came during the ride) but one which we certainly we will never forget. 

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To learn more about this event, we sat down with VMware employees and Co-Captains for VMware’s participation in the Big Bike, Jonathan McDonald and Marvin Marcos to learn more about what it took to make our participation possible.

What was your involvement in the Big Bike Ride for Heart & Stroke?

“I have been involved for the last few years with Marvin as a Team Captain for our Big Bike Teams. This year’s event was the first time we have ever had more than a single bike in a year. Although much of the same planning took place, it was on a much larger scale. This involved everything from recruiting the fifty-eight people we needed to join as riders, collecting and organizing the shirts, to motivating our co-workers to get out there and fundraise. Although there were some stressful moments, it was all worth it in the end when we got to the venue and actually participated in the ride.” -Jonathan McDonald – Senior Technical Support Engineer

“I have helped organize the Heart and Stroke Foundation Big Bike event since its inception five years ago. Throughout the past five years, VMware has raised more than $35,000 for an excellent cause that affects us all. This year we were able to break two records during the Big Bike event. Not only did our team ride two big bikes, but we also raised nearly $12,000. This is the most funding we have raised …so far. A special Thank you go to my Co-Captain Jonathan McDonald as well as Brian Ferguson.  I’ll work side by side with these guys anytime.” -Marvin Marcos – Technical Support Engineer

What did you enjoy about participating in this event with your VMware colleagues? 

“It is a great team building exercise and a great way to get the Heart and Stroke’s message out there. From obtaining approvals from management to recruiting fellow employees to participate in the event, we were able to work with people that we do not normally have the opportunity to work with on a regular basis in the office. The whole event helps build the morale of the people who participate. In the end it strengthens our teams, as it is easier to collaborate with people that you know!” -Jonathan McDonald – Senior Technical Support Engineer

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What are your thoughts on the VMware Foundation's Service Learning program?

“I love it! The fact that VMware allows and encourages us to take the time out of our busy days to help out in our communities is amazing! I have never worked for a company prior to VMware that has such a strong Service Learning Program.” –Jonathan McDonald – Senior Technical Support Engineer

“I am very grateful and proud to be working for a company that has a Service Learning Program. As Jonathan mentioned, we are all busy, but with something such as the VMware Foundation’s Service Learning program, I have the opportunity to connect with a much wider audience when I get to be involved with charity work.” -Marvin Marcos – Technical Support Engineer

 

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VMware University Relations – Cambridge Intern Kickoff Event

On Wednesday, June 6, 2012 eighteen interns from schools all across the United States joined together at the VMware Cambridge, Massachusetts office to kick off their summer internship with us here at VMware. 353

To commence the day, Julia Austin, VP of Innovation Programs gave the group an overview of VMware throughout the years as well as the awe-inspiring projects we presently work on today. After Julia spoke the Cambridge interns set out to enjoy the pre-summer day with a mobile scavenger hunt, and then satisfied their taste buds with some mouthwatering BBQ.356

For the scavenger hunt, the interns were divided up into four teams with each team representing one of the following clouds, Nimbus, Stratus, Cumulus, and Cirrus (We had to have some fun with our background in Cloud Technology). During the mobile scavenger hunt, the interns roamed the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston in search of the answers to the scavenger hunt questions that revolved around historical events in Boston, Massachusetts. Photographs were captured to confirm that each team had completed each step of the mobile scavenger hunt.

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The team-building event was a great way for our Cambridge interns to get to know each other and help kick start their summer here at VMware. While the 23 Cambridge interns will be working on different projects this season, we are looking forward to what each and every one of them will bring to the team and hope they have a great summer!

P.S. More photos to come from this exciting day on our Facebook page!

-The VMware University Relations Team

 

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Check Out the New VMware Careers YouTube Channel Layout!

Have you heard the exciting news? VMware has recently launched VMware TV; our new branded YouTube station! We're excited to have VMware Careers and University Relations involved in this station and are happy to announce our own new branded YouTube channel that directly ties into VMware TV. The VMware Careers YouTube channel will provide community members the opportunity to become actively engaged with us in the channel itself. Follow the red arrows on the VMware Careers YouTube channel graphic below to see how you can learn, connect, and engage with VMware Careers! 

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Play around with the new features on the VMware Careers YouTube channel and let us know what you think. Share your thoughts on the channel itself or via the VMware Careers social media channels below. We'd enjoy hearing your feedback! 

 

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VMware Women in Tech Interview – Engineering Innovation Offsite

    Julia Austin, VMware's Vice President of Innovation Programs recently had the opportunity to sit down with Biliana Meshkova and Meiwen Li, two MTS Engineers at VMware's internal engineering innovation offsite conference. During their conversation, these women discussed the accessibility to professionally develop themselves at VMware, their team environment, the female employees who have impacted them the most, and advice they would give to recent female college graduates pursuing a career in technology. 

    Enjoy their entire discussion from the conference via the VMware Careers YouTube video below. 

  

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