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Meet the team!

One of our signs at our Palo Alto campus

The Fusion and Workstation teams are having a very busy year. Since we shipped Fusion 8 and Workstation 12 almost a year ago, we’ve been busy adding new skills to the development teams so that we can take the products in a new and compelling direction. Added to that, the team has released several updates that you really should be loading on to your systems – they make the products better in a bunch of ways that are described here, here and here.

Given that some of the new features we’re working on are aimed at developers, we recently sponsored a Macworld party at WWDC so that people could meet the me and the rest of the management team. I was impressed by how passionate and supportive the party-goers were, and we certainly learned a lot. Our backlog of ideas almost doubled!

MacWorld-party-2016

Early shot of the rooftop Patio Party with Macworld and friends during WWDC 2016, VMware’s Andy Morris can be seen on the very right in the middle of some intense conversation with our eStore team director, Michael B.

More sober and back in the office, it occurred to us that more people might like to meet the team too. The management team is boring, that’s just the five of us Powerpoint jockies; the real teams that do the hard work of building, delivering and supporting the products are a diverse group of people spread all over the world.

Our Palo Alto braintrust. Without these geniuses, we wouldn't be having this conversation!

Our Palo Alto braintrust. Without these geniuses, we wouldn’t be having this conversation! Ooh, and check out the turtles in our pond!

The core compute, storage and network guys work on all of VMware’s hypervisors and are known as Layer 1. These guys build the hypervisor as well as our Virtual Devices (all the “hardware” that Windows/guests see), the Graphics stack, the Networking stack, VMware Tools, VMRC (the ‘console’ view), USB devices, and the list goes on… In the photo is about half of the group. Every one of the people in this photo is a certifiable genius, and without these guys, a whole industry would not exist.

Our Hosted UI and Quality teams

Our Hosted UI and Quality teams

Once they’ve done their voodoo, as they do, they pass the base code to these guys, our Hosted-UI (Product) and QE (Quality) teams. These folks have the incredibly difficult task of turning what is basically just cool tech, in to the products you love. And they do it exceedingly well. Every time we do a customer survey, Workstation and Fusion score the highest of all our products for quality and satisfaction. Our Hosted-UI team members, past and present, put in a lot of hours making Fusion and Workstation the amazing products they are today, and for that we can’t begin to express our gratitude.  By the same extension, we couldn’t be more excited about what we have in store for the future!

 

The Support team!

The Support team!

Of course, even with awesome quality control, sometimes you just need help solving a problem, and that’s where these guys come in. This is about half of our 24 hour, 7 days a week, Fusion and Workstation support staff. These guys are the ones we listen to the most. Building new products is fun, but we’re very aware that you rely on them to solve real world problems. These guys are our canaries, our triage, our compass. We couldn’t do it without them.

 

This combined team is working tirelessly to support you in your business. They’ve got a great surprise lined up for Q3, something very interesting for Q4, and something very big for H1. It’s not easy delivering a product that is downloaded almost 5 million times a year, but these people are the very best at what they do, and we’re proud to have them with us.

 

3 thoughts on “Meet the team!

  1. Greg Jordan

    I’m a user of Office, not a developer. I’ve used Parallels effortlessly for years at my old job, on a Retina / SSD MacBook Pro ($2300 ~2 years ago) to run Windows. With a new job I now have a 2nd but newer Pro, same Retina / SSD etc. bought new in March 2016. (OSX 10.11.3). New employer (Univ. of MD) supplies VMWare so I can use Windows 10 versions of Word and Excel (if I use Mac versions, there are annoying formatting differences when we swap files, so we all must use Windows). Except when I run VMWare the laptop fan runs continuously, which Parallels never made it do. (Fan turns off in a few minutes when I quit VMWare). %CPU usage fluctuates between 100% and 195% (vmware-vmx file) when open with Excel running (but not working; typically hangs around 110% CPU usage).

    Since U Maryland IT isn’t good knowing about VMWare, I am about to pay for my own copy of Parallels to end this pain (last resort). Or do you have an easy solution? (Others must have this issue, too, but all I find are posts 2013 and earlier…). After 3 tries its given me a new code, maybe this will work… Thank you!
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    Frustrating, post keeps being rejected for “wrong CAPTCHA Code”. I am typing a backwards “S” as a regular S, weird that it won’t accept though.

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