VMware CEO hits on network virtualization reality, feuding with Cisco & the EMC Federation’s future

Heading into VMworld 2015, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger discusses unified hybrid cloud networking, network virtualization, the company’s feud with Cisco and the future of the EMC Federation.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.networkworld.com

It’s an interesting time to be the CEO of VMware.  The company is one of the pioneers of the modern data center with its virtualization management software, which still holds a large market share. Now, it’s trying to convince customers to virtualize their storage and networking, too. What’s more, VMware is building up its public cloud in an effort to square off against giants like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure,  and to help customers build out private clouds, it’s also offering converged infrastructure.  Network World Senior Editor Brandon Butler sat down with VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger ahead of the company’s annual trade show, VMworld 2015, to discuss all of these issues and more.  John Gallant (JG): Among all that news, what do you see as the single most critical announcement from VMware?

Pat Gelsinger: Unified hybrid cloud. The idea of that is so profound. Every single customer has two questions that come up in every single meeting: Tell me how to get to the cloud and how do I deal with security? What we’re describing with unified hybrid cloud is an architected, capable, proven solution that addresses those two needs. Everyone says: I need to make cloud part of my future but I’ve got this enterprise stuff, these 20-year investments in applications, I’ve got cool things going on over here. How do I bring those together? I can’t just forklift and move to the cloud for those things. It doesn’t meet my regulatory requirements. Bringing that together, that’s what we mean by the unified hybrid cloud – a single architected set of services and capabilities that allow you to run on-premises, off-premises and connect the two together in a complete way that also addresses their governance, regulatory requirements and their security requirements.

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