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To: Ingenious who wrote (251)1/24/2012 10:19:00 AM
From: Glenn Petersen
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Virtualization: Boon In The Datacenter, Bust On The Desktop

Roger Kay
1/24/2012 @ 9:17AM

It may be startling news, but not all virtualization technologies are created equal.

In the past decade, CIOs and other IT managers had a fantastic experience using virtualization to consolidate their servers, sometimes ending up with one-tenth the number of machines. The fully virtualized servers were bigger, but they also ran near capacity, which the old physical servers rarely did. Costs were reduced, efficiencies gained, and service levels increased.

After such a great experience, who could blame IT people for thinking they had found a panacea for every ill? Unfortunately, while virtualizing servers is a no brainer, doing the same with desktops just leads to a sinkhole of complexity, unforeseen costs, and little return on investment.

And CIOs are catching on. Four or five years ago, these empowered employees had just come off the most successful IT implementation in history: using VMware to turn thousands of servers into hundreds. They wanted to do the same thing with unruly desktops.

The primary vendors of virtualized desktop infrastructure (VDI) — VMware, Citrix, and Microsoft — told everyone that VDI would reduce ownership and security costs. It made sense on paper. With everything kept in the datacenter, IT could update a single copy of Microsoft Office and push it out to all the thin clients on everybody’s desktop.

But it turns out that those benefits accrue to something called “network computing,” of which VDI could be considered a subset, not VDI itself.

What’s wrong with VDI?

Well, first of all, the hardware involved costs 40-80% more than just replacing a desktop with a new one. The economics of PCs are so well trodden that it’s difficult for any other hardware configuration to deliver as much value at the same price.

Then, there’s the question of service level. When one desktop goes down, a single worker (two, if you count the deskside IT help) becomes nonproductive. But if there’s a glitch at the server end, 10,000 workers could be down for an unknown period of time. Building in redundancy might be a solution, but then VDI costs 100-200% more than the simple PC alternative.

ClearCube, a Texas-based specialty PC hardware and VDI software OEM, has made a decent niche business out of a form of VDI that involves a mix of PC client types that live in a rack in the datacenter. On the desktop sits a keyboard, mouse, monitor, and a “puck” (a small thin client that communicates over an IP link with the datacenter). ClearCube’s connection broker assigns requests from the desktop to either a particular rack-based client, maybe with a video accelerator operating between the two for workstation-class service, or to the next client available.

Although ClearCube has addressed many of the complexity issues that plague VDI, this elegance doesn’t come cheaply. ClearCube’s customers (e.g., the military) are more than averagely price insensitive.

And if the user doesn’t have one of those neat video-accelerator channels, he or she often must contend with irritating latency and a lack of responsiveness. A movement of the mouse is followed agonizing seconds later by a change in cursor position.

VDI also has a problematic value proposition: if the IT manager spends a big pile of money today, he or she will see an unquantifiable savings in operating expense in the unknown future.

Meanwhile, there’s a lot of work the organization must do to prepare for VDI. For example, it must take its own image of, say, Microsoft Office and publish it as a unique application.

But people need and want networked computing. And the answer may lie with the cloud, with solutions coming from Web-based applications rather than published applications or terminal services.

Web interfaces are friendlier, which fits well with the overall move toward the consumerization of IT. And everybody has a browser: PCs, phones, tablets, even the Nintendo Wii and smart TVs. By making the browser the thin client, the cloud service can address the entire world’s devices.

Using application virtualization, IT managers can take an application and wrap it in an envelope, which can talk to any OS (e.g., Google‘s Android, Apple‘s OS X, Windows Vista, Windows XP, any service pack). Most IT shops manage a corporate image, a string of bits containing a tested compilation of OS, drivers, and applications that, when laid down on a fresh hard drive, just runs. The problem is, every time Microsoft releases a service pack, the image has to be tested all over again, a process that often takes weeks or months. In the Web-based envelope model, all that has to be updated and tested is the envelope itself, a solution quite pleasing to IT, which would love to get off the validation treadmill.

This type of application streaming is available from Citrix as XenApp, from Microsoft as App-V, and VMware as ThinApp (formerly Thinstall — I guess they didn’t like the implications of the word “stall”).

These application virtualization packages are a good way to pull in regular old PCs as well as VDI.

Unfortunately, complexity doesn’t go away. It just gets shifted elsewhere. Images get bigger. There’s more to maintain, and then there’s resource contention on the network or at the server level.

So, we’re back to browsers, which ultimately offer the best solution. Browsers will get smarter and more ubiquitous and will manage and take advantage of inexpensive local resources on the endpoint (i.e., PC, phone, game console, washing machine). HTML5 will make Web applications easier and more powerful.

With the exception of expensive, integrated solutions like ClearCube, which will remain quite limited, VDI is dead meat. Many large companies that started pilots a few years ago have halted deployments. They don’t have enough bandwidth or servers. The environment doesn’t scale.

© 2012 Endpoint Technologies Associates, Inc. All rights reserved.

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From: Mark30004/7/2012 7:40:08 PM
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4/9/2012 chart and setup

here is my current chart and setup for entry after earnings:

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From: Glenn Petersen4/18/2012 5:49:27 PM
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VMW is up about 3% in AH trading:

In Play 4:05PM VMware beats by $0.07, beats on revs; guides Q2 revs in-line; guides FY12 revs in-line ( VMW) 111.29 +0.80 : Reports Q1 (Mar) earnings of $0.66 per share, $0.07 better than the Capital IQ Consensus Estimate of $0.59; revenues rose 25.6% year/year to $1.06 bln vs the $1.03 bln consensus. Co issues in-line guidance for Q2, sees Q2 revs of $1.10-1.12 bln vs. $1.11 bln Capital IQ Consensus Estimate. Co issues in-line guidance for FY12, sees FY12 revs of $4.525-4.625 bln vs. $4.56 bln Capital IQ Consensus Estimate.

The full press release:

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From: zax4/25/2012 7:56:12 PM
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In what looks like the IT equivalent of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster, purloined data and documents, including source code belonging to the U.S. software firm VMWare, continue to bubble up from the networks of a variety of compromised Chinese firms, according to "Hardcore Charlie," an anonymous hacker who has claimed responsibility for the hacks.


E-Mail, Source Code From VMWare Bubbles Up From Compromised Chinese Firm

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To: stockman_scott who wrote (250)7/17/2012 8:53:08 AM
From: Glenn Petersen
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A shakeup at the top:

Paul Maritz Out As VMware CEO And Mentioned As Candidate For Top Spot At EMC Or Cloud Foundry Spin Off

Alex Williams
July 16, 2012

Paul Maritz
is out as the CEO of VMware and will be replaced by EMC COO Pat Gelsinger.

Maritz spent four years at VMware. It’s uncertain what he will do but rumors have swirled all day about about his departure.

CRN has a story that puts Gelsinger in charge of VMware with Maritz taking the top spot at EMC. VMware is a wholly owned subsidiary of the leading storage company based out of the Boston region.

My sources say that Maritz is also mentioned as a candidate to lead Cloud Foundry, the platform-as-a-service (PaaS) started at VMware. Cloud Foundry has had considerable growth since it started a year ago with its popularity as an open source developer friendly environment.

GigaOm reported today that VMware is considering making Cloud Foundry a wholly owned subsidiary of EMC. That has always been the hope of Cloud Foundry’s original developers. Greenplum and Project Rubicon, a joint venture infrastructure-as-a-service involving VMware and EMC, would also be part of the spin off.

But would Maritz lead that effort? GigaOm reports that potential successors include Tod Nielsen, co-president of VMware’s application platform business and Mark Lucovsky, vice president of engineering in charge of Cloud Foundry.

Maritz has roots in the open-source movement. He is a technologist who would like the challenge of developing Cloud Foundry as its own business.

His talent as a technologist led him to Intel where he developed tools for developers to build on the then new x86 platform. According to Wikipedia, he then moved on to Microsoft:

From 1986 to 2000 he worked at Microsoft, leaving as executive vice president of the Platforms Strategy and Developer Group and part of the 5-person executive management team. He was often said to be the third-ranking executive, behind Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer. He was responsible for essentially all of Microsoft’s desktop and server software, including such major initiatives as the development of Windows 95, Windows NT, and Internet Explorer. While at Microsoft, Maritz was credited for originating the term “eating your own dogfood” also known as Dogfooding.

EMC CEO Joe Tucci is planning to retire. A successor has not been named. Gelsinger is not considered to be a replacement which opens the question about Maritz. Will he be named CEO of EMC? That’s the question of the day.

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To: stockman_scott who wrote (250)7/17/2012 12:23:52 PM
From: Glenn Petersen
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VMware plans cloud spin out to keep up with Microsoft, Amazon and Google

By Om Malik & Stacey Higginbotham
Jul. 16, 2012, 1:32pm PT

VMware, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based virtualization and software company, is planning a corporate shakeup. GigaOM has learned that VMware hopes to spin out some of its cloud assets, including its Cloud Foundry platform-as-a-service division and parent company EMC’s Greenplum assets into a separate company, according to sources close to the deal. The new company will also include assets of Project Rubicon, an infrastructure-as-a-service joint venture between VMware and EMC.

The move would help VMware, which is majority owned by storage vendor EMC, offer a competitor to cloud computing services offered by Google, Microsoft and Amazon. All three of those players are building out the infrastructure and platform layers to become the IT departments for developers and enterprise customers.

The plans for VMware’s cloud asset spin-out are said to be at an advanced stage and some of the pieces are already in place, but the spin-out isn’t yet complete. VMware declined to comment on the spin-out plans.

The scoop. Our sources say we might hear more about these developments on July 23 when VMware announces its second-quarter earnings, although there is a chance that VMware could wait until late August when it hosts its annual VMworld user conference in San Francisco. From what we have learned, this new company would include the following pieces:

    Cloud Foundry: This is VMware’s platform-as-a-service offering that lets developers easily deploy applications built using a wide variety of programming languages, frameworks and other components. Thus far, Cloud Foundry’s associated open-source project has attracted more attention than VMware’s paid service, serving as the platform for AppFog, Iron Foundry (a .NET implementation) and ActiveState’s Stackato on-premise PaaS software.
  • Greenplum + Chorus: Greenplum is EMC’s big data division, which sells its namesake analytic database as well as two Hadoop distributions and analytics collaboration software called Chorus. Greenplum also sells preconfigured appliance, called the Big Data Appliance, on which to run all its software. Project Rubicon: This is the name of an EMC and VMware joint venture created earlier this year and appears to be the IaaS play. Rubicon has an independent board, but people working for it are paid by VMware or EMC. At its creation, the Rubicon employees consisted of the technical team behind Cloud Foundry, but not the marketing or operational staff. The venture was designed to help give the sense of independence from EMC and VMware for Cloud Foundry customers. Project Rubicon includes IaaS-type technology developed by the Mozy team. Mozy was a storage company acquired by EMC in 2007 and taken over by VMware in 2011.
We’ve heard two possible names to head the new company — both former Microsoft executives. One is Tod Nielsen, who is the co-president of VMware’s applications business and was previously the VP of Microsoft’s platform group. The other name we’ve heard bandied about is Mark Lucovsky, who is the VP of Engineering in charge of Cloud Foundry and was a Microsoft employee who helped build Windows NT.

Why a spin-out makes sense.

While VMware is a public company, EMC owns about 80 percent of its stock. That causes many to question how independent VMware can really afford to be, especially as it builds out services such as Cloud Foundry that might reduce overall sales of EMC gear to customers.

If VMware and EMC do spin out Cloud Foundry, as we hear they plan to do, it may be because they want to help alleviate the perception that EMC and VMware are heavily tied to Cloud Foundry. For many in the developer and enterprise community, the concept of cloud computing is built on the idea of virtualization and commodity hardware. EMC’s expensive storage boxes, which were used in building out Cloud Foundry, are at odds with that vision. Others are concerned that VMware’s ties to Cloud Foundry will mean that users get locked into the VMware ecosystem if they use the service.

Cloud Foundry was launched in April of 2011, and so far has attracted a lot of partners. But as it grows, the focus seems to be on helping developers build apps in Cloud Foundry that will be able to run on a variety of clouds. Thus, having Cloud Foundry under a separate company independent of VMware and EMC makes more sense.

The competitive picture. Most likely, the new company would focus its efforts on corporate customers and corporate developers. And that makes sense, as this is the big pot of gold for cloud companies. According to a recent estimate by research firm Gartner, companies will spend as much as $207 billion on public cloud computing in 2016 versus the $91 billion they spent in 2011. Amazon chief technology officer Werner Vogels, in a conversation at our Structure 2012 conference, pointed out that AWS, an early leader and pioneer in cloud services, is already in deep conversations with enterprises.

Despite near ubiquity in corporate data centers thanks to its flagship server-virtualization software, VMware needs to firm up its cloud strategy. It has all the pieces — vCloud, vFabric, PaaS, Cloud Foundry, Mozy and a suite of software-as-a-service applications (including from recently acquired big data startup Cetas) — but they haven’t yet coalesced into a cohesive offering. And now people are leaving.

Meanwhile, Microsoft has shaped Windows Azure into a fully functional cloud platform that includes IaaS, PaaS and hybrid capabilities, as well as a Hadoop service and a data marketplace. There’s also OpenStack, the open-source cloud software backed by companies such as HP, IBM and Red Hat, that aims to displace VMware’s cloud-management software in private-cloud deployments, and on which HP and other companies are already building their public- and private-cloud offerings.

Of course, Vogels’ AWS remains absolutely dominant in the IaaS world (it even lets users port VMware-based VMs to its cloud) and is always adding new features and services to suck in even more workloads. It’s also the go-to cloud for developers wanting a relatively easy way to get virtual resources on which to run their applications. This is true even indirectly because so many PaaS offerings (e.g., Heroku, AppFog and DotCloud) are hosted in Amazon’s cloud and pay a bill to AWS every month.

Big data big daddy.

With the new entity, though, EMC’s big data analytics platform from Greenplum could hold the keys to the kingdom. While analysts predict that spending on cloud computing will increase sharply, they predict even faster growth for spending on big data software and services. And as those two trends converge, with big data workloads moving increasingly into the cloud, the expected EMC-VMware spinout would seem poised to capitalize because of its internal knowledge base in both areas.

And if success in IT is all about who gets the most developers, EMC has been active on that front too. It acquired Pivotal Labs, and at the time of the acquisition, Greenplum boss Scott Yara pointed out that Greenplum was open-sourcing its Chorus software, which is a Facebook-plus-style platform for sharing data and data models within a company, to help build a community of developers that can create apps atop the platform.

Seen in that light, spinning out the Greenplum and Cloud Foundry assets makes sense. It gives EMC and VMware a platform that could tempt corporate users in a way Amazon Web Services or Google’s Compute Engine might not. With a big data play associated with its PaaS it has something corporate customers are increasingly interested in, on a platform that may even span multiple clouds. This spin out could help EMC capitalize on the cloud even as it cannibalizes its hardware business.

Additional reporting by Derrick Harris.

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To: stockman_scott who wrote (250)7/23/2012 7:44:15 PM
From: Glenn Petersen
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The VMW press release for ita second quarter earnings:

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To: stockman_scott who wrote (250)7/23/2012 7:51:21 PM
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VMware Moves Deeper Into Data Center With Nicira Buy

Published July 23, 2012
Dow Jones Newswires

VMware Inc. (VMW) made its largest deal ever Monday, pushing deeper into the data-center business by agreeing to acquire networking company Nicira Inc. in a deal valued at $1.26 billion.

The maker of so-called virtualization software that more efficiently uses computing power also reported its full second-quarter results and provided third-quarter revenue guidance in which the midpoint fell short of analysts's views.

Shares of VMware, up 7.3% thus far in 2012, fell 3.4% to $86.21 in after-hours trading.

Nicira makes virtual networks that can be built rapidly on unused network capacity, similar to the approach VMware has taken to create virtual computers on a single computer server. Combining the companies is an attempt to quicken VMware's goal of creating software-defined data centers to replace the hardware-dominated model used by most companies.

"Just as we have done with computer virtualization, Nicira has done for the network space," said Steve Herrod, VMware's chief technical officer. "It advances the ability to define and configure networks on the fly."

VMware said it will acquire Nicira for $1.05 billion in cash and about $210 million of assumed unvested equity awards. The acquisition is expected to close in the second half of the year, VMware said.

Both companies are based in Palo Alto, Calif., and it is the third recent acquisition for VMware, which also acquired DynamicOps, a provider of cloud automation, and Wanova, which manages desktop virtualization.

Nicira's approach to networking is leading enterprises to re-evaluate how they buy and deploy network hardware by such vendors as Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO) and Juniper Networks Inc. (JNPR). Hardware-based router and switching technology limits companies' ability to rapidly deploy virtual networks. Nicira helps address that by virtualizing the network, too.

The virtual networking market is expected to grow to $2 billion in annual sales by 2016, according to researchers at IDC. VMware's vCloud networking software and vShield security are already aimed at the market. By adding Nicira to the portfolio, Mr. Herrod said, investors should "expect us to move more decisively on it."

Existing hardware doesn't create bottlenecks, he said. Rather, Nicira's method of using software to create networks "is really about using the networking technology companies have more nimbly," said Mr. Harrod.

Virtual networks contain security and intrusion detection systems just as secure as their hardware cousins, he said. And because every virtual network is a precise replica they can even be more secure because there is less chance for human error.

As for the purchase, "this wasn't a deal that was sitting on its own," said Constellation Research analyst Ray Wang. "There was some competition for it."

VMware is majority-owned by storage vendor EMC Corp. (EMC), which reports its earnings Tuesday. Last week, VMware confirmed that Pat Gelsinger, president and chief operating officer of EMC's information-infrastructure products segment, will become its chief executive on Sept. 1.

Meanwhile, VMware CEO Paul Maritz will move to EMC and take a job as its chief strategist, responsible for the company's technology strategy, with a focus on Big Data and the next generation of cloud-based applications.

For the second quarter, VMware reported a profit of $191.7 million, or 44 cents a share, down from $220.2 million, or 51 cents a share, a year earlier. Excluding stock-based compensation, tax adjustments and other items, per-share earnings rose to 68 cents, above the comparable year-ago figure of 55 cents and the 66 cents projected by analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.

International revenues climbed to a record $572 million, led by strength in the Asia-Pacific region, the company said. Results in Europe were mixed, with the U.K., France and Russia strongest of the group. Brazil was the strongest market in the Latin American region.

International investment is paying off and the company plans to "continue investing in these markets in the second half of 2012," Chief Operating Officer Carl Eschenbach said on the earnings call with analysts.

Last week, VMware said its revenue grew a better-than-expected 22% to $1.123 billion. Both U.S. and international revenue grew 22%. International revenue made up 51% of total revenue for the period.

For the current quarter, VMware projected revenue of $1.11 billion to $1.15 billion. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters had predicted revenue of $1.14 billion. The company affirmed its full-year revenue guidance, which it had raised last week.

--Nathalie Tadena and Drew Fitzgerald contributed to this report.

-Write to Steven D. Jones at

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To: stockman_scott who wrote (250)7/25/2012 7:51:11 AM
From: Glenn Petersen
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Cisco's Virtual Challenger

Wall Street Journal
July 24, 2012, 7:05 p.m. ET

With friends like VMware, Cisco hardly needs enemies.

Shares in the networking giant tumbled 6% Tuesday after VMware—a joint venture partner of Cisco's—announced that it would buy software start-up Nicira for $1.3 billion.

Though Nicira's current sales are tiny—in the single-digit millions, according to a person close to the company—the potential for its software looks big. It has the potential to do to network switching what VMware already has done to servers.

The key word is "virtualization." VMware's software helps turn a single server into multiple virtual servers, enabling them to perform more functions simultaneously and run closer to capacity.

Similar to the way VMware virtualizes servers, Nicira enables users to carve up their networks in a way that is much more efficient, notes IDC analyst Cindy Borovick. If that happens, customers won't have to buy as many switches as would otherwise be the case.

That business accounted for 31% of Cisco's revenue in the quarter ending April.

The other risk is to Cisco's margins. Analyst Brian Marshall of ISI Group estimates that Cisco generated a gross margin of 66% in that business in the April quarter. A big reason for those high margins is the functionality that Cisco builds into its switches.

But Nicira customers will, in effect, be able to take some of that functionality out of the switch and put it into servers. That could weigh on Cisco's margins as customers push back on the prices they are willing to pay.

Cisco already faced a growth problem, as evidenced by its languishing stock and the new round of layoffs it announced Monday.

VMware's move to gobble up a part of its business doesn't help.

Write to Rolfe Winkler at

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To: stockman_scott who wrote (250)8/5/2012 5:40:48 PM
From: Glenn Petersen
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h/t Bill Hammond

Here's How VMware Will Own The Next Wave In IT

Julie Bort
Business Insider
Aug. 3, 2012, 5:05 PM

If you haven't given much thought to IT software company VMware it really is time to start.

More than any other company founded in the late 1990's, VMware has changed everything about enterprise data centers. Nearly every enterprise on the planet uses it (it has 350,000 customers). And it's not done yet.

Although VMware is a public company, most of its shares are owned by storage giant EMC. However, VMware is arguably the most important asset EMC has. So much so that its CEO, Paul Maritz will become EMC's chief strategist on September 1 while EMC's COO Pat Gelsinger will become the CEO of VMware. The move is seen as a step up for both of them with Maritz becoming heir to the EMC CEO throne.

We got VMware vice president of Cloud Services, Mathew Lodge, on the phone this week -- to talk about it all. He explained how ...

  • That acquisition is another step in a journey that began in earnest about a year ago. That's when VMware started a program to get service providers to use its cloud software, vCloud.
  • vCloud is a cloud operating system that competes with Amazon AWS, open source projects OpenStack (Championed by Rackspace and HP) and CloudStack (championed by Citrix) -- and a few others, including Microsoft's Azure, Red Hat's CloudForms and startup Piston Computing
BI: At a high level, what exactly is VMware is doing with cloud computing?

There is no shortage of companies that can get you to the cloud as long as you forget everything you already have. You built an application for Amazon web services for example. It can’t run anywhere else and that sort of boxed organizations into technical decisions and a path and that doesn’t give them the flexibility. We felt that making the choice of the cloud should not be a technical decision. It should be a business decision

We announced the vCloud service provider program last year and in February of last year and we started to onboard the first partners in the second quarter of last year. Today in the service provider space we have over 140 clouds built on vCloud in 26 countries where we had zero this time last year.

BI: VMware already had its own software technology similar to what Nicira does -- software defined networking. How is Nicira's tech going to fit into vCloud?

ML: We bought Nicira because we believe that software defined networking is the future of how networking is going to be done. What Nicira lets us do is accelerate that process, so we have hired a world-class team in Nicira, roughly 100 folks [joining] our organization and that is going to let us accelerate that.

BI: Rumor has it that VMware will stop Nicira from participating in the OpenStack project. That true?

ML: No, that is not the plan. The Nicira team leads the Quantum project in OpenStack, which is the network component for OpenStack and that will continue. You will hear more from us on what are plans are for continuing to support OpenStack networking. But we have no plans to abandon that or change that direction.

BI: Who do you consider your biggest competitor? Amazon?

ML: We don’t have our own cloud infrastructure service. So, our service providers compete with AWS. In terms of the software stack, OpenStack and Cloud Stack from Citrix and then there is the various different cloud orchestrations platforms from the likes of CA and BMC and HP and, of course, Microsoft.

BI: You guys just got a new CEO? What does that mean for the company?

ML: I am very excited, personally. Paul has been great and he has really laid a very solid foundation and Pat is just an incredibly seasoned executive with amazing accomplishments in the industry. I feel incredibly honored that we have been able to get someone of the caliber of Pat to run the VMware. At the same time, we don’t lose Paul. He is still involved. He still has an office here in Palo Alto. He is helping us out with strategy around new applications and where that market place is going. We get the best of both worlds.

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