VMware CEO hits on network virtualization, the Cisco feud and the EMC Federation's future

Pat Gelsinger heads into VMworld 2015 with the unified hybrid cloud on his mind

VMWare CEO Pat Gelsinger

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.

At the same time, rumors continue to swirl about what will happen to VMware as part of a possible shakeup to the EMC Federation.

As part of our ongoing IDG Enterprise CEO Interview Series, Chief Content Officer of IDG U.S. Media John Gallant and 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.

Brandon Butler (BB): What is the big message you’re hoping to get across at this year’s VMworld?

Pat Gelsinger (PG): Obviously, we’ve got lots of things that we’re talking about but the highest level is this idea of the unified hybrid cloud platform. It’s a continuation of what we announced earlier in the year with One Cloud - any app, any device. We rolled that out with a big vSphere 6 launch at the beginning of the year, but there’s lots of stuff coming underneath that. New services, new product capabilities, new cloud hosted offerings, new os offerings and networking features. One of my personal favorites is the hybrid networking that I think is huge and differentiated. But there are also many refreshes: a new DR [disaster recovery] service; new object storage services; new versions of NSX; the next generation of OpenStack; just a whole bunch of things to pay that off.

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