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VMware CEO Looks to Show New Dimensions in 2019

By Sean Michael Kerner (Send Email)
Posted November 30, 2018


VMware helped usher in the world of pervasive server virtualization, and now it's looking to play the same role for enabling the hybrid and multi-cloud world.

VMware reported its third quarter fiscal 2019 financial results on Nov. 29, with revenue coming in at $2.20 billion, for a 14 percent year-over-year increase. With a busy quarter of news behind it and lots in the pipeline, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger is optimistic for his company's future.

"Customers continue to turn to VMware to help them run, manage, secure and connect their applications in this multi-cloud, multi-device world," Gelsinger said during VMware's earnings call. "The increasing importance of hybrid cloud and expectations for IT infrastructure to just work are expanding and driving core IT decisions towards VMware."

VMware and AWS Outposts

Among the reasons for Gelsinger's optimism is VMware's growing business with Amazon Web Services (AWS). Gelsinger joined AWS CEO Andy Jassy during a keynote at AWS:reinvent to help announce the AWS Outposts service. AWS Outposts is an on-premises private cloud server system that can run the VMware on AWS cloud service locally.

"AWS Outposts offers customers a seamless cloud experience for their on-premises environment," Gelsinger said. "As an extension of the VMware Cloud on AWS, we will offer a variant, which is specifically designed for AWS Outposts."

"We see the VMware Cloud on Outposts as an opportunity to really expand the footprint for VMware Cloud, and it's not only in the AWS environment; it's on-premises," he added.

VMware's Expanded Partnership with IBM

VMware also announced an expanded partnership with IBM this past quarter, including a new IBM service offering to help migrate and extend mission-critical VMware workloads to the IBM Cloud.

"IBM and VMware announced that VMware will use Watson to help them improve customer services across VMware support portals," Gelsinger said. "The two companies also outlined the formation of a joint innovation lab with dedicated engineers that will bring even more game-changing solutions and services to the market."

Project Dimension Guiding New VMware Efforts

VMware's expanding partnership efforts are guided by several different efforts, including one known as Project Dimension, which will see VMware technology move to multiple different deployment modalities.

"Project Dimension from VMware enables customers to consume infrastructure that physically resides in data centers, branch or edge sites through our cloud managed as-a-service approach," Gelsinger explained. "It will extend the VMware Cloud to deliver a hyperconverged appliance as a service for a host of edge, data center and hybrid cloud use cases."

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at ServerWatch and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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