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Richard Brunner

Platform Architecture

Biography

Richard A. Brunner is a Principal Engineer and the Chief Platform Architect in the CTO office at VMware. He is responsible for defining and driving future platform features that can benefit virtualization. Richard has over 30 years of experience in the computer industry working as an architect for IBM, DEC, Intel, and AMD.

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VMware vSphere Support of Hyperscale and Embedded Servers, Part II

May 3, 2012
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VMware joins the Open Compute Project Yesterday, I promised to discuss even more choices for the hyperscale data center with vSphere. Let me start with the big news first. Today we are announcing that VMware joined the Open Compute Project . The big goal of the project is: “to build one of the most efficient computing infrastructures at the lowest possible cost”. “By releasing Open Compute Project technologies as open hardware, our goal is to develop servers and data centers following the model traditionally associated with open source software projects.” VMware is serious about delivering innovative technology that transforms and redefines how businesses function and operate in the cloud era. By participating and supporting the Open Compute Project,...

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VMware vSphere Support of Hyperscale and Embedded Servers, Part I

May 1, 2012
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You may have noticed in the last few weeks that there are more Embedded servers being certified with VMware vSphere and showing up on the VMware hardware compatibility guide for servers.  This is the result of a multiyear program by the VMware engineering team to more broadly enable processors, chipsets, and I/O devices within vSphere while still ensuring the robustness and reliability required by enterprise data centers and the cloud in general. This matters because it gives our customers more options in selecting the right server for their IT solutions. Or put another way, it allows our customers to worry even less about the platforms running their workloads in the cloud.   As an example of the expanding support by vSphere, consider the Cisco...

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Day 0 Support: Intel Xeon E5-2600 Processor

March 19, 2012
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VMware vSphere support comes to “SandyBridge-EP   We have been working with Intel for several years to ensure “Day 0″ support of the recently launched Intel Xeon E5-2600 processor series. (Often referred to by its processor codename of “SandyBridge-EP” or by its platform name of “Romley”.) This support also includes the Intel Xeon E5-1600.   VMware takes “Day 0″ support very seriously.  Whenever possible, we include support in our products even before the processor and its platform actually launches. This means that the following vSphere releases already support “SandyBridge-EP”:   VMware vSphere 4.1 update 2 (launched in October, 2011) VMware vSphere 5.0 GA (launched in August, 2011) VMware vSphere 5.0 update 1 (launched on March 15, 2012)   I would like to congratulate all...

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