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Scott Davis

End User Computing

Biography

I’ve been with VMware for 7 years and in the world of virtualization far longer. I am currently CTO for VMware’s End User Computing B.U. and a core staff member in VMware’s Corporate CTO Office.

In my current role, I have been involved in driving product and technology strategy spanning the breadth of VMware’s End User Computing products and initiatives, as well as cultivating advanced development and partnerships for the BU. I previously served as VMware's Chief Data Center Architect and Storage CTO. My background includes a mixture of both startup ventures and more established industry firms. Prior to joining VMware, I was Founder, President, and CTO of Virtual Iron Software, which originally created a unique clustered hypervisor that enabled virtual machines to span physical servers utilizing Infiniband as a shared memory-style interconnect. The company was later acquired by Oracle and became the basis of OracleVM. I was also VP/CTO at Mangosoft, an Internet software and storage startup company with pioneering peer-to-peer clustering, caching and file system products. I spent the early part of my career at D.E.C. where I was Technical Director for VAXClusters and VMS Volume Shadowing products, as well as Digital’s Windows NT clustering technology (later sold to Microsoft as the genesis of Microsoft 'Wolfpack' Cluster Server).

One of the primary reasons I joined VMware was to work with brilliant folks along with what I saw as the rare opportunity to be a part of the next great sea change in the computer industry and I have to say, I haven’t been at all disappointed! Whether it’s End User Computing, Software-Defined Data Center, Storage, System Management, Application Frameworks or Cloud Computing to name just a few, VMware’s innovations are drastically changing the way we think about and deliver IT solutions.

Posts by Scott Davis

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The Mobile/Cloud Era

December 12, 2013
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The Mobile/Cloud Era

A Perspective on 2013 For my 2013 year end blog, I want to step back and talk about a broad trend that I see blooming in the industry. It’s pervasive and has profound impact. We are in what I call the Mobile/Cloud era of computing. Mobile/cloud is this era’s equivalent of client/server. They are independent entities with unique capabilities that are self-reinforcing and synergistic with one other. They drive one other forward, and together they comprise the next generation application platform. Cloud has many attributes with both business and technology drivers, however in the context of a backend application platform, it means something very distinct. Cloud is about massive, virtually unlimited compute cycles available on-demand. It’s about serious scale bandwidth and IOPS for both network...

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VDI 2.0 Vision Delivered

October 14, 2013
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VDI 2.0 Vision Delivered

At VMworld 2013 in San Francisco, we started talking about the vision of VDI 2.0, the next generation VDI architecture comprising the confluence of a variety of new technologies from VMware and our partners, as well as VMware’s formal entrance into the DaaS or Desktop as a Service market. Here at VMworld EMEA , we’re going to talk about concrete product releases to actually back up this vision and how we are drastically accelerating our customer’s journey to VDI 2.0 . Windows as a Cloud Service Let’s start with today’s announcement that VMware has acquired Desktone . The explosion of mobile devices, mobile and web applications, and increased interest in the cloud is driving businesses to reevaluate their desktop...

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Next Generation Virtual Desktop as a Service

August 27, 2013
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Next Generation Virtual Desktop as a Service

Welcome to VMworld 2013 and Imagine Dragons. Love that “ Radioactive ” song! Oops, sorry, wrong blog. ;-) Seriously, I want to share with you some powerful developments in the evolution of End User Computing that I’m discussing at VMworld this week. The first topic is a milestone in the evolution of VDI, what I view as the new generation of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure – “VDI 2.0”. I’m referring to a set of developments at both VMware and the industry that dramatically reduce the complexity and cost of deploying VDI solutions like Horizon View while improving end user experience.  Then, I’ll get into a key advancement in the viability of delivering Desktops as Service;  Hybrid Cloud DaaS.  I’ll finish with a...

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The Mobile Workforce Era

July 22, 2013
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I recently had the pleasure of hosting and moderating an engaging panel on the Mobile Workforce Era at MobileBeat 2013 conference in San Francisco. MobileBeat is VentureBeat’s flagship conference on Mobile computing and how these technologies are evolving in both the consumer and business spaces. We had a diverse panel made up of Raj Singh (CEO, Tempo AI), Chris Hazelton (analyst from the451 Research), and Suzan Pickett (manager systems engineering at Columbia Sportswear). We discussed mobile computing and focused on the impact mobility is having in the enterprise workforce. IT is no longer the only game in town – their users are far more sophisticated. They buy and use any device they want, when they want it, and they use many different devices...

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Mobile First or Mobile Only? What’s Next for the Enterprise?

April 5, 2013
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Mobile First or Mobile Only?  What’s Next for the Enterprise?

Observations from Venture Beat Mobile Summit I recently had the pleasure of attending Venture Beat’s Mobile Summit and co-chairing two sessions on mobile’s effect on the enterprise with Gaurav Tewari, Director at SAP Ventures, and moderated by Dylan Tweney , Venture Beat Executive Editor. The sessions were roundtable discussions and focused on surfacing how mobile is impacting the enterprise and what issues and concerns are on executives’ minds. These were very engaging conversations that resonated strongly with me and I wanted to share some of the highlights and perspectives with a wider audience.

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Broadening VMware’s EUC Horizons with Innovation

February 15, 2013
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Broadening VMware’s EUC Horizons with Innovation

Welcome to 2013, the era of multi-device mobile workspace, BYOD and the consumerization of IT. Let’s explore each of these. Consumerization of IT doesn’t mean encouraging your users to use unaccountable, non-compliant consumer services to get their work done. But it does mean that IT has competition!

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End User Computing 2013 Predictions

December 11, 2012
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End User Computing 2013 Predictions

2012 Wrap up It’s been an exciting year of changes and innovations in End User Computing land. In the industry at large, we saw the continued, inescapable march of BYOD and end user choice, featuring Apple iPad domination of the tablet landscape, Macs in the enterprise and a duopoly of Android and iPhone in the smartphone world. We also saw the arrival of Windows 8 and while not emerging to widespread acclaim or the Microsoft domination of yesteryear, it was not a complete dud either. Microsoft has made a big and aggressive bet with its new, hybrid touch/keyboard user interface and application compatibility/availability ecosystem challenges and time will tell how it plays out in both the corporate and consumer worlds. From the VMware perspective,...

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Delivering Desktops as a Service (DaaS)

October 3, 2012
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David Stafford and Scott Davis The Myths of DaaS There is a lot of misinformation and FUD surrounding DaaS in the marketplace today. Some are the result of loose interpretation of licensing restrictions while others are more self-serving that the only DaaS achievable today comes in a form that a vendor has been selling for years and has decided to now attach the term ‘DaaS’ to describe it. We’ve heard all these claims and expect to hear more as the market continues to mature We intend to dispel these myths and back it up by showing recent innovations that are making true-DaaS a reality.

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Musings on our Post PC, Multi-Device World

August 28, 2012
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Musings on our Post PC, Multi-Device World

Last year at VMworld 2011, we rolled out our vision for end user computing in the post PC era; a multi-device world where everyone is able to use the various devices of their choice to make them the most productive throughout the day for their business needs. IT is moving away from managing physical devices and towards managing and securing their user’s corporate identity, corporate applications and business data. Now, ‘post PC’ doesn’t mean ‘no PC’, but instead it means ’not only PC’ in that people use multiple devices including desktops and/or laptops throughout their day and that they need access to their “stuff” on all their devices in a synchronized manner. This means that business apps and data are available in the most...

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Why VDI is more Secure than Physical Desktops

August 8, 2012
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There has been some interesting conversations recently at both BriForum and in the blogosphere about VDI and Security, the premise being that VDI is not more secure than other ways of running Microsoft Windows. I want to address that comment head on and unequivocally state that VDI has quite a few security benefits. Now, let me state up front that VDI does not make the Windows OS more secure, nor is it a panacea for every possible security threat in today’s world of interconnected systems. However, it is well known that security is best addressed with multiple layers of protection with multiple defenses and VDI is one such technology. In particular it improves security by enabling better isolation and controls over the environment in...

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