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Steve Herrod

Former Chief Technology Officer

Biography

Steve Herrod is a Managing Director at General Catalyst. He is the former Chief Technology Officer and SVP of R&D at VMware. As CTO, Steve helped drive the company’s technology strategy and worked with the engineering teams towards continued delivery of innovative products. The greatest innovations push technology limits, but are also simple to use and elegantly accessible. Steve helped drive these advances directly and via members of the Office of the CTO.

Steve provided particular leadership around technology collaborations between VMware engineering and its partners and customers. He played an integral role in VMware’s acquisition strategy as well as in VMware’s strategic partnerships.

Steve was one of the first VMware engineering directors and remains a strong champion of engineering innovation at the company. He was named CTO of the Year by InfoWorld in 2009, and is an advisor for VMware and EMC.

Prior to joining VMware Steve co-led the development of a virtual CPU with "Code Morphing" technology at Transmeta Corporation, as part of his 20-year professional tenure in the field of virtualization.

Steve’s personal interests include the advancement of children’s education, particularly around science and technology. He serves on the board of the progressive Peninsula School in Menlo Park, California, and is working to apply cloud computing towards the improvement of the U.S. educational system.

Steve holds a Ph.D. and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Stanford University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin

Posts by Steve Herrod

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Transition in our industry…and for me!

January 15, 2013
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For more than 11 years, I have had the privilege of sharing details about the remarkable products, people, partnerships, and strategies that make up the VMware family. I have shared these via this blog, at our VMworld or vForum events, on twitter, in 1-on-1 discussions, or with my many friends in the VMUG, vExpert, PTAB, and other technical groups. I have enjoyed these interactions immensely and learned so much from my time in this role. And so today it is with both excitement and sadness that I announce my transition from VMware to a new adventure as managing director at General Catalyst, a premier venture capital firm jointly based in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Palo Alto, California. I am amazed by the changes our industry...

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My IT Crystal Ball

December 12, 2012
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My IT Crystal Ball

Another year older… and hopefully another year wiser! As I look back at 2012, it’s amazing how much has changed in our industry. Cloud computing continued to top CIO’s lists of IT priorities, our mobile workforce kept expanding, and companies started to realize the shift underway towards the fully software-defined datacenter . But it won’t stop there. It never does. I expect we’ll see even more change in 2013, and here are some of my predictions for the industry as I look into my IT crystal ball: Big Data (or, more appropriately, “Big Analytics”): I’ve heard it and you’ve heard it – there’s an explosion of data out there! But what companies tried to figure out in 2012 was how to...

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¡Viva Cloud Management!

October 9, 2012
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¡Viva Cloud Management!

VMworld Europe kicked off today in Barcelona with approximately 8,000 attendees. My keynote this morning focused on the software-defined datacenter and our updated cloud management portfolio . This management offering includes enhancements to the management products in the recently released VMware vCloud Suite , and stand alone tools, plus the newest member of our cloud management solution: vCloud Automation Center.

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The Software-Defined Datacenter meets VMworld

August 27, 2012
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The Software-Defined Datacenter meets VMworld

It’s my favorite time of year, again – VMworld! VMware is proud to host its annual conference in San Francisco this week where we get the opportunity to share the company’s vision, strategy and product portfolio with the industry, while interacting with tens of thousands of our best customers and partners. I have the pleasure of keynoting Day 1 and Day 2 of VMworld along with Paul Maritz and Pat Gelsinger. My talk today on Day 1 focused on the software-defined datacenter (SDDC) . A software-defined datacenter is where all infrastructure is virtualized and delivered as a service, and the control of this datacenter is entirely automated by software.

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The Software-Defined Datacenter in a Multi-Cloud World

August 21, 2012
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The Software-Defined Datacenter in a Multi-Cloud World

Martin Casado, co-founder and CTO of Nicira, wrote a blog today reaffirming Nicira and VMware’s commitment to open source, and specific actions Nicira and VMware teams are taking to continue leadership on OpenStack Quantum. I echo Martin’s comments and would like to share more about VMware’s commitment to this and other open-source communities as well as to the broader interoperability needs of modern cloud computing.

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VMware and Nicira – Advancing the Software-Defined Datacenter

July 23, 2012
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VMware and Nicira – Advancing the Software-Defined Datacenter

Today I am extremely excited to announce VMware’s acquisition of Nicira, a 5 year-old company that has pioneered software-defined networking (SDN) and is the leader in networking virtualization for heterogeneous infrastructure environments and clouds. When combined with the outstanding networking team and technologies already at VMware, I believe we have the same opportunity to do for networking what we’ve already done for servers and many other parts of the datacenter. In fact, the people, passions, ecosystem, and industry-transforming opportunity reminds me very much of the early days of VMware’s server virtualization efforts!

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PLDI and the Importance of Virtualization for Developers

June 22, 2012
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My VMware colleague, Ole Agesen, recently gave a keynote at the Programming Language Design and Implementation (PLDI) conference in Beijing. PLDI is a forum where researchers, developers, educators, and practitioners exchange information on the latest practical and experimental work in the design and implementation of programming languages.

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GigaOm Structure – Big Data in the Cloud

June 20, 2012
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I attended GigaOm Structure this week in San Francisco, and it was another successful event with cloud bursting at the seams! I gave a talk about the real impact of Big Data when it meets cloud computing, which is an important topic for our customers.

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Arctic Row

June 11, 2012
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Seldom in life do we get the opportunity to participate in a ‘first.’  This summer, VMware’s own Neal Mueller, Product Marketing Manager for business critical apps, and a team of three others, will attempt to be the first people to row a boat across the Arctic Ocean. This is will be a first for mankind and a Guinness Book World Record once completed. I should also note that Neal is a serial adventurer — 6 years ago he completed the Seven Summits when he climbed Mount Everest and he has also swam the English Channel! Arctic Row is an adventure and an effort to be the first to achieve a feat, but it is also an expedition to benefit the Arctic ecosystem, the most pristine...

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Cloud is bursting in China

May 31, 2012
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Cloud is bursting in China

Last week I visited Beijing and had a whirlwind of a trip! The changes I saw in the Chinese IT market since I last visited were eye-opening and keep me enthusiastic about what VMware has to look forward to with our growing employee, customer, and partner base . For some quick business context, VMware’s growth in China is driven by a strategy tailored for that region – we deliver local products with local partners that meet the local market requests. And wherever possible we are working to embed our products into local provider solutions. This strategy appears to be key to working with the China government, and has so far proven to be unique and successful. My trip kicked off with a joint press...

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