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What it Means to Be a CTO Ambassador

About Amanda Blevins: Amanda is a Principal Engineer and the Software-Defined Data Center Lead for the Americas in the Field Office of the CTO. She has helped numerous large organizations in IT transformation. She also leads teams that focus on customer engagements and internal enablement. Amanda is widely respected for her technical knowledge and business […]

Manage Your vSphere Infrastructure From Your Mobile Device

Eiad Al-Aqqad is a Consulting Architect within the SDDC Professional Services practice. He has been an active consultant using VMware technologies since 2006. He is a VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX#89), as well as an expert in VMware vCloud, vSphere, and SRM. In addition, he serves as a CTO Ambassador. Read more from Eiad at […]

One Platform, Any Application – and Getting There with Cloud-Native

Today’s an exciting day for VMware as we hold our biggest launch ever for a plethora of new products. While Pat and Ben are unveiling all the new features, I wanted to give the Cloud-Native Apps perspective.  As you guys know, our focus is on helping customers develop next-gen applications and operate them in production. […]

EVALExperience – Yet Another Reason To Be A VMUG Advantage Subscriber

One of the things that excited me most when I joined VMware was how passionate and knowledgeable our user community is. After I joined, I remember getting on a plane once. I was wearing VMware apparel (aka ‘schwag’) and carrying a VMware laptop bag (aka more schwag, and yup I am all in on wearing/touting […]

Running HPC Applications on vSphere using InfiniBand RDMA

Looking back on 2014, this was the year in which we made significant strides in assessing and addressing High Performance Computing (HPC) performance on vSphere. We’ve shown that throughput or task-parallel applications can be run  with only small or negligible performance degradations (usually well under 5%) when virtualized — a fact that the HPC community […]

Virtualized High Performance Computing in 2014

As we complete another circuit around the sun, it’s time again to make some predictions about what we’ll see over the course of our next orbit. Since my work in the Office of the CTO focuses on High Performance (Technical) Computing, I’ll focus there. But before looking ahead, let’s take a minute to look back […]

Hadoop Performance on vSphere 5.1

We’ve just published a third Hadoop performance paper, written by VMware performance expert Jeff Buell, which looks in detail at the relative performance of a bare-metal 32-node Hadoop cluster compared to a range of virtual clusters with up to 128 VMs. The executive summary is that while we saw a 13% performance degradation in a […]

2013 Predictions: When Worlds Collide

It’s time again to dust off the crystal ball, cast the yarrow sticks, read the tea leaves, and share some thoughts about where the IT world is heading over the next twelve months and beyond. Because my focus at VMware is on High Performance Computing (HPC), I’ll confine my prognostications primarily to the growing area […]

Low Latency on vSphere at VMworld 2012

I was excited to have one of our partners, Mellanox, extend a special invitation for me to speak at their Expo booth during VMworld 2012 in San Francisco. They had allocated a 30 minute slot for a Theater Presentation and promoted my presentation via nice giveaways and postcards distributed in nearby VMworld hotels. I used […]

Availability in a Software-Defined Datacenter

Last week, VMware hosted one of its most exciting VMworld conferences to date. The keynotes emphasized a bold vision for the future of IT: the software-defined datacenter (SDDC). The SDDC is the datacenter where the infrastructure, including compute, storage, and networking, has been virtualized and fully automated by software, thus enabling IT to be delivered […]