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Chris Wolf

Chris Wolf

Chris Wolf is currently VP and CTO, Americas at VMware. Chris serves as a partner and trusted adviser to VMware's customers in the Americas, and also collaborates with the IT and business community at large on cloud, mobile, virtualization and data center modernization strategies. Chris and his peers in the Office of the CTO work closely with VMware's product teams to ensure that VMware's future innovations align with essential market needs. Prior to joining VMware, Chris was a Research Vice President for Gartner's Technical Professionals service, where he managed the data center and private cloud research agenda, and was responsible for the strategic direction and technical accuracy of the team's collective research. There he had the privilege of engaging with more than 200 end user organizations annually, advising CIOs, architects and directors on private and hybrid cloud computing, server virtualization and desktop transformation strategies. Prior to Gartner, Chris was a founding member of the Data Center Strategies team at Burton Group, was a nationally recognized independent virtualization consultant, instructor at multiple colleges, worked for several years at CommVault Systems, and started his IT and technology career in the US Marines. He also authored "Virtualization: From the Desktop to the Enterprise," the first book that was exclusively devoted to defining all aspects of x86 virtualization as we know it today.

Technology Futures and Innovation at VMworld 2016

  VMworld is almost here and VMware’s Office of the CTO is involved with many elements of the VMworld 2016 program. We’ve got a lot in store for you in Las Vegas next week! Do you want to gain perspective into what’s on the minds of our technology leaders and innovators, see some of the […]

Office of the CTO at VMworld

The Office of the CTO here at VMware has been busy preparing for VMworld US later this month. Will you be joining us in San Francisco? If so, make sure you check out some of our happenings onsite. We’ve got some can’t-miss technical sessions on the docket from our people– check them out, add them […]

What a Motherboard Can Tell Us About the Future of Data Center Infrastructure

What’s the correct answer to this question? Where did Intel decide to put the memory sockets on its latest motherboard – the 4-socket S4600LH2? If you’re curious, you can see where the memory sockets are located here, but that’s not the correct answer. The right answer is: Who Cares?!!! Long ago, we all decided that Intel […]

Cloud-Scale Management “Likes” Social Media

Managing IT resources across complex enterprises has historically been challenging, and those challenges are only increasing in complexity. We’re adding more variables in terms of clouds, automated processes, and people, to name a few. Consider the steady growth of Internet of Things (IoT) and for many organizations, their management complexity can potentially expand by several […]

VMware and Docker – Better Together

Today at VMworld 2014 I have the pleasure of co-presenting with Ben Golub, Docker CEO, on our joint container strategy. Our session, “SDDC3350 – VMware and Docker – Better Together,” will run on Monday from 5:30-6:30 and on Tuesday from 12:30-1:30. For more insight into the work that we are doing with containers, I encourage […]

Introducing the VMware EVO Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Solutions

One year ago, VMware made a big splash at VMworld – naming SDDC as the future software-defined infrastructure platform. At that time, I was still a Gartner analyst and wrote a blog post that criticized VMware for not going far enough. What a difference a year makes. Today, I’m thrilled to be part of a […]

Don’t Be Fooled By Import Tools Disguised as Hybrid Cloud Management

The biggest part of my job is speaking with end user organizations and understanding their greatest current and future challenges. Oftentimes I hear about workloads that are initially developed on a particular cloud provider’s infrastructure that cannot be redeployed or migrated anywhere else. To be clear, nothing is technically impossible. It’s always a matter of […]

Debunking Cloud IaaS Mobility Myths

Many things in life appear great on the surface, but wisdom has taught us to never trust a book by its cover or believe in silver bullets. The latest story I frequently hear being pitched in IT circles is that of cloud IaaS Utopia. In this universe, workloads can simply move anywhere (between disparate providers […]

What IT Operations Can (and Should) Learn from the Electronics Industry

The state of New Jersey is home to some of the most significant electronics inventions in our history, including countless inventions by Thomas Edison and what became the modern transistor. Bell Labs ushered in a sustained period of innovation and along with it a robust and growing workforce. My own technology career also had started […]

Complexity is Great for Profits… Just Not Your Profits

Many people who have seen me present over the past year have heard me discuss the notion of complexity and who truly benefits from it. Given the current state of IT budgets and resources, the time is ripe to take a closer look at this issue. Most organizations that I work with are grappling with […]