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Richard Brunner

Richard Brunner

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.

More Cores, More DRAM, Means More Performance for 2014 Servers

Recently VMware enabled support for a number of hardware innovations that add more processor sockets, processor cores, and system DRAM to standard x86 servers. And we are beginning to see the performance benefits from it. 1.  Intel Xeon E5-2600-v3 Processor (codenamed “Haswell-EP”) support “Haswell-EP” launched on Sep 8, 2014 and had immediate Day 0 support […]

VMware vSphere Support of Hyperscale and Embedded Servers, Part II

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 […]

VMware vSphere Support of Hyperscale and Embedded Servers, Part I

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 […]

Day 0 Support: Intel Xeon E5-2600 Processor

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.   […]