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Steve Herrod

Steve Herrod

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

Transition in our industry…and for me!

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, […]

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 […]

¡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: […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

PLDI and the Importance of Virtualization for Developers

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.

GigaOm Structure – Big Data in the Cloud

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.

Arctic Row

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 […]

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 […]