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Networking and the Rise of Developers

It is hardly news at this point that “the developer is king” (especially if you work in Silicon Valley). This is particularly true for those of us who’ve worked for technology companies for a long time. However, a couple of things have changed in the last few years: You no longer need to be at a […]

Announcing Open Hardware Management Services (OHMS)

Enabling Innovation in the SDDC Journey Today we are announcing the open sourcing of an important pillar in the software defined data center (SDDC) story – Open Hardware Management Services (OHMS) available at https://github.com/vmware/OHMS/.  Intended to manage both server and switch hardware in the context of SDDC, the software is the result of over 18 […]

Flings, Or Long-Term Relationships

The text above is found on the front page of the Fling website, and is the hallmark of these tools. We discourage use of Flings in production as these tools are experimental. Some Flings have a short shelf-life, as you might expect with “Flings”. However, in the five years I’ve been managing the Flings program, […]

SaaS – The Next Frontier

Insights from customer conversations Enterprise software applications are increasingly being delivered as software-as-a-service (“SaaS”) applications. The concept of SaaS has been around since the early 2000’s, but it has gained great momentum and customer adoption in recent years. In its Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Spending Guide, IDC[1] predicts SaaS will remain the dominant cloud […]

RADIO@ Bulgaria

At VMware, every year we organize a fascinating internal conference series by and for R&D, called RADIO – “R&D Innovation Offsite”. RADIO is a unique event offering unparalleled networking, educational, and innovation opportunities for the technical community across VMware. We had our flagship RADIO event in San Francisco this May, marking its twelfth anniversary. Since […]

VMware and the Internet of Things: Liota

This is my second CTO blog on VMware and the Internet of Things (‘IoT’). I’ll begin by covering our overall IoT strategy, beginning with the Little IoT Agent (‘Liota’). I’ll briefly review my first blog, Motivating the Three-Tier Architecture. Many believe that a three-tier architecture will dominate the emerging IoT infrastructure: sensors and actuators (let’s […]

Performance of RDMA and HPC Applications in VMs using FDR InfiniBand on VMware vSphere

Customers often ask whether InfiniBand (IB) can be used with vSphere. The short answer is, yes. VM Direct Path I/O (passthrough) allows InfiniBand cards to be made directly visible within a virtual machine so the guest operating system can directly access the device. With this approach, no ESX-specific driver is required — just the hardware […]

Virtualized HPC at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHUAPL) has deployed a virtualized HPC solution on vSphere to run Monte Carlo simulations for the US Air Force. The idea was conceived and implemented by Edmond DeMattia at JHUAPL, and has been presented by Edmond and his colleague Michael Chinn at two VMworld conferences. We now have a white […]

Flings Gets a Facelift

We are excited to announce a new Flings site. While the previous site had the base features we needed, we wanted to improve the functionality and the look. We didn’t want to change the site too drastically, as that can be frustrating. So, you’ll see a front page you are used to but with a […]

Building Infrastructure For Third Platform Apps– Top Down Or Bottom Up Approach?

World enterprises are struggling these days with a big question: how should they move forward to next generation third platform applications? In some of these organizations the transition stems from a business need; in others, the development teams are pushing for the change. While many development departments within today’s organizations are already starting to adopt new third platform development tools, their IT departments find […]