Is CEO Swap EMC's Way Of Reigning In VMware?
After four years as VMware's CEO, Paul Maritz (left) will be replaced by Pat Gelsinger, EMC's president and COO of information infrastructure products division, in September.
While Maritz will remain as EMC's chief strategist, the announcement came as a surprise to VMware partners and analysts and raised some questions about the motivation behind the move.
VMware is bracing for a fight in the data center front as it tries to convince businesses of the value of its integrated cloud stack. As VMware enters new markets, partners told CRN that they'll need a CEO who can help hardware partners see the value of virtual appliances. While Maritz was the leader that VMware needed to quickly evolve its technology, this engineer-at-heart may be better built for a strategic role.