Paul Maritz, VMware CEO
"When we talk about automation, rather than trying to layer management software on top, we're baking it into the platform itself. The vast majority of code for vSphere goes toward these automations, that was true of vSphere 4 and it's even more true with vSphere 5."
VMware started off as a narrow hypervisor company that allowed customers to run multiple copies of an operating system on a single physical machine. But as VMware moves to the cloud, it's talking more about how to take collection of machines and get them behaving as a sort of single giant machine, to improve efficiency, reliability and availability. In the latest cloud stack update, VMware believes it has woven in sufficient automation to make this long-held notion a more concrete reality.