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Sanjay Poonen: VMware’s Success Under Broadcom Up To Hock Tan

Joseph F. Kovar

‘I hope that [Hock Tan] will continue to be a very strong leader, and I believe he will be because many large customers I’ve talked to really depend on it. I mean, VMware‘s the best virtualization tool for the on-premise world that has ever been invented,’ says Sanjay Poonen, Cohesity President and CEO and former VMware COO.

What do you think about Broadcom’s planned acquisition of VMware?

Really, so much of my heritage is from VMware. I love the company. So I really wish them well. I‘ve stayed close to Raghu [Raghuram, VMware CEO]. He’s a dear friend. And I really want to see that company be successful. I don‘t know what Broadcom’s plans are with it. But I hope that they’ll take technology that‘s effective for customers and make it successful. It’s got a really good brand with customers, and they’ve got lots of very good customers that actually now are huge customers of Cohesity, too. So my hope is that we’ll make a big splash at [VMware Explore], which is coming up later this year. And from my perspective, I‘m looking forward to building a super strong partnership with VMware, and I told Raghu that even before I joined [Cohesity].

 
Joseph F. Kovar

Joseph F. Kovar is a senior editor and reporter for the storage and the non-tech-focused channel beats for CRN. He keeps readers abreast of the latest issues related to such areas as data life-cycle, business continuity and disaster recovery, and data centers, along with related services and software, while highlighting some of the key trends that impact the IT channel overall. He can be reached at jkovar@thechannelcompany.com.

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