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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.

Broadcom CEO Hock Tan
Broadcom CEO Hock Tan

What does Broadcom need to do to make its VMware acquisition successful?

Far from me to give advice. Hock [Tan, Broadcom CEO] is a very talented CEO, and Raghu is a very capable leader, too. The success for any company, if I generalize, is you innovate with the products that customers like, and you obsess about customer satisfaction. If you do those two things, which is what I want to do with Cohesity, that‘s what makes great companies successful. I’m sure Raghu will keep doing that. I hope Hock will keep doing that. I don’t know him. But I hope that he 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.

 
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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