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VMware CEO Raghu Raghuram Unveils New Versions Of vSphere, vSAN

Wade Tyler Millward

‘vSphere 8 and vSAN 8 took two years to build. It’s a momentous new version. And it sets the foundation for the next decade of modern computing,’ VMware CEO Raghu Raghuram tells attendees at VMware Explore.

VMware CEO Raghu Raghuram used his keynote address at VMware Explore to give credit to partners and unveil new products and updates.

VMware Explore, formerly VMworld, gave the company a chance to unveil major updates to its flagship compute and storage products with the debut of vSphere 8 and vSAN 8, as well a new multi-cloud management offering called Aria. The company also announced expansions to its partnerships with Amazon Web Services, IBM, Microsoft and NetApp.

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What Happened At VMware Explore?

The conference comes as Palo Alto, Calif.-based VMware expects to be acquired by semiconductor company Broadcom. During a conference with reporters and analysts, Raghuram said the the acquisition is “on track,” with VMware employees working with Broadcom on understanding the product portfolio and looking at how to benefit from VMware’s channel partners.

The acquisition should close during Broadcom’s 2023 fiscal year, which runs November to October 2023.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do every day taking care of our customers, building and shipping great products,” he told reporters and analysts Tuesday. “Obviously, the channel is a huge, huge part of what we do. And they [Broadcom] are super excited about using that channel in the ways that we are doing today and growing from there.”

The acquisition has not eaten into VMware’s business, as evidenced by the company’s quarterly earnings reported earlier this month. VMware reported overall revenue for the second quarter of $3.34 billion, up 6 percent year over year.

Here’s what Raghuram had to say during his keynote address.

 
Wade Tyler Millward

Wade Tyler Millward is an associate editor covering cloud computing and the channel partner programs of Microsoft, IBM, Red Hat, Oracle, Salesforce, Citrix and other cloud vendors. He can be reached at wmillward@thechannelcompany.com.

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