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VMware CEO: Why Tanzu ‘Wins’ Over IBM’s Red Hat OpenShift

Mark Haranas

CEO Raghu Raghuram talks to CRN about how VMware Tanzu bests Red Hat OpenShift, AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Anthos when it comes to Kubernetes, as well as VMware’s strategy in 2022 post-Dell Technologies.

What is VMware’s strategy in 2022 to capitalize on huge market trends?

What we are seeing is customers that have had the initial wave of success with digitalizing their front ends in the cloud, now they’re stepping back and saying, ‘Look, how do we accelerate digital transformation as a whole?’ And No. 2, ‘How do we take advantage of all of the cloud assets that are out there?’ This next phase of digital transformation is not just totally the front office applications, but the back office and all the processes. Effectively, it’s a reinvention of the companies, of our customers, as digital companies. That’s one.

The second part of it is blurring the boundary between physical and digital. So that is leading them to say, ‘Look, we now have enough practice with the cloud. We’re going to be really smart about what applications we put where.’ In other words, they’re going to become cloud smart. So they’re going to use multiple clouds, use the edge, have some applications in the data center, etc. So that is the world that our customers are going in. We call it multi cloud.

It’s a very exciting time from that point of view because it gives rise to the next wave of innovation of cloud, which going to be about multi cloud. We are super excited by that because we see the opportunity to provide software platforms that can help our customers wherever they want to deploy them, build their applications, deploy their applications, secure their applications, connect them all together, manage them, etc. So that’s really the next phase of the VMware’s mission, if you will, and where we can be of service to our customers. And it’s not just this current year, it’s a secular trend for the next 5 years to 10 years.

So we have started executing against that. Tanzu is a big part of that effort. What we’re doing with the cloud partners in taking our infrastructure and running it in the cloud is a big part of that. Because a lot of traditional applications benefit from that. What we’re doing in cybersecurity and networking is a big part of that. What we’re doing with pivoting our management portfolio to focus on native public workloads, is another big part of that. And of course, delivering all of that not just a software, but also as-a-service. So those are all things that I’m focus on this year.

Do you think the Golden State Warriors are going win the NBA championship this year?

Yeah man. That’s what I’m hoping. Though these new injuries scare me a bit. But if they’re healthy, I think they can give the Milwaukee Bucks a run for their money. I’m picking the Bucks in Warriors in the NBA Finals.

 

 
Mark Haranas

Mark Haranas is an assistant news editor and longtime journalist now covering cloud, multicloud, software, SaaS and channel partners at CRN. He speaks with world-renown CEOs and IT experts as well as covering breaking news and live events while also managing several CRN reporters. He can be reached at mharanas@thechannelcompany.com.

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