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VMware CEO On Nutanix-Red Hat Pact, Dell Spin-Off And Stock

VMware CEO Raghu Raghuram talks to CRN about the benefits of the upcoming spin-off from Dell Technologies, VMware’s recent stock drop, SaaS driving more innovation and his thoughts on the new Nutanix and Red Hat partnership.

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Raghuram ’Not Concerned’ With Nutanix-Red Hat Partnership

VMware CEO Raghu Raghuram is not competitively “concerned” about the new partnership between Red Hat and rival Nutanix around hyperconverged infrastructure and Kubernetes.

“The No. 1 platform for running Red Hat in the enterprise is VMware,” said Raghuram in an interview with CRN. “So even though Tanzu and OpenShift are in some ways alternatives for each other for the customer, the No. 1 OpenShift platform in the enterprise is VMware.”

VMware generated $3.14 billion in revenue during its recent second fiscal quarter, representing an increase of 9 percent year over year, while subscription and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) sales jumped 23 percent to $776 million.

Raghuram talks to CRN about VMware’s recent stock drop, his bullish thoughts on its upcoming spin-off from Dell Technologies, why innovation will increase at VMware thanks to SaaS, and the best leadership advice he’s received as the new CEO.

“Michael Dell basically said, ’Forget that you’ve been a VMware employee for the last 18 years. Walk in and look at everything with fresh eyes,’” said Raghuram.

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