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VMware CEO Raghuram On ‘Vigorously’ Competing With Nutanix

VMware’s new CEO Raghu Raghuram talks to CRN about competing with Nutanix, his channel partner vision and what Dell Technologies’ spin-off of VMware enables.

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How will Dell Technologies spin-out of VMware help your company and your vision?

The fact that we’re getting spun out of Dell, you can almost think of us as the Switzerland of multi-cloud. We’re hardware agnostic, cloud agnostic and we can really focus on helping our customers run their applications and run their IT however they want to run it. We’re providing the tools to help them build new applications faster, run them across all of these locations, manage these applications, secure and protect them, etc. – that’s what we’re trying to do in a nutshell.

What is Raghu Raghuram’s vision for VMware?

If you look at what’s happening in the industry, we are at the start of a new era of multi-cloud computing. Because the last decade was all about customers getting use to the cloud, starting to put applications in the cloud. Eighty percent of our customers are running their applications on two clouds or more. There’s still 30-, 40- or 50- percent of their applications are in the data center. The edge is growing very fast. So what we term as multi-cloud computing is this idea that customers’ applications as they transform into digital businesses are going to live across all these places.

We are uniquely poised with our anywhere, any app, any cloud strategy, to help our customers transform themselves and accelerate their digital business in this multi-cloud era. That’s really is what I was appointed to do, to make us the leader in multi-cloud computing. That’s really the focus of the next few years. Like I said, the great news is we’re already going down this path, but now we get an opportunity to turbo-charge and accelerate this even further.

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