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Pat Gelsinger On VMware’s ‘Radical’ Security Plan And Andy Jassy ‘Bro Hugs’

“Five years ago, I stood on stage and said, ‘If you use Amazon, you’re stupid.’ And Andy [Jassy] would stand on stage and say, ‘If you run a data center, you’re stupid.’ Now we’re doing bro hugs at re:Invent on stage and declaring a joint, hybrid future,” said VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger in an interview with CRN.

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Gelsinger On The Record

CEO Pat Gelsinger knows that VMware has the ability to take the security market by storm thanks to the virtualization leader’s bullish innovation and go-to-market strategy.

This month, VMware unveiled its new Service-Defined Firewall, aiming to provide intrinsic security by leveraging its position in the hypervisor for full stack visibility and control of applications and the services that comprise them.

“We do think of it as a very radical innovation as we go think about security from an application [standpoint]” said Gelsinger, in an interview with CRN. “We have two assets that nobody else on the planet has. We have the VM [virtual machine]. We’re building this intrinsically into the VM.”

In an interview with CRN, Gelsinger talks about VMware’s security differentiation, NSX versus Cisco ACI, further integration with Dell and whether or not his ‘VMware’ tattoo is real.

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