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CEO Outlook 2019: 5 Questions For VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger says his company will work with customers and partners to address challenges in cloud and security in 2019.

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What do you see as the biggest challenges facing customers in 2019?

In short, customers will continue to see complexity explode in what we're calling the multi-cloud era. A recent survey by Deloitte said the average business today is using eight public clouds, and expected to become 10-plus public clouds. That often means that our customers are managing different tools, different teams, and different architectures. Without a consistent infrastructure and operational environments, innovation can be stifled. We're working with customers now to solve these complexity challenges and see this as a priority for us in 2019 is to address this challenge. Another challenge customers have been facing for years, and will continue to deal with in 2019, is around security. With every new or emerging threat, most customers react by buying more security products. But a security strategy that involves purchasing dozens or hundreds of products (and growing), simply creates a patchwork security infrastructure, where cracks can offer more opportunities for attack. CIO's need to rethink security at the infrastructure level. VMware is responding by building security functions directly into our products, such as NSX and AppDefense.

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