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Pat Gelsinger On AWS Outposts And Expanding VMware's Amazon Partnership

"If you’re a partner of Amazon and/or a partner of VMware, we want you to become a partner for Outposts. We've already taken steps with our team and Terry Wise at Amazon to have a better channel partner coherence between our program and their program," said VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger in an exclusive interview with CRN.

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You climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money to build high schools in Kenya. Do you have any big charity plans in 2019?

I'm looking at a couple of different things I might do. I have a friend that wants to do Mt. Aconcagua – the tallest mountain in South America – as a fundraiser for the charity in Africa. The other one, my son had Hodgkin's lymphoma, so we did a big bike ride for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society charity. One of those two will work out for 2019. I'll get a number of VMware folks to join me. It's part of who VMware is and part of who I am as well. Our corporate value and me as a person, we're incredibly focused on the charitable benefits that we can bring to humanity. We sit and work in one of the most beautiful areas on planet Earth, the richest area on the planet is here in the Bay Area. We've been given extraordinary influence and potential. … Our responsibility, not just opportunity, but the responsibility that we have to be this power of shaping technology for a force for good is in everything that we do. As we talk to our customers, partners and employees about that, it resonates deeply.

Any plans to travel to Mars in the future to raise money for charity?

As I tell my team, I have very simple guardrails. If it's not immoral or illegal, and it helps our community and our business, chances are, I'm willing to do it. Whether that's climbing mountains, riding bikes, getting tattoos or other debasements of my body – I'm in. If it's not illegal or immoral, I'll have a discussion about it.



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