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The Top 10 VMware News Stories Of 2021 (So Far)

Mark Haranas

From soaring sales and acquisitions to major executive departures and a new CEO, here are the top ten biggest VMware news stories of 2021.

1. Raghu Raghuram To Shape VMware’s Future As New CEO

Following Pat Gelsinger announcement in January that he would be leaving VMware for Intel, VMware immediately started search both internally and externally for a new CEO. After four months of searching, VMware selected longtime technologist and cloud leader Raghu Raghuram as its new CEO.

Raghuram, VMware’s former worldwide chief operating officer of Products and Cloud Services, told CRN that he was selected to make VMware the leader in multi-cloud computing.

“That 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,” Raghuram told CRN. “I’m really looking forward to taking this company to the next phase of growth along with 34,000 of my best friends in the company.”

Raghuram holds an enormous wealth of knowledge about VMware from both a products and innovation standpoint as well as culture, having first joined the company in 2003 overseeing VMware’s ESX and vSphere, which would become VMware’s flagship product. Over his 18-year tenure, he helped grow the core virtualization business, drove VMware’s software defined data center strategy, constructed and guided VMware’s cloud computing business and SaaS transformation efforts, as well as played a pivotal role in the company’s M&A strategy.

“Customers need somebody that’s an industry-neutral partner to do [digital transformation] and that excites me,” Raghuram told CRN in May. “The possibility that now as an independent company for the first time since 2004, to be able to help our customers achieve their digital business transformation goals – that’s exciting.”

With Raghuram as CEO surrounded by a new leadership team – along with VMware becoming an independent company with a focus on SaaS and multi-cloud software – a new VMware has taken shape in 2021.

 
Mark Haranas

Mark Haranas is an assistant news editor and longtime journalist now covering cloud, multicloud, software, SaaS and channel partners at CRN. He speaks with world-renown CEOs and IT experts as well as covering breaking news and live events while also managing several CRN reporters. He can be reached at mharanas@thechannelcompany.com.

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