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Guest of the Week (9/8/17): Sanjay Poonen, VMware Inc.

Guest of the Week (9/8/17)

Sanjay Poonen, Chief Operating Officer of Customer Operations, VMware Inc.

Congratulations Sanjay! You are theCUBE’s Guest of the Week.

During what was largely viewed as a cattle stampede to the public cloud, enterprise information technology managers suddenly came to the realization that they might be leaving something important behind: their data. This sudden moment of clarity changed the “public cloud or bust” movement into something that analysts at Wikibon Inc. have termed an evolution of the True Private Cloud, a mimicking of the public cloud on-premises. And one company that has emerged at the forefront of the new reality in public cloud vs. on-prem infrastructure is VMware Inc.

The new reality is that IT managers must bring computer operations to the data, wherever it may live. Despite a series of missteps over several years with its own vCloud Air offering, VMware has managed to emerge from the burning house of its own perilous business model in relatively excellent condition by following a “have-it-your-way” strategy. This came much more into focus during the company’s VMworld event in late-August: Still want the public cloud? Here’s our new partnership that’s just gone “live” on Amazon Web Services. Worried about security in the hybrid cloud? We’ve got this product called AppDefense that can now be directly integrated into IBM’s analytics platform. How about bringing container-based architecture to the VMware operating environment? Check out our newly announced deal with Google Cloud using Kubernetes.

The trend here is hard to miss. VMware is forming partnerships with the Mount Rushmore of cloud providers and somehow managing to put itself in all of the tourist pictures. In fact, one of VMware’s top executives described it exactly this way while picturing how to build on the famous U.S. mountain.

“Think about the top four public clouds (AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google, IBM) as Mount Rushmore-type figures,” said Sanjay Poonen, chief operating officer of customer operations at VMware. “You need some concrete infrastructure that fills in all the holes between them. That’s VMware.”

Poonen paid a visit to theCUBE, SiliconANGLE’s mobile livestreaming studio, and spoke with co-hosts John Furrier (@furrier) and Dave Vellante (@dvellante) at the VMworld conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. They discussed the various elements of VMware’s cloud and data center initiatives, factors behind the company’s strengthening business picture, and how recent executive hires complement the strategic approach.

Read more about our Guest of the Week here and here.

Follow Sanjay on Twitter (@spoonen), and check out more of SiliconANGLE’s and theCUBE’s coverage of VMworld 2017.

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