Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware delivering the keynote address at a conference of ASEAN CIOs in Bali.
We are living in a liquid world and every industry is being transformed, said Pat Gelsinger, CEO of cloud vendor VMware at a conference of ASEAN CIOs on 15 April.
He cited the examples companies like Uber and Airbnb. Uber owns no assets but is bigger than all old car rental companies, he said. In a fluid world like ours, it is important that companies choose right kind of strategic partners to move from where they are today to a 'mobile cloud future', he added.
New model of IT: Instant, fluid, secure
According to Gelsinger, an Intel and EMC veteran who moved to helm the EMC-majority owned VMware, there is a new model of IT: It instant, fluid, secure.
"Build IT systems that are optimized for rapid development and delivery of all applications, and for safe consumption on any device," he urged the CIOs.
This approach, according to him, is the Brave new IT. The pillars of this new model are radical technologies like software-defined agility, seamless hybridity, and intrinsic security.
"We want to be 10 time better," said Gelsinger. "We are a company of fearless innovators."
He positioned VMware architecture of IT as One cloud, any app, any device.
This could be achieved, he said, through a Software defined data centre-virtualised compute, network and storage managed through a hybrid cloud management system which is automated.
He said that his company's mission this year is to make SDDC mainstream, establish VMWare vCloud Air as the Hybrid Cloud platform, and overall, win the network architecture battle.
VMware is very enthusiastic about growth in Asia. It is investing US$500 million in India over a period of three years (this was announced in 2014) and has recently opened a new campus in Bangalore. The new facility represents an investment of $120 million. The cloud company employs 3300 people in India and plans to employ another 500 in its R&D centres in Bangalore and Pune.
"I invest in success," Gelsinger said, answering a question on why he was bullish about countries in Asia. "Potential in Asia is great," he said. Though he also admitted that talent in Asia is the biggest challenge.
It's all about Apps
Paul Strong, CTO, Global Field, VMWare.
"The challenge of a CIO is how to take data and turn it into actionable information on behalf of the company," said Paul Strong, CTO, Global Field, VMWare.
According to him, today's IT innovation is all about Apps. We are moving from legacy economics to cloud economics because you can automate like crazy in the latter system, he said.
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