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VMware Moves Maritz

Ex-Microsoft exec Paul Maritz is now ex-CEO of VMware.

Some see the move as indication that Maritz failed to keep Hyper-V at bay. The Microsoft hypervisor is absolutely on the move. My guess, the replacement with Pat Gelsinger, COO at VMware parent EMC, is a move by EMC to exert more control.

If any clown tells you that Maritz did a poor job, feel free to laugh in their fool face. First off, VMware is making gobs of money, and the latest quarter, announced alongside Maritz's departure, was a stunnerwith a record-breaking $1.1 billion in revenue. That's a run rate of over $4 billion a year.

More than that, Maritz led a technical charge any geek would be proud of. Under his leadership, the company moved from a company with a hypervisor surrounded by some good management tools to a true platform, one that is arguably the leader not just in virtualized data centers but in true private cloud creation.

Martitz isn't leaving entirely. He'll be on the board of the d  irectors and serve as chief strategist. Often positions like the latter are just to calm the feathers  of investors or the exec himself. Give it six months and we'll see which is the case with Maritz.

 

Posted by Doug Barney on 07/20/2012 at 1:19 PM


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