Paul Maritz explains more why he left VMware for EMC's Pivotal Initiative

Summary:While still not revealing an exact drop date, Maritz said that Pivotal One will become available "by the end of the year."


SAN FRANCISCO -- With a theme dubbed, "The Cloud Grows Up," there might not be a better person to lead off VentureBeat's annual CloudBeat summit than the leader of one of the most buzzed-about enterprise data and cloud businesses right now: Pivotal.

In introducing CEO Paul Maritz, VentureBeat founder and editor-in-chief Matt Marshall described Maritz as "arguably the most visionary person when it comes to the cloud OS."

Formerly the chief over at fellow ENC-subsidiary VMware, Maritz explained during Monday's opening fireside chat just why he left one of the more bankable forces in IT for this brand new (and untested) initiative.

Based on his comments, Maritz has plenty of experience, interest, and perspective on where the cloud is moving next, making him a prime candidate to lead the Pivotal One project.

"Most of the discussion about cloud today is where the computing is headed," reflected Maritz, noting that includes debating between on-premise data center or the cloud.

Acknowledging that "those are all interesting questions," Maritz predicted that over the next five to 10 years, the IT industry is moving toward being driven by a "whole generation of applications that will drive business values."

"Those applications can only be done on a cloud-like approach," Maritz asserted.

"It is going to be a multi-cloud world. It has to be a multi-cloud world," Maritz concluded.

Maritz stepped down as CEO of VMware in favor of moving to Pivotal last fall, replaced by then EMC chief operating officer Pat Gelsinger.

Pivotal One made its grand debut in April , quite simply as a new Platform-as-a-Service entry designed to bring consumer-familiar cloud features to the enterprise. It relies heavily upon open source technologies, including Spring, Java, and Cloud Foundry.

Citing past acquisitions such as software and appliance unit Greenplum, Maritz explained that the Pivotal operating system for the cloud is being built by "people who have experience using these paradigms working with machines and cost-effective storage options to solve data problems."

The initiatve got a big boost in both business and awareness in June thanks to a major partnership deal with General Electric, which also involves Amazon Web Services and Accenture.

Pivotal will be responsible for helping deliver GE's new "cloud-agnostic" platform and solutions to market through its Hadoop, Cloud Foundry, and in-memory technologies.

While still not revealing an exact drop date, Maritz said that Pivotal One will become available "by the end of the year."

But much like the buzzy terms "big data" and the "Internet of Things," referring to the "cloud" is really just scratching the surface.

For example, Maritz remarked that if there is "anything Ed Snowden proved" by leaking National Security Agency documents over the last few months, is that the cloud will not be dominated by U.S. data centers.

That translates to saving and accessing data from multiple data centers (and by extension, cloud vendors and services) worldwide.

"It is going to be a multi-cloud world. It has to be a multi-cloud world," Maritz concluded.

Topics: Cloud, Big Data, Enterprise Software, Social Enterprise, Developer


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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