Look who's running VMware now

Look who's running VMware now

Summary: Former Softie Paul Maritz has a new challenge on his hands: Competing head-to-head with his former employer in the virtualization space.


Former Softie Paul Maritz has a new challenge on his hands: Competing head-to-head with his former employer in the virtualization space.

In February, Maritz -- who was a top manager at Microsoft up until his depature from the company in 2000 -- was named as the head of EMC's Cloud Infrastructure and Services Division. On July 8, Martiz took on a new role: He is now CEO of VMware, following the sudden departure of former CEO Diane Greene (following VMware's announcement that its revenue growth would fall short of projections).

Microsoft released to manufacturing its Hyper-V hypervisor technology in late June.

Any Microsoft history buffs remember Maritz? Do you think he'll be able to keep VMware ahead of his former employer in the virtualization market?

Topics: VMware, CXO, Cloud, Hardware, Microsoft, Storage, Virtualization


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Paul Maritz Running VMWare

    Hi, Mary Jo,

    I recall Paul Maritz being one of Microsoft's most capable technical managers. I met him at a PDC just before his departure and found the breadth of his technical knowledge astounding.

  • RE: Look who's running VMWare now

    Wasn't Paul Maritz in charge of NT way back then?
    • VMware

      I believe you are correct...As I posted on the other story on this: "I hope it goes well as I have invested some retirement bucks in VMW and didnt sell when it hit three (3) times what I paid for it" Seriously, the concept is, asuming developement contiues, the "FUTURE"... Sleep well...puppa
  • RE: Look who's running VMWare now

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