SAN FRANCISCO: With his formal reign as chief executive of VMware set to begin, Pat Gelsinger said that little would change in the company's strategic direction.
Speaking at the 2012 VMworld conference, Gelsinger told reporters that his strategic approach would closely resemble that of predecessor Paul Maritz, putting to bed any speculation that the company would become more closely aligned with parent company EMC.
Gelsinger said that a number of factors, including culture and geographic location, would make a large-scale attempt to turn VMware into EMC impractical and ill-advised.
"There is no reason on the horizon to change the structure," Gelsinger said.
"All those reasons are as valid today as they were when the company was spun out, there is no reason to change it."
A strategic shift from VMware had been anticipated by some when the company announced its intent to appoint Gelsinger chief executive last month. Maritz, who is slated to take over for EMC in the role of chief strategy officer, said that he is planning to focus datacentre automation and virtualisation..
"What I am excited about doing is thinking about what can be done on top of these new resources," Maritz said.
"This is coming at a time when businesses are having to rethink the experiences that they want users to see."
Both VMware's outgoing and incoming bosses downplayed any threat posed by Microsoft's Hyper-V and Windows Server offerings, with Maritz suggesting that Redmond was struggling to keep pace with VMware.
"This is not a new strategy on Microsoft's part, their strategy for the last seven years was to say 'our product's good enough'," Maritz mused.
"This is the third or fourth time where they are coming to market saying 'our product is good enough'."
Gelsinger, meanwhile, eschewed any talk of a major push into the ARM server market, suggesting that the low-power chips have a long way to go before posing a real threat to x86 in the virtualised server market.
"The power efficiency tradeoffs in the server are not anywhere near what they are in the handset," said Gelsinger, a long-time Intel executive.
"I am sceptical, but maybe it is because I spent 30 years building this crazy x86 thing and I am biased."
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