VMware CEO Paul Maritz: Leaving for Cloud Foundry?
VMware CEO Paul Maritz apparently will no longer lead the virtualization company. Maritz’s potential destination: Perhaps the CEO slot at Cloud Foundry, which VMware (NYSE: VMW) may spin off as its own platform as a service (PaaS) cloud company. The potential VMware changes come as Microsoft prepares Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V upgrades to counter VMware’s vSphere platform.
The chatter so far:
- EMC’s Pat Gelsinger is set to replace Maritz as VMware CEO, CRN reported.
- Plus, VMware is considering the Cloud Foundry spin-off, GigaOm reported.
- Some pundits are speculating that Maritz will therefore lead Cloud Foundry, though Tod Nielsen and Mark Lucovsky apparently are in the running, too, GigaOm reported.
VMware needs to manage the alleged management and business changes carefully. Microsoft last week announced the Switch to Hyper-V campaign and has trained roughly 40 channel partners to help migrate VMware customers to Windows Server and Hyper-V. Plus, some Microsoft partners believe Windows Server 2012 (set for September launch) plus Hyper-V and System Center have finally caught up with VMware’s technical capabilities.
On the PaaS front, VMware Cloud Foundry celebrated its first birthday in April 2012 — announcing a range of new partner and customer milestones.
The VAR Guy could not reach VMware this evening about Maritz’s status as CEO and VMware’s ownership of Cloud Foundry. VMware is set to announce Q2 results on July 23. If changes are afoot, it’s safe to expect plenty of details at that time.