Agility, Security, Application Workloads are Key to Network Virtualization

| July 25, 2018

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Bruce Davie, VP and CTO, VMware APJ has had a career steeped in networking. Ending a 14-year career with Cisco, where has was a Cisco Fellow and a deep authority on MPLS, Davie went to Nicira, an SDN and network virtualization start-up, in a near CTO role.In 2012, when VMware acquired Nicira, Davie rolled up into VMware to architect the network virtualization platform as CTO- Networking. In March 2017, Davie transitioned to the role of VP and CTO for the APJ region, a role he feels is “technologically broad, across the whole VMware portfolio, and field-focused”. You came in to VMware through an acquisition. You have been a networking specialist. How have things panned out over the years? Nicira was an important company in defining network virtualization. Ten years ago, there was no agreement on what network virtualization meant. Earlier network virtualization was about the segmentation of networks into VLANs, VPNs, and various other network formats. Nicira disrupted the industry by making virtualized network workloads a reality; everything about networking could be done in software that a physical machine could do and more.

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