VMworld 2008 officially kicked off for many people yesterday, and the day started with a keynote presentation from the new CEO of VMware, Paul Maritz. Sure, there seemed to be a slight bit of tension in the room as the thousands of attendees sat quietly waiting to see how Maritz handled himself on stage for the first time at VMworld.
The million dollar VMW stock question was could his keynote presentation calm the fears and uncertainty that many of us common folk have since the removal of Diane Greene and the subsequent executive migrations. Perhaps the jury is still out on this one as I received a mixed bag of opinions from people throughout the day.
Interestingly, Maritz opened the keynote presentation with some house cleaning. While I expected the typical "please turn off your cell phones" message (the one that usually gets ignored by a few folks in the audience), instead I was greeted with some legal mumbo jumbo about informational futures found in the presentation and that they shouldn't affect the company's stock price. Ok, so I don't have all the terminology down here, but I was simply mesmerized over the message, so please don't hold it against me.
With that, the keynote kicked off, and Maritz started the presentation with a history of what brought VMware to where it is today -- the company's 10th anniversary. He recognized the efforts and contributions made by VMware founders Diane Greene and Mendel Rosenblum, both of whom are now gone from the company and missing for the first time from the show (although they did show up in VMworld 2008 cartoon fashion during the presentation).
And unlike past VMworld shows that chanted the positive stories of "green" computing, there was little to no mention of "green" in this keynote -- perhaps mentioning green (or Greene in this case) as little as possible was purposely done.
After discussing the various technology changes that have taken place over the years that helped to shape the industry and VMware to where it is today, Maritz introduced us all to the three technology domains that VMware envisions: the Virtual Datacenter OS, the vCloud initiative and the vClient initiative. I wondered if the people from Vizioncore noticed all the new VMware product names that were preceded by a lowercase 'v'.