As do most CTOs, Edouard Bugnion thinks a lot about architecture. But as chief architect and co-founder of VMware, he thinks more about the management of machines from a virtual standpoint. He shepherded the development of the company’s 2003 release, VirtualCenter, which is designed to manage the machines that corporations will link into the grids of utility-based computing.
Thanks at least in part to Bugnion’s contributions, storage vendor EMC bought VMware in December 2003. As a result, he’s already started thinking about the convergence of virtual servers with virtual storage.
“The server world and the data world have been managed separately and physically,” he explains. “Converging the two into a single, homogenous platform will give companies more flexibility and manageability.”