Report: Maritz out as VMware CEO

Shakeup at VMware, EMC may result in spinoff focusing on cloud, big data; EMC's Gelsinger may lead VMware

A flurry of reports indicates that Paul Maritz is no longer the CEO of VMware and that the virtualization company may spin out its Cloud Foundry platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering as a separate company.

Rumors emerged late Monday that Maritz, who has been at the helm of VMware for four years, would be stepping down, potentially to lead a venture within VMware's parent company, EMC. Dave Farmer, a spokesperson for EMC, in an emailed statement said the company is "not commenting on the speculation."

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GigaOM first reported Monday afternoon that VMware would be spinning out its popular open source PaaS offering, Cloud Foundry, as a separate company. A potential spin-off company could also include EMC's big data service named Greenplum and a potential infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offering named Project Rubicon, the report notes, to compete with the likes of Amazon Web Services, Google and Microsoft.

Later on Monday, CRN reported that Maritz would no longer be CEO of VMware and that former Intel executive and current EMC President and COO Pat Gelsinger would take over leadership of VMware. Some have suggested that Maritz may be leaving VMware to take over the top spot from Joe Tucci, the EMC CEO who has announced his intentions to retire, but delayed the move earlier this year.

Before becoming CEO of VMware, Maritz worked at Intel for a brief stint and Microsoft for 14 years. He founded cloud company Pi Corp., which was bought by EMC in 2008, at which time he became CEO of the virtualization company.

VMware's been busy recently, announcing the acquisition of DynamicOps earlier this month in what some called a shift in strategy to support non-VMware hypervisors in cloud computing. Last month, VMware announced Project Serengeti, an open-source Hadoop compatibility tool to be used on VMware products and earlier this year, at Interop, VMware executives spoke about the need to virtualize the rest of the data center beyond servers.

Network World staff writer Brandon Butler covers cloud computing and social collaboration. He can be reached at and found on Twitter at @BButlerNWW.

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