Understanding and Building the Future of Technology

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With the technology landscape shifting at a rapid pace, it’s nearly impossible to keep up. But that’s the job of Kit Colbert, the CTO of VMware, and he is constantly learning from and leading his team so that they can best serve the needs of their customers. On this episode, Kit explains what that looks like and how the world of public and private clouds, the edge, and infrastructure are constantly changing.

Tune in to learn:

  • What is VMware? (1:40)
  • How to service the appetites of customers today (6:45)
  • Thinking through levels of orchestration (14:30)
  • Where is the industry when it comes to shifting its models? (22:44)
  • The role VMware will play in network security (26:40)
  • How growing companies solve network and infrastructure weaknesses (30:45)
  • Defining and predicting the future of the edge (36:00)
  • The philosophy of continuous learning (41:45)
  • Advice to CTOs expanding their networks and getting answers they need (45:00)

About the Guest:

Kit Colbert joined VMware in September 2003 (following an internship in 2002) and currently serves as senior vice president and chief technology officer. He is responsible for ensuring VMware’s long term technology leadership through research and innovation programs, with the primary goal of positively impacting and shaping the future of VMware, its ecosystem, and its customers. As CTO, Colbert will shape the technical vision for the company, and the transformation to a cloud and subscription-centric R&D organization. His oversight includes advancing research and development efforts, overseeing the VMware Engineering Services team, the Design/UX team and the company’s ESG commitments. 

Prior to September 2021, Colbert served in multiple roles, including VMware’s Cloud CTO, General Manager of VMware’s Cloud-Native Apps business, CTO for VMware’s End-User Computing Business, and as the lead architect for the VMware vRealize Operations Suite. Colbert joined VMware as the technical lead behind the creation, development and delivery of the vMotion and Storage vMotion features in VMware vSphere. Colbert is a recognized thought-leader on application modernization and multi-cloud trends. He speaks regularly at industry conferences and serves as the multi-cloud voice for the VMware Office of the CTO blog. 

Colbert holds a bachelor’s of science in computer science from Brown University.

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Episode 457