RAY O'FARRELL

EVP & CTO, VMWARE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
virtualizer of the data center

Keynote

Day 1, PANEL, 11:25 - 12:00

THE POWER OF INNOVATION AS A BUSINESS DRIVER

WHAT ARE THE CURRENT TECHNOLOGICAL TRENDS YOU ARE INVESTING IN AND WHY?

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO ME AN MY TEAM?

WHAT ARE POSSIBLE AREAS OF APPLICATION AND WHICH COMPANIES ARE AMONG THE WINNERS AND WHICH ARE THE LOSERS?

HOW CAN WE DETACH OUR COMPANY FROM NATIONAL SOVEREIGNITY?

BREAK-OUT SESSION

Day 1, GUNS N ROSES, 12:50 - 13:10

FACTS

VMware

VMware, a global leader in cloud infrastructure & digital workspace technology, accelerates digital transformation for evolving IT environments.
VMware revenue per year is $7 Billions.

CO-LED THE SOFTWARE-DEFINED DATA CENTER DIVISION

O’Farrell co-led the Software-Defined Data Center Division comprising the vSphere, networking, management and storage businesses and was responsible for the division’s strategy, business and product planning and engineering execution.

LED THE ESX STORAGE TEAM

O’Farrell joined VMware to lead the ESX Storage team during the early development of the ESX platform. He helped build a large ecosystems of partners in storage and helped expand the portfolio, which today includes products such as Vmfs and VMware vSAN.

BIOGRAPHY

Ray O’Farrell joined VMware in April 2003 and currently serves as executive vice president and chief technology officer. His role includes responsibility for VMware’s Global Services and Customer Advocacy, giving O’Farrell purview over VMware’s entire customer product experience. Prior to this role, O’Farrell co-led the Software-Defined Data Center Division comprising the vSphere, networking, management and storage businesses and was responsible for the division’s strategy, business and product planning and engineering execution.

 

O’Farrell joined VMware to lead the ESX Storage team during the early development of the ESX platform. He helped build a large ecosystems of partners in storage and helped expand the portfolio which today includes products such as Vmfs and VMware vSAN. During his tenure at VMware, O’Farrell built and managed a global R&D organization and held engineering responsibilities across the entire VMware portfolio. His responsibilities spanned management of all of the components of VMware’s flagship vSphere and suite products, including core compute, networking, storage and Cloud management.

O’Farrell has over 20 years of software engineering and product delivery experience. Before VMware, O’Farrell developed and shipped development tools and operating systems for real-time, embedded and DSP systems at a number of companies including Industrial and Scientific Imaging (Ireland), Ashling Microsystems (Ireland), Improv Systems (United States) and Microtec/Mentor-Graphics (United States).

 

O’Farrell holds a bachelor of engineering in electronics and a masters of engineering in computer science, both from the University of Limerick in Ireland.