Former Microsoft (News - Alert) chief information officer Tony Scott is now working with the same job title at VMware. He also will be a senior vice president at the company, which provides virtual server technology.
In his new role, Scott will manage VMware's global information technology organization.
Scott has run IT operations for many companies in his career, which spans three decades. At Microsoft, he was in charge of security, infrastructure, messaging and business applications for the entire company.
"Having a leader of Tony's caliber join VMware is an example of the talent we are attracting to what is already a world-class VMware team," VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger said in a statement. "Tony will have responsibility for advancing and protecting VMware information assets, leading a team that is helping VMware meet the IT needs of more than 500,000 customers worldwide."
"I am excited to join an all-star VMware executive team and a tremendous group of IT professionals," Scott said. "The software-defined data center provides a tremendous opportunity for IT organizations to become a source of business differentiation as organizations move into the next era of IT. VMware provides a tremendous opportunity both professionally and personally as the industry takes on this challenge."
Scott replaces Mark Egan, who left as VMware CIO last year, and is now a partner at consulting firm StrataFusion.
It is a time of change for VMware.
VMware recently launched some new network and storage virtualization software, according to news reports. Earlier this week, it announced that VMware vCloud Hybrid Service is now available. It also announced new data center locations.
Bill Fathers, senior vice president and general manager, Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit, at VMware, said in a statement, "With the new data centers and important new capabilities, we're executing quickly against our vision of a hybrid cloud service that is completely interoperable with existing infrastructure and enables new and existing applications to run without compromise."
In reviewing the appointment, VentureBeat noted that VMware “is facing a significant threat from Amazon and has yet to define a convincing strategy to counter it.”
VentureBeat said some sources complain VMware is “too focused on downplaying the significance of Amazon.”