(You can read a blog post with photos at HTC Club blog)
I think I am one of the early VMware users. Â It should be about seven years ago in 2003, when I was working as a pre-sales and post-sales specialist. Â As a pre-sales, I often had to do product presentation and demonstration to potential customers, and I found VMware was a great tool for pre-sales, because by using VMware, I can easily run Unix/Linux/Solaris system within my Windows laptop, and I can then demo my product on various Operating System easily (or even simultaneously) just on my Windows laptop. Â VMware also make great sense for post-sales job, because as a post-sales, I often need to troubleshoot complex technical problem for customers, and very often I want a “clean” Unix/Linux/Solaris system so that I can try to reproduce the problem, then by using VMware, I can install a new and “clean” Unix like system very easily and quickly within my Windows laptop, and I can also remove those “testing” system easily by simply deleting the virtualizationÂ file. Â IÂ remembered when I saw a “VMware Virtual Machine” running inside a window for the first time, it was simply amazing. Â Wow, how can they do that, running a Linux inside of Windows? Â So cool. Â I immediately had a gut feeling that this company has great potential, and I began to keepÂ on paying attention on VMwareâ€™s growth since then, till today.
Let’s go back to today’s visit. Â A group of 10-20 Haas MBA students visited VMware headquarter (3401 Hillview Ave., Palo Alto) this afternoon. Â The region is quiet with beautiful trees (after all, it is spring season now in California). Â We are hosted in their cafeteria (I think they want to keep the visit pretty informal and relaxed), which is quite spacious. Â And we were served by various nice fruit, coffee, soy milk and snacks, and free VMware Workstation and VMware Fusion license 🙂 .
The VMware Campus Relations manager invited several managers from various functional group: Finance, Corporate Business Development, Ecosystem Engineering, Product Management and Product Marketing. Â The visit was kick-off with a short introduction by a senior manager and then each different function group manager talk to our students at respective tables.
In the introduction part, the manager actually talked a lot from his own personal perspective: why he joined VMware four years ago etc. Â He emphasized that in terms of size, VMware is not a start-up, either VMware is not an established giant company. Â Exactly. Â With 7000 employees and 2 billion revenue, VMware is a medium size company between a typical 10-20 people start-up, and a well established giant such as Microsoft, Google, Amazon or Yahoo. Â And more importantly, VMware is in a unique market leader position and keeps fast growing. Â I think this is particularly interesting for a certain group of MBA students who might prefer to work in a fast growing environment with entrepreneurial sense.
After the short intro part, basically it became a free talk. Â We can approach any manager to talk about their team and specific job. Â It was great to talk with different function group and get a comprehensive sense of how the whole company is running, and how each function group is running to fit with the corporate’s growth.
A great cool company and a great trek! Â Huge thanks to VMware for hosting us, and very grateful to Haas Tech Club for organizing this event!