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Ray O'Farrell  

CTO & CDO VMware United States

Ray O’Farrell joined VMware in April 2003 and serves as Chief Technology Officer and Chief Development Officer. Prior to his current role, Ray 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. He also works with R&D and business unit leaders across the organization to ensure VMware delivers a cohesive and consistent set of product capabilities to its customers. 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 Virtual SAN. 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. Prior to 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.


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