VMware hires Sean Kopelke as new technology director

Sean Kopelke

Sean Kopelke

Credit: Zscaler

VMware has appointed former Microsoft technical director Sean Kopelke as its new senior director of technology for Australia and New Zealand. 

Kopelke has amassed more than 20 years experience in the technology industry, previously maintaining similar technical director roles with Microsoft Australia, Riverbed, Zscaler, FireEye and Symantec. 

As part of a newly created role, Kopelke will be responsible for leading VMware’s team of systems engineers and managers in their customer engagement. 

He will also partner closely with senior sales leaders to develop and execute the right technology strategies for VMware’s customers. 

“Sean brings deep experience in leading technical teams and helping a broad range of customers ensure they gain the best outcomes from their transformation strategies,” VMware A/NZ vice president and managing director Brad Anderson said.

“As businesses adapt to changing times, Sean’s expertise in cloud, security and emerging technologies will provide VMware’s customers with significant

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VMware and Nvidia are integrating the latter’s artificial intelligence applications for unified management of apps, security and data processing unit accelerators.

The partnership secures Nvidia’s role in hybrid clouds as VMware outlined an architecture that incorporates data processing units (DPUs) in the data center, cloud and edge. Specifically, AI software on Nvidia’s NGC hub will be integrated into VMware vSphere, Cloud Foundation and Tanzu.

Both companies said the bet was that the integration would be able to speed up AI adoption in enterprises.

Krish Prasad, general manager of VMware’s cloud platform business, said “AI workloads no longer need any kind of specialized set up based on bare metal or specialized tools to run it.”

VMware and Nvidia also said they will partner on Project Monterey to create an architecture based on SmartNIC technology and include Nvidia’s programmable BlueField-2 DPU to support machine learning and data-focused apps.

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