SAN FRANCISCO — Bask Iyer has donned two big hats since joining VMware as CIO in March. He manages internal IT, including a private cloud based on the company’s server, storage and network virtualization software products. That software defined data center also serves as the chief test bed for his second job: advising fellow CIOs, including VMware customers, about how to build and manage their own cloud systems.
This second role is particularly crucial for a company trying to challenge Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Cisco Systems in the competitive market for cloud infrastructure software. The idea is to make VMware technology more appealing to business peers by showing them how the company operates on its own products.