VMware plans new business unit focused on edge and service providers; Telstra, Bulk Data Centers new hires

VMware plans new business unit focused on edge and service providers; Telstra, Bulk Data Centers new hires

VMware has created a new Service Provider and Edge Business Unit (SEBU), executives announced this month. Separately, Telus announced an expansion in Canada along with new executive hires; Bulk Data Centers announced a new executive vice president has been added to its leadership team.

The VMware announcement came shortly before Dell said that it was spinning out VMware in a deal that will see VMware pay a special cash dividend of $11.5 billion to $12 billion to shareholders. Sanjay Uppal, Senior Vice President and general manager, service provider and edge, VMware, outlined the new unit’s organizational structure in a blog post.

In the post, Uppal said that the Service Provider and Edge business unit will be comprised of three units:

– The VMware Service Provider Team, which will focus on helping cloud service providers modernize their networks across the core, edge and radio area network (RAN) with the VMware Telco Cloud portfolio.

– The VMware SASE Team, which will offer a secure access service edge (SASE) platform for businesses of all sizes. The VMware SASE Platform delivers networking and security services through VMware SASE points of presence (PoPs) which are also a platform for delivering distributed edge computing.

– The VMware Edge Computing Team will use technologies from across the VMware portfolio together to develop an edge computing platform for businesses.

Telstra adds to executive team, expands POPs in Canada

Telstra has named Kris Schaffer as Canada Country Lead to drive accelerated growth out of the Toronto area. Previously, Schaffer was Business Development Executive at ISM Canada, a wholly-owned subsidiary of IBM, where she helped companies with cloud-based business intelligence, advanced analytics, and big data solution initiatives. Schaffer has also held both leadership and customer-facing roles at Bell Canada and TELUS Communications. Karl Paterson, a sales executive with more than 10 years of telco and technology industry experience, has been brought onboard as a Business Development Executive and will report directly into Schaffer. Both have joined as of April 1.

Telstra Americas recently opened a new Point-of-Presence (PoP) in Toronto and upgraded infrastructure to connect Canada to its trans-Pacific subsea cable networks. These subsea cable networks carry data from Canada into the Asia-Pacific region, where Telstra owns and operates the largest subsea cable system (with more than 400,000km of subsea cables globally) and currently carries nearly one-third of all Asia-Pacific internet traffic.

Telstra says the expansion will enable Canadian companies ranging from technology and media, financial, wholesale, oil and gas, to mining to seamlessly connect to markets across Asia to support their growth strategies and to help address new or increasing capacity demands and connectivity in the region.

Bulk Data Centers names EVP

Gisle Eckhoff has been named as Executive Vice President for Bulk Data Centers, effective September 1, 2021. Previously Eckhoff was the Chief Executive Officer at DigiPlex where he was repositioned DigiPlex from a local player in the Norwegian colocation market, into a globally provider of sustainable, large-scale data centers. In his new role, he will be driving Bulk’s organic and inorganic growth strategy.

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