Steve Herrod is a pioneer in cloud computing and virtualization. He's probably best known as the former Senior Vice President of Research and Development at VMware, the fast-growing virtualization software company. During his 11-year tenure, he helped guide the VMware technology strategy as the company grew from a startup into a 3,000-person engineering organization with $4 billion in annual revenue. Prior to that, he worked at Transmeta, a Linux software specialist.
Currently, Herrod is a partner at the venture capital (VC) firm General Catalyst, where he looks at investments in cloud computing infrastructure and applications. Recently (actually it was about two month ago, but it took me forever to transcribe), I interviewed Herrod on the phone, asking him about new trends in virtualization and investing trends.
This was an interesting conversation that was wide-ranging across many broad technology trends, including cloud computing, mobile, security, and data-center virtualization. Below, I have flip-flopped the interview around, starting with the concept of the "New IT," in which Herrod describes the many new challenges of the IT manager.