Chuck Hollis Departs VMware For Oracle

[entity display=”VMware's” type=”organization” subtype=”company” active=”true” activated=”true” deactivated=”false” key=”vmware” ticker=”VMW” exchange=”NYSE” natural_id=”fred/company/5897″]VMware’s[/entity] (now ex-) Chief Strategist Chuck Hollis has announced he has left [entity display=”VMware” type=”organization” subtype=”company” active=”false” key=”vmware” ticker=”VMW” exchange=”NYSE” natural_id=”fred/company/5897″]VMware[/entity] and will start at [entity display=”Oracle” type=”organization” subtype=”company” active=”true” activated=”true” deactivated=”false” key=”oracle” ticker=”ORCL” exchange=”NYSE” natural_id=”fred/company/3247″]Oracle[/entity] on Monday, reporting to Executive Vice-President of converged infrastructure Dave Donatelli.

Hollis announced the news on his blog, saying that after 21 years in the [entity display=”EMC” type=”organization” subtype=”company” active=”true” activated=”true” deactivated=”false” key=”emc” ticker=”EMC” exchange=”NYSE” natural_id=”fred/company/1441″]EMC[/entity] Federation, he’s looking forward to working for Donatelli once again, as part of [entity display=”Oracle's” type=”organization” subtype=”company” active=”false” key=”oracle” ticker=”ORCL” exchange=”NYSE” natural_id=”fred/company/3247″]Oracle’s[/entity] new converged infrastructure group. Donatelli joined [entity display=”Oracle” type=”organization” subtype=”company” active=”false” key=”oracle” ticker=”ORCL” exchange=”NYSE” natural_id=”fred/company/3247″]Oracle[/entity] earlier this year from HP.

Hollis changed roles just two years ago, moving from Global Marketing CTO at [entity display=”EMC” type=”organization” subtype=”company” active=”false” key=”emc” ticker=”EMC” exchange=”NYSE” natural_id=”fred/company/1441″]EMC[/entity] to Chief Strategist at [entity display=”VMware” type=”organization” subtype=”company” active=”false” key=”vmware” ticker=”VMW” exchange=”NYSE” natural_id=”fred/company/5897″]VMware[/entity].

Known for his prolific blogging, Hollis recently stirred up controversy with a series of blogs targeting hyper-converged startup Nutanix, comparing it with [entity display=”VMware's” type=”organization” subtype=”company” active=”false” key=”vmware” ticker=”VMW” exchange=”NYSE” natural_id=”fred/company/5897″]VMware’s[/entity] own VSAN product. Industry observers have been watching the ongoing spat with interest, as it highlights the degree of upheaval converged and hyper-converged startups have created.

We can expect that Hollis will continue to apply his particular brand of enthusiasm for his new cause at [entity display=”Oracle” type=”organization” subtype=”company” active=”false” key=”oracle” ticker=”ORCL” exchange=”NYSE” natural_id=”fred/company/3247″]Oracle[/entity].

This article first appeared in Forbes.com here.

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