VMware has named Mike Wookey, formerly an Oracle vice president, as the chief technology officer of its cloud management business unit.
Wookey also served as a chief architect for Oracle’s (orcl) enterprise management group. Prior to that, he was a distinguished engineer and a chief technology officer at Sun Microsystems, the respected server-and-software company that Oracle acquired in 2010 for more than $7 billion.
In a statement from VMware exclusive to Fortune, VMware (vmw) underscored Wookey’s experience in server hardware development, networking, operating systems, virtualization, and business applications. Taken altogether, that’s pretty much soup-to-nuts in the modern software world.
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VMware’s cloud management group includes the company’s vRealize software, which lets IT professionals deploy and manage computing jobs that run both on internal servers and offsite as needed.
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News of this hire comes as Dell and VMware’s parent company, EMC (emc), inch closer to finalizing their multi-billion dollar merger later this month.