Ray O’Farrell joined VMware in April 2003 and currently serves as executive vice president and chief technology officer. One of his main focus areas is on long-term technology research, innovation and market trends, with the primary goal of positively impacting and shaping the future of VMware, its ecosystem and its customers. He is also responsible for ensuring VMware’s successful partnerships across the industry with a focus on the Dell Technologies family of businesses. In September 2017, O’Farrell added the responsibility of general manager for Dell Technologies IoT strategy division.
Prior to his role as Chief Technology Officer, O’Farrell co-led the Software-Defined Data Center Division comprising the vSphere, networking, management and storage businesses and was responsible for the division’s strategy, business and product planning and engineering execution.
O’Farrell joined VMware to lead the ESX Storage team during the early development of the ESX platform. He helped build a large ecosystem of partners in storage and helped expand the portfolio, which today includes products such as VMFS (Virtual Machine File System) and VMware vSAN. During his tenure at VMware, O’Farrell built and managed a global R&D organization and held engineering responsibilities across the entire VMware portfolio. His responsibilities spanned management of all of the components of VMware’s flagship vSphere and suite products, including core compute, networking, storage and Cloud management.
O’Farrell has over 20 years of software engineering and product delivery experience. Before VMware, he developed and shipped development tools and operating systems for real-time, embedded and DSP systems at a number of companies including Industrial and Scientific Imaging (Ireland), Ashling Microsystems (Ireland), Improv Systems (United States) and Microtec/Mentor-Graphics (United States).
O’Farrell holds a bachelor’s of engineering in electronics and a master’s of engineering in computer science, both from the University of Limerick in Ireland.