VMware co-founder quits for academia
And then there were fewer
After his wife was whacked as CEO by EMC padrino Joe Tucci, VMware co-founder Mendel Rosenblum has decided to retreat to the altogether cosier world of academia.
Rosenblum announced his resignation and return to Stanford University in an company-wide email on Monday night, The New York Times reports.
Rosenblum is married to Diane Greene, whose personality clash with Tucci ended in her sacking in July, much to the annoyance of investors. Tucci offered Greene's boardroom seat to her computer scientist husband, but he turned it down.
Rosenblum swiftly follows R&D chief Richard Sarwar, a Greene hire who last week decided to return to Oracle after just nine months in the job. Long-serving product development veep Paul Chan also quit in August.
This latest departure casts a further shadow over next week's VMworld conference in Las Vegas, where the firm will be seeking to regain momentum lost to ego-politics and Microsoft's big virtualisation push.
Newly-installed CEO Paul Maritz played down the exodus, decribing the firm as "in transition". Recent quarters have seen VMware fall short of Wall Street's big growth expectations.
There's a full rundown of VMware's post-Greene personnel travails here, by some lady called Ashlee Vance. ®
The altogether cozier world of academia?
Now he's in for a surprise. There the fighting is so much more personal, because the stakes are so low.
Is Ashlee still at El Reg
Did he get a legitimate job with the New York Times ?? ..where he can make stuff up and they'll publish it ??
This is good news
With all the other x86 virtualisation solutions maturing to the point that they are potentially competing with VMware's offerings, it's good to see him return to academia to rethink the approach for virtualisation that is being taken today.
Processors containing binary translation instructions are already available or being taped out soon, so the need for virtualisation instructions will fade away and a thorough revision of the whole concept is in order.
I hope he will go back to work on SimOS or a new project from scratch as a potential solution for MIPS or VLIW based virtualisation that is becoming relevant again with the future release of the Loongson 3 processor. He's made his millions, but now it's time for computer science again.