VMware’s VP of Engineering Tessel Joins Docker

As Docker focuses on growing ecosystem, new SVP’s VMware experience will come in handy

Yevgeniy Sverdlik

November 7, 2014

2 Min Read

Marianna Tessel, who until recently worked as vice president of engineering at VMware, has joined Docker, the San Francisco-based startup whose software helps enterprises streamline the process of developing, testing, and deploying software quickly, the way Internet giants like Google and Facebook do.

Docker is an open source technology, but Docker the company is the primary driving force behind it. At its core is the concept of application containers, which enable an application to be easily deployed on any type of infrastructure, be it a laptop, a public cloud, or a bare-metal server cluster.

Docker has been around for about 1.5 years but has already gained massive popularity, being heralded as the next big thing in IT and cloud computing. Many expect its impact on the IT and software development industry to be comparable to the impact VMware’s server virtualization technology had when it created a way to turn a single physical server into multiple virtual machines.

Tessel, a former captain in the Israeli Defense Forces, had been at VMware since 2008 before joining Docker this month as senior vice president of engineering. At VMware, she oversaw the company’s collaboration with others in compute, storage, networking, and cloud categories, stimulating growth of the massive ecosystem around its technology.

Docker is focused on growing an ecosystem around itself as well. The company’s CEO Ben Golub told us in an earlier interview that growing a “huge ecosystem” was crucial for it to succeed. Ecosystem building is the reason Docker decided to open source its technology, he said.

“We are confident that her familiarity of the landscape and experience in scaling engineering teams will enable us to take full advantage of our accelerated enterprise opportunity, while putting systems in place that drive the ongoing success of our Docker ecosystem partners,” Golub said in a statement commenting on Tessel’s appointment.

In September, Docker raised its Series C funding round, beefing up its war chest with an additional $40 million of venture capital.

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