VMware hires Symantec, HP, Google execs; other news

VMware finds new talent at Symantec, HP, Google / Some IT skills and certifications prove recession-proof.

IT channel news for August 5, 2009

VMware finds new talent in Symantec, HP, Google

VMware has gone on a hiring spree of sorts and has replaced executives in almost every department in the company and regions that it represents.

VMware Inc. CEO Paul Maritz disclosed the names of the new hires from notable companies, including Symantec Corp., Mercury (acquired by HP in 2006), Brocade Communications Systems Inc., Google Inc. and EMC Corp., according to virtualization.info.

Mark Egan was Symantec's chief information officer (CIO) for six years and is replacing Tayloe Stansbury as VMware's new CIO. Former Vice President of Research and Development (R&D) at Mercury, Baliz Kadanish, is now VMware's senior R&D manager. Zahid Hussain was the vice president of engineering at Brocade for five years and is now VMware's vice president of engineering, in charge of vSphere development.

Certain IT skills and certifications show increase in demand

A recent survey by Foote Partners LLC of nearly 2,000 U.S. and Canadian employers showed that pay premiums for noncertified and certified IT skills decreased an average of 0.6% and 1.5% respectively in April, May and June.

But the survey also showed good news for North American IT employees in specific categories. Twenty-eight IT skills and certifications increased in value during Q2 of this year and 46 showed declines.

The top noncertified IT skills are Java EE, SE, ME; Linux; virtualization (all); and Microsoft.NET. The top IT certifications are the GIAC Certified Incident Handler, EMC Proven Professional Technology Architect (expert) and the Citrix Certified Integration Architect.

RPost releases new registered email tool for Zimbra VARs

RPost has released a new email tracking tool, RPost Zimlet, for Zimbra resellers worldwide.

The email service allows the sender to obtain email correspondence occurring from the sender's desktop email without having to download any software or visit outside websites.

With Zimlet, Zimbra Collaboration Suite users can receive legal and court admissible evidence of delivery, content and timing of all email.

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