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Maritz: Greene and Rosenblum made ‘incredible contributions’

LAS VEGAS — VMware’s cruel summer lent a bit of intrigue to this morning’s keynote address at VMworld: What, if anything, would new CEO Paul Maritz say about the departure of co-founders Diane Greene and Mendel Rosenblum?

As you’ll recall, back in July, EMC CEO Joe Tucci fired Greene in front of Rosenblum, then offered him her seat on the board. Rosenblum declined and eventually resigned from VMware. Maritz ignored the controversy but briefly mentioned the couple as he took VMworld 2008 attendees through a tour of VMware’s 10-year history during this morning’s keynote.

“I’d like to recognize their incredible contributions over the years,” he said.

He then went on to talk about the “revolutionary” way in which Rosenblum took virtualization technology developed in the 1970s and applied it to x86 servers, eventually giving birth to VMware. Then Maritz segued back into the past, present and future of VMware’s technologies.

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