Ex-VMware Fellow and Googler Joins Xcalar as Chief Scientist
NOVEMBER 5, 2018 -
We’re excited to announce that Mike Nelson has joined Xcalar as Chief Scientist!

Mike Nelson will be responsible for spearheading the company’s Cloud and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) efforts. Mike brings over 30 years of experience in developing groundbreaking virtualization and cloud computing technologies at VMware, DEC, Sun, SGI, and most recently at Google.

“Mike is a critical addition to the engineering leadership team as the company accelerates its growth,” said Vikram Joshi, Xcalar’s CEO and co-founder. “His extensive experience in bringing cloud-scale computing products to market will help Xcalar to accelerate its ability to transform how enterprises deploy and analyze big data.”

At VMware, where he was a fellow and spent 14 years, Mike was the lead inventor of the VMkernel, the operating system that is the foundation of all VMware server products. Mike also led the development of VMware VMotion, which was the first product to enable a running virtual machine to migrate between hosts. After VMware, Mike and VMware founder Diane Greene co-founded Bebop, which was acquired by Google in 2015. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UC Berkeley, where he was a key developer of the Sprite Distributed Operating System.

“Mike is one of the true stalwarts and visionaries of enterprise-grade infrastructure and technology,” said Vinod Khosla, a Xcalar board member and investor. “Few in the industry have his accomplishments, such as leading the architecture and development of industry-defining VMware ESX Server. He joins Xcalar at a time when the company is looking to change the analytics game with their virtual data warehousing product."

“The technological achievements of Xcalar are awe-inspiring,” said Mike. “The platform is truly transformative in its approach to managing and processing big data, and I am excited to bring my experience and expertise to help deliver Xcalar’s products and solutions to the cloud.”

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