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The COO of VMware explains how the $52 billion tech giant moved quickly to make sure hospitals had stable networks amid the pandemic: 'We tried to be a digital first responder to the first responders' (VMW)

VMware COO Sanjay Poonen
  • VMware Chief Operating Officer Sanjay Poonen said the tech giant quickly focused on aiding hospitals in the COVID-19 crisis.
  • VMware deployed its technology to help make sure hospitals had secure and reliable networks, including those that were forced to set up beds in tents in parking lots.
  • "We tried to be a digital first responder to the first responders," Poonen told Business Insider.
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For VMware Chief Operating Officer Sanjay Poonen, one of the images that truly underscored the magnitude of the coronavirus crisis were tents set up outside hospitals overwhelmed by the surge of COVID-19 cases.
"I wouldn't have thought that this notion of tents being set up in a hospital parking lot was going to happen," he told Business Insider.
That helped define the role VMware has sought to play in the crisis, as the tech giant navigated the jarring changes from the pandemic, he said. When the crisis escalated in March, he said the company quickly identified the hospital industry as an area where they could best contribute, he said.
"We tried to be a digital first responder to the first responders," Poonen told Business Insider.
VMware pioneered the virtualization technology that made it possible for businesses to tap disparate computer systems across in-house data centers or the cloud. As the crisis intensified, VMware deployed a range of technologies to aid hospitals.
One example is Vanderbilt University Hospital, which turned an empty parking garage into a much-needed new wing of the hospital and used VMware technology to ensure robust network connection.
"Many of these hospitals were bursting at the seams and had to set up tents in parking lots with hospital beds and you needed network acceleration into those," Poonen said.
He said the company has worked with hospitals to make sure employees working remotely have reliable access to their network.
"All of a sudden, that starts to become more important because they've got to be really critically available all the time because there's a lot more pressure in the hospital system," he said.
VMware's work with hospitals has been paying off for the tech company, Poonen said. He said he has been sharing "Thank You" messages from hospitals to his team to say, "Hey, you know what, look at the impact you're having on the world."
"This is the type of thing that motivates them," he said. "In these down times where there is potential for depression and stuff like that, keeping the morale of our employees up with these customer stories has also been very gratifying."
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