VMworld 2021 News: Project Capitola Partner Ecosystem Commentary

PALO ALTO, Calif. – VMworld 2021 (Oct. 5, 2021) – VMware's strategy is to give customers freedom and control in an increasingly multi-cloud environment, delivering a trusted foundation to accelerate their digital innovation. At VMworld 2021, VMware is showcasing R&D investments and innovations currently underway for VMware Cloud as directional tech previews. This includes Project Capitola, a software-defined memory implementation that will provide the best price-performance ratio for current and next-gen applications by aggregating memory tiers across DRAM, PMEM, NVMe and other future technologies. Read the full press release here.

Read commentary below from leading organizations partnering with VMware on Project Capitola.


“We are excited to partner with VMware on Project Capitola to further enhance the hybrid cloud vision we have with UCS, HyperFlex, and Intersight by including this software-defined memory management into our set of solution offerings. We believe that the better cost control via easy-to-use memory tiering, deployment flexibility with pooling of memory resources, and observability at this level will only enhance our own solutions which include our advanced management and fabric capabilities. Customers who choose to deploy Project Capitola over Cisco Intersight and X series can gain enhanced benefits via our partnership.”

– Dan Hanson, chief technology officer, cloud and compute technology office, Cisco Systems Inc.

Dell Technologies

“With tiered memory technology from VMware on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, we’re able to increase capacity and performance for memory-intensive workloads.”

– Paul Perez, chief technology & innovation officer, Dell Technologies


“Hazelcast is excited to partner with VMware on Project Capitola to deliver a flexible, simplified software defined memory management solution that brings together historical and real-time data at microsecond latencies to empower innovative applications.”

Manish Devgan, chief product officer, Hazelcast

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

“We look forward to continuing our decades-long partnership with VMware and our ongoing developments to accelerate digital transformations for our customers across the globe. We welcome and support VMware’s initiatives, such as with Project Capitola, by leveraging our trusted servers that deliver industry-leading security, automation and performance. Project Capitola has the potential to increase flexibility in shared memory and drive better price performance, while eliminating complexity of additional resources. Additionally, by using as-a-service capabilities from the HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform, our customers can further benefit from an agile cloud experience that delivers the security, governance and visibility of on-premises.”

Krista Satterthwaite, vice president and general manager, Mainstream Compute, Compute Business Group, HPE


“DRAM scaling and costs are a growing problem for data center users. We’re beyond excited to partner with VMware on their software-defined memory tiering solution, Project Capitola, to deliver data center customers the best price-performance. The uniform consumption model can offer the necessary software flexibility for memory demanded by applications and a path to scale for future application needs.”

David Tuhy, vice president Intel Data Center & AI Group; general manager, Optane Solutions & Software Division, Intel


"As the leader in server reliability and performance, Lenovo is committed to helping customers confidently address the rise of business-critical and cloud-native applications. We see a need for a streamlined solution that solves the lack of software flexibility for memory. We are excited to join VMware to deliver Project Capitola to our mutual customers. Addressing the memory needs of current and next-gen applications is critical, and the software-defined memory implementation – delivered on Lenovo ThinkSystem and ThinkAgile platforms – can deliver improved scalability, streamlined operations, and resiliency.”

– Brian Connors, vice president and general manager, Software & Business Development, Lenovo Infrastructure Solutions Group


“Project Capitola can deliver new levels of memory access to data-hungry applications, enabling customers to optimize for solution performance and performance per dollar. As an industry leader in DRAM and NAND technology, we are delighted to work  with VMware to deliver this value to customers.”

– Ryan Baxter, senior director of the data center segment, Micron