Fun with ChatGPT – ESG and Sustainability Benefits of VMware: Driving a Greener Future through Technology

Everyone seems to be having fun with ChatGPT lately so I thought I’d give it a shot. I’ve always been proud of VMware’s environmental benefits which were recently recognized by CNBC’s Just 100 rankings.

VMware ranked #2 software company on the “Just 100” list

The 2023 Just 100 rankings

VMware has helped customers avoid 1.2B metric tons of CO2 emissions.

It’s been awhile since I’ve written a blog post so I asked ChatGPT “write a blog post on the ESG and sustainability benefits of VMware” and I couldn’t agree more with it’s response. I do think there’s much more to the story, but, this is a pretty good summary:

In today’s rapidly changing world, sustainability has become a key issue for businesses. The growing concern for the environment and the importance of responsible corporate behavior has put ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governational) at the forefront of business strategy. VMware, a global leader in cloud computing and virtualization solutions, has been at the forefront of the ESG and sustainability movement, offering innovative solutions that drive a greener future through technology.

ESG and Sustainability Benefits of VMware:

Energy Efficiency: VMware’s virtualization solutions help organizations to reduce energy consumption by consolidating servers, reducing the number of physical machines and thus reducing power consumption and carbon emissions.

Cloud Computing: VMware’s cloud solutions offer a more scalable, flexible and cost-effective way of computing, enabling organizations to minimize their carbon footprint and reduce their impact on the environment.

Corporate Responsibility: VMware is committed to sustainable business practices and regularly reports on its ESG performance and impact, demonstrating its commitment to transparency and accountability.

Employee Engagement: VMware actively engages its employees in sustainability initiatives, encouraging them to adopt sustainable practices in their personal lives, and providing them with opportunities to volunteer for environmental causes.

Partnerships and Collaboration: VMware collaborates with customers, suppliers, and industry partners to drive sustainability, working together to create a greener future for all.

VMware’s commitment to ESG and sustainability has been demonstrated through its innovative solutions, corporate responsibility, and employee engagement. The company’s efforts to drive a greener future through technology have had a significant impact on the environment and are a testament to its dedication to sustainability. As businesses continue to seek ways to minimize their impact on the environment, VMware is well positioned to help organizations meet their sustainability goals and drive a greener future for all.

VMware News and Announcements – May 26, 2022

VMware News and Announcements – May 13, 2022

VMware News and Announcements – March 4, 2022

VMware news and announcements – Feb 18, 2022

VMware news and announcements – Jan 28, 2022

VMware Response to Apache Log4j Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

Here is latest VMware Advisory:

VMware Response to Apache Log4j Remote Code Execution Vulnerability (CVE-2021-44228)

VMware VMSA-2021-0028: Questions & Answers for Apache Log4j Remote Code Execution Vulnerability (CVE-2021-44228)

This vulnerability is an industry-wide one, in a component called “log4j” that is used to log information from Java-based software. This vulnerability is critical, rated 10 out of 10 on the CVSS 3.1 scoring scale, because it is an unauthenticated remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability, allowing attackers to run commands on affected systems by simply getting them to log a specific string. 

Generally speaking, every piece of software that has ever used log4j is potentially vulnerable. VMware uses log4j as well, which is why we are reacting to this. However, this vulnerability also affects customer workloads, too. Customers need to assess their entire environment for use of log4j, in infrastructure and workloads, and remediate it as soon as possible either through patches or workarounds.

The vulnerability was announced by the Apache Foundation suddenly, as a “0-day” or “zero day” vulnerability, taking everybody by surprise. Normally a vulnerability is reported privately to the software maintainers who then have time to repair the issue and release an update so attackers don’t have a temporary advantage. That isn’t the case this time. Regardless of the timing, the ubiquitous use of log4j means that no matter when this vulnerability surfaced it was likely to have a huge impact. While disclosure going into a weekend is bad timing, it’s good that it did not happen later in the calendar year.

VMware Customers should subscribe to the VMSA mailing list and continue to monitor the VMSA page itself, as well as the linked resources like the QandA/FAQ. They also should be assessing everything else in their environment, because lots of other software incorporates log4j. This issue isn’t a VMware-specific problem, it’s an “everything everywhere” problem.

VMware news and announcements – December 3, 2021

VMware news and announcements – Nov 23, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving Week! Here is some recent VMware related news, announcements, and useful links.

VMware news and announcements – Oct 29, 2021

There’s a lot of great VMware information that comes out on a daily basis. I thought I’d share some recent VMware related news, announcements, and useful links from the past couple of weeks.