Chronicling the Dell-EMC merger news

Last updated:February 2016

Editor's note

Since the Dell-EMC merger was announced in October 2015, a steady stream of news has flowed out. That news has alternated between reports casting doubts on whether the companies can overcome the financial barriers threatening to kill the deal, to ones that say it could be the smartest venture both companies could pursue. What ultimately proves true won't be revealed for another year or two.

Between layoffs and the crumbling of the proposed joint venture between EMC and VMware, there have been many moving parts to track. It's not going to happen overnight but Dell needs to figure out which products and technologies it wants to keep as well as deciding which ones it can sell in order to raise the necessary cash to finance the deal.

 While it will take some time to properly sort through these matters, there are developments happening now. After the Dell-EMC merger, EMC and VMware teamed up with VCE to announce VxRail, a new hyper-converged infrastructure appliance that combines VSAN and vSphere with EMC software. VMware also announced a new version of NSX is due in 2016.

Shortly after the Dell-EMC merger was announced, EMC and VMware made plans to create a new hybrid cloud services business under the Virtustream brand, which was acquired earlier in 2015. But just two months later, VMware announced it was backing out of the joint venture. One speculation as to why VMware backed out was the pressure from its investors who thought the association with EMC would adversely affect the price of its stock.

1How the Virtustream joint venture came and went

Less than two months after the Virtustream joint venture between EMC and VMware was announced it was no more. VMware, amid pressure from investors and poor stock prices, announced it had backed out of the deal.

2The latest from the business side

Since the Dell-EMC merger was announced in October 2015, there has been plenty happening for VMware on the business end of things.