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.
The latest on convergence from EMC, VMware and VCE
VCE teamed up with EMC and VMware to release VxRail, their new hyper-converged infrastructure offering. VxRail combines data services from EMC and software -- like vSphere and VSAN -- from VMware.
The latest hyper-converged appliance from VMware and VCE is built around VMware software integration, while Nutanix gives users a way to easily move applications off VMware's hypervisor. Continue Reading
VMware unveiled the latest version of its Virtual SAN software this week, and while the release includes welcome improvements, VMware's marketing message is missing the mark. Continue Reading
IT pros increasingly want to buy infrastructure and not build it, says president of VCE Chad Sakac, as he outlines plans for the company's converged infrastructure products. Continue Reading
The maker of the Vblock, VCE, is securing its role within the EMC Federation after the Dell-EMC merger as a converged platform division with new offerings in the works. Continue Reading
As the hype over the Dell-EMC-VMware deal simmers down, it could take some time before IT takes full measure of the deal's impact. Continue Reading
How 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.
Virtualisation giant confirms exit from hybrid cloud joint venture with parent company Continue Reading
Investors may have objections to the deal, but analysts and users see a lot of upside to the EMC-VMware joint cloud venture, with the EMC-acquired Virtustream at its center. Continue Reading
EMC-owned Virtustream set to become outlet for storage and virtualisation firm's hybrid cloud managed services Continue Reading
Concerns about how VMware's sliding share price could affect its merger with Dell have reportedly prompted EMC to reconsider its stake in Virtustream Continue Reading
EMC and VMware have formed a new joint cloud service under the Virtustream brand, as the companies seek to expand hybrid offerings and consolidate cloud services. Continue Reading
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The 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.
Yesterday Dell announced a plan to buy EMC. Since EMC owns VMware, this effectively means Dell announced a plan to buy VMware. Continue Reading
Two of the largest hardware vendors have agreed to merge, but where does that leave the biggest name in virtualization? Continue Reading
More than a week after its $67 billion acquisition of EMC and VMware, Dell fails to offer specifics on VMware's role in the combined company. Can this be a good thing? Continue Reading
Despite laying off its entire Workstation and Fusion groups, VMware will not discontinue those products. "Not at all," a VMware spokesperson said. "In some cases, roles and responsibilities ... Continue Reading
Although financial factors have deteriorated since Dell's $67 billion acquisition of EMC was announced, EMC's CEO said the megadeal is on track to close in 2016 as planned. Continue Reading
The bloodletting at VMware has begun. Reports published over the past several days about VMware laying off as many as 900 of its 18,000 or so employees are proving correct. Continue Reading