Why Dell's EMC Buyout Plans Spell Channel TurmoilBy Michael Vizard | Print
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NEWS ANALYSIS: The impact on the channel will be significant for Dell and EMC partners—as well as vendors and solution providers that will compete with the combined entity.
What Will Happen to VMware?
A major element of the deal is the status of VMware. While Dell plans to take EMC private, the VMware business unit, which owns AirWatch, a provider of mobile management services delivered via the cloud, will continue to operate as a public company owned by Dell.
In the future, Dell may opt to sell VMware to help fund the deal, or assuming that key vendor partners, such as Hewlett-Packard, Cisco and IBM, are willing to trust Dell, continue to operate VMware as a semi-independent entity in much the same way it operates today under EMC.
Michael Vizard has been covering IT issues in the enterprise for more than 25 years as an editor and columnist for publications such as InfoWorld, eWEEK, Baseline, CRN, ComputerWorld and Digital Review.