6 things we need to know from VMware

As VMware transitions from CEO Paul Maritz to CEO Pat Gelsinger and keeps pushing beyond its server virtualization roots, there are a lot of questions about where the company is headed. Here are 6 key issues the company should address at VMworld.

EMC: Lenovo deal won’t impact Cisco relationship. Really.

The new deal between EMC and Lenovo to sell server-storage bundles could shake up hardware rivals including Dell, Hewlett-Packard and — perhaps most intriguingly — Cisco Systems. EMC, Cisco and VMware are partners on the VCE Vblock effort.

VMware’s non-denial denial on CloudFoundry spin-off

A recent internal VMware memo that has emerged via CRN says that our previously published report about VMware and EMC pooling assets such as Cloud Foundry and GreenPlum and spinning them off into a separate entity was “unfounded.” It sounds like a classic non-denial denial.

Maritz is out as VMware CEO, but takes strategic role at EMC

A day after reports surfaced that Paul Maritz is out as CEO of VMware there is offical confirmation. Maritz will become chief strategist at parent company EMC reporting to EMC CEO Joe Tucci. As expected, Pat Gelsinger will take the top slot at VMware.

Battle for Data Domain Getting Hostile, Nasty

tucciJoe Tucci, president and CEO of storage giant EMC, (s emc) today issued an open letter wooing the employees of Data Domain (s ddup), a company that has agreed to be purchased by EMC’s bitter rival NetApp (s ntap).

On May 20, NetApp offered $25 per share to acquire Data Domain in a cash and stock deal. Ten days later on June 1, EMC made its own all-cash offer of $30 per share for Data Domain. This led NetApp to raise its offer to $30 per share two days later. Despite NetApp offering a cash-and-stock deal instead of all cash, shareholders of the target chose to accept NetApp’s deal the next day. So today, Tucci sent his valentine to the employees as a way to sidestep the Data Domain board. When it comes to corporate finance, love letters to employees or shareholders are a sure sign that the deal has turned hostile. Read More about Battle for Data Domain Getting Hostile, Nasty