It has been no secret that EMC has been under some pressure from Elliott Management Corp., one of EMC’s investors, to do something to raise share prices. Rumors and speculation about what might be coming has been a topic of many different posts and articles over the last year or so, but now it has been confirmed that the deal is done. This deal will close in 2016, and EMC Chief Executive Officer Joe Tucci will finally get his opportunity to retire. For all practical purposes, this has been in the making for quite a while. There had been some speculation that some kind of announcement needed to occur by the earnings report.
Wall Street has had a massive few days covering the Dell/EMC news. From a financial standpoint, any company that pays $67 billion to acquire another company is certainly major news, but from a technical standpoint, what exactly does this mean for the virtualization industry?
Over the last couple of days there has been an ever-increasing rumble that Dell is going to make an offer for EMC. But how is this any different from the much-rumbled-about HP/EMC merger of last year? Continue reading Dell and EMC: A Marriage Made in Heaven or a Match Made in Hell?
There has been a rumor flying around the twitterverse and other social media outlets that Cisco is about to announce that it is buying Nutanix. This rumor started circulating when a report from a Portland-based equity research firm was released, opining that as a last post, John Chambers was going to buy Nutanix. Now, as good a story as this is, it is a story, as the analyst quotes no sources. He is, however, quite bullish about the possibility and argues confidently that an announcement will be made as soon as the .NEXT Conference in June.
Two weeks ago, Virtualization Practice Analyst Jo Harder mourned the passing of Citrix VDI-in-a-Box and forecasted that its target SMB market would look to hyperconverged infrastructure appliances to deliver complexity-free VDI. Dell clearly had the same thought, because just one week later, it announced the Dell Appliance for Wyse – vWorkspace (DAW vW), a self-contained hyperconverged infrastructure appliance designed specifically for small businesses and K–12 education customers (see my initial assessment: Dell Appliance for Wyse — Business-Class VDI). Capable of supporting 200 virtual desktops or 350 RDSH sessions, DAW vW is everything Jo was looking for when she asked “How will Citrix enter the hyperconverged infrastructure market and address those VDI-in-a-Box customers?” Everything except for one thing: Dell’s new appliance isn’t based on XenDesktop. It runs Dell’s universal VDI/RDSH broker, vWorkspace. But now, just seven days after it announced DAW vW, Dell has come back to answer Jo’s specific question by announcing Dell Appliance for Wyse – Citrix (DAW C), a self-contained hyperconverged infrastructure appliance designed specifically for small businesses using XenDesktop instead of vWorkspace.