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November 2016, Vol. 5, No. 10

How the Dell EMC acquisition will affect employees and customers

Mergers and acquisitions are part of the norm for many IT companies. Larger companies buy smaller ones and incorporate the technology into their portfolio, and life moves on. This routine became a bit more complex recently as Dell purchased EMC and all the companies under the EMC Federation umbrella. Dell had already purchased several companies selling data center technologies, such as Quest Software, Compellent Technologies and Wyse, but the EMC deal is different. Previous acquisitions were meant to augment Dell's technology base and help it move from the consumer side to the data center side -- but the Dell EMC acquisition brought in several redundant products. Dell added several crown jewels in VMware, RSA and a host of other technologies that were under EMC. The challenge is that several products now in the Dell Technologies family compete with each other. Dell storage -- formally Compellent -- now competes with several EMC storage offerings. While Dell has said VMware will continue to operate independently, VMware's ...

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