Michael Dell has spoken up about his plans for VMware when the Dell-EMC deal closes, insisting the firm will help it "thrive, innovate and grow".
In a blog post written by Dell released last night, he described VMware as the "crown jewel of the EMC federation".
Dell announced plans to acquire EMC last week. VMware, which is 80 per cent owned by the latter, will remain a public company when the deal closes.
Michael Dell said he has thought carefully about VMware's future, which he claims is bright.
"VMware is an amazing company filled with very talented people creating innovative software and solutions that are leading the way in a cloud-based, connected world," he said. "It thrives on a vibrant ecosystem in its VMware Partner Network of OEM partners, systems integrators, solution providers, resellers and, of course, hundreds of thousands of customers around the world.
"We intend for VMware to remain an independent public company. Further, we believe it is very important to maintain VMware's successful business model supporting an open and independent ecosystem. We do not plan to do anything proprietary with VMware as regards Dell or EMC, nor place any limitations on VMware's ability to partner with any other company."
Until the transaction closes, Dell and EMC will continue to operate as separate companies, Dell said, adding that they will continue to compete for the time being.
"Once the transaction closes, we plan to handle VMware the same way as EMC by keeping VMware independent, leaving VMware free to continue using its cashflow to invest in its business and to continue its committed relationships with its VMware Partner Network. Lots of customers use VMware together with many other OEM products and solutions. VMware will remain committed to its partners and making it easy for customers to use its products on any hardware or platform that they desire.
"VMware is a crown jewel of the EMC federation. Our intent is only to continue to help it thrive, innovate and grow, as an independent company with an independent and open ecosystem."
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