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Cloud Foundry and EMC Greenplum are two key pieces of the application stack, and separating them wouldn't make sense for the mission of either company, one partner of both VMware and EMC told CRN.
"VMware knows it has to get higher up in the application space. Spinning out Cloud Foundry would complicate things by having it in a third party. I think it would be challenged," said the source, who requested anonymity to protect his relationship with the vendors.
Jamie Shepard, executive vice president of technology solutions at ICI, a Marlborough, Mass.-based partner of both EMC and VMware, said keeping Cloud Foundry and EMC Greenplum in-house is the right move.
"This would fit with our strategy of providing customers with virtual service catalog," he said. "Along with vCloud Director and Horizon, this plays well with the overall phased approach to cloud enablement and big data analytics in the cloud."
VMware is positioning Cloud Foundry as the "Linux of the cloud," in that it gives developers freedom to build apps using whichever tools they prefer, which eliminates the risk of getting "locked" into a particular platform. VMware also offers a desktop version of its platform-as-a-service called Micro Cloud Foundry.
EMC acquired data warehousing vendor Greenplum in 2010 and has used it as the basis for its big data portfolio. That deal has been challenging for EMC, the source told CRN.
"Greenplum is a different target customer than EMC is used to dealing with," said the source. "Greenplum is not something they sell to typical storage organizations or teams within an enterprise, but to the applications and analytics team."
But despite the challenges, a spin-off at this point in time wouldn't make sense for EMC, the source said. "I don't think EMC wants to give up on Greenplum and spin it out," he said. "In fact, Greenplum is one piece of the EMC portfolio the company is over-investing in right now proportionate to the revenue it is bringing in."
Meanwhile, VMware also says in the memo that the decision to replace Maritz with Gelsinger as CEO "was given considerable thought and analysis." VMware also "worked with an external search firm to explore and evaluate all potential candidates before making a final decision," according to the memo.
Maritz, who was previously rumored to be in line to lead the Cloud Foundry-Greenplum spin-off, according to TechCrunch, is scheduled to deliver the opening keynote at VMworld, which is being held in San Francisco from August 27-31.
Gelsinger will "participate in a select portion" of VMworld, according to the VMware memo.
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