7. VMware To Embed EMC Storage Tech In vSphere, Could Shake Up Partnerships
VMware's decision in August to embed EMC's Avamar backup software in its vSphere platform raised quite a few eyebrows in the channel. Embedding Avamar Virtual Edition in VMware's vSphere 5.1 platform allows users to back up a 2 TBs of data free of charge. While that's a nice addition for users, the move flies in the face of VMware partners who sell Symantec and Veeam. So much so that it caused one solution provider to wonder if VMware would eventually start selling storage.
The move, in addition to Pat Gelsinger's promotion to the head of VMware, is a strong indicator that VMware's independence as separate entity from EMC is thinning.