EMC's VMware Oversight
In what's so far been one of the year's biggest executive changes, Paul Maritz (left) moved out of the CEO spot at VMware and was replaced by Pat Gelsinger, former president and COO of EMC's Information Infrastructure Products division.
EMC pitched the move as a way to shore up VMware's position as a virtualization and cloud infrastructure powerhouse. But some observers took the Gelsinger promotion as a sign EMC wants to tighten its grip on VMware, which partners all over the industry, including in relationships such as FlexPod, with EMC storage enemy NetApp.
"I remember when EMC acquired VMware, and how it was all going to stay separate and they weren't going to swap executives, but no one ever believed that," one longtime VMware and EMC partner told CRN.