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Aviatrix CEO On Potential Post-Broadcom VMware Layoffs And Why On-Prem Market Is ‘The Titanic Going Down’

Mark Haranas

Aviatrix CEO Steve Mullaney talks to CRN about potential VMware layoffs ahead, why the on-premises market is sinking and Aviatrix’s rapid cloud growth.

As a former top VMware executive yourself, what do you think will happen once Broadcom acquires VMware?

They’re going to fire 20,000 VMware people.

How else are they going to get that profitability Broadcom wants? Do you think VMware’s going to be increasing revenue that fast?

There’s only two ways to do it: grow revenue or cut costs. I know what they’re going do. They’re going to slash employees.

Anybody at VMware is fooling themselves thinking, ‘Oh, this is all going be fine.’ No, it’s not. Most of the people at VMware are not going to be there.

Think about those people at VMware that have been there for 20 years. Where are they going to go? Most of them will only be able to work at VMware, but VMware is going away now. So now what are they going to do?

You think Cisco is hiring a bunch of people? Nope.

Maybe a few of them will get into Google Cloud or AWS or whomever, because maybe they’re hiring people.

I mean, I’m sure Broadcom is not telling them anything. It’s like, ‘You don’t talk about Christmas until Thanksgiving.’

 

 
Mark Haranas

Mark Haranas is an assistant news editor and longtime journalist now covering cloud, multicloud, software, SaaS and channel partners at CRN. He speaks with world-renown CEOs and IT experts as well as covering breaking news and live events while also managing several CRN reporters. He can be reached at mharanas@thechannelcompany.com.

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