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The 10 Most Controversial Companies Of 2014 (So Far)

Tech companies are no stranger to controversy, and this year is no exception. Here are 10 examples of companies that have been shaking things up in the first half of 2014.

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VCE, the joint venture between EMC, Cisco and VMware, has been turning in stellar results as a standalone company. Sales of VCE's flagship Vblock converged infrastructure systems are proceeding at a $1.8 billion annual run-rate.

Yet behind the scenes, the VCE relationship is a shambles, according to sources close to the company. The big issue is that EMC and Cisco pretty much can't stand each other, but it's more than that. Sources told CRN earlier this year that there's also conflict between EMC and VCE field sales, as well as the channel.

VCE is reporting solid numbers, but if the turmoil between its component companies continues, it's hard to see enterprises continuing to feel confident in making the sizable investment needed to buy and deploy Vblocks, sources told CRN.

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