VMware, EMC team on big data and cloud app development

VMware is maintaining focus on data center, says Forrester analyst
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VMware (NYSE: VMW) and EMC (NYSE: EMC) have announced plans to combine their big data and cloud application platforms under one virtual organization called the Pivotal Initiative.

The two firms will combine 800 employees and resources at EMC's Greenplum and Pivotal Labs and the 600 employees at VMware's vFabric, Cloud Foundry and Cetas organizations. EMC's Chief Strategy Officer, Paul Maritz, will head the new group.

"There is a significant opportunity for both VMware and EMC to provide thought and technology leadership, not only at the infrastructure level, but across the rapidly growing and fast-moving application development and big data markets.  Aligning these resources is the best way for the combined companies to leverage this transformational period, and drive more quickly towards the rising opportunities," explained Terry Anderson, vice president of global corporate communications with VMware, in a blog.

As part of the initiative, EMC will increase its investment in big data and analytics, cloud application services and software defined data center business, while VMware will maintain its focus on the data center through its software defined data center and end-user computing programs.

The two firms expect the venture to be up and running in the second quarter of 2013.

Commenting on the initiative, Dave Bartoletti, a senior analyst at Forrester, said it "means the leading virtualization vendor is staying focused" on the data center.

"I think this is a great move, and makes all kinds of sense to protect VMware's relationship with its core buyer, maintain focus on the datacenter, and lay the foundation for the vendor's software-defined datacenter strategy," Bartoletti wrote in a blog.

"Whether you're building your own cloud, migrating legacy apps to a more virtualized environment, or building a new generation of big data apps, your platform choice is important. This move carves up the platforms between VMware and Pivotal, and should help both EMC and VMware simplify and target solutions more accurately," the analyst concluded.

For more:
- see Anderson's blog post
- read Bartoletti's blog post

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