Given our recent announcement to acquire EMC, I thought it would be helpful to share some of my thoughts and intentions about VMware, and our plans following the close of the transaction.
Since I founded Dell more than 31 years ago, the company has been committed to a heterogeneous and open architecture that prioritizes customer choice first and foremost. We intend that once combined, Dell and EMC will continue to offer choice and multiple partner offerings as we always have and always will.
VMware is an amazing company filled with very talented people creating innovative software and solutions that are leading the way in a cloud-based, connected world. It thrives on a vibrant ecosystem in its VMware Partner Network of OEM partners, Systems Integrators, Solution Providers, Resellers and of course hundreds of thousands of customers around the world.
We intend for VMware to remain an independent public company. Further, we believe it is very important to maintain VMware's successful business model supporting an open and independent ecosystem. We do not plan to do anything proprietary with VMware as regards Dell or EMC, nor place any limitations on VMware’s ability to partner with any other company.
Until the transaction closes, Dell and EMC will continue to operate as separate companies and compete in the marketplace.
Once the transaction closes, we plan to handle VMware the same way as EMC by keeping VMware independent, leaving VMware free to continue using its cash flow to invest in its business and to continue its committed relationships with its VMware Partner Network. Lots of customers use VMware together with many other OEM products and solutions. VMware will remain committed to its partners and making it easy for customers to use its products on any hardware or platform that they desire.
VMware is a crown jewel of the EMC federation. Our intent is only to continue to help it thrive, innovate and grow, as an independent company with an independent and open ecosystem.
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