EMC, VMware tag-team on cloud and big data with Pivotal Initiative merger

Summary:EMC and VMware are merging some of their cloud and big data assets into a new organisation, expected to be up and running next year.

EMC and VMware merging their big data and cloud assets into a new organisation.

The move, which has been rumoured for months , will see elements of the companies' big data and cloud application platforms units brought together into a single "virtual organisation" named the Pivotal Initiative.

"Most employees and resources currently working within EMC's Greenplum and Pivotal Labs organisations, VMware's vFabric (including Spring and Gemfire), Cloud Foundry and Cetas organisations as well as related efforts will be joining this new initiative. This includes approximately 600 employees from VMware and 800 employees from EMC," EMC said in a post on the Greenplum blog on Tuesday.

Paul Maritz, EMC's chief strategy officer and former chief exec , will head up the Pivotal Initiative, which is expected to be up and running by the second quarter of 2013.

The Pivotal Initiative will allow EMC to get more out of its big data and analytics, platform-as-a-service and software-defined datacentre assets and acquisitions, EMC said. It will allow VMware to "more fully focus resources" on the latter and on end-user computing, the company added.

More information on the Pivotal Initiative will be published next year, according to the blog.

Topics: Cloud, Big Data, Data Centers, EMC, VMWare


Jo Best has been covering IT for the best part of a decade for publications including silicon.com, Guardian Government Computing and ZDNet in both London and Sydney.

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