EMC and its majority-owned subsidiary VMware confirmed plans to combine their cloud application and big data offerings into a single “virtual organization” to be called “the Pivotal Initiative,” according to a Forbes article.
The companies said a specific operating structure will be determined for the new organization and that the combination will occur in Q2, 2013.
“We are experiencing a major change in the wide scale move to cloud computing, which includes both infrastructural transformation and transformation of how applications will be built and used based on cloud, mobility and big data,” the companies posted on the website for EMC’s Greenplum unit.
This initiative will transition 600 employees from VMware’s vFabric, Cloud Foundry and Cetas organizations and 800 employees from EMC’s Greenplum and Pivotal Labs organizations.
Paul Maritz, EMC chief strategy officer and former VMware CEO, will run the new business.
EMC explained in a blog post that the initiative “signals an entirely new level of focused investment and organization to maximize the impact that these assets can have for customers and EMC’s path forward” and “will enable a new generation of workloads that can exploit the advancements VMware is driving in the datacenter.”
The companies also expect the new organization to create “a primary, unified and focused endeavor around a common mission, roadmap and strategy.”