Can VMware Remain Cloud Switzerland Under Dell’s Control?

Data Center Knowledge | May 21, 2019

After it got out of the business of providing cloud services in 2017, VMware’s strategy became what its executives described as “cloud Switzerland.” It would continue producing software for building cloud infrastructure, but it wouldn’t favor any one hardware vendor or cloud provider. While it can aspire to be Switzerland, however, the realities of operating a business and building complex technology solutions make that a moving target. Dell Technologies followed the consolidation of its control of VMware as part of going public in December with a rollout of a new cloud strategy last month, and that strategy revolved around VMware. Dell execs weren’t shy about saying that the VMware cloud tech integrated with Dell products would perform better than VMware tech integrated with rival products.

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EMEA CTO, Joe Baguley, visits East London NHS Foundation Trust to better understand how it's using VMware Cloud on AWS to improve and digitize vital mental health services and more inclusively serve its population.

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EMEA CTO, Joe Baguley, visits East London NHS Foundation Trust to better understand how it's using VMware Cloud on AWS to improve and digitize vital mental health services and more inclusively serve its population.

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