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EMC is keeping up appearances that its VMware subsidiary is still a separate company. Today, it transferred a number of system management products that were part of its evolving Ionix brand to VMware for $200m in cash. Last July, after five years of making systems management tool acquisitions, EMC slapped the Ionix brand on …


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  1. Victor 2
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    With these software and SpringSource's Hyperic, VMware can now manage and monitor both hardware and software. Nice move by EMC, leaving the software to the software company, this will be nice.

    Compare it to Oracle's Enterprise Manager + Sun Ops Center, HP's Insight + Microsoft's System Center and you get a trend... and the motivation behind EMC's move.

    Now, my question is, how far down the line can VMware continue to be agnostic?

  2. Colin_L

    what about Control Center?

    ECC was one of the last products moved under the Ionix name, and the only one my company is using presently. It doesn't seem to have any of the synergy described in this article as the reasons for the asset transfer... so is ECC now just regular ol' ECC once again, and still an EMC property?

    It wouldn't make much sense to have a tool that reports and manages arrays be under the VMware flag instead of EMC. Although it does support non-EMC arrays.. hmm

    1. Anonymous Coward

      Control center Will Remain

      No worries Colin. ECC will remain within the portfolio along with IT Ops software and stuff from the old smarts days.

  3. OffBeatMammal

    avoiding scrutiny

    is this all just a clever way to avoid scrutiny of the type that Microsoft and now Google have faced ... get too big in your business and you get the heavy hand of regulation vs "no no, we're really three or four seperate companies who just happen to own all the shares in the others"

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