back to article Will Dell eat VMware? Or will Carl Icahn snack on Dell? And where does Uber fit in? Yes, Uber!

The “what will Dell do to/with/for/about VMware” rumour mill has started spinning again. The force giving the mill the biggest push is a hint that activist investor Carl Icahn has acquired a chunk of VMware. Icahn’s shares are said to be enough to give him influence, but have not triggered thresholds requiring regulatory …

  1. Someone Else Silver badge
    Go

    Run, VMWare, Run!

    Nothing Carl Ichanfuckupanythingigetmyhandson can do for/with/to VMWare can be any good for anyone (but himself...and even that isn't guaranteed....)

  2. ratfox Silver badge

    Why he’d want to go from a stable, ethically-led company to the controversial world of Uber is anyone’s guess.

    Well, if he won't do it for money, maybe he'll do it for a shitload of money?

    As CFO, maybe he'd enjoy the challenge of fixing Uber's finances.

    1. paulf Silver badge
      Holmes

      "Why he’d want to go from a stable, ethically-led company to the controversial world of Uber is anyone’s guess."

      I'd guess $$$$ also (or even $$$$$$$$).

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Don't expect that many IT Departments to upgrade to VShere 6.7, as they aren't going to buy new Servers with Intel or AMD Processors that were made from 2012, onward. The penny pinchers won't allow that. And since the support contract ends at the same time as VSphere 6.5, there's no advantage to laying out that much cash for the same length of support contract.

  4. Alistair Silver badge
    Windows

    ICahnt is interested in VMware?

    I guess my KVMfoo will come in handy soon.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The majority of customers are on a 3 or 4 year refresh cycle for servers. In power and support costs that makes sense. Binary translation was the thing needed by 2011 and below CPUs, pulling that out must save a bunch of headaches.

    HTML5 interface is finally all there! Flash can do in the bin where it belongs.

    Other big thing is security, though much of it requires an (expensive) 3rd party key management service, but you can then have a chain of trust - expect it will sell will into very security focussed environments (which should probably be most of them these days but isn't)

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