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July 08, 2008


Chuck Hollis

Finally, a bit more rational perspective.

Please see




marc farley

Chuck, the response is related to way the news was presented. EMC does a pretty good job of spinning good PR stories, but this one was not very clean. Yes, companies often need to change their leadership as the size and role of the company change, but this wasn't articulated very well, if at all. Its pretty obvious that things happened abruptly, even if there had been plans for a change at VMware.

Chuck Hollis

Marc, not surprisingly, you took it upon yourself to present the negative view.

I wouldn't expect any less from you ;-)

However, if you go back and take another look, you'll see a more balanced -- and mature -- perspective from some of the more serious publications, e.g. WSJ, Business Week, etc.

As far as the various internet ranters -- it's all part of the fun, isn't it?

marc farley

Chuck, even the unwavering cheerleader of EMC has to admit this wasn't handled that well by your company. Regarding the puckish repartee, I must protest! You receive more backhanded compliments than anyone. FWIW, here's a snippet of my post about Diane's departure yesterday (InsideIT blog @Dell)

".... it appears that most observers see this as a blown play by EMC. I'm not so sure. The timing isn't very good, but VMware probably needs a more operations focused leader at this stage of their development...."

Al Sharpton

All of our EMC sales folks tell us that VMware operates independently of EMC.

I do not believe this to be true.

Al Sharpton

Bizarre or what: VMware's Diane Green ousted


Chuck Hollis

I can vouch for the fact -- it is absolutely true. Moreso than many of us would like, in fact.

Chuck Hollis

What's bizarre to me is that people think it's bizarre ... maybe I'm too close to it.

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Chuck Hollis

  • Chuck Hollis
    SVP, Oracle Converged Infrastructure Systems

    Chuck now works for Oracle, and is now deeply embroiled in IT infrastructure.

    Previously, he was with VMware for 2 years, and EMC for 18 years before that, most of them great.

    He enjoys speaking to customer and industry audiences about a variety of technology topics, and -- of course -- enjoys blogging.

    Chuck lives in Vero Beach, FL with his wife and four dogs when he's not traveling. In his spare time, Chuck is working on his second career as an aging rock musician.

    Warning: do not ever buy him a drink when there is a piano nearby.

    Note: these are my personal views, and aren't reviewed or approved by my employer.
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