The partner impact
Dell's buying EMC raises a lot of questions for channel partners. There is the fate of VCE, a merging of channel programs, overlapping product lines and renegotiated third-party partnerships to consider. Partners, who'd been hearing whispers of the deal for weeks, got confirmation of the megadeal Monday when Dell made it official, and now are just beginning to digest the news.
The US$67 billion acquisition makes Dell one of the biggest names in computer storage, servers, PC manufacturing, security and corporate software. The combined company would create a fortified Dell with the enterprise chops to go toe to toe with HP, Oracle or IBM.
The transaction is expected to close next year sometime from May to October.
What does the Dell-EMC merger means to partners? Here is a look at the impact based on what Dell, EMC, competitors, partners and industry experts are saying.