With the world’s largest $67 billion technology merger between EMC Corporation and Dell all set to close on September 7 after China granted the regulatory clearance, Dell which is traditionally known as PC maker is now gearing up to become the largest technology provider in India and across the world.
“If you look at what we are doing in terms of a company, we are creating the largest enterprise systems company in the world which will be the leading company with top positions in servers, storage, virtualization, cloud software, commercial PCs and digital transformation, software defined data centre, mobility and security,” Michael Dell, Chairman and chief executive officer, Dell told FE, adding that Dell has a great opportunity to grow in India and all over the world.
The PC maker which went from public to a private company in 2013 had announced in October last year its plan to acquire storage company EMC which holds majority stake in companies like VMware among others for about $67 billion in cash and stock deal.
With the completion of the deal, EMC will become an unlisted company, while VMware will continue to function as an independent public company. The buyout of EMC will give Dell a strong hold in the growing cloud, compute, storage and virtual infrastructure market which is currently dominated by companies like IBM, HP, Microsoft, Amazon Web Services (AWS).
In addition, the significant presence of Dell in the small and medium business (SMB) category in India will open new growth avenues for $7 billion virtual infrastructure giant, VMware.
India has been a great market for us and given the rise of the Indian economy and the important role that IT plays, we see huge opportunity,said Dell, adding that India also has a significant role beyond just selling products because of the talent that Dell finds in India.Combined together we have a great presence in India, he added.
Adding to the views of Dell, Pat Gelsinger, Chief Executive Officer of VMware told FE,India is a great example where Dell presence in the marketplace is meaningfully higher than VMware. So not only is it an opportunity for us to co-innovate together, but it really is just an opportunity for us to accelerate our presence of our products into that market.
VMware which has most of its products targeted at enterprise customers and has so far focused on large enterprises in India like State Bank of India, Bharati, Maruti among others, believe that the large presence in countries like India will help it to grow its pie in the strong Small and Medium businesses (SMBs) in India.
While speaking to reporters at the annual technology conference VMworld, Gelsinger also said Dell has a strong presence in the mid-market space and in the smaller markets in India. We see this as a great opportunity for us to reach out to customers that we have not been able to till now and help them on their digital transformation journey.
For Dell, India is the third largest market in the world after the US and China, while VMware which will ultimately become a Dell company employs about over 4,000 people in India and it has committed to invest $500 million in the country by 2017.
The correspondent is in Las Vegas at the invitation of VMware