Many unprecedented events happened in 2016. One of the lesser-noticed was Dell buying EMC for $67 billion.
2016 may go down as the year of hard knocks. We lost many icons – David Bowie, George Michael, Carrie Fisher – and endured a U.S. presidential election that left voters of both parties feeling worse for wear. But there was one moment in 2016, in the tech world, at least, that got us excited for the future: Dell closed the deal on its purchase of EMC. Unfortunately, the news was drowned out by the election, at least in mainstream media. If you missed it, here’s why the deal is so important.
It’s the biggest tech acquisition in history
Dell bought EMC for a record $67 billion, which is a lot of money, even in the tech world.
What’s more, EMC comprises several smaller companies, most notably the virtualization giant, VMware, and the leading cyber security company, RSA. So Dell now not only owns EMC, it also owns VMware and RSA, along with several other tech firms.
EMC’s unique corporate structured caused several negotiation hurdles, not least of which was figuring out how Dell, a private company, would assume VMware, a publicly traded company. Several share price plunges and rebounds later, however, all the kinks have been ironed out. Now, the biggest task remains successfully integrating the two companies.
What does the Dell EMC acquistion mean for users?
To be honest, we’re not entirely sure…yet. The only meaningful announcement Dell has made thus far has been about the acquisition itself. The company has shed little light on what changes will be made to products and services, and it most likely won’t until later in 2017.
But most industry observers agree that this deal is a good thing.
We agree too.
EMC’s greatest strength is its data center architecture while Dell has incredible distribution and support networks. Put these two together and you get the IT trifecta: better products, faster service, and better customer support.
Expert Computer Solutions is an established Dell partner, which means that we’ll be able to offer the latest and greatest of Dell’s portfolio to our clients. Now, again, to be fair, we’re not entirely sure how the portfolio will change, but our hunch is that some pretty cool stuff is going to emerge in 2017.
So…so long 2016. We can’t exactly say we’ll miss you, though you did give us something – perhaps several things – to look forward to in 2017.
We’ll be keeping a close eye on all Dell and EMC acquisition news and will post updates either on our blog or Facebook page, so stay in touch if you want to learn more. Subscribe to our blog or like us on Facebook.