Feeds

EMC shuffles Ionix to VMware

Welcome to the real world

Application security programs and practises

EMC is keeping up appearances that its VMware subsidiary is still a separate company. Today, it transferred a number of system management products that were part of its evolving Ionix brand to VMware for $200m in cash.

Last July, after five years of making systems management tool acquisitions, EMC slapped the Ionix brand on the whole shebang. The Ionix tools included a scanning program for servers and networks to see all the hardware and software running on the corporate network, a root cause and impact analysis program, a service management help desk, and server management and network provisioning tools.

Last August, when EMC acquired FastScale, it got its hands on a clever server and application provisioning tool called Composer Suite, which rounded out the Ionix stack. EMC did not disclose the financial details of most of the acquisitions it made to create the Ionix suite, but under the agreement VMware gets the technology and intellectual property behind FastScale, Application Discovery Manager, Server Configuration Manager, and Service Manager for that $200m.

VMware is also taking on board all of the employees associated with the engineering, marketing, sales, and support of the Ionix products. It will continue to operate facilities related to the Ionix products in the United States, Israel, Europe, India, and Australia.

Oddly enough, EMC is keeping the Ionix brand, perhaps to recycle some day in an entirely different line.

The rational for moving the products over was to allow VMware to boost its vCenter virtual machine and hypervisor management tools. Basically, VMware needs to do real server and network management because not all servers and networks are virtualized, and not every box will be running the vSphere stack and its ESX Server hypervisor.

EMC could have always filled that heterogeneous function, and indeed, that seemed to be the plan all along, but for whatever reason, EMC has decided that VMware is the better vehicle through which to drive its systems management aspirations through the data center doors. VMware's products are used by a lot more customers than EMC's are, so this is not foolish. But the change does make VMware deal with pesky physical infrastructure now, and perhaps other hypervisor too.

As part of the agreement, which oddly enough needs regulatory approval even though EMC already owns a majority stake in VMware, EMC becomes a reseller of the Ionix tools it has shuffled off to Palo Alto, which will be rebranded yet again as soon as the deal closes.

The two companies said that the transaction would not have a material impact on their revenue or profit expectations for 2010 and that it would close in the second quarter. ®

Eight steps to building an HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
Sysadmin Day 2014: Quick, there's still time to get the beers in
He walked over the broken glass, killed the thugs... and er... reconnected the cables*
SHOCK and AWS: The fall of Amazon's deflationary cloud
Just as Jeff Bezos did to books and CDs, Amazon's rivals are now doing to it
Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs
Ragegasm spills over as firmware upgrade kills machines
Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales
Investors really hate it: Share price plunge as growth SLOWS in key AWS division
EU's top data cops to meet Google, Microsoft et al over 'right to be forgotten'
Plan to hammer out 'coherent' guidelines. Good luck chaps!
US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account
Crooks don't have folders labelled 'drug records', opines NY beak
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers
And how Google could cripple infection rate in a second
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.