VMware, is laying off 159 employees at its Palo Alto, California headquarters and elsewhere according to a WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) mass layoff statement filed with the State of California. According to Michael Thacker, a spokesperson for VMware, the layoffs are a routine part of its normal operations. Thacker said, “Work force re-balancing is a continual activity across VMware’s businesses and geographies to ensure that resources are aligned with business objectives and customer needs. We continue to recruit in areas of strategic importance for the company.” The 20-year-old company laid off approximately 800 workers in 2016.
Rumors continue to surface that has privately-owned, Texas-based Dell Technologies, owning approximately 80% of VMware from its acquisition of EMC in 2016, will either purchase the remaining portion of VMware or itself be merged into VMware in a reverse merger.
VMware is an iconic name in the virtualization industry and was instrumental in saving hundreds of millions of dollars in direct costs and indirect costs involving the efficient utilization and protection of IT systems. Virtualization remains one of the most important techniques for preventing the spread of viruses and malware, allowing the efficient backup and restoration of systems, and to provide heightened security of a computer used by multiple users. This in addition to allowing any computer to host various operating systems at the same time.