VMware president Sumit Dhawan out – scores gig as CEO of infosec vendor Proofpoint

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VMware admiral Sumit Dhawan has larboard the newly-acquired org to accompany aegis software bell-ringer Proofpoint as its CEO.

Proofpoint announced the adjustment on Tuesday, praising Dhawan's clue record.

Proofpoint's antecedent CEO, Ashan Willy, stepped bottomward "to accompany an befalling alfresco of the cyber aegis space" in October. CFO Rémi Thomas active the big armchair until Dhawan's appointment.

Dhawan is not the alone abandonment from VMware. The Register has apprehend abounding amusing media posts in which agents let go back the abutting of the Broadcom accretion complaining their departure, and those who abide bless what VMware achieved.

Some layoffs accept been fabricated official: the State of Colorado real-time list of Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notices – filings appropriate of companies that accomplish redundancies – mentions 184 job losses at VMware's Broomfield offices. Accounts we've apprehend advance Broadcom has accustomed workers 60 days' apprehension – so at atomic the Christmas/New Year aeon won't be absolutely abject for those let go.

But trickier times may lie advanced for agents who formed on VMWare's Carbon Black aegis products, and/or its apartment of end-user compute products.

The Register suggests that aftereffect afterward CRN reports that Broadcom has told the VMware approach to stop bundling Carbon Black and end-user compute articles with VMware articles as it seeks "strategic alternatives" for the two artefact lines.

Sources accept additionally aggregate a certificate we accept to be an email beatific by Broadcom CEO Hock Tan to all staff, in which he mentioned a plan to "review cardinal alternatives for these two businesses."

The Register asked Broadcom for comment. We were told the biz has annihilation say above acceptance of its accommodation to restructure the virtualization avant-garde into four capacity – none of which acknowledgment annihilation to do with the role played by VMware's end-user compute portfolio.

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The Register's virtualization board fancies Broadcom may accede a spin-out of the businesses, with Carbon Black an accessible exclusion as it overlaps with the accumulated org's Symantec portfolio.

Broadcom beneath to animadversion on whether a analysis is happening, or what it ability entail.

VMware's amusing media advancement aggregation has, meanwhile, aggregate a document [PDF] able by analyst close IDC's Custom Solutions that appearance an account with Hock Tan. Readers who accept followed the Broadcom/VMware adventure will acquisition it familiar, as the Broadcom bang-up states his ambition to advance in amalgam billow accoutrement that accord users a best of area to run their workloads, and to advance in R&D and VMware's channel.

The account does not accommodate any questions that would accept apparent Tan accession a sweat, but the document's columnist – Stephen Elliot, accumulation carnality admiral for basement & operations, billow operations, and DevOps – does at atomic beam "Broadcom will accept to auspiciously administer the alteration of VMware as allotment of Broadcom's operating model, culture, and management/Business Unit structure."

He's appropriate on that: VMware's competitors are not captivation aback from reminding barter they represent an addition and are accessible to talk. And already Broadcom's redundancies booty effect, those barter will accept affirmation of whether the acquirer has accomplished its alteration successfully. ®