According to the hyper-connected world in which we operate, it appears that as part of VMware’s layoffs, the company let go a handful of engineers dedicated to its personal desktop products. No disrespect to these VMware Workstation and VMware Fusion engineers, but this looks like a sound business decision based on the overarching VMware EUC strategy and timing of the pending Dell acquisition.
Both of these products (VMware Workstation and VMware Fusion) have some deep historical roots inside of VMware, but neither are core or provide much of an underpinning for the company’s strategic direction to deliver desktops and applications in a hybrid cloud environment coupled to a mobility strategy. Both products also have successful competitors. For example, Parallels Desktop has significant experience running Windows on a Mac, and Windows has advanced to include the ability to run both Windows and non-Windows (Linux) operating systems.
I suspect that VMware Workstation and VMware Fusion will run the course until they go beyond existing maintenance and support agreements. I can imagine that it will rattle a few VMware customers that have a population of engineer-minded folks who have been relying on the products, but do not believe that it will have a significant impact on the success and strategy that Sanjay Poonen is executing with the EUC team that broke $1B in 2015.