While news of Dell considering a merger with VMware was breaking, VMware COO Sanjay Poonen said his employees were focused on one thing: their customers.
“Even while all of this sort of cloud of uncertainty existed in the last several months in our stock, there was no cloud of uncertainty around our customers and what they wanted us to do,” Poonen told Cramer in an exclusive interview on Wednesday.
“They wanted us to bridge the private cloud to the public cloud and we told all our employees, from engineers to sales reps, focus on the customer. Focus on the partners,” Poonen continued.
And now that Dell has backed off after acquiring the shares of its publicly-traded stock that tracked VMware’s progress, the COO said his company can go back to building out its cloud capabilities and software-define networks.
“The outcome, we actually think now, is a good outcome for all the shareholders,” he told Cramer. “And Michael Dell on your network said he’s proud of VMware being an independent company. So that’s really good for all of us and our ecosystem where Dell’s been very helpful to us, as has Amazon, but also certain Dell competitors.”