For those who came in late, Whitman said that the firms will be overridden by debt and that the deal will be disruptive to customers. She said that Dell would have to cough up $2.5bn a year in interest.
That is fighting talk in Silicon Valley and Dell came out swinging saying that Whitman had her facts wrong. He implied that she was only bitter because she was about to lose VMware as a partner.
"HP is a great VMware partner. I don't have any other comments about that, but she got some of the facts wrong. We'll let the facts speak for themselves," Dell said
Dell said his company is focusing more on scale and volume because "customers don't want more suppliers" and CIOs want to deal with fewer people to get things done.
"First, you have all the CIOs who are trying to fund the digital transformation by reducing cost in the infrastructure there’s also this move to virtualisation, hyper-converged systems where the silos are starting to go away. It's important to lead in that next generation of IT, and the combination of Dell and EMC gives us a leadership in that position. The deal enables these new capabilities."
Dell wants more of the enterprise market by using EMC's digital storage business with Dell's server and IT services. All this is a little similar to an earlier business plan by HP which involved buying the cash strapped Sun. Now HP is trying to spin off its hardware business.