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VMware Confirms 'Small' Number of LayoffsVMware Confirms 'Small' Number of Layoffs

The company confirmed 'a small reduction in force,' but did not provide specifics. It's also continuing to hire.

Mitch Wagner

January 10, 2018

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VMware Confirms 'Small' Number of Layoffs

New year, new jobs for a "small" number of VMware employees, as the company confirmed it laid off some folks this week.

"We can confirm that there has been a small reduction in force at VMware this week," a VMware Inc. (NYSE: VMW) spokesperson said in an email statement. "Work force rebalancing is a continual activity across VMware's businesses and geographies to ensure that resources are aligned with business objectives and customer needs."

Even with the layoffs, VMware is also hiring.

"We continue to recruit in areas of strategic importance for the company," the spokesperson said, adding, "There are hundreds of roles currently posted on careers.vmware.com."

Total headcount at VMware as of November is 21,557.

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Keep up with the latest enterprise cloud news and insights. Sign up for the weekly Enterprise Cloud News newsletter. VMware laid off 800 people two years ago. (See VMware Announces 800 Layoffs, Executive Shake-Up.) VMware is shifting its focus from the on-premises enterprise data center to the cloud. Two years ago, VMware was a data center infrastructure company with an additional cloud business; now it focuses on cloud and mobility, providing services to enterprises looking to unite on-premises infrastructure with multiple public clouds. (See Following Amazon Partnership, VMware Is a Cloud Company Now.) Dell Technologies owns a majority stake in VMware; Dell saw a $533 million operating loss in its most recent quarter. (See Dell Technologies Posts Smaller Q3 Loss.) Related posts: VMware & Amazon Grow Hybrid Tie-Up to 'Very Large Scale' AWS & VMware Vs. Cisco & Google: A Cloud Fight Worth Watching VMware Acquiring SD-WAN Startup VeloCloud Networks — Mitch Wagner Follow me on Twitter Visit my LinkedIn profile Visit my blog Follow me on Facebook Editor, Enterprise Cloud News

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Mitch Wagner

Executive Editor, Light Reading

San Diego-based Mitch Wagner is many things. As well as being "our guy" on the West Coast (of the US, not Scotland, or anywhere else with indifferent meteorological conditions), he's a husband (to his wife), dissatisfied Democrat, American (so he could be President some day), nonobservant Jew, and science fiction fan. Not necessarily in that order.

He's also one half of a special duo, along with Minnie, who is the co-habitor of the West Coast Bureau and Light Reading's primary chewer of sticks, though she is not the only one on the team who regularly munches on bark.

Wagner, whose previous positions include Editor-in-Chief at Internet Evolution and Executive Editor at InformationWeek, will be responsible for tracking and reporting on developments in Silicon Valley and other US West Coast hotspots of communications technology innovation.

Beats: Software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), IP networking, and colored foods (such as 'green rice').

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