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Jan 27

The future of VMware Fusion and VMware Workstation

Yesterday I woke up to the following tweet:

Unfortunately it is indeed true. VMware has made public statements on laying off quite a few employees.

There’s another post from a former VMware employee that confirms that indeed the workstation/fusion teams are no more. On top of that I got a few confirmations from people who know better as me that also confirm the unbelievable. I completely agree with Mr Hammond that the teams really did excel at their job and put an amazing product on the market. I “tip my hat” to all the VMware employees worked on Fusion and Workstation.

You guys/galls did an amazing job, these are products I totally depend on and love and I wish you all well in the near future.

While there’s no public statement on it yet – at least AFAIK – there’s some rumors that development on Fusion and Workstation will be moved to China. That might or might not be true, we will have to wait and see.

One thing that is certain however is that VMware will have to support these products until their published End Of Life (2017/02/25) that’s a date they promise it will be supported and I doubt that they can break that promise without loosing complete customer confidence.

So there is no need to worry about having to replace your favorite tools at this moment.

I do hope that VMware comes with a public statement on what they have in plan for Workstation and Fusion soon and I also hope that they realize that we as customers depend on having a stack where we can move VMs from production from/to our desktop to test and use.

 

update1 (2016/01/27): It appears the TheRegister did get a reply on what it means for the future.

The Register asked VMware to confirm the layoffs and to explain the future of the products and were told: “We can confirm that the restructuring activities will not impact the existence of any current product lines.”

The company also sent the following statement:

In some cases, roles and responsibilities associated with particular businesses will be moved to other regions and office locations. VMware continues to invest in all of its offerings across the portfolio, with emphasis on our growth products.

update2 (2016/01/27): Michael Roy – Sr. Product Marketing Manager responds at vmtn:

I can’t say much at this time guys, but I just couldn’t hold back not at least letting you know that I’m still here and I’m listening intently.

It’s a crazy week for us, but we’ve absolutely not given up on the Fusion and Workstation products.

update3 (2016/03/23): Michael Roy – Sr. Product Marketing Manager responds at Fusion’s Future thread on vmtn:

Thanks for the feedback. We hear you.

 

One thing to note however is that the only team affected was the UI team.

All core hypervisor, virtual device and platform layer development remains unchanged. This includes graphics, networking, USB devices, and everything that doesn’t fall explicitly under ‘UI’.

Further, the old UI team is actively transitioning the code knowledge to the new team directly, it’s not a matter of ‘go read the docs’.

Lastly, many of the key UI developers are still with VMware working on other projects and will be able to share their expertise if the new team requires it in the future.

 

While we’re on the topic… The new team is actually twice as large as the old and more specialized in the areas where we want Fusion to grow. We have gained support for our updated roadmap the past few weeks, and while I can’t get into the details yet, we (the product team) are incredibly excited about the direction that we’re taking the product in, and that direction is largely drawn with feedback from users like you and everyone else who has chimed in on this thread.

 

1 comment

  1. Keith Miller

    Certainly an interesting development. I have used Workstation for many years and will continue to do so, but at some point may be forced to look for other options that may or may not include other VMware offerings. I have considered a true hypervisor solution in the past, but I don’t like the idea of putting so much money into a capable server machine without also being able to have a real OS on it and be able to do other things with it. Of course this dilemma is that of the small/home user and I guess that’s not where the money is these days.

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