VMware confirms “small” number of layoffs
“We can confirm that there has been a small reduction in force at VMware this week,” a VMware spokesperson says. “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 adds. There are “hundreds of roles” currently posted on its careers site.
Total headcount at VMware as of November is 21,557. VMware laid off 800 people two years ago.
VMware is shifting its focus from the on-premises enterprise data centre to the cloud. Two years ago, VMware was a data centre 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.
Dell owns a majority stake in VMware; Dell saw a $533 million operating loss in its most recent quarter.