Just like Spring here in Colorado this year, it seems like the official public launch of the new Pivotal initiative would never get here!  Now, why, you say, would normal people live in a place where spring-like weather is still nowhere to be found on April 24th?  Or maybe a better question, is why I’m actually tracking the launch of Paul Maritz’s latest endeavor so closely?

As to the first, we love living here in Colorado despite the occasional delayed Spring the 300 days of sunshine and gorgeous surroundings are in addition to the great business climate and fantastic people.

Regarding Pivotal, I suppose its launch has caught my attention because of my current focus on helping companies modernize apps and databases for cloud or burst-to-cloud deployments and because Gemfire happens to be part of the suite of products moving from VMWare / SpringSource into Pivotal.

Paul Maritz at the Pivotal Launch

Paul Maritz at the Pivotal Launch

One new bit of news this morning prior to the launch itself was that GE was going to pour $105 million into the new company, taking a 10% ownership stake.  ”With GE aboard, EMC will own 62 percent; VMware 28 percent and GE 10 percent, according to a Pivotal spokesperson.”   Its not yet clear how the GE investment will play out, but having another big name added to the ownership stake will certainly add to the confidence that Pivotal hopes its new customers will draw from a child of EMC and VMWare.

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