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Why Would Dell Want to Make Buy EMC and VMWare?


NEW YORK (The Deal) -- Dell is reportedly in talks to acquire data storage firm EMC (EMC - Get Report) , a target of activist pressures that has held discussions with a number of potential partners in recent years.

The companies both declined comment, but multiple sources say the two sides have focused the talks on a plan where privately held Dell would team with Dell shareholder Silver Lake Partners to acquire both EMC and VMware (VMW - Get Report) , a Palo Alto, Calif.-based public company EMC controls.

Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um in a note said that a deal, though "challenging" given the amount of debt that would be required, would make sense for both companies. Though Dell's financials are no longer public information, "we believe the company is likely...