HP ENTERPRISE CEO Meg Whitman has criticised Dell's acquisition of EMC, saying that the firms will be overridden by debt and that the deal will be disruptive to customers.
Dell announced the purchase of EMC on Monday, which at $67bn is the largest technology merger of all time, topping Avago Technologies' $37bn offer for Raspberry Pi chipmaker Broadcom in May.
Whitman welcomed the news of the buyout, and said in an open memo to employees that the deal shows HP as 'two years ahead' of its competitors.
I wanted to take a quick moment to tell you why I (and you should too) believe this is a good thing for Hewlett Packard Enterprise and an opportunity for us to seize the moment," Whitman said.
"This is validation for the strategy that we have laid out and I am not surprised that others would try to emulate it. But, the reality is that we are two years ahead of the game and it will be difficult for others to catch up."
Whitman's first point of attack is the amount of debt that the deal incurs, noting that to pay back the combined $50bn of debt, Dell will need to cough up roughly $2.5bn a year in interest, "which will keep them from better serving their customers".
Her next argument is that, given the size and scope of the merger, it will serve as an "enormous distraction" to employees at the two firms.
"This will be a massive undertaking and an enormous distraction for employees and their management team as two very different cultures come together, leadership teams shift and an entirely new strategy is developed," Whitman said.
That isn't all that puts HP ahead of its competitors, according to Whitman, who also claimed that the deal will create confusion among customers who "simply will not know if the products they are buying today from either company will be supported in 18 months".
Steering clear of mentioning HP's own Autonomy acquisition, which didn't quite go to plan, Whitman concluded: "All of this at the very moment when we have completed our journey to create two new, focused companies.
"We're organised, we have a strong balance sheet and our innovation engine is humming. So get out in front of your customers and your partners. Tell them our story. Take advantage of this moment."
Dell, unsurprisingly, had a more positive attitude about its record-breaking buyout of EMC, saying that the deal will transform it into an enterprise behemoth with a focus on next-generation IT, including hybrid cloud and converged infrastructure.
"The combination of Dell and EMC creates an enterprise solutions powerhouse bringing our customers industry-leading innovation across their entire technology environment," Michael Dell said.
"Our new company will be exceptionally well positioned for growth in the most strategic areas of next-generation IT, including digital transformation, software-defined data centres, converged infrastructure, hybrid cloud, mobile and security." µ
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