EMC Execs, iRobot Upgrades, and Zipcar & Denzel: Some Tech Tidbits

A few Boston-area public tech companies we’re keeping an eye on this week…

—Some rumors coming out of Hopkinton, MA-based EMC (NYSE: EMC) and Palo Alto, CA-based VMware (NYSE: VMW). EMC president and chief operating officer Pat Gelsinger is replacing Paul Maritz as VMware CEO, according to a report in CRN. And the companies are planning to spin out VMware’s Cloud Foundry platform-as-a-service division and EMC’s Greenplum data analytics assets into a separate company, according to GigaOm. The idea is to compete better with cloud services from Amazon, Google, and Microsoft, the report says. Naturally, EMC and VMware are not commenting on any of this yet.

—Bedford, MA-based iRobot (NASDAQ: IRBT) has received a $7.7 million order from the U.S. Navy to upgrade its military PackBots with sensors and software that will make the robots more autonomous. In terms of revenues, the company’s balance between consumer and military robots is something to watch in the coming year.

—Cambridge, MA-based Zipcar (NASDAQ: ZIP) acquired Austrian firm Denzel Mobility CarSharing last week. The company has been expanding in Europe recently, with moves in Spain and the U.K. as well. Zipcar Europe is headed up by its president, Frerk-Malte Feller.

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