The cuts, primarily from its Palo Alto, California headquarters, are part of a workforce reduction that the company confirmed earlier this month, VMware spokesperson Michael Thacker told SDxCentral. “Workforce rebalancing is a continual activity across VMware’s businesses and geographies to ensure that resources are aligned with business objectives and customer needs. We continue to recruit in areas of strategic importance for the company.”

The layoffs, first reported by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, include a “decent chunk” of marketing jobs. VMware, however, denied rumors that it’s relocating its marketing organization to its Atlanta offices, according to the Business Journal.

Positions that will be cut range from staff engineers to senior directors and include consultants and leadership positions in research and development.

The job cuts come amid rumors that Dell Technologies is considering buying VMware — or that VMware may acquire Dell Technologies.

Last week, several media outlets reported that the Dell Technologies board of directors will meet later this month to consider options including an initial public offering, and that the company may use the cash to buy the rest of VMware.

Dell Technologies owns about 80 percent of VMware. It acquired the majority stake in the company from the Dell-EMC merger in 2016.

And just yesterday, CNBC reported that Dell Technologies may be bought by VMware. The reverse merger would allow Dell Technologies to be traded publicly without going through a formal listing.

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