A few seconds later, I see two e-mails at the top of my In Box -- one, from our CEO, "Dell acquires EqualLogic", and just above that, from Michael Dell, "Welcome to Dell!"
Apparently the deal was signed at around 11:30 PM (EST) last night, and only a very small group of people knew this deal was brewing until then. Up until then we we're still all prepared to go out and do a "road show" for an IPO starting tomorrow.
I think this deal will work out well for us, and for me personally it's not too bad. I'm getting some fairly definite cash for about 40-something% of my stock options (at least if the deal actually goes through -- there's always a small chance something could fall through before everything is completely finalized) -- but it's not as much as I dreamed of (perhaps over-optimistically) for a fully-vested 100% of already-exercised options out on the open market.
As a long time Mac fan, with, um, a "certain attitude", let us say, towards Dell, this is just very weird.