of Broadcom $61 billion acquisition of VMware According to Raghu Raghuram, CEO of VMware, the latter customers are on the way to become more comfortable with mega contracts.
Speaking to global media on the sidelines of VMware Explore in San Francisco, Raghuram said that since the acquisition announcement, VMware has been working with customers to explain the company’s product strategy and that things are “business as usual”.
“The clients are very mature – they’ve dealt with a lot of big companies before and they’re watching us perform every day,” he said. “They understand that when Broadcom makes such a large acquisition, the business case, as Broadcom says, Building and increasing product portfolio We have what it takes to serve customers.”
Brad Tompkins, executive director of the VMware User Group, said the user group engages with VMware on what the acquisition means for its members.
“An acquisition like this brings options,” Tompkins said. “As VMware will continue as Broadcom’s software division, it creates a complementary portfolio of solutions. Our members want to know what the details of the portfolio will be and what flexibility it will give them as VMware customers.”
When asked about customer concerns VMware needs to address, Tompkins cited support, which is critical to keeping VMware workloads running, as well as options customers can take advantage of in the future.
“The hardware and software side of things a company owns should unlock the potential for new features and efficiencies,” he added.
Raghuram said VMware has also eased his employees’ concerns since the acquisition announcement.
“Our employees know what the roadmap is going forward, and we have constant communication with our employees to understand what’s going on and so they’re always up to date,” he said. “They’re more or less focused on work.”
Brad Tompkins, VMware User Group
This week at VMware Explore, VMware is firing on all cylinders with product updates across its entire portfolio, from core vSphere, vSAN and NSX products to Tanzu and end-user computing, dispelling fears that some products may be prioritized over others. Acquisitions run up to close.
In addition to making Significant improvement in its tanju portfolioVMware also added key capabilities to vSphere, including support for data processing units (DPUs) that can help improve security and offload networking and other data processing tasks from the CPU.
It also increased its handling capacity VMware Aria – A rebranding of VMware vRealize and CloudHealth – which makes it easier for enterprises to manage cost, performance, configuration, and infrastructure and cloud-native applications in a hybrid and multicloud environment.
VMware’s strategy is to enhance its core offerings of vSphere, vSAN and NSX with cloud-related capabilities, said Syd Nagg, vice-president analyst in Gartner’s technology and services provider group.
“Their strategy is to not alienate anyone and ensure their existing customers are still locked into VMware technology while providing a pathway to the cloud, both public and private,” he told Computer Weekly.
He added that VMware is looking to become a player in multicloud management with Aria and Tanju Mission Control that manage workloads that reside on non-VMware platforms.
“They say their control plane will work for other customers whether they’re VMware customers or not, but I don’t believe it. Eventually they’re going to find a way to push their own solutions through that process,” he said.
Broadcom expects to close its acquisition of VMware by the end of its 2023 fiscal year in October 2023. Meanwhile, Raghuram said VMware is working with the Broadcom team “to help them understand the depth and breadth of our business and product portfolio”.