Is VMware Doomed After Broadcom’s $61B Takeover Bid?

Posted on July 1, 2022 by Russell Smith in Podcasts, This Week in IT with 6 Comments

Broadcom announced that it was planning to acquire VMware in May. And since then, it has laid out its plans for the company. But can Broadcom be trusted considering its history of killing off companies that it’s purchased in the past? And could the EU save VMware from an uncertain fate? Let’s dig deeper.

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6 responses to “Is VMware Doomed After Broadcom’s $61B Takeover Bid?”

  1. navarac

    "Times are a changin' ". VMware unfortunately is the past.

    • ghostrider

      VMware is heavily rooted in Enterprise still - hundreds of thousands of installations running tens of millions of VM's. No, not everyone is shunting everything to the cloud and paying through the nose to do it. I shed a tear when I heard Broadcom were buying them - we're already looking at alternatives just in case Broadcom shaft everyone (you can bet everything will switch to a subscription payment system very soon though!).

      • wright_is

        Yeah, we have 5 small clusters spread over our various sites. All the work that can't be done in the cloud for legal or contractual reasons (98% of our workload) are on those vSphere clusters.


        Not sure how we will do things going forward... I guess, we will be looking at HyperV, although that will probably go the same way. Maybe we will have to start looking at a Xen based solution instead.

  2. christianwilson

    I've been following this one closely. We are a VMware shop so I'm at least keeping my eye on alternatives to jump to if necessary.


    I don't have much faith in Broadcom leaving the VMware product alone. I expect it'll stick around for years to come but unless you are one of those larger customers who can afford it and don't want to/can't migrate to something else, it won't be a consideration for your on-prem datacenter.

  3. matsan

    Yes, they are doomed.

  4. Donte

    VM tech for on-prem servers will be around for another 10 years. VDI tech works great as long as the VDI does not need video support (watching, streaming, teams, zoom, online learning etc..etc), which is so much part of world now. So much so it killed out VDI solution on prem in favor of Dell OptiPlex Micro PC's.....much better performance + lag free video. Gone are the host/san/license costs. The Micro's were barely more than a thin client in cost.


    Hyper V on-prem will probably be gone before VMware is. For desktop VM, Hyper V > Workstation. Hyper V is a Type 1 hypervisor even on 10/11. Workstation is a type 2, so less performance. Most Linux distros have Hyper-V tools built in, as Microsoft gave them away. I know Debian/Ubuntu does for sure. Spin up a Linux VM in Hyper V and the tools are already installed.


    If you are gaming on the same PC then I would go with VMware Workstation, since the host OS in not a VM like with Hyper V and you will get more performance out of the video card.