Broadcom Software Group President Tom Krause said the company’s plan for VMware is to embrace the differences between the two companies and change as little as possible about how VMware comes to market, according to a blog published Wednesday.
“VMware is an iconic software company with a vibrant ecosystem, including hyperscalers, system integrators and channel partners. We don’t want to change that, and in fact we want to embrace those relationships,” Krause wrote. “We have tremendous respect for what VMware has built, backed by a skilled team of technical talent. For all these reasons and more, we are committed to rebranding Broadcom Software Group as VMware.”
Broadcom announced plans on May 26 to buy VMware for $61 billion in a mix of cash and stock. Since then, Krause says he’s been talking to VMware customers and partners “to tell them more about how this combination will deliver compelling benefits to them. We’ve also started planning for the company after the shutdown,” he said.
Following the closing of the deal, the Broadcom Software Group is expected to be rebranded as ‘VMware’. After Broadcom bought Symantec in 2019, Broadcom ended support for all but the top customers. Partners have expressed concern that support for VMware’s products will suffer under the new ownership. Krause tried to reassure customers that Broadcom won’t be cutting back on engineering this time around.
“A key pillar of the combined company’s innovation roadmap will be to retain and support VMware’s engineering and R&D talent,” Krause said, “and we are committed to this effort as we progress toward closing. of the transaction and beyond.”
Krause’s blog also outlined what Broadcom’s offering could look like once the deal is closed.”
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He said the existing Broadcom Software business, which includes products in value stream management, AIOps and observability, cybersecurity, business automation and continuous delivery solutions, will be offered alongside VMware solutions for cloud infrastructure, modern applications and anywhere workspace after the deal closes. is closed.
“After the anticipated rebranding, customers will have the opportunity to purchase a broad portfolio of solutions from the new VMware that help enterprises build, manage and secure a wide variety of applications – from mainframe to client server to cloud native via Kubernetes – and more securely to deliver great end-user experiences on any device, anywhere. All of this means we will put more choice in the hands of customers,” Krause wrote.
Both Broadcom and VMware support critical workloads for their customers. Krause acknowledged that “doing it right” and “learning lessons learned from our previous acquisitions of CA and Symantec Enterprise” would be part of their future efforts.
“This means we will be working closely with VMware to learn more about their go-to-market, product portfolio, approach to innovation, technical talent, partner network and of course their strong customer footprint,” he said. “The insights we’re getting only strengthen our confidence in the future of a combined Broadcom Software and VMware.”