Broadcom and VMware - The Opinion Discussion Thread

Good gentles, if you've been like me at all, you've been reading the Broadcom news.  In the past, I was a heavy VMware user, but my current role has shifted away from hands-on management of hypervisors and servers.

I can see where Broadcom is coming from - the VMware portfolio was a good financial investment as it was for Dell before.

Before we go any further: this isn't a discussion about the finances - this is a discussion about the technology.

For many, VMware was the first good look at virtualization.  It was a departure from the way we'd been working with hardware for decades.  VMware ESX and the free version thereof was one of the best ways for up-and-coming IT professionals to have some experience with the industry-leading vendor.  Giving them an opportunity to sharpen their skills and make them ready to fold into the IT workforce.

In my home, had labs with VMware for years on old HP DL380 Servers to keep me sharp.  It was a foundation of my technology learning.  Of course, for many, those days have passed and we're all working in Docker and Kubernetes.  The world of IT never stays still.  Bot for those of you who started with VMware, I'm curious about your feelings.

Here's my question to start the discussion: What do you think about the news coming out from the VMware camp?

Opinions are welcome, but responses will be monitored for harsh language and violations of the THWACK terms of service.  Consider yourself warned.

  • The situation is far from ideal. With open-source platforms like KVM and Proxmox rapidly gaining ground on VMWare, as well as other major competitors in the virtualization space, we’re likely to witness significant shifts in the coming years. My recent observations indicate that companies are eager to adopt open-source solutions, despite lacking the personnel to adequately support them, which seems counterintuitive. VMWare has gravely misjudged this trend, potentially deterring individuals who can’t afford costly licenses from learning about their technology. Moreover, as prices rise, even large organizations may begin to question the wisdom of remaining with VMWare.

    However, there is a silver lining: increased competition in the virtualization market means more choices for everyone. This leads to greater learning opportunities and the potential for niche technologies to emerge, allowing us to possibly charge our customers more and, consequently, earn higher salaries. Although, that last point might be a bit of wishful thinking.

  • I believe the Cory Doctorow phrase of ensh**tification is unfortunately what this looks like. So without discussing purely business I'll acknowledge that this is "business has overridden technology use cases".

    That being said, same as   - I expect Proxmox to be the way to go from here. Nothing about virtualization tech is exactly excessively complicated, anyway. So as is, I'm going to be preemptively stopping with Vmware and training myself on proxmox even on my home builds from now on. Most of what I read is basically you can use proxmox as a container solution and that pretty much a majority of what anyone needs. I believe there was a hypervisor OS I forgot the name of that can also be fun.

  • We're pretty heavy vmware, i've heard nothing from our vmware guys and plenty from the internet, which I'm taking as "it's a touchy subject". One of the few bits of tech news i've seen and immediately though "well that'll sting"

  • I tend to agree with the overall tone. This may be the long slow march away from VMware. There are alternatives and the ability to shift into containers and cloud are are creating a new path. With VMware, I don't think any conversation can get too far from the finances. Anytime that you discuss a VMware solution, the first OR second item that comes up is cost. The only issue is the usual one - skills. You need people ready to jump into the water and effectively support those alternatives. When that starts changing, then I think this will gain steam.