Broadcom acquisition of VMWare – What this means for you

We wanted to inform our customers that well-known virtualisation provider, VMWare has been acquired by Broadcom.

The acquisition was finalised back in November 2023, and since then, changes have been slowly filtering through to partners and customers. As we have numerous customers who are currently using, or have used, VMWare in the past, we wanted to prepare this article which should hopefully give you some information on what changes have been made and how they may affect you.

Name Change

VMWare is now officially known as VMWare by Broadcom

Changes to licensing

There has been a full transition to subscription-based licensing and an immediate end to the sale of perpetual licenses, as well as their accompanying support and subscription renewals.

Customers on perpetual licensing can continue to use the licenses they have purchased until their expiry date

Product portfolio changes

The product portfolio has been heavily streamlined, with many existing standalone products either being removed completely or moved into bundles.

New core-based model

Product Solutions are now on a core-based model, with a 16-core per CPU minimum.


The changes to licensing and the product portfolio have had an impact on pricing with products, services and support all seeing an increase in cost in comparison to before the acquisition. Customers using VMWare solutions or services should expect an increase in costs when it comes to renewal time.

Affected products and bundles

Here is a list of products impacted by the new licensing policies:

  • VMware Cloud Foundation
  • VMware vSphere
  • VMware vSAN
  • VMware NSX
  • VMware HCX
  • VMware Site Recovery Manager
  • VMware vCloud Suite
  • VMware Aria Suite
  • VMware Aria Universal
  • VMware Aria Automation
  • VMware Aria Operations
  • VMware Aria Operations for Logs
  • VMware Aria Operations for Networks

Our team will be in touch with the customers these changes affect, to discuss how those changes affect you on a personal basis.

If you have any questions, please contact your Customer Success Manager through our normal channels.

A full Q&A has been published by VMWare and can be found on their website here >
VMware by Broadcom Dramatically Simplifies Offer Lineup and Licensing Model

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