Three senior VMware Inc. executives are leaving the enterprise software company that Broadcom Inc. wants to acquire for $61 billion, VMware’s leader told staff in a memo on Monday.
VMware Chief Executive Raghu Raghuram said the senior vice presidents of cloud infrastructure, Mark Lohmeyer; applications and management business, Ajay Patel; and networking and advanced security, Tom Gillis, are leaving, according to the memo, which was viewed by The Wall Street Journal.
Broadcom in May said it planned to buy VMware as part of a wider push by the chip company into software. VMware would nearly triple the size of Broadcom’s software division and account for nearly 49% of the company’s revenue. The deal is still awaiting regulatory approval.
"As it happens during such transition, we find some executives decide to move on," according to the internal memo. "All three have held leadership positions over several years and drove much impact across the business."
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A VMware spokeswoman confirmed the departures and said the company had named four executives to replace them.
The U.S.’s Federal Trade Commission has been seeking information from the companies about the combination, according to a previous regulatory filing.
Broadcom is expecting an extended period of reviews of the deal in many jurisdictions across the globe, Chief Executive Hock Tan said in a call with analysts last week, even though it had already received clearance in three countries—Brazil, Canada and South Africa. He said he still expected it to be completed in the company’s 2023 fiscal year, which runs through next October.
Broadcom, with an extensive record of acquisitions, is no stranger to scrutiny of its deals, including on national-security grounds. The company, which was based in Singapore before relocating to the U.S. in 2018, had its $117 billion hostile bid for mobile-phone chip maker Qualcomm Inc. halted by former President Donald Trump over concerns about the implications for the U.S.’s technological face-off with China.
Mr. Tan has a history of finding companies with deep links into large corporations’ information-technology setups that would be difficult for them to abandon. The company then cuts costs and gets the most out of their products by "cross-selling and upselling" them, as Broadcom’s head of software, Tom Krause, described the strategy in November of last year.
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VMware signaled the departures aren’t expected to affect its operations. The memo pointed to the company’s strong and seasoned set of senior executives who are ready to step into the roles as well as broader efforts to reorient its business. VMware is "preparing to enter the next phase of growth and evolution as a division of Broadcom during 2023," Mr. Raghuram wrote.
Broadcom shares were up 2.2% in Monday trading, with VMware’s stock climbed 1.4%.
Regulators in Washington have taken an increasingly hard line on tech mergers. The FTC last week sued Microsoft Corp. over its planned purchase of videogame maker Activision Blizzard Inc. Chip supplier Nvidia Corp. in February called off its deal to buy British chip-design specialist Arm amid regulatory concerns. The FTC on Thursday also asked a judge to halt Meta Platforms Inc.’s planned acquisition of a virtual-reality startup.
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Broadcom has said it is paying in half cash and half stock and would assume $8 billion of VMware’s debt. The deal, if completed, would be one of the tech industry’s largest ever. Broadcom would owe a termination fee of $1.5 billion if the deal falls apart.
Asa Fitch contributed to this article.
If VMware is causing a Blue Screen error on Windows 11/10, the following tips could be handy for you. There are different reasons why your host computer fails to load the VMware virtual machine. This article explains some of the most common causes and solutions to mitigate this issue within moments.
If VMware causes a Blue Screen on Windows 11/10, follow these steps:
To know more about these steps, continue reading.
It is probably the very first thing you need to check. There could be times when VMware might fail to make your virtual machine up and running due to a glitch or bug. If you have recently updated your VMware app, it might come with a bug that could cause the aforementioned issue.
In most cases, companies recognize the bug and roll out an update almost immediately. If the same thing happens with your VMware installation, chances are they have already released an update. That is why it is recommended to check the official statement and install the update if anything has been released.
Although the official statement says something about the 1.3GHz processor and 2GB of RAM, you might not be able to run a virtual machine smoothly or at all, having such resources. It is always recommended to configure much better hardware than the mentioned one.
If you have an old x64 architecture, you might not be able to run VMware virtual machines. In other words, there is a high chance of getting the blue screen error on the host computer while running the virtual OS. That is why it is recommended to have a better hardware configuration to bypass the BSOD
Pro tip: You can open Task Manager alongside VMware to check which app is consuming more RAM and other resources. Then, you can close such unnecessary apps to assign more CPU resources to VMware.
Hyper-V is a Level 1 hypervisor that makes the host computer into a virtual PC. On the other hand, VMware is a Level 2 hypervisor that uses the host computer to build the virtual machine. That is why if you enabled Hyper-V earlier, you might not be able to use VMware or VirtualBox-like virtual machine apps simultaneously. You must disable either of them. In other words, if you want to use VMware, you need to disable Hyper-V.
To disable Hyper-V in Windows 11/10, do the following:
Once done, you will be able to use VMware without any BSOD.
Many people often use multiple virtual machine apps, such as VirtualBox, VMware, etc., simultaneously. In most situations, such workflow might cause a blue screen error on your computer. That is why it is recommended to disable other virtual machine software. For that purpose, you can take the help of the Task Manager to terminate all the dependencies.
If VMware causes a blue screen while installing the virtual machine OS, it is suggested to obtain the ISO file again. If the ISO comes with some corrupt files, there is a chance of getting BSOD while using that ISO in the virtual machine. You can follow this guide to download Windows 11/10 ISO directly.
Read: How to fix VMware Internal Error while powering on
Yes, VMware can cause BSOD on Windows 11/10 PC. As said earlier, there could be countless reasons why you might get a blue screen error due to having VMware on your computer. For your information, some common reasons are mentioned in this article, and it is recommended to follow them to get rid of this issue.
Yes, VMware is compatible with Windows 11. If you have successfully installed Windows 11 without compromising the official system requirements, you can easily install VMware on your computer. As per the official statement, VMware requires a minimum of 2GB RAM along with 1.3GHz clock speed. On the other hand, it runs on almost all the x64 architecture without any problem.
Read: VMware does not support the user level monitor of this host.
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By Hock Tan, Broadcom President & CEO
In October I shared my thoughts about what a combined Broadcom and VMware will mean for customers. I wrote about the conversations I’ve had to date, the future of multi-cloud, and our philosophy on pricing, and I reiterated Broadcom’s commitment to keeping customers at the center of our business.
Nonetheless, I’ve continued to see questions in press reports about whether we intend to raise prices on VMware products. The answer is simple: No.
Given the continued interest, I wanted to expand on my thoughts about the pending transaction and share more on how Broadcom will support VMware customers and innovate VMware products once the transaction closes.
It’s important to remember that Broadcom is an engineering-first company. Our commitment to innovating leading-edge technology, ensuring successful deployments of our solutions, and delivering value for our customers is what drives our growth.
The addition of VMware will further Broadcom’s commitment in each of these three areas.
Our business model is predicated on adding long-term value to our products and improving them over time. Following the transaction’s close, we’re going to focus on making VMware’s products better for all of our customers, including enterprise customers who want products that are even easier to use. And, to be clear, we intend to continue serving customers of all sizes. VMware has a robust partner ecosystem that we will build upon to help us serve even the smallest companies. In short, we plan to take a “no customer left behind” approach.
How will we spur higher growth and drive customers of all sizes to buy more VMware products than ever before? We’ll do it the way we’ve always done it: through our laser-focus on execution and innovation.
Broadcom has the scale and capacity to invest major resources in R&D innovation and build on VMware’s talented team by recruiting the best engineers — an advantage that has historically allowed us to develop better technology and product solutions than the competition, whether it’s in broadband, ethernet switching, or endpoint protection.
By investing and innovating in infrastructure software and VMware’s broad portfolio — including multi-cloud and cloud-native capabilities — we will bring our customers greater flexibility and deliver new solutions to help them connect, scale and protect their IT infrastructure.
Post-close, we intend to apply this formula for success by investing in and operating VMware with a concerted focus on growth and innovation, while furthering our track record of delivering consistent, justifiable value with our fairly priced solutions.
As we look to our shared future, we know what goes into successful customer relationships. We also know that if customers don’t find consistent value in the solutions we deploy, they’ll go elsewhere.
Don’t just take my word for it. IDC highlighted in a latest report that any vendor looking to cultivate successful customer partnerships has to first offer products, support and services that translate into real value.
In the report, IDC shared a comment from a CIO of a large, global financial services company who noted that, “This acquisition is unique, and it makes sense for [Broadcom and VMware] to form one organization that can increase productivity and deliver a more complete customer experience. Together, Broadcom and VMware will provide us [customers] more power to modernize and transform our IT infrastructure to meet the needs of an ever-evolving world, ensuring secure, reliable, and flexible, choices.”
This CIO is exactly right. As workloads continue to grow rapidly across environments and multi-cloud options expand, a combined Broadcom and VMware will be focused on giving customers greater choice and flexibility over where and how they run their critical operations. We will invest in and innovate VMware’s products to create the next generation of technology that solves customers’ most complex IT challenges.
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This communication relates to a proposed business combination transaction between Broadcom Inc. (“Broadcom”) and VMware, Inc. (“VMware”). This communication includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Section 27A of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended. These forward-looking statements include but are not limited to statements that relate to the expected future business and financial performance, the anticipated benefits of the proposed transaction, the anticipated impact of the proposed transaction on the combined business, the expected amount and timing of the synergies from the proposed transaction, and the anticipated closing date of the proposed transaction. These forward-looking statements are identified by words such as “will,” “expect,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “should,” “intend,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “aim,” and similar words or phrases. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and beliefs of Broadcom management and current market trends and conditions.
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These risks, as well as other risks related to the proposed transaction, are included in the registration statement on Form S-4 and proxy statement/prospectus that has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) in connection with the proposed transaction. While the list of factors presented here is, and the list of factors presented in the registration statement on Form S-4 are, considered representative, no such list should be considered to be a complete statement of all potential risks and uncertainties. For additional information about other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements, please refer to Broadcom’s and VMware’s respective periodic reports and other filings with the SEC, including the risk factors identified in Broadcom’s and VMware’s most latest Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Annual Reports on Form 10-K. The forward-looking statements included in this communication are made only as of the date hereof. Neither Broadcom nor VMware undertakes any obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as required by law.
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In connection with the proposed transaction, Broadcom has filed with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4 that includes a proxy statement of VMware and that also constitutes a prospectus of Broadcom. Each of Broadcom and VMware may also file other relevant documents with the SEC regarding the proposed transaction. The registration statement was declared effective by the SEC on October 3, 2022 and the definitive proxy statement/prospectus has been mailed to VMware’s stockholders. This document is not a substitute for the proxy statement/prospectus or registration statement or any other document that Broadcom or VMware may file with the SEC. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT, PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS THAT MAY BE FILED WITH THE SEC, AS WELL AS ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS TO THESE DOCUMENTS, CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY IF AND WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN OR WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. Investors and security holders may obtain free copies of the registration statement and proxy statement/prospectus and other documents containing important information about Broadcom, VMware and the proposed transaction, once such documents are filed with the SEC through the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Broadcom may be obtained free of charge on Broadcom’s website at https://investors.broadcom.com. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by VMware may be obtained free of charge on VMware’s website at ir.vmware.com.
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Hock Tan is Broadcom President, Chief Executive Officer and Director. He has held this position since March 2006. From September 2005 to January 2008, he served as chairman of the board of Integrated Device Technology. Prior to becoming chairman of IDT, Mr. Tan was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Integrated Circuit Systems from June 1999 to September 2005. Prior to ICS, Mr. Tan was Vice President of Finance with Commodore International from 1992 to 1994, and previously held senior management positions with PepsiCo and General Motors. Mr. Tan served as managing director of Pacven Investment, a venture capital fund in Singapore from 1988 to 1992, and served as managing director for Hume Industries in Malaysia from 1983 to 1988.
Broadcom CEO Hock Tan said at the May announcement of the $61 billion takeover that he wants more of VMware’s revenue to come through subscription. VMware, which has also been aiming for higher subscription revenue rates, delivered 20 percent growth in subscription revenue growth, and 24 percent growth to its annual recurring revenue.
VMware CEO Raghu Raghuram said the company’s sales met expectations this past quarter, rising one-percent, aided by double-digit subscription revenue growth as the company’s potential takeover by chipmaker Broadcom marches forward.
“This past quarter we demonstrated that our innovation engine is flourishing, as we unveiled many new offerings across our portfolio, including VMware vSphere 8, VMware vSAN 8 and VMware Aria,” Raghuram said in a statement Tuesday. “We remain committed to and engaged in helping customers transform their businesses and unlock the full potential of multi-cloud.”
Sales for its third quarter of fiscal year 2023 came in at $3.21 billion, up from $3.18 billion a year ago. Net income for the quarter meanwhile was down 42 percent to $231 million from a year ago when it came in at $398 million.
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Broadcom CEO Hock Tan said at the May announcement of the $61 billion takeover that he wants more of VMware’s revenue to come through subscription. VMware, which has also been aiming for higher subscription revenue rates, delivered 20 percent growth in subscription revenue growth, and 24 percent growth to its annual recurring revenue.
All told, subscription revenue now accounts for 31 percent of the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company’s total third quarter sales.
“SaaS ARR growth of 24 percent reflects increased adoption of our multi-cloud product portfolio and recently introduced customer programs,” said Zane Rowe, executive vice president and CFO, VMware, in a statement. “By continuing to meet the evolving needs of our customers, we increased our mix of subscription and SaaS revenue to 31 percent of our total revenue this quarter.”
VMware has not hosted a public call to discuss earnings and take questions from analysts since Broadcom announced its intentions to buy the company on May 26. CRN reached out to VMware asking why it now forgoes the practice but did not immediately hear back.
VMware shareholders approved the merger on Nov. 4. The deal is now in the hands of regulators in the U.S. and in Europe.
One of the top customer concerns around the merger is how Broadcom may change pricing, said Gartner analyst Andrew Lerner. VMware CEO Raghu Raghuram spoke with CRN in October telling VMware partners to renew their customers now if they are afraid of Broadcom raising prices.
“For customers that are worried that Broadcom will come in and raise prices post-close, there’s plenty of time. There are customers who have said, I want to come in and do an early engagement with VMware, do an early renewal, and we are doing that all day long,” he said. “For the partners, you have to be aware of that. If customers express a high degree of uncertainty and say, ‘What is VMware going to do?’ Introduce certainty (by offering early renewal).”
VMware was forced to pay $8 million by the SEC in September for misleading investors for two years by carrying forward sales from one quarter to the future quarter in order to help meet revenue targets. In fiscal year 2020, VMware would have missed its earnings estimates in three quarters, the SEC said, had it not shifted sales figures from one quarter to another.
VMware today announced the launch of Fusion 13, the latest major update to the Fusion virtualization software. For those unfamiliar with Fusion, it is designed to allow Mac users to operate virtual machines to run non-macOS operating systems like Windows 11.
Fusion 13 Pro and Fusion 13 Player are compatible with both Intel Macs and Apple silicon Macs equipped with M-series chips, offering native support. VMware has been testing Apple silicon support for several months now ahead of the launch of the latest version of Fusion.
With Fusion 13, Intel and Apple silicon Mac users can access Windows 11 virtual machines. Intel Macs offer full support for Windows 11, while on Apple silicon, VMware says there is a first round of features for Windows 11 on Arm.
VMware Tools provides virtual graphics and networking, and more is still to come. With certified and signed drivers Windows 11 looks fantastic, and adjust the resolution to 4K and beyond! Note that Fusion on Apple Silicon must run the Arm variant of Windows 11, and it does not support the x86/Intel version of Windows.
Users who need to run traditional win32 and x64 apps can do so through built-in emulation.
Fusion 13 also includes a TPM 2.0 virtual device that can be added to any VM, storing contents in an encrypted section of the virtual machine files and offering hardware-tpm functionality parity. To support this feature, Fusion 13 uses a fast encryption type that encrypts only the parts of the VM necessary to support the TPM device for performance and security.
The software supports OpenGL 4.3 in Windows and Linux VMs on Intel and in Linux VMs on Apple silicon.
Fusion 13 Player is free for personal use, and commercial licenses for both versions are available at a 30 percent discount to celebrate the launch. VMware Fusion 13 Player is priced at $104.30, and VMware Fusion Pro is priced at $139.30. Upgrades from prior versions are also available at a lower cost.
The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is investigating the anticipated $61 billion (€57bn) acquisition by semiconductor and infrastructure software solutions specialist Broadcom of enterprise software provider VMWare.
The CMA is considering whether it is or may be the case that this transaction, if carried into effect, will result in the creation of a relevant merger situation under the merger provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002 and, if so, whether the creation of that situation may be expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition within any market or markets in the UK for goods or services.
The CMA is inviting comments from any interested party by December 6th 2022.
NEW YORK & LONDON & HONG KONG, December 07, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Options Technology, the leading Capital Markets services provider, today announced the achievement of VMware Cloud Verified status in MTL4 Montreal.
The accomplishment follows the VMware Cloud Provider Principal Partner Status awarded to the firm last year alongside their s Cloud Verified status at TR2, NJ2, PRDC, LHC, LD4 and NY5 sites.
Cloud Verification assures that a partner is validated to expertly deliver cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service across VMware’s best-in-class network, storage, and compute solutions to meet specific individual client needs.
It enables customers to achieve unmatched consistency, performance, and interoperability for traditional and containerised enterprise applications using the most advanced VMware cloud technologies.
Options President and CEO Danny Moore said, "As the industry’s partner of choice for Cloud IaaS, our focus is to provide clients with robust and resilient ultra-low latency connectivity and hosting services within a fully compliant infrastructure.
We have worked closely with VMware to develop our availability across Canada and are proud to further expand our Verified partner status in Montreal. Coupled with our extensive infrastructure upgrades and high-capacity links across the region, today’s news demonstrates how our partnership continues to enable service excellence, capability and choice for our customers across the capital markets."
This announcement comes as the latest in a series of strategic announcements for Options, including its tenth Microsoft Gold Partner status, its partnership with on-demand market data provider QUODD, hosting capabilities in Aruba IT3 Bergamo, and the launch of its Quantify and Data Store products.
In 2019, Options received investment from Boston-based Private Equity Firm Abry Partners. This investment has enabled Options to accelerate its growth strategy and develop its technology platform while expanding its global reach in key financial centres.
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Options Technology is the No. 1 provider of IT infrastructure to global Capital Markets firms, supporting their operations and ecosystems.
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