Since it was announced Broadcom was going to acquire VMware, we've heard quite a bit about how users and partners are "very concerned" about what Broadcom might do with VMware. Would they continue to invest in innovation (sorry, but VMware hasn't done that for quite some time), will they refocus the company, etc..
Here's a different take:
You should be happy Broadcom is buying VMWare. They're doing you and your organization a huge favor. By announcing this acquisition, they've forced you to THINK.
You're now forced to think about why you're paying so much money for what are features, not products. ESX/ESXi was at one time an innovative product, but has now become only a feature. And as such, you shouldn't be paying anything for it.
Nutanix and all of the Public Cloud vendors provide both virtualization and management functions for free as part of their offerings. Specifically, Nutanix provides their virtualization feature, AHV, with every node, at no additional charge. Nutanix users who use AHV avoid large VMware bills. So can you.
The same goes for vCenter. Nutanix's Prism management tool comes free with every node. It's got everything you're using vCenter for. Why pay for vCenter?
So rather than lamenting that Broadcom is acquiring VMware, be glad. Because they've forced to you to realize you no longer need to pay for VMware.
Tim Joyce, Founder, Roundstone Solutions