back to article Confirmed: Broadcom, VMware agree to $61b merger

Broadcom has confirmed it intends to acquire VMware in a deal that looks set to be worth $61 billion, if it goes ahead: the agreement provides for a “go-shop” provision under which the virtualization giant may solicit alternative offers. Rumors of the proposed merger emerged earlier this week, amid much speculation, but …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Got the email too?

    I guess El Reg Towers got the email from Broadcom too. Informing all of their install base?

  2. chivo243 Silver badge

    what can I find down behind the sofa?

    What can I get for $0.43? I promise I'll pay the difference! Really!

  3. andrewmm

    There goes the neighbourhood

    So there goes the free version of VM,

    And going by past Broacom experience,

    there will only be access to data / instruction / help after one has "registered" and had a "talk" with a sales person..

    If you can get any data,

  4. dcolpitts

    I swore I would never, ever, do this, but I've already started to inquire what we need to do to become Nutanix authorized. I've already been through the Brocade slaughter, and the Symantec cluster flock and never again. I'm really hoping that some agency somewhere will prevent this from going through.

    1. Anonymous South African Coward Bronze badge

      Symantec cluster flock and never again

      Welcome to the club.

      Wonder how many of us went through that nightmare.

      May it helps in staving off PTSD ---->

  5. Outski

    I'm still surprised by this, I'd've thought VMware was larger than Broadcom.

    As for Eloon, he might not be going anywhere re takeovers for a while, seems some investors and maybe the SEC aren't particularly happy:

  6. Sparkus


    will ARM emulation, nay, perchance even RISC-V emulation be available as a VM?

  7. Zarno


    See title.

    There goes the neighborhood.

    Guess I need to hold onto my Workstation Pro 16 key, or upgrade to 17 if it's available before the inevitable price hike.

    That's if they don't nuke activation of old keys somehow.


  8. Binraider Silver badge

    I know it’s oracle, but, err, VirtualBox is a thing!

    1. PhilipN Silver badge

      and regularly updated

    2. Anonymous South African Coward Bronze badge

      until oracle pulls a trick on virtualbox users...

      (I, for one, hope that it may never happen, as Virtualbox is an excellent tool).

      1. Binraider Silver badge

        Fortunately, the license it exists under is a defence against such tricks. Probably the nastier ask is finding specialised enough developers to look after it outside of one of the big development outfits.

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