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UK government will proceed with an in-depth investigation into the proposed buyout of VMware by Broadcom, dashing the companies' hopes the merger might be waved through quickly by regulatory bodies. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is pressing ahead with a Phase 2 investigation into Broadcom's pending $61 billion …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Did EMC give advantage to their storage when they owned VMWare?

    Did Dell give advantage to their servers when they owned VMWare?

    So why is there a concern that Broadcom will give advantage to their silicon when they own VMWare?

    Downvote me if you want, but please also provide proof of EMC and later Dell giving VMWare software an advantage on the parent company's hardware. Honestly, it will be news to me if someone can provide hard evidence showing EMC or Dell intentionally restricting VMWare performance on hardware that is not their own.

    1. Throatwarbler Mangrove Silver badge

      Re: Questions:

      The regulators are doing their jobs by investigating concerns that this scenario might happen. A better question would be, what assurances did regulators seek from EMC when they bought VMware and from both Dell and EMC when they merged? I'm sure that information must be out in the world somewhere, possibly on this very site.

      Out of curiosity, what is it that you do at Broadcom?

      "Downvote me if you want"

      Challenge accepted!

      1. katrinab Silver badge

        Re: Questions:

        Also Intel and others will give VMWare embargoed details of upcoming products so that they can work on VMWare as soon as they are launched. That would be a problem as Broadcom is a direct competitor in their market.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Questions:

      I don't understand your argument, you compare apples and oranges in a pear market.

      1. Throatwarbler Mangrove Silver badge
        IT Angle

        Re: Questions:

        "I don't understand your argument"

        That sounds like a "you" problem.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Questions:

          It was stated company A & company B didn't do something, so company C won't either, that is a false argument. You have no idea what company C might do.

          The regulator therefore will ask, the company will most likely answer and the regulator, under powers given to them by society (Govt), will decide if what they have been told is believable and allow the deal to go ahead, stop the deal or put conditions in place that might mitigate the concerns.

          Whining on an Internet forum makes no difference to the outcome, save your breath and accept there is a process in place that has to run it's course.

          Don't like it? Stand for office and change the process.

    3. katrinab Silver badge

      Re: Questions:

      Are Dell’ servers any different to HPE or Lenovo from a device driver perspective?

      Their ILO / remote management solution will be different, but I don’t think that is relevant to VMWare.

      1. 43300 Silver badge

        Re: Questions:

        Dell offer a plug-in (via a virtual appliance) to allow their iDRAC controllers to be managed from within vCenter. I don't have any HPE or Lenovo servers, but I can see no reason why they couldn't do the same for their hardware (and I expect they do).

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