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VMware CEO: Broadcom Is ‘Super Excited’ About Our Partners

Wade Tyler Millward

‘Obviously, the channel is a huge, huge part of what we do. And [Broadcom is] super excited about using that channel in the ways that we are doing today and growing from there, says VMware CEO Raghu Raghuram.

VMware CEO Raghu Raghuram said the acquisition of his company by chipmaker Broadcom is “on track,” with VMware employees working with Broadcom on understanding the product portfolio and looking at how to benefit from VMware’s channel partners.

“What I will say is Broadcom is spending this time understanding every aspect of the business,” Raghuram said Tuesday to a group of reporters and analysts during VMware’s Explore conference in San Francisco. “Obviously, the channel is a huge, huge part of what we do. And they are super excited about using that channel in the ways that we are doing today and growing from there.”

VMware Explore, formerly VMworld, gave the company a chance to announce major updates to its flagship compute and storage products with the debut of vSphere 8 and vSAN 8 as well as a new multi-cloud management offering called Aria. The company also announced expansions to its partnerships with Amazon Web Services, IBM, Microsoft and NetApp.

[RELATED: VMWARE PRESIDENT SUMIT DHAWAN TAKES ON BROADCOM DEAL, R&D AND PARTNER QUESTIONS]

What Did VMware CEO Raghu Raghuram Say?

The Palo Alto, Calif.-based virtualization and cloud vendor’s top executive used his keynote address at the vendor’s annual conference to give credit to partners and announce new products and updates from the virtualization and cloud vendor.

“From day one, VMware has of course solved customers’ problems with the help of the partners—30,000 partners strong, many of whom are on the expo floor this week,” Raghuram said Tuesday during his keynote. “Together, we are a force to be reckoned with.”

Here’s what Raghuram had to say during his question-and-answer session with reporters and analysts.

 
Wade Tyler Millward

Wade Tyler Millward is an associate editor covering cloud computing and the channel partner programs of Microsoft, IBM, Red Hat, Oracle, Salesforce, Citrix and other cloud vendors. He can be reached at wmillward@thechannelcompany.com.

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