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In this episode of the Security Swarm Podcast, host Andy and recurring guest, Paul, talk about the challenges and opportunities organizations face amidst the Broadcom acquisition of VMware. They discuss the steep price hikes for VMware licenses and the security vulnerabilities recently discovered in VMware products.

This acquisition has prompted many businesses to consider alternative solutions, and the episode provides a comprehensive overview of the available options within the Microsoft ecosystem. They cover a range of migration strategies, including moving to the Microsoft ecosystem through Azure, Azure Stack HCI, and on-premises Hyper-V solutions.  Andy and Paul offer valuable insights into ensuring a secure and seamless transition away from VMware, making this episode essential listening for IT professionals navigating these significant changes.

Key takeaways:

  • Broadcom’s Acquisition of VMware is Causing Major Disruption due to massive license cost increases of 300-500% for many organizations.
  • Microsoft Hyper-V is a Viable Alternative to VMware. It offers a mature, enterprise-ready hypervisor that can be a cost-effective replacement for VMware.
  • Azure Stack HCI Provides an On-Premises VMware Alternative. It provides a hyperconverged infrastructure solution with Hyper-V at the core, along with integration to Azure services for management and modernization.
  • Security pitfalls can arise when organizations rush to migrate away from VMware due to the Broadcom situation. Proper planning, understanding the security posture of the new platform, and ensuring critical configurations like backup are in place are essential to mitigate risks.


(02:51) – Vulnerabilities in VMware

(07:30) – Migrating to the Microsoft Ecosystem

(13:38) – On-Premises Microsoft Options

(38:45) – Security Considerations for Migrations

(44:52) – Pragmatic Approach to Platform Selection

Episode Resources:

Microsoft and Broadcom to Support License Portability

Paul’s article on options for migrating from VMware to Microsoft 

VMware Sandbox Escape Bugs