Breaking free from VMware’s uncertainty: How to save costs and future-proof your transition

Broadcom’s acquisition of VMware has customers worried about higher prices and less innovation. 

These worries were recently highlighted in this Silverlinings article VMware customers should find ‘exit ramps’ ahead of Broadcom deal. According to this article, Gartner has recommended that VMware customers “identify exit ramps for deployed products, including alternative solutions and migration activities”. 

Another article in ITWorldCanada, Analysts concerns about Broadcom’s buy of VMware not wavering, highlights similar sentiment, quoting Gartner and Forrester and stating that “…it is possible that Broadcom’s acquisition will accelerate the shift away from VMware”. 

What companies need is more than just the suggestion to find solutions. They need to find solid, workable alternatives that answer the problem without stalling their existing momentum or increasing their budgets. 

The trap of choosing the easy and popular paths 

Let’s take a closer look at some commonly considered alternatives and why they may not provide the ideal solution for businesses concerned about cost increases and future-proofing their transition. 

Staying with VMware and reducing costs in other waysSwitching to a different legacy virtualization providerMigrating virtual machines to the public cloud
You could save costs by reducing staff but continue to pay high VMware license fees. Doing so can have a significant impact on your operational service-level agreements (SLAs).

Furthermore, many forward-thinking enterprises have realized cloud-native is the future and are looking for modern alternatives.
Transitioning to Hyper-V or HCI might seem like a logical choice, but it may not result in significant cost savings or deliver any modernization benefits.

Other legacy virtualization providers often come with their own limitations, including high licensing fees, a lack of agility, and limited support for cloud-native technologies.
Despite growing in popularity, the public cloud is no longer proving to be an economically sound solution.

As workloads grow or have specific requirements (e.g. edge, AI/ML), the costs of running virtual machines in the public cloud can quickly add up and may end up being more expensive than the costs of on-premises infrastructure.

Why Platform9 KubeVirt is a viable alternative to VMware  

Platform9’s Managed KubeVirt offering combines the power of Kubernetes and virtualization, providing a seamless experience for managing virtual machines (VMs) alongside containers. 

KubeVirt is a dependable and mature open source project that many enterprises use to run critical applications and services.  

  • KubeVirt has been under development for more than 5 years. 
  • KubeVirt is a CNCF graduated project, which means that it has met the CNCF’s rigorous requirements for stability, security, and community support. 
  • It is based on the battle-tested KVM hypervisor, used by major cloud providers to run millions of VMs. 
  • KubeVirt has been certified by a number of independent testing organizations, including the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) and the Linux Foundation. 

Platform9 has been testing and developing KubeVirt as part of our platform for two years, focusing on ease of use, automation, and advanced networking. It includes many more features that are used by VMware users such as VM live migration, single pane management of large-scale virtualized environments, I/O Controls, acceleration, and SR-IOV.  

Platform9’s most recent 5.8 release is now generally available with the latest KubeVirt and Kubernetes versions.  

Check out the press release for 5.8 and theCUBE interview with our cofounder and VP of product Maskasky. 

Now is the time to make the transition 

As the future of VMware under Broadcom’s ownership remains uncertain, VMware customers need not be left at the mercy of potential cost increases or stagnation. Platform9 KubeVirt provides a compelling alternative that enables businesses to reduce costs, embrace cloud-native technologies, and future-proof their infrastructure. Organizations can drive operational efficiency, cost savings, and innovation by consolidating legacy virtualization products, leveraging automation, and harnessing the power of unified capabilities.  

If you are interested in learning more about the migration process, check out this definitive guide to migration from VMware to KubeVirt blog series.

Now is the time to assess your options, break free from legacy constraints, and embark on a journey toward a future-ready infrastructure. Platform9 is here to support you every step of the way, providing a modern alternative that ensures seamless migration, reduced costs, and accelerated innovation. Embrace Platform9 KubeVirt and unlock the full potential of your business.  You could get into production on our platform in a matter of days and weeks with as much 50% TCO savings. Get more details about our next-generation virtualization solution.

Contact us today to learn more about KubeVirt and see it in action – bring one of your VMware VMs and we will show you how we can migrate it to KubeVirt. 

Kamesh Pemmaraju

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