This VMware Cloud Foundation spotlight article summarizes the latest information we have received and seen from VMware by Broadcom since the end of March. Some very interesting news!

KB96437 – vSphere+/VCF+/vSAN+ to On-Premises

This knowledge base article provides existing “plus” customers with more information about the steps customers need to follow to receive their “new” license keys.

vSphere+/VCF+ customers who have connected their SDDC Manager/vCenter to the Cloud Console are encouraged to migrate from SaaS to on-premises deployments to benefit from our product investments and roadmap.


Disconnecting SDDC Manager from Cloud Gateway

For vSphere+ Customers: Disconnect Subscribed vCenter Servers from vSphere+ Cloud Console and Apply License Keys (97193)

For VCF+ Customers: Disconnect SDDC Manager and Subscribed vCenter Servers from VCF+ Cloud Console and Apply License Keys (96720)

What is the SDDC Manager?

VMware by Broadcom released a new tech zone article that describes the details of the so-called SDDC Manager. As part of VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF), SDDC Manager automates the scale out of the VCF stack which includes vSphere, vSAN, NSX, and the Aria Suite.


Most of this technical overview is still valid (I am going to publish an updated version with the next VCF release): 

What’s New in VMware Aria Operations 8.17.1 

Details about new features and enhancements can be found here: 

Determining new VMware vSphere Foundation (VVF) & VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) license usage in vSphere 8.0 Update 2b

William created a PowerCLI function that retrieves all licensing information from ESXi and/or vSphere Clusters.

VMware vDefend Firewall

Have you seen the vDefend Firewall datasheet already? It explains the different NSX firewall add-ons in more detail! 

vSphere Foundation for EUC

I have seen several posts on LinkedIn that Broadcom and EUC have agreed that EUC can continue to offer Horizon SaaS and Horizon Termin licenses with vSphere Foundation for VDI! Great news! I have to figure out if they have plans with VCF as well.

Dear Customer:

We are pleased to inform you that following the closing of the divestiture, EUC and Broadcom have agreed that EUC can continue to offer the “combined offering” versions of Horizon SaaS and Horizon Term licenses with Broadcom’s vSphere Foundation for VDI (which includes
vSphere, vCenter, and vSAN capabilities), including both Named User and Concurrent User license metrics and 1-, 3- and 5-year terms.

In addition, EUC has no plans to change Horizon packaging or raise pricing beyond normal annual adjustments, while also increasing investments in R&D and customer-facing roles.
EUC is prioritizing our customer’s use cases and business outcomes.

End of Availability for VMware Cloud Flex Storage (97873)

VMware Cloud Flex Storage customers have been informed about the upcoming End of Availability (EoA) of VMware Cloud Flex Storage for VMware Cloud on AWS. VMware by Broadcom provides support until the 1st of May 2027 and recommends existing customers moving to vSAN or Amazon FSx NetApp ONTAP.

VMware Cloud Foundation 9 in H1 2025

Different online newspapers quoted Paul Turner and Prashanth Shenoy, who shared, that VMware by Broadcom plans to release a “unified” release. In other words, it is expected that VMware will release VCF 9.0 with vSphere/vSAN 9.0, NSX 9.0, Aria Suite 9.0, etc. in early 2025.