Broadcom said it will spend $2 billion a year to accelerate research and development for VMware products and services.\nIn making the investment assurance, Broadcom CEO Hock Tan wrote in a blog post: \u201cBy extending our multi-cloud strategy, we will invest in extending VMware\u2019s software stack to run and manage workloads across private and public clouds, which means any enterprise can run application workloads easily, securely, and seamlessly on-prem, or in any cloud platform they prefer.\u201d\n\u201cIf companies can run VMware as a private cloud on-prem, they should be able to take their same application workloads to the public cloud without needing to re-engineer that application or worry about being locked into the public cloud providers that they choose,\u201d Tan stated.\nWith the right combination of compute, storage, and network virtualization technology, enterprises can build next-generation, software-defined data centers of their own, on their premises or in private clouds, instead of being largely or exclusively dependent on a mixed cloud environment, according to Tan.\n\u201cVirtualization of all these functions gives enterprises the ability to manage parts of the data center more easily in on-prem, private cloud environments similar to the productivity, efficiency, ease of use, resiliency and elasticity that enterprises enjoy with public clouds,\u201d Tan stated.\u00a0\u201cBroadcom will make additional investments to help this technology work together seamlessly and much easier to use; and resources to help more customers adopt and deploy this great technology.\u201d\nThe increased investment will also be focused on building VMware\u2019s professional services capabilities.\n\u201cThis means an investment in professional services support and in external partners,\u201d Tan wrote. \u201cVMware needs more partners to grow, and we will help it succeed in doing so.\u201d\n\u201cAs a part of Broadcom, VMware will have more resources and scale to support the number of customers that want its technology and services, and help customers deploy it more than it was able to as a standalone company. Together with Broadcom, VMware will be able to partner with global system integrators and double the investment in professional services,\u201d Tan stated.\nSince announcing its intention to buy VMware for $61 billion last year, Broadcom has been wrangling with regulators, primarily in Europe, about the competitive impact of the takeover.\nThe European Commission recently informed Broadcom of its objections to the company\u2019s proposed acquisition of VMware.\u00a0\n\u201cBroadcom is the leading supplier of Fiber Channel host bus adapters (FC HBAs) and storage adapters. The markets are very concentrated. If the competitors of Broadcom are hampered in their ability to compete in these markets, this could in turn lead to higher prices, lower quality and less innovation for business customers, and ultimately consumers,\u201d the Commission said in a statement.\nHaving carried out an in-depth investigation, the Commission said it remained concerned that Broadcom may restrict competition in the global markets for the supply of FC HBAs and storage adapters by \u201cforeclosing competitors' hardware\u201d by \u201cdelaying or degrading\u201d their access to VMware's server virtualization software.\nThis week Tan appeared at a hearing in Brussels with senior European Commission officials and their counterparts from national competition agencies.\u00a0He was expected to tell regulators, in part, that they should consider the presence of Amazon, Microsoft and Google in the cloud computing market as proof of strong competition, according to a Reuters report.\nBroadcom is expected to offer remedies soon after the hearing. The EU deadline for a decision is June 21, which will be extended once concessions are submitted, Reuters reported.