Acquisitions by Years
In September 2020, VMware announced its intent to acquire SaltStack, a pioneer in building intelligent, event-driven automation software, that helps customers to automate ITOps, DevOps, NetOps or SecOps functions.
With the acquisition of SaltStack, VMware will broaden its automation capabilities including software configuration management, network automation, and infrastructure automation.
In July 2020, VMware acquired Datrium, a leader in cloud-native disaster recovery. The Datrium DRaaS solution delivers an end-to-end cloud driven user experience in VMware Cloud on AWS today. The innovative, cost-optimized approach leverages native cloud services, and provides forever incremental point-in-time copies that are encrypted, deduped, and stored efficiently in AWS S3. The Datrium disaster recovery (DR) service will expand on the existing performance-optimized VMware Site Recovery DRaaS solution with a cost-optimized option.
In July 2020, VMware completed its acquisition of Blue Medora’s True Visibility Suite business unit. True Visibility Suite provides IT monitoring integration solutions via management packs. With this acquisition, VMware can expand vRealize Operations’ self-driving management scope and support for packaged applications, middleware, data center infrastructure and public clouds.
In June 2020, VMware acquired Lastline, whose solutions allow customers to visualize, detect and contain sophisticated cyberthreats on premise or in the cloud
With this acquisition, VMware will be able to add new capabilities for network detection and response/network threat analysis that will span across NSX and SD-WAN offerings.
VMware acquired Octarine, a privately held company in Sunnyvale, California on May 27, 2020. Octarine offers a cloud-native security platform for the complete lifecycle of applications running on Kubernetes, helping customers to protect their cloud-native apps from build to runtime.
This acquisition enables VMware to bring the power of the VMware Carbon Black Cloud -visibility, prevention, detection and response- to containers.
In January 2020, VMware announced its intent to acquire Nyansa, Inc., a fast-growing innovator of AI-based network analytics. With Nyansa, VMware will be able to accelerate the delivery of end-to-end monitoring and troubleshooting capabilities for LAN+WAN deployments in its industry-leading SD-WAN, and further VMware’s ability to enable Self-Healing Networks.
In December 2019, VMware acquired Pivotal, which offers a powerful set of developer assets with a leading developer-centric platform and services that accelerate modern app development.
Combining Pivotal’s developer-centric offerings with VMware’s Kubernetes run-time infrastructure and management tools will deliver value above the multi-cloud infrastructure layer by bringing order, stability and security to software delivery.
In October 2019, VMware acquired Carbon Black, a leading next-generation security cloud provider. Carbon Black has created an innovative cloud-native security platform, with a smart, lightweight agent, and an AI/ML-based Data Lake in the Cloud that provides comprehensive protection of endpoints and defense against a variety of threats.
The acquisition of Carbon Black represents the evolution of VMware’s intrinsic security strategy, where security features are built into the infrastructure and across workloads, clients and applications. Together, built on its existing partnership, VMware and Carbon Black provide customers advanced threat detection and in-depth application behavior insight to stop sophisticated attacks and accelerate responses.
In August 2019, VMware announced its intent to acquire Veriflow, a pioneer in network verification and troubleshooting, helping customers model, analyze and verify their hybrid networks to allow IT teams to operate, secure and resilient networks.
The acquisition will enable VMware to deliver increased networking troubleshooting capabilities to further differentiate from competing vendors. Once the acquisition is closed, VMware plans to invest in and integrate Veriflow into vRealize Network Insight to increase its overall network monitoring and troubleshooting capabilities and adding new dimensions of network verification and What-If analysis directly to the platform.
In July 2019, VMware announced its intent to acquire Uhana, which has built a real-time deep learning engine to optimize carrier network operations and application quality experience, deployable in the operator private cloud or public cloud infrastructure. The addition of Uhana technology to the VMware telco portfolio showcases VMware’s consistently growing commitment to serving the communications service provider industry and deepening intelligence in the journey to 5G.
In August 2019, VMware acquired BitFusion, a pioneer in the virtualization of hardware accelerated devices with a strong focus on GPU technology. BitFusion offers a software platform that decouples specific physical resources from the servers they are attached to in the environment. The acquisition of BitFusion will bolster VMware’s strategy of supporting AI- and ML-based workloads by virtualizing hardware accelerators. These accelerators can be used regardless of location in the environment – on-premises and/or in the cloud.
In June 2019, VMware announced its intent to acquire Avi Networks, a leader in multi-cloud application delivery services. Avi Networks will further enable VMware to bring the public cloud experience to the entire data center with the ability to deploy applications with a single click. Leveraging a common architectural foundation, VMware and Avi Networks will deliver the industry’s only complete software-defined networking stack from L2-7 built for the modern multi-cloud era.
In May 2019, VMware announced its intent to acquire Bitnami, which offers a suite of products and projects that accelerate the delivery of applications to multiple clouds including Kubernetes environments. Today, Bitnami delivers and maintains a catalog of 130+ ready-to-run server applications and development environments in partnership with the world’s leading cloud providers.
Upon close, Bitnami will enable our customers to easily deploy application packages on any cloud— public or hybrid—and in the most optimal format—virtual machine (VM), containers and Kubernetes helm charts. Further, Bitnami will be able to augment our existing efforts to deliver a curated marketplace to VMware customers that offers a rich set of applications and development environments in addition to infrastructure software.
In February 2019, VMware announced its intent to acquire AetherPal, a provider of remote support solutions that enable IT to remotely view, control, troubleshoot, and fix devices and applications in the field to improve productivity and efficiency, while reducing downtime. Aetherpal’s modern approach to enabling remote support will add to the intelligence-driven Workspace ONE platform and its deep cross-platform Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) capabilities, reinforcing VMware’s commitment to simplifying customers’ digital workspace journey.
This acquisition demonstrates VMware’s strong commitment to integrating remote support capabilities into the Workspace ONE platform to provide full lifecycle support for our customers digital transformations.
In November 2018, VMware announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Heptio, a leader in the open Kubernetes ecosystem providing products and expertise that helps organizations deploy and operationalize Kubernetes.
Founded in 2016 by Joe Beda and Craig McLuckie, two of the creators of Kubernetes, Heptio has applied its unique insight to a growing set of products, open source projects and contributions to upstream Kubernetes. Heptio opens new channels for VMware to further engage the open source community and harden upstream Kubernetes as well as support the cloud native needs of the largest enterprises in the world.
In August 2018, VMware announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire CloudHealth Technologies. More than 3,700 organizations globally rely on CloudHealth to manage over $5B in combined cloud spend, based on the platform’s ability to easily manage cost, ensure security compliance, improve governance and automate actions across multi-cloud environments.
CloudHealth’s enterprise capabilities alongside specific functionality like simplified customer management, streamlined billing, massive scale, policy and tenancy has made it the default platform for Managed Service Providers (MSPs) to deliver solutions in the public cloud.
In August 2018, VMware announced its intent to acquire the technology and team of Dell EMC Service Assurance Suite product, software for network service assurance for communications service providers. As networks transform with software-definition and virtualization, communications service providers are faced with a growing, complex environment and pressure to reduce costs in managing, troubleshooting and predicting network behavior that enables them to quickly and reliably roll out competitive, next-generation services.
The addition of Dell EMC Service Assurance Suite technology to the VMware portfolio provides an end-to-end, best-in-class suite of products, enabling and assuring the operation of physical and virtual networks spanning from transport to core to edge, data center to cloud. It also empowers CSPs to modernize and accelerate the transformation of their networks through network function virtualization.
In February 2018, VMware entered into an agreement to acquire the technology and team from CloudVelox, to accelerate its roadmap to deliver migration, mobility and delivery services in a hybrid, multi-cloud world. CloudVelox is a pioneer in enabling workload mobility between the data center and public clouds. The software they’ve built accelerates workload mobility at scale resulting in “mass migrations” being completed successfully in weeks rather than nine to 12 months.
In February 2018, VMware acquired CloudCoreo, continuing on our commitment to secure and manage applications in a multi-cloud world. As a part of VMware, CloudCoreo will help to extend VMware's support for consistent operations across any cloud. The acquisition will further enable customers to access the right cloud for the needs of each individual application, while optimizing security and compliance.
In March 2018, VMware acquired E8 Security, further reinforcing our commitment to deliver the industry’s first intelligence-driven digital workspace to empower employee experience and drive predictive security.
Adding E8 Security’s user and entity behavior analytics capabilities to our digital workspace platform, VMware Workspace ONE, will enable VMware customers with a single platform that simplifies management and improves security by correlating data to accurately detect and respond to advanced threats.
In December 2017, VMware acquired VeloCloud, the market leader in cloud-delivered SD-WAN that enables enterprises and service providers to deploy flexible, secure WAN connectivity. By acquiring VeloCloud, VMware will build on the success of the industry’s leading network virtualization platform – VMware NSX – and expand the company’s networking portfolio to address end-to-end automation, application continuity, branch transformation and security from the data center to cloud edge. This acquisition will further strengthen VMware’s position in leading the market transition to a software-defined future, and will enable enterprises to bring their businesses into the digital era with networking that is ubiquitous, open, programmable and secure by default.
In May 2017, VMware acquired Apteligent, an innovator in mobile application performance and engagement insights. VMware plans to leverage and integrate Apteligent’s mobile performance management technologies with VMware’s Digital Workspace Platform for enterprises building and delivering mobile applications to their end-users. With the Apteligent technology on our side, VMware envisions a significant value proposition that will benefit organizations through their digital transformation journey with mobile performance management, business insights and application behavior analytics.
In May 2017, VMware acquired Wavefront, a privately held company in Palo Alto, California. Wavefront offers a real-time metrics monitoring and streaming analytics platform designed for developers to optimize their clouds and modern applications that rely on containers and microservices. A cloud-hosted service, Wavefront offers Digital Enterprises the ability to send time-series (metric) data from anywhere in their data center and to perform queries, render charts to see analytics, anomalies or KPI dashboards. Watford enables customers to harness real-time monitoring.
Wavefront offers unique metrics monitoring and analytics services to digital enterprises and adds to VMware’s comprehensive portfolio of cloud management platform (CMP) solutions. Wavefront attracts a different segment of customer than VMware serves today. Additionally, Wavefront will help VMware to accelerate time-to-market for SaaS-based cross-cloud management services.
In June 2016, VMware acquired Arkin Net, a leader in software-defined data center security and operations. With the acquisition of Arkin Net, VMware vRealize Suite will have the ability to extend across the entire SDDC, including the VMware NSX network virtualization layer.
On October 14, 2015, VMware announced plans to acquire Boxer, Inc, a privately held company that offers a comprehensive and secure personal information management (PIM) solution for mobile devices to businesses and consumers. Boxer enables the secure synchronization and use of native and third party productivity applications (email, calendar, tasks and contacts) and enterprise social collaboration tools (Salesforce, Box, Evernote, etc.) across mobile devices and platforms (iOS and Android).
Boxer's technology enhances the AirWatch Inbox solution with a robust mobile personal information management (PIM) client that offers secure email, calendar, contacts and tasks. The solution aligns well with the AirWatch architecture and offers customers a mature, all-in-one PIM that is enterprise mobile management (EMM)-ready and secure.
VMware announced on February 3, 2015 that it had acquired Immidio and its product line of enterprise user environment management (UEM) offerings. With this acquisition, VMware was able to deliver a native UEM solution that provides customers with a consistent and dynamic desktop experience that is independent of operating system, device and location, for true “business mobility”.
Effective April 24, 2015, VMware Dynamic Environment Manager (formerly known as FlexPlus) sales, professional services, education and technical support transitioned to VMware standard systems, processes and access points.
VMware announced on August 20, 2014 that it has acquired CloudVolumes. CloudVolumes was a leading provider of real-time application delivery technology that enables enterprises to deliver any application to any virtualized environment on-demand. Adding CloudVolumes to VMware Horizon changed the game for desktop virtualization and addressed the application delivery and performance challenge faced by all solution providers. With real-time application delivery in virtual desktops and application servers, customers are able to create personalized desktops and application environments at an unmatched infrastructure cost per user.
VMware announced on March 6, 2014, that it acquired Third Sky, Inc. Third Sky was a full service IT Service Management consulting, education, and technology provider headquartered in San Francisco with offices across the US. The addition of Third Sky provided VMware with an experienced consulting team to extend our capabilities with additional insights, methods, and experience relating to IT Service Management (ITSM) best practices. An established thought leader in ITSM, their experts co-authored the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) 2011 edition. ITIL is the most widely adopted approach for IT Service Management in the world. It provides a practical, no-nonsense framework for identifying, planning, delivering and supporting IT services to the business. The Third Sky team joined and complemented VMware’s existing Accelerate Advisory Services. Together, the combined practice assisted our clients achieve business transformation through IT transformation.
The acquisition of AirWatch, the leading provider of enterprise mobile management and security solutions, expands VMware's End-User Computing group. AirWatch's offerings will form an expanded portfolio of mobile solutions that are complementary to VMware's portfolio. Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, AirWatch was the leading provider of enterprise solutions for Mobile Device Management, Mobile Application Management and Mobile Content Management. With more than 10,000 customers globally and more than 1,600 employees across 10 global offices, AirWatch’s solutions give enterprises a strategic platform to securely manage a rapidly growing set of mobile devices and an increasingly mobile workforce.
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Desktone, Inc, an industry leader in desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) with an advanced multi-tenant desktop virtualization platform for delivering Windows desktops and applications as a cloud service. By bringing Desktone’s innovative platform in house, VMware accelerated the delivery of DaaS through its network of over 11,000 VMware service provider partners. The addition of the Desktone platform further extended the benefits of desktop virtualization by offering an additional choice to organizations looking for predictable economics, flexibility of cloud deployment or simple deployment and management due to the lack of resources or in-house VDI expertise.
Virsto Software changes the economics of storage in virtualized environments by improving utilization, increasing performance, and accelerating VM storage provisioning. Virsto reduces the cost and complexity of storage for VDI, test and development, business-critical application virtualization, cloud computing and other virtualization initiatives. Virsto accelerated VMware's development of storage technologies, allowing our customers to greatly improve the efficiency and performance of storage in virtual infrastructure.
Nicira was a network virtualization company and is now a key component of VMware’s Software Defined Data Center strategy. Nicira’s Network Virtualization Platform (NVP) enables the dynamic creation of virtual network infrastructure and services that are completely decoupled and independent from the physical network hardware. Innovative companies such as AT&T, DreamHost, eBay, NTT and Rackspace used Nicira NVP to accelerate service delivery from weeks to minutes and dramatically reduce data center complexity and cost.
Pattern Insight provides search and analytics for unstructured log data which helped address VMware customers’ growing need for advanced analytics-based approaches to operations management in highly dynamic virtualized and cloud environments. Pattern Insight’s log search and analytics technology enhanced VMware’s portfolio of solutions for helping companies analyze operational logs.
DynamicOps was a leader in the emerging market for cloud automation solutions that enabled provisioning and management of IT services across heterogeneous environments.
DynamicOps’ products and technology extended VMware’s current capabilities by enabling customers to deploy and manage cloud solutions across VMware-based private and public clouds, physical infrastructure, multiple hypervisors and public clouds. Using DynamicOps’ groundbreaking Operations Virtualization technology, organizationally-aware cloud platform, and extensive out-of-the-box functionality, customers realize fast time-to-cloud value and respond to market demands quickly and economically. Enterprises boost IT efficiency and easily embrace consumerization by empowering users with personalized, instantly available services.
Cetas is a Cloud Data Analytics company driving next generation Big Data analytics and predictive intelligence systems that can operate at a scale of hundreds of terabytes and billions of events for online companies and enterprises. Cetas acquisition accelerates VMware’s plans related to cloud application platform and services.
Info Tech Health Check (iTHC) is a benchmarking consultancy that developed and licensed IT benchmarks across 20 industries, four geographies and over 3,500 parameters. iTHC’s focused on delivering relevant data to customers interested in mapping and optimizing their IT investments, showing customers how they are doing in comparison to their peers and modeling future IT savings and benefits.
VMware’s acquisition of specific iTHC assets complemented VMware’s overall services strategy and partner community investments. By combining the benchmarking model and assets from iTHC with VMware’s depth of cloud journey data, VMware offers the most relevant benchmarking information to companies ready to accelerate their cloud journey and IT transformation. This acquisition also enabled VMware to work with select consulting and integration partners on extending their cloud advisory service capabilities, leveraging these combined assets and already established services and products with the VMware Accelerate Advisory Services and VMware IT Business Management (ITBM) suite.
PacketMotion delivered user activity context for data access monitoring and network segmentation, including PacketSentry Virtual Probe, which monitors and enforces identity based network access controls in VMware vSphere as well as rich user access monitoring reports for compliance.
VMware's acquisition of PacketMotion gave VMware the "who" part of our security and compliance solutions and let our customers automate security and compliance policies with business-language rules. Extended visibility, control and compliance of critical applications and regulated data in the hybrid cloud are important components of our security solutions.
Socialcast's enterprise collaboration platform unites people, applications and data in real-time. Behind the firewall as a VMware appliance or in the cloud with SaaS deployment, Socialcast enables instant secure collaboration across business systems and regular communication channels. From knowledge transfer to employee engagement, Socialcast is helping create a new means of enterprise collaboration.
VMware's end-user computing portfolio frees end users and IT organizations from the old device-centric computing era. The acquisition of Socialcast lets us continue to move towards a user-centric environment, allowing organizations to deliver access to applications and data to any device, anywhere. Socialcast is another piece in our vision of delivering technologies and infrastructure that enable a new way of working.
Digital Fuel’s portfolio for IT costing, budget, chargeback, cost optimization, vendor management and SLA management helped companies plan, manage and optimize cost and value in cloud-based dynamic IT infrastructures. These solutions give companies a broad range of IT financial metrics, from physical and virtual systems to compute, storage and networking resources, whether those resources are on-premise or sourced from public cloud providers.
Combined with our existing virtualization management products, Digital Fuel's acquisition gave our customers a complete picture of IT costs and value. A comprehensive and unified financial understanding of IT costs will help customers make good business decisions, aligning financial trade-offs to business priorities. With Digital Fuel and VMware, IT can engage more effectively with business stakeholders through meaningful measurements and reports, including a Bill of IT Services, chargeback, service level reporting, and vendor scorecards.
Note: vRealize Business Enterprise was acquired by SkyView Partners. vRealize Business for Cloud continues as part of the vRealize portfolio.
Faster, easier and less expensive to deploy than IPSec VPNs, NeoAccel solutions reduce costs and increase IT control by eliminating the configuration, management, and support complexities of IPSec VPN clients.
The addition of NeoAccel moved VMware further toward our vision of automated end-to-end security, privacy and compliance in hybrid cloud environments, offering customers secure access to their applications and virtual desktops from any device, anywhere.
Integrien's patented real-time datacenter performance analytics and management software helps customers manage application and infrastructure performance, turning data from existing management tools into actionable intelligence. As IT organizations face increasing pressure to improve service levels, they are evolving toward more dynamic infrastructures, including public and private clouds.
With the acquisition of Integrien, VMware added to the capabilities of our vCenter management product line, offering a new level of automation and control to support virtualized applications and cloud infrastructures. The dynamic nature of virtualized infrastructures and cloud environments require a new kind of management software that can handle ever-changing configurations, pinpoint performance issues and fundamentally improve how IT service levels are managed.
TriCipher has been a pioneer in the field of identity and access management as a service. Over 3,000 public and private web and SaaS applications use TriCipher's seamless single sign-on with secure authentication. SaaS authentication and access management are even more important as companies evolve to a hybrid cloud environment.
VMware's acquisition of TriCipher let us integrate identity-based security and managed access to applications hosted in the cloud or on-premise. Convenient end-user access to applications on any device with security controls for IT lets customers extend their security and control into public cloud environments.
EMC Ionix IT management business solutions improved management and deployment of servers and applications in virtualized datacenters. EMC Ionix focused on simplifying and automating IT management to accelerate the journey to cloud computing and provide visibility and compliance throughout the infrastructure.
VMware’s acquisition of FastScale, Application Discover Manager, Server Configuration Manager and Service Manager complements and expanded our existing vCenter product family, adding capabilities to meet stringent compliance standards. Customers can achieve a holistic view of configuration compliance from underlying physical assets up through applications.
GemStone Systems developed an array of real-time data management solutions including GemFire Enterprise, a highly-scalable distributed data platform. GemFire enables the delivery of the right data to the right applications at the right time, wherever those applications are hosted. The high level of performance and scalability makes GemFire ideal for mission-critical applications in industries that rely on massive amounts of real-time data.
The acquisition of Gemstone by Springsource, a division of VMware, enhanced VMware's suite of application infrastructure software with an important middleware capability. As we continue delivering platform as a service (PaaS) solutions that can work in customer datacenters or at service providers, GemFire will help customer solve the data management challenges of cloud-based architectures. GemFire is of high value today in mission-critical enterprise applications and will continue to play a strategic role for companies moving into the cloud, whether public, private or hybrid.
RabbitMQ is an open source multi-protocol, portable messaging system that is ideally suited for applications deployed to a cloud environment. As a key infrastructure element for enterprise applications the lightweight, scalable messaging of RabbitMQ routes user requests to the appropriate resource, wherever they reside.
With the acquisition of Rabbit Technologies, Ltd., SpringSource, a division of VMware, extended its application platform that reduces the complexity associated with development, deployment and management of enterprise applications. Clear integration with the Spring Framework helped Spring developers leverage RabbitMQ.
RTO Software creates user profile management and application-focused performance monitoring tools to improve user experience and performance. Their solutions are used on thousands of servers around the world in many different industries.
Persona management is an important part of our strategy to provide customers the ability to manage user data, settings and application access. We acquired three products from RTO Software that helped us improve profile management and user experience, monitor application performance and provide IT assets management tools.
SpringSource, the innovator and driving force behind some of the most popular and fastest growing open source developer communities, application frameworks, runtimes, and management tools, simplifies the process of writing Java applications. In just five years, SpringSource established a presence in a majority of the Global 2000 companies.
VMware continues to support the principles that have made SpringSource solutions popular: the interoperability of SpringSource software with a wide variety of middleware software, and the open source model that is important to the developer community. Together, VMware and SpringSource simplified the "build, run and manage" experience. We continue to innovate and develop integrated Platform as a Service (PaaS) solutions that can be hosted at customer datacenters or at cloud service providers. Customers can build new enterprise and web applications and run them on internal or external vSphere-based clouds. The same dynamic, scalable and cost-efficient vSphere-based clouds can also host and manage their existing applications.
Trango built real-time hypervisors and development tools for embedded systems. They developed virtualization software that lets a single mobile phone run several operating systems at the same time.
VMware's vision of giving customers secure access to their applications and virtual desktops from any device, anywhere includes mobile phones. VMware's Mobile Virtualization Platform (MVP), built on technology acquired from Trango, lets users run multiple profiles on a single phone, each isolated from the other. Vendors can deploy the same software stack on a variety of phones, accelerating time to market.
Blue Lane Technologies, a network security vendor, developed inline patching technology as well as software that shielded virtual machines from security threats in network traffic. Their software worked at the hypervisor layer to protect virtual servers by monitoring network traffic for threats and provided real-time protection.
The acquisition of Blue Lane Technologies expanded our capabilities in network monitoring and protection. VMware vShield Zones was built on key technologies and software from Blue Lane Technologies. This API and partner program allows our security vendors to leverage the introspective capabilities of the hypervisor for better protection of virtual machines.