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VMware acquires Pivotal and Carbon Black for $4.8 billion

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VMware acquires Pivotal and Carbon Black

VMware is investing a huge sum of money into acquisitions this week. It is acquiring Pivotal Software— a leading cloud-native platform provider, and Carbon Black— a leader in cloud-native endpoint protection.

The acquisition of Pivotal is valued at $2.7 billion, while that of Carbon Black is $2.1 billion.

Pivotal is a leader in modern software development and helps enterprises transform the way they build and run their apps. It provides a wide range of offerings which includes developer-centric platform, tools and services that can speed up the development of modern apps.

Pivotal recently launched the Pivotal Spring Runtime for Kubernetes and is planning to release Pivotal Application Service for Kubernetes.

“VMware has a proven track record of helping organizations run and manage consistent infrastructure in support of mission critical applications, and our two companies have already built a strong foundation on our successful VMware PKS collaboration. We look forward to continuing our work with VMware to provide even more value to customers building modern applications,” said Rob Mee, CEO, Pivotal.

VMware will combine Pivotal’s assets with its IT expertise and infrastructure. This will help VMware to provide enterprises with a comprehensive set of products, tools, and services required to build, run, and manage apps on Kubernetes infrastructure.

“Kubernetes is emerging as the de facto standard for multi-cloud modern apps. We are excited to combine Pivotal’s development platform, tools and services with VMware’s infrastructure capabilities to deliver a comprehensive Kubernetes portfolio to build, run and manage modern applications,” said Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware.

On the other hand, Carbon Black has a cloud-native security platform that uses big data and behavioral analytics for providing endpoint protection.

“We now have the opportunity to seamlessly integrate Carbon Black’s cloud-native endpoint protection platform into all of VMware’s control points,” said Patrick Morley, CEO, Carbon Black.

“This type of bold move is exactly what the IT and security industries have been looking to see for a very long time. We look forward to working with the VMware team to continue delivering a modern security cloud platform to customers around the world.”

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VMware will integrate Carbon Black’s solutions with its security services including Workspace ONE, AppDefense, NSX, and SecureState. The software virtualization giant aims to develop a modern cloud-based security platform for apps running on clouds or devices.

“By bringing Carbon Black into the VMware family, we are now taking a huge step forward in security and delivering an enterprise-grade platform to administer and protect workloads, applications and networks,” said Pat Gelsinger, CEO, VMware.

Both the new acquisitions are expected to close in the second half of VMware’s fiscal year 2020, ending January 31, 2020, subject to customary conditions.

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