All things cloud are certain to be major topics next week at the VMworld user conference, but VMware took things up a notch with plans to spend $4.2 billion to acquire cloud-development firm Pivotal, and security provider Carbon Black.
During its quarterly financial call VMware said it would spend about $2.7 billion on Pivotal and its Cloud Foundry hybrid cloud development technology and another $2.1 billion for Carbon Black, which includes its Predictive Security Cloud offering and other endpoint-security software.
VMware had deep relationships with both companies. Carbon Black technology is part of VMware’s AppDefense end point security product. Pivotal has a deeper relationship in that VMware and Dell, VMware’s parent company spun out Pivotal in 2013.