Wed. Jul 24th, 2019

VMWare acquires Bitnami to bolster its app-packaging instruments

San Francisco-based virtualization firm VMWare in the present day revealed that it intends to amass Y Combinator graduate Bitnami, an app packing options supplier, for an undisclosed sum. The 2 corporations confirmed the deal in coordinated press releases this morning.

“We realized that if we needed to proceed to develop we must increase cash, as constructing an enterprise salesforce shouldn’t be straightforward to do if you find yourself bootstrapped,” wrote CEO Daniel Lopez and cofounder Erica Brescia in a weblog publish. “As a part of the fundraising course of, we have been approached by a number of distributors within the house to make strategic investments or, in some circumstances, be part of forces. Whereas this was not our unique aim, as a part of the conversations that we had throughout this course of, we realized that VMware can be the perfect associate for us.”

VMWare says it is going to stay “dedicated” to sustaining the partnerships Bitnami presently has with main cloud service suppliers after the deal’s shut. For its half, Bitnami says it is going to proceed to develop and preserve its app catalog throughout all of the platforms it helps and broaden to extra ones within the close to future.

“Upon shut, we are going to proceed to spend money on Bitnami’s suite of merchandise and initiatives, in addition to assist[ing] our clients to construct and deploy purposes extra rapidly and simply,” wrote VMWare common supervisor of cloud providers Milin Desai and common supervisor of cloud-native purposes Paul Fazzone in a weblog publish. “Additional, Bitnami will be capable to increase our current efforts to ship a curated market to VMware clients that gives a wealthy set of purposes and improvement environments, along with infrastructure software program.”

Particularly, VMWare plans to leverage Bitnami’s experience and automatic updating, packaging, and deployment instruments to ship “validated options” to clients in a number of clouds, codecs, and marketplaces. Furthermore, Bitnami hopes to simplify acquisition and commerce throughout clouds, extending to open supply software program distributors who supply paid variations of their software program.

“We’re dedicated to sustaining the deep partnerships that Bitnami presently has with main cloud service suppliers in the present day after shut,” wrote Fazzone and Desai, “[a]nd we plan to proceed to drive wealthy content material to their marketplaces to allow the most effective expertise for our mutual clients. This can even be a possibility for VMware’s current … companions to offer Bitnami’s software content material to their finish clients and ship worth past infrastructure to assist their clients with their respective digital transformation journeys.”

For the uninitiated, Bitnami gives a collection of validated app packages that allow builders to rapidly construct providers in a variety of codecs in clouds, together with digital machines, containers, and Kubernetes helm charts. Fazzone and Desai famous that Bitnami’s catalog boasts “tens of millions” of click-to-deploy purposes and improvement stacks for main cloud and Kubernetes environments.

“Our mission at Bitnami is to make superior software program obtainable to everybody, all over the place. There may be plenty of nice software program on the market, a lot of it open supply, that’s out of attain of many builders and system directors as a result of it’s too complicated to arrange and preserve,” stated Lopez and Brescia. “We can not consider a greater solution to proceed their contributions and profession development than as a part of VMware, an trade chief.”

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