Fri. Jul 19th, 2019

VMWare acquires Bitnami to bolster its app-packaging instruments

San Francisco-based virtualization firm VMWare immediately revealed that it intends to accumulate 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 is just not simple 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 had 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 authentic objective, 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 that it’ll stay “dedicated” to sustaining the partnerships Bitnami at present has with main cloud service suppliers after the deal’s shut. And for its half, Bitnami says it’ll proceed to develop and preserve its app catalog throughout all of the platforms it helps and develop to extra ones within the close to future.

“Upon shut, we’ll proceed to put money into Bitnami’s suite of merchandise and initiatives in addition to assist our prospects to construct and deploy functions extra shortly and simply,” wrote VMWare common supervisor of cloud companies Milin Desai and common supervisor of cloud-native functions Paul Fazzone in a weblog publish. “Additional, Bitnami will be capable of increase our present efforts to ship a curated market to VMware prospects that provides a wealthy set of functions 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 prospects onto a number of clouds, in a number of codecs, and in a number of marketplaces. Furthermore, it hopes to simplify acquisition and commerce throughout clouds, extending to open supply software program distributors who provide paid variations of their software program.

“We’re dedicated to sustaining the deep partnerships that Bitnami at present has with main cloud service suppliers immediately 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 prospects. This can even be a chance for VMware’s present … companions to supply Bitnami’s software content material to their finish prospects, and ship worth past infrastructure to assist their prospects with their respective digital transformation journeys.”

For the uninitiated, Bitnami offers a set of validated app packages that allow builders to shortly construct companies in a spread of codecs in clouds, together with digital machines, containers, and Kubernetes helm charts. Fazzone and Desai famous that its catalog boasts “tens of millions” of click-to-deploy functions and improvement stacks for main cloud and Kubernetes environments.

“Our mission at Bitnami is to make superior software program obtainable to everybody, in every single place. There may be numerous 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,” mentioned Lopez and Brescia. “We can not consider a greater solution to proceed their contributions and profession progress than as a part of VMware, an trade chief.”

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