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VMware to Acquire Bitnami to 'Accelerate Multi-Cloud and Kubernetes Offerings'

Today VMware Inc. announced its intent to acquire Bitnami, an application packaging provider for multi-cloud and Kubernetes environments, for an unspecified sum.

Milin Desai, general manager of cloud services at VMware, and Paul Fazzone, general manager of cloud native applications at VMware, published a joint blog plost announcing the move. They emphasized that VMware will continue to invest in Bitnami's suite of products and projects and that Bitnami will enable VMware 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."

The Bitnami announcement highlighted that the company would now be able to "double-down on the breadth and depth of [its] current offering and bring Bitnami to even more clouds, as well as accelerating [its] push into the enterprise." The company sees this move as opening up more opportunities for current customers using Bitnami in production, but Bitnami also stressed that nothing will change with regard to its current application catalog. It will continue to develop and maintain its open source library across supported platforms and plan on expanding into new ones.

VMware expects this new partnership to help the company solve challenges for customer developer and IT operations teams, increase collaboration with ISVs, extend cloud service provider engagements and foster deeper community ties.

"I'm thrilled about the potential impact Bitnami will have on helping us accelerate our multi-cloud and Kubernetes offerings and efforts after close. Bitnami's packaged application catalog enables developers to quickly and easily deploy open and closed source software to the world's leading cloud providers, as well as on their own servers," said Shekar Ayyar, executive vice president, Strategy and Corporate Development and General Manager, Telco NFV Group at VMware, in a blog post. "Additionally, Bitnami's expertise in packaging ISV software for Kubernetes will augment the efforts of our Cloud Native Apps team after close. Last but not least, Bitnami's application packaging capabilities will help our customers to simplify the consumption of applications in hybrid cloud environments from on-premises to VMware Cloud on AWS to VMware Cloud Provider Program partner clouds once the deal closes."

For specific details, see the official announcement.

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Wendy Hernandez is group managing editor for the 1105 Enterprise Computing Group.

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