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10 Things To Watch From The $2.1 Billion VMware-Carbon Black Deal

Here's a deep look at what attracted VMware to Carbon Black's endpoint security portfolio and how VMware plans to enhance Carbon Black's protection capabilities and go-to-market strategy.

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Fortifying The Endpoint

Carbon Black has shifted strategy just 15 months after the company went public with its planned sale to VMware in a deal with an enterprise value of $2.1 billion. The deal will allow the Waltham, Mass.-based endpoint security vendor to serve as the anchor for Palo Alto, Calif.-based VMware's new Security Business Unit.

Carbon Black's stock is up 39 percent to $26 per share since reports first emerged Aug. 9 that negotiations were taking place to sell the company to a technology vendor. VMware agreed late Thursday to buy Carbon Black for $26 per share, which (excluding Friday) is higher than the company's stock had traded at any point since June 2018, just one month after Carbon Black went public.

Carbon Black CEO Patrick Morley sent a memo to company employees, and VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger spoke with investors Thursday about what the acquisition means for both companies, according to documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Here's a look at what Morley and Gelsinger had to say about what attracted VMware to Carbon Black's endpoint security portfolio and how VMware plans to enhance Carbon Black's protection capabilities and go-to-market strategy going forward.

 
 
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