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10 Important Acquisitions Fueling VMware’s Multi-Cloud, Container Comeback

VMware has been on a buying binge over the last two years. At VMworld 2019, that wisdom of that acquisition strategy came fully into the light.

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While not one of the company's larger acquisitions, Heptio provided the spark that ignited VMware's critically important Kubernetes efforts, now culminating in its Tanzu initiative to become a container leader.

Heptio founders Joe Beda and Craig McLuckie worked on the original container orchestration project at Google, and they were the first to commit code after that pioneering work shifted into the open-source Kubernetes project that revolutionized the industry.

VMware is now the third largest contributor to the Kubernetes project, largely thanks to the leadership and imprimatur it gained from Heptio's team. Beda and McLuckie were critical in shaping the vision that spawned Tanzu, VMware's coming multi-cloud, Kubernetes platform, as well as native integration of Kubernetes into vSphere as part of Project Pacific.

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