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5 Things You Need To Know About VMware’s Acquisition Of Pivotal

From more firepower against IBM-Red Hat to creating a new business unit, here are five things you need to know about Pivotal now as an official subsidiary of VMware.

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Pivotal To Supercharge VMware’s Battle Against IBM-Red Hat

VMware has its sights set on becoming the open source, container application platform standard. Its toughest competitor in this market is Red Hat’s mature OpenShift Kubernetes platform. Red Hat was acquired by IBM for a whopping $34 billion in 2019, a price tag VMware’s Gelsinger scoffed at compared to Pivotal.

“IBM spent $34 billion [on Red Hat]. I spent [$2.7 billion on Pivotal] plus add Heptio,” said Gelsinger during a Deutsche Bank Conference last year. “So I spent less than $3 billion and I think I have better assets.”

Last year, VMware unveiled the centerpiece of its Kubernetes strategy, VMware Tanzu, a portfolio of products and services slated to enhance the capabilities of VMware and Pivotal’s Pivotal Container Service (PKS), including a new cross-cloud Kubernetes management console called Tanzu Mission Control. VMware is allowing customers the option to build and deploy applications on Kubernetes using different development platforms, including an instance of Pivotal Cloud Foundry’s PaaS.

Pivotal isn’t the only company VMware acquired over the past 12 months to help steal open source container market share from IBM-Red Hat. “During the past year, we’ve completed the acquisition of Heptio for deep Kubernetes expertise. Additionally, we acquired Bitnami in May 2019. Bitnami’s packaged application catalog enables developers to quickly and easily deploy open source software onto the world’s leading cloud providers as well as on their own servers,” said O’Farrell in his blog post. “Wavefront also plays a role in supporting our customers’ modern apps needs with an enterprise observability platform that automates and unifies enterprise Kubernetes and applications visibility to enterprises.”

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