Cloud and Digital Workspace Company VMware Acquires Cloud-native Endpoint Protection Company Carbon Black

August 23, 2019
Cloud and Digital Workspace Company VMware Acquires Cloud-native Endpoint Protection Company Carbon Black
Cloud and digital workspace company VMware, Inc. ( VMware, Inc.) has agreed to acquire cloud-native endpoint protection company Carbon Black, Inc. (Carbon Black). Established in 1998, Palo Alto, California-based VMware is recognized as a source of enterprise software innovation. The company offers a range of cloud and data center services including hybrid cloud, public cloud, private cloud, and virtualization. The ‘definitive agreement’ will see VMware acquire Carbon Black at a value of around $2.1 billion and underscores the company’s aggressive expansion strategy. Carbon Black’s technology and personnel will be absorbed throughout Vmware and its partner body Dell Corporation.

Carbon Black is a computer and network security specialist with headquarters in Waltham, Massachusetts, United States. Established in 2002, the company’s services extend to endpoint and security, PCI compliance, cybersecurity services, and malware protection. Its proprietary ‘CB Predictive Security Cloud’ (PSC) “consolidates endpoint security and IT operations into an endpoint protection platform (EPP) that prevents advanced threats, provides actionable insight and enables businesses of all sizes to simplify operations”.

Carbon Black has a global customer base that includes around a third of the Fortune 100 and supports an extensive network of partners. Together VMware and Carbon Black will offer cloud security services that will leverage ‘Big Data’, behavioral analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to protect workloads from cyber threats. The news comes against a backdrop of the company confirming its acquisition of Pivotal for $2.7 billion.

“The security industry is broken and ineffective with too many fragmented solutions and no cohesive platform architecture,” explained VMware’s CEO Pat Gelsinger. “By bringing Carbon Black into the VMware family, we are now taking a huge step forward in security and delivering an enterprise-grade platform to administer and protect workloads, applications and networks. With this acquisition, VMware will also take a significant leadership position in security for the new age of modern applications delivered from any cloud to any device.”

“Today marks an exciting milestone for Carbon Black, VMware and the entire cybersecurity industry,” added Carbon Black’s CEO Patrick Morley. “We now have the opportunity to seamlessly integrate Carbon Black’s cloud-native endpoint protection platform into all of VMware’s control points. This type of bold move is exactly what the IT and security industries have been looking to see for a very long time. We look forward to working with the VMware team to continue delivering a modern security cloud platform to customers around the world. Additionally, we’re pleased that today’s transaction provides Carbon Black’s shareholders with immediate and substantial value.”

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