VMware Announces 2 Deals to Bulk Up Its Cloud Offerings

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VMware said on Thursday that it had bought two companies offering cloud security and cloud developer services in separate deals valued together at about $5 billion, as it looks to expand the range of products and services it offers to its corporate clients.

VMware bought Pivotal Software in a $2.7 billion deal. Dell Technologies is the controlling stakeholder in both companies.

Separately, VMware said it would buy the software maker Carbon Black for about $2 billion in cash in a bid to expand its security offerings.

VMware makes cloud computing software, while Pivotal provides tools for software developers working on cloud services. Carbon Black, on the other hand, has a cloud security platform that uses big data and behavioral analytics to protect against cyberattacks.

“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,” the chief executive, Pat Gelsinger, said in a statement.

The company expects Carbon Black and Pivotal to meaningfully add to its revenue in the first year after closing the deals by January next year.

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