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VMware Buys Wavefront for Cross-Cloud Management Services

April 13, 2017

VMware reported its intention to acquire Wavefront, the metrics monitoring service for cloud and modern application environments. The transaction is expected to close in calendar Q2 2017. VMware does not expect this transaction to have a material impact on its FY18 operating results.

Terms were not disclosed.

Digital enterprises face challenges of a new order of magnitude when monitoring modern applications -- consisting of hundreds of microservices in containers with lifespans of seconds -- spread across private and public clouds. To identify and fix operational issues in these dynamic cross-cloud environments, developers need new instrumentation for their applications, and teams practicing DevOps require sophisticated real-time analytics on their high-scale distributed systems to adapt to problems before they impact the business.

Wavefront provides metrics monitoring to optimize clouds and modern applications by delivering operational insights using millions of data points per second in real-time. Operators and developers can interrogate real-time data streams to discover new ways to address problems, identify bottlenecks, and test algorithms and hypotheses. A cloud-hosted service, Wavefront ingests, stores, visualizes, and alerts on streaming metric data from clouds and modern applications enabling superior operational performance. Scaling to support the largest data center needs, the service can measure, correlate, and analyze across servers, devices, applications, end-user behavior, multiple public cloud and data center attributes, SaaS, PaaS and IaaS environments, and business metrics.

"VMware set the standard for monitoring virtual environments with VMware vRealize® Operations™, and we will set the standard for cross-cloud and modern application monitoring with Wavefront," said Ajay Singh, senior vice president and general manager, Cloud Management Business Unit, VMware. "It delivers a radically new scope and scale of metrics monitoring and analytics to help developers improve the performance, availability and customer experience of their digital services. When combined with the vRealize product portfolio, digital enterprises will gain a complete view from network through infrastructure to applications."

"I'm excited about Wavefront joining VMware upon the close of the deal," said Pete Cittadini, president and CEO of Wavefront. "Today, Wavefront delivers the ultimate streaming metrics monitoring to digital enterprises changing the way they deliver and instrument their clouds and modern applications. I look forward to delivering Wavefront's innovations to more customers, more extensively, as part of the vRealize portfolio of industry-leading multi-cloud management products."

For seven-plus years, VMware has invested in solutions featuring advanced metrics and analytics to help customers simplify and automate how they manage, monitor and troubleshoot services in dynamic virtual and cloud environments. Wavefront's metrics monitoring for modern applications will complement VMware's industry-leading vRealize Operations platform for monitoring, troubleshooting and capacity planning across virtual environments. Upon close of the deal, customers will have a holistic representation of their network, infrastructure and application environments when using Wavefront with vRealize Network Insight, vRealize Operations and vRealize Log Insight™. Completion of the acquisition will further enable VMware to reach new digital enterprise customers and end-users including application delivery and development teams seeking to glean greater insight into their modern applications and associated containers and microservices.

Wavefront to Speed Time to Market for New SaaS Management Solutions

Upon close of the acquisition, Wavefront will be a part of the growing portfolio of VMware Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings. Additionally, VMware will leverage Wavefront's technology to accelerate the development of VMware Cross-Cloud Services™ to help manage and monitor modern application and their associated infrastructure across clouds. Introduced as a technology preview at VMworld 2016 U.S., Cross-Cloud Services are new SaaS offerings under development to enable visibility into cloud usage and costs, enhance consistent networking and security policies, and automate the deployment, management, and migration of applications and data across VMware vSphere® and non-vSphere private and public clouds.

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