On Monday, VMware announced its intent to acquire CloudHealth Technologies, a cloud management and optimization company, to expand its multicloud offerings for customers operating across Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform. VMware is reportedly paying about $500 million for the acquisition, Reuters reports.
At VMworld, the company also announced a lower entry-point pricing option for VMware cloud on AWS for customers, with three hosts for the prices of two. The company also opened capabilities for license optimization, live migration of virtual machines to the cloud, storage capacity scaling and database operation and scaling.
In cloud services, the company rolled out automation services, security and compliance tools and container and serverless application monitoring capabilities.
VMware has been developing tools for customers to build cloud infrastructure, such as its popular virtualization software, and its recent activity has demonstrated a strong focus around hybrid cloud environments, according to John Dinsdale, chief analyst and managing director at Synergy Research Group, in a statement provided to CIO Dive.
This means building out capabilities that work across the major cloud platforms and not trying to displace the likes of Amazon, Microsoft and Google.
"[VMware] is helping companies to build and run their private clouds, it is providing some of the infrastructure software required by public cloud service providers, and it is providing the tools to help enterprises manage their hybrid cloud operations," Dinsdale wrote.
With hybrid and multicloud models on the rise, cloud and software providers are responding with more tools to work across platforms, especially through containers.