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VMware Acquires Carbon Black for $2.1 Billion

VMware announced on Aug. 22, that it is acquiring Carbon Black, a cloud-based endpoint protection solution, at $26 per share, representing value of $2.1 billion for the publicly traded firm.

In a recent blog post by Carbon Black’s President and CEO, Patrick Morley assures Carbon Black customers and partners that existing agreements will not be impacted by the transaction. He notes that Carbon Black’s product strategy, roadmap, and customer support remain unchanged, and that its product portfolio (in the cloud and on-premises) is included in the merger between companies.

The deal is expected to close in the second half of VMware’s fiscal year ending January 31, 2020. When fully acquired, Carbon Black will become VMware’s Security Business Unit.

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Source: SoftwareReviews, Report Published July 9, 2019

Source: Carbon Black at SoftwareReviews, Accessed September 17, 2019

Our Take

VMware adds Carbon Black’s endpoint machine learning technology and big data to its security offerings of AppDefense, Workspace ONE, NSX, and SecureState. The strategic partnership adds more options for consumers under one roof, alleviating the long-standing problem of finding a solution with cohesive platform architecture. All mergers and acquisitions involve some changes, so to say that product strategy and customer support will remain the same might be premature. It will be interesting to see how the merger unfolds in the coming months and how the acquisition will contribute to VMWare’s vision of a digital workspace.


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