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VMware Buys Cloud Security Startup CloudCoreo

VMware will acquire CloudCoreo to help customers get a better understanding of their risks in the cloud.

The small Seattle team — less than ten employees — will join VMware’s Cloud Services unit and CloudCoreo’s flagship configuration-management product will get folded into that group, said Milin Desai, general manager for VMware Cloud Services. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and Desai declined to comment on the acquisition price on the sidelines of The Information’s Hybrid Cloud & AI event Wednesday in Seattle.

CloudCoreo’s platform monitors the entire cloud infrastructure stack (cloud services, hosts, and application configuration), and looks for misconfigurations or risks at deploy time. This allows security and DevOps teams to fix any issues before breaches or compliance policy violations can occur, the company claims.

The deal is another example of VMware’s push into multi-cloud, partnering with Amazon Web Services on hybrid cloud as well as Pivotal and Google on Pivotal Container Service (PKS), which allows enterprises to run Kubernetes on premises as well as in Google Cloud.

It also boosts VMware’s security play, which has been another key focus area for the vendor over the past six months.

Last August, at its annual event in Las Vegas, VMware launched its first pure-play security product, AppDefense, which monitors applications running in the cloud and in on-premises data centers for abnormal behavior. And in December, the company announced new cloud-based security software, co-developed with Carbon Black, which automates threat detection and remediation.

“As a part of VMware, CloudCoreo will enable us to extend our model of supporting consistent operations across any cloud,” wrote Milin Desai, general manager, cloud services, in a VMware blog about the acquisition. “We will help customers to access the best cloud for the needs of each individual application, while optimizing security and compliance. And we will give customers the ultimate choice to develop any type of application their business needs and deploy to any cloud, without increasing complexity or risk to the business.”

Founded almost two years ago, CloudCoreo raised a $2.9 million seed fund led by Madrona Venture Group in October 2016. Here’s a video of CloudCoreo CEO Tom Hull, a longtime Seattle-area entrepreneur and executive, speaking about the company at our GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit last year.

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