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VMware announces intent to acquire Kubernetes security platform Octarine

VMware has announced that it intends to acquire Octarine, the developer of a security platform for Kubernetes applications which helps simplify DevSecOps, while enabling cloud native environments to be intrinsically secure, from development through runtime. 

The acquisition of Octarine was announced at Connect 2020, which was held virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic. At the event, VMware confirmed that the company would be integrating Octarine’s technology into the Carbon Black Cloud, providing new support of security features for containerised applications running in Kubernetes and enable security capabilities as part of the fabric of the existing IT and DevOps ecosystems. 

VMware says that the addition of Octarine’s technology will further reduce the need for additional sensors in the stack. Octarine capabilities will also integrate and leverage the VMware Tanzu platform, including current investments in Service Mesh and Open Policy Agent.

“Acquiring Octarine will enable us to further expand VMware’s intrinsic security strategy to containers and Kubernetes environments by embedding the Octarine technology into the VMware Carbon Black Cloud,” said Patrick Morley, general manager and senior vice president, Security Business Unit, VMware. 

“This, combined with native integrations with Tanzu, vSphere, NSX and VMware Cloud Foundation, will create what we believe is a unique and compelling solution for intrinsically securing workloads. And, with the addition of our AppDefense capabilities merged into the platform, we can fundamentally transform how workloads are better secured.”

Despite the acquisition, Octarine will continue developing new features for the platform, which the company’s CEO confirmed in a blog post on its website commenting on the deal. 

“VMware’s commitment to cloud native computing and intrinsic security, which have been demonstrated by its product announcements and by recent acquisitions, makes it an ideal home for Octarine,” Octarine CEO Shemer Schwarz noted.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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