VMware Goes On Buying Spree, Acquires Veriflow In Its Sixth Known Deal This Year

Crunchbase | August 19, 2019

In a blog, VMware said the buy should “strengthen its capabilities in the pervasive network monitoring, troubleshooting, and verification space.” Veriflow’s product aims to help predict outages before they happen as well as “vulnerabilities before they are exploited.” Per VMware, Veriflow’s technology “provides problem detection for critical network issues (physical and virtual).”Founded in 2013, San Jose-based Veriflow had raised $11.1 million in funding over its lifetime, according to Crunchbase data. Its last raise was a July 2016 $8.2 million Series A that was led by Menlo Ventures and also included participation from New Enterprise Associates (NEA). As you can see in the chart below, VMware has stepped up the pace of its acquisitions over the past two years. Its recent pattern seems to be buying smaller companies with little or no venture backing. Besides Veriflow, it has also acquired or announced plans to acquireUhana, Bitfusion.io (which had raised $8.3 million), Avi Networks, Bitnami, and AetherPal(which had raised $6 million).

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