VMware Buying Spree Continues With Intrinsic

Sdxcentral | August 21, 2019

VMware bought Intrinsic, an application runtime security startup, in its sixth acquisition in three months. The deal adds serverless security to VMware’s rapidly growing cloud portfolio.“VMware has acquired the technology and team behind Intrinsic,” a VMware spokesperson told SDxCentral. “This acquisition brings us unique expertise and technology as we look to expand our VMware AppDefense platform into the public cloud.”AppDefense was VMware’s first security product, unveiled at the annual VMworld event in 2017. It initially supported applications running on vSphere-based virtualized and cloud environments. Last year it added container security for Kubernetes, Docker, RedHat OpenShift, and PKS workloads running across virtual machines, bare metal servers, and cloud platforms.Now that it’s bought Intrinsic, VMware will be able to secure serverless functions on Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud.

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Tom Gillis, VMware SVP and GM of networking and security discusses his views on the future of networking and what’s driving VMware NSX adoption. Networking complexity is holding customers back. Networking must be as simple as it is in AWS or Azure. VMware NSX is delivering automated, secure, software-defined network infrastructure as code, operating at cloud-scale, with single-click deployment to wherever apps are located.


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The Ken Blanchard Companies Partners with Immersive Learning Leader Talespin on New Trust VR Simulation

The Ken Blanchard Companies | February 17, 2022

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Meta Provides Additional Details on New Segment Reporting

Meta | January 25, 2022

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Lightbits and Harel IT to Showcase NVMe Storage for Virtualized Clouds at VMware VForum 2022

Lightbits | March 24, 2022

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GoodAccess | March 09, 2022

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Tom Gillis, VMware SVP and GM of networking and security discusses his views on the future of networking and what’s driving VMware NSX adoption. Networking complexity is holding customers back. Networking must be as simple as it is in AWS or Azure. VMware NSX is delivering automated, secure, software-defined network infrastructure as code, operating at cloud-scale, with single-click deployment to wherever apps are located.

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