VMware acquires Bitnami to accelerate its multicloud strategy

By Laura Mullan
VMware has revealed that it’s buying Bitnami, a San Francisco-based startup that makes prepackaged software apps. The Bitnami founders said they deci...

VMware has revealed that it’s buying Bitnami, a San Francisco-based startup that makes prepackaged software apps.

The Bitnami founders said they decided to sell after realising that they would need to raise more venture capital cash if they wanted to keep growing 

The financial details of the deal were not disclosed.


Bitnami makes software app packages that make it easier for developers to build services in different cloud formats.

VMware believes the agreement will also help to solve challenges for customer developer and IT operations teams, increase collaborations with ISVs, extend cloud service provider engagements whilst also fostering deeper community ties. 

Bitnami’s focus on simplifying application delivery in multicloud environments also aligns well with VMware’s strategy.

When announcing the deal, VMware reiterated that it would continue to invest in Bitnami’s suite of products and projects.

"I'm thrilled about the potential impact Bitnami will have on helping us accelerate our multi-cloud and Kubernetes offerings and efforts after close," said Shekar Ayyar, executive vice president, Strategy and Corporate Development and General Manager, Telco NFV Group at VMware, in a blog post. 

“Upon close, Bitnami will enable our customers to easily deploy application packages on any cloud — public or hybrid — and in the most optimal format — virtual machine (VM), containers and Kubernetes helm charts,” the company wrote in a blog post announcing the deal.

Bitnami says that the deal will allow it to hone its current offering, bring Bitnami to even more clouds and accelerate its push into enterprises.

“We realized that VMware would be the ideal partner for us. We both believe in a Kubernetes and multi-cloud future. We both share large enterprise customers, including cloud service providers. We both are building products and services to help companies navigate this multi-platform, multi-vendor world with a focus on enterprises,” wrote Bitnami CEO Daniel Lopez and co-founder Erica Brescia in a blog post.



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