VMware Cloud Exec On Wavefront Acquisition, AWS Strategy, And Why VMware Does Not Want To Be In Public Cloud Business

VMware's Wavefront Deal Packs A Microservices-DevOps Punch

Ajay Singh, senior vice president and general manager of VMware's Cloud Management Business Unit, told CRN that the company's acquisition of Wavefront provides the virtualization market leader with microservices and DevOps prowess for its Cross-Cloud Services offensive.

Wavefront, named to CRN's 10 Coolest Big Data Startups of 2016, develops a cloud-hosted, real-time analytics platform that monitors and manages cloud applications. It provides monitoring to optimize clouds and modern applications by delivering insight using millions of data points per second in real time. Wavefront, for example, provides intelligent alerts to proactively monitor and manage application performance.

"Wavefront is by far the leader in ingesting and monitoring data," said Singh. "The company can offer millions of metrics per second, or in the industry jargon, PPS, or points per second. That's what some of Wavefront's high-end customers like Workday, Box and British Gas are experiencing."

The Wavefront deal comes just one week after VMware sold its vCloud Air public cloud platform to European hosting giant OVH.

Solution providers said the two recent moves underscore VMware's stepped-up focus on providing hybrid and cross-cloud software and services. 

Singh spoke with CRN about the acquisition of Wavefront, the impact on the AWS strategy, and why VMware does not want to be in the public cloud business.

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