VMware Buys Heptio
November 6, 2018
has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Heptio, a leader in the
open Kubernetes ecosystem. Heptio’s products and expertise help
organizations deploy and operationalize Kubernetes.
Terms were not disclosed.
Founded in 2016 by Joe Beda and Craig McLuckie, two of the creators of
Kubernetes, Heptio has applied its unique insight to a growing set of
products, open source projects and contributions to upstream Kubernetes.
This is complemented by Heptio’s work with organizations through
training, support and professional services that speed integration of
Kubernetes and related technologies into the fabric of enterprise IT. As
a result, Heptio will be able to open new channels for VMware to further
engage the open source community and harden upstream Kubernetes as well
as support the cloud native needs of the largest enterprises in the
world upon closing.
VMware and Pivotal have delivered PKS, the industry’s most comprehensive
Kubernetes portfolio covering customer use cases for on-premises
deployment and as a cloud service. The offerings enable organizations to
operate Kubernetes and run their modern applications in a cloud-agnostic
fashion. Upon completion of the acquisition, Heptio’s Kubernetes
solution, expertise and community leadership will enhance the VMware
portfolio and further accelerate enterprise adoption of Kubernetes.
is emerging as an open framework for multi-cloud infrastructure that
enables enterprise organizations to run modern applications,” said Paul
Fazzone, senior vice president and general manager, Cloud Native Apps
Business Unit, VMware. “Heptio products and services will reinforce and
extend VMware’s efforts with PKS to establish Kubernetes as the de facto
standard for infrastructure across clouds upon closing. We are thrilled
that the Heptio team led by Craig and Joe will be joining VMware to help
us guide customers as they move to a multi-cloud world.”
“The team at Heptio has been focused on Kubernetes, creating products
that make it easier to manage multiple clusters across multiple clouds,”
said Craig McLuckie, CEO and co-founder of Heptio. “And now we will be
tapping into VMware’s cloud native resources and proven ability to
execute, amplifying our impact. VMware’s interest in Heptio is a
recognition that there is so much innovation happening in open source.
We are jointly committed to contribute even more to the
community—resources, ideas and support.”
The transaction is expected to close in VMware's fiscal Q4 2019, subject
to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals. This
acquisition is not expected to have a material impact on fiscal 2019
“Heptio has an incredibly talented team and exciting portfolio of
products that will expand and accelerate Pivotal and VMware’s customers’
journey with cloud native software upon closing. VMware and Pivotal have
worked together to co-develop PKS which enables enterprises to more
effectively build and run modern applications. We are thrilled for
Heptio to join VMware and look forward to working with them to drive
greater innovation together,” said Ian Andrews, senior vice president,
products and marketing, Pivotal.