What’s behind VMware’s Wavefront acquisition?


VMware’s acquisition of monitoring software maker Wavefront for an undisclosed sum is a move core to VMware’s strategy to round out its portfolio for facilitating and managing hybrid cloud environments. It highlights in the need to ensure that applications running between private and public clouds perform up to par.

Monitoring is key in the DevOps era

Some of these environments leverage hundreds or thousands of containers, such as Amazon EC2 Container Service, Kubernetes, Docker Swarm, and Mesos. Such distributed cloud environments require introspection and analysis at a higher data rate than ever before, says Shekar Ayyar, VMware executive vice president of strategy and corporate development.


Moreover, developers can query data streams to discover new ways to address problems, identify bottlenecks, and test algorithms and hypotheses. Wavefront’s software also plugs into collaboration tools popular among DevOps teams, including Slack, PagerDuty and HipChat.


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