VMware reinforces virtualization, cloud strategy with Log Insight acquisition

Log analytics product aimed at management and real-time operational analysis for IT data regardless of scale

Virtualization giant VMware has continued its recent shopping spree to build up the company's cloud computing capabilities with the acquisition of a big data analytics tool, Log Insight, which is a product from small technology vendor Pattern Insight. VMware is acquiring this single application and the tool's development team, but not the entire company. Financial details were not disclosed.

The news follows on the heels of two other big acquisitions recently made by VMware. In July, the company announced it was buying DynamicOps, a cloud automation solution provider. The acquisition gives the virtualization giant multicloud, multiplatform, and multivendor management capabilities.

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Later in July, VMware announced a $1.26 billion bid for Nicira, a startup that offers software-defined networking (SDN) technology. VMware officials hope to leverage Nicira's network virtualization platform to replace traditional hardware networking and build a foundation for cloud environments.

In a recent blog post, Spiros Xanthos, CEO and co-founder of Pattern Insight, said, "Ever since we started Pattern Insight, our vision has been to change how people search, mine, and analyze their vast amounts of IT and engineering data. Log Insight, a log analytics product, is the culmination of our efforts aiming at management and real-time operational analytics for IT data regardless of scale."

Log Insight is an analytics and log management platform that is designed to analyze in real time the vast amounts of machine-generated data that is created in cloud, physical, and virtualized data center environments and then to guide IT administrators to the root cause of problems. Furthermore, it can also provide insights on emerging trends and hidden patterns that exist within the environment, revealing issues even before they become a problem.

Xanthos is positive about the acquisition and stated, "VMware is ideally positioned in the middle of two of the most important shifts in IT in the recent years: virtualization and cloud computing. It therefore provides the perfect home for Log Insight and the team to continue innovating."

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