VMware buys security start-up Intrinsic

Enterprise software company VMware has acquired Intrinsic, a San Francisco-based security start-up.
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Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

The acquisition represents another step in VMware’s embrace of cloud technologies, despite VMware’s legacy of providing products that companies can use to deploy software in their own data centers.

Intrinsic helps software developers securely tap serverless computing. Intrinsic’s technology lets users set policies about how these systems can operate. VMware will use Intrinsic’s technology to expand VMware AppDefense platform into the public cloud.

Intrinsic’s technology works with serverless offerings from cloud companies such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft and Google.

Intrinsic was founded in 2015 and was formerly known as GitStar. The start-up has about 10 employees. Intrinsic raised capital from venture investors including Andreessen Horowitz, First Round Capital and NEA.

VMware is also in talks with Pivotal about a business combination. Dell Technologies is the controlling stockholder of both Pivotal and VMware.

VMware bought Bitnami, a privately held company that made it easy to deploy preliminary software on top of cloud-based servers.

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