VMware to buy Kubernetes security startup Octarine

VMware announced it was buying Kubernetes security vendor Octarine to simplify DevSecOps and enable cloud-native environments to be intrinsically secure from development through runtime. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

With Octarine in hand, VMware said it would be able to provide better visibility into cloud-native environments to help customers identify and mitigate risks related to attacks and vulnerabilities. As organizations further embrace the cloud, Kubernetes and containers to deliver their workloads, attackers are looking for ways to exploit the new areas.

Once the deal closes between now and July 31, VMware will fold Octarine into Carbon Black Cloud to provide better support of security features for containerized applications running in Kubernetes. VMware said adding Octarine's technology would reduce the need for additional sensors in the stack.

VMware acquired Carbon Black last year to add a building block to its intrinsic security platform. Carbon Black provides anti-malware and endpoint security products that can monitor a company's devices to see if they have been hacked. Octarine will also integrate and work with VMware's Tanzu Kubernetes portfolio that was announced last year.

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"We believe this is a big leap forward for VMware’s security offerings and the industry at large," said VMware's Patrick Morley, general manager and senior vice president of the company's security business unit, in a blog post. "Our focus has always been on shifting the balance of power from attackers to defenders and we are excited about the deep container and security expertise that the Octarine team will bring to VMware."

Octarine can run alongside service mesh frameworks such as Tanzu Service Mesh to provide native anomaly detection and threat monitoring for cloud and container-based workloads. It also features runtime monitoring and control of Kubernetes workloads across hybrid environments for threat detection and response.

"Combined with native integrations with VMware vSphere, VMware NSX and VMware Cloud Foundation, we’re creating a unique and compelling solution to better secure workloads," Morley said. "And, with the addition of our VMware AppDefense capabilities merged into the platform, we can fundamentally transform how workloads are better secured.

Sunnyvale, California-based Octarine, which competes against companies such as StackRox, was founded three years ago, according Crunchbase.

"VMware’s commitment to cloud native computing and intrinsic security, which have been demonstrated by its product announcements and by recent acquisitions, makes it an ideal home for Octarine," said Octarine CEO Shemer Schwarz, in a blog post. "We are very excited to have the opportunity to be part of VMware’s 'best in class' technology portfolio and engage with new customers."