VMware to Acquire SaltStack
September 29, 2020

VMware announced its intent to acquire SaltStack, a provider of tools for building intelligent, event-driven automation software.

Once closed, SaltStack will help VMware extend automation capabilities beyond infrastructure to the entire application stack. This will include the software and packages inside virtual machines and containers.

These software configuration management capabilities will help VMware address the full spectrum of customers’ automation needs and further strengthen customers’ ability to automate the deployment and configuration of infrastructure platforms both on-premises and in the cloud with VMware vRealize Automation.

Additionally, SaltStack offers robust configuration compliance and vulnerability management capabilities, which will enable VMware vRealize to help customers address their SecOps practices, after close.

SaltStack CEO Marc Chenn said: “For the last eight years, SaltStack has worked tirelessly to build intelligent, scalable and future-proof automation solutions that help organizations control and secure their IT infrastructure. As VMware paves the way for the multi-cloud future, automated cross-cloud orchestration and configuration management will be an integral part of multi-cloud’s strategic advantage. VMware and SaltStack, together, will forge a more robust foundation for the future of cloud innovation, which starts today with this thrilling announcement.”

Ajay Singh, SVP & GM, Cloud Management Business Unit, VMware said: "SaltStack’s product is built on a foundation of popular and healthy open source projects. This is one of the most compelling aspects of SaltStack. VMware believes that open source software promises faster time to market, expanded access to innovation, and increased developer productivity. Open source powers innovation. VMware invests in, contributes to, and builds on open source — so that customers can deploy more innovative, interoperable, scalable, and secure solutions with confidence. VMware is committed to continuing SaltStack’s work on their projects after close and, with the help of SaltStack’s community leadership, VMware will support and invest to help grow the community."

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