It’s now a done deal. VMware has officially completed their acquisition of SpringSource. SpringSource is an enterprise and web application development company and will now be seen as a division of VMware. The CEO of SpringSource will serve as the division’s general manager.
VMware says that the new division’s “charter” will be to focus on providing developers and customers the best experience for developing enterprise and web applications, as well as helping VMware create integrated products based on SpringSource technologies and VMware vSphere to deliver a simplified ‘build, run and manage’ experience. These new products will help VMware’s cloud computing strategy to deliver PaaS (Platform as Service) solutions that can be hosted by their customers internally or by service providers.
In my opinion, VMware needs to get its cloud computing strategy right, as the price tag for SpringSource was $420 million.
VMWare CEO, Paul Maritz did say at VMWorld 2009, that VMware and SpringSource comes from different worlds, and that VMware and SpringSource have been working together for the past year. It will be interesting to see how the two companies will “merge” to form the organisation that Maritz says will “enable them to take their customers on an evolutionary path forward, one that offers a superior platform for both internal and external cloud environments…”
This makes me wonder… Maybe I should start a company and sell it to VMware or Micro$oft for $420 million. Sound’s easy enough, doesn’t it?