VMware Adds Integrien and TriCipher to Up Its Cloud Computing Power

[Updated, 9/1/10 at 12:00pm. See below.] VMware (NYSE: VMW), the Silicon Valley virtualization unit of Hopkinton, MA-based storage giant EMC (NYSE: EMC), announced at its annual conference in San Francisco that it had scooped up two IT startups to add to its cloud computing infrastructure.

The company bought Irvine, CA-based Integrien, a maker of real-time application and infrastructure analytics software, and TriCipher, a Los Gatos, CA-based cloud security software company. Palo Alto, CA-based VMware did not reveal the financial details of either transaction, but said it expects both deals to close in third calendar quarter of 2010. [Update 9/1/10 at 12:00pm: Other media outlets have reported that VMware paid in the neighborhood of $100 million for Integrien.]

Last year, Greg wrote about how VMware was taking on big cloud computing players Amazon and Microsoft, in rolling out a “virtual data center” operating system to enable companies to do the majority of their computer storage and processing work in the Internet cloud. The Integrien software is designed to offer feedback and application intelligence to boost how VMware customers automate the management of virtualized and cloud infrastructures, according to the VMware announcement. And the TriCipher technology will add a layer of security to existing VMware cloud products, through identity-based security, integrating a hybrid of different Internet clouds, and enabling access to software-as-a-service applications from multiple devices.

“TriCipher brings to VMware important authentication and identity technologies that will accelerate our delivery of new solutions for hybrid cloud integration and end user computing,” Brian Byun, VMware vice president and general manager of cloud services and applications, said in the company announcement of the deals.

TriCipher is backed by ArrowPath Venture Partners, Intel Capital, RBC Technology Ventures, Trident Capital, and Wasatch Venture Fund. Integrien names Acartha Group and Clearstone Venture Partners as its investors.

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