VMWare Buys Log Insight From Pattern Insight, Moves Further Into Cloud Infrastructure Management

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In the space of a little over a month, VMWare is making yet another acquisition to strengthen its position in cloud management: it is buying cloud log analytics platform Log Insight from its current owner Pattern Insight, the data management and search platform company. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

As part of the deal, the team working on Log Insight will transfer to VMWare, as will the technology underlying the product, Pattern Insight said in a statement.

VMWare made its name in the virtualization market, and this acquisition underscores how it is looking to carve out a similar role in managing the enterprise cloud space. Competitors in that area include Rackspace, HP, IBM and Dell. Other acquisitions that VMWare has made in the same area include DynamicOps and Nicira in July.

The growing popularity of cloud-based computing systems has had a knock-on effect in terms of how much data gets generated in the process. Products like Log Insight help companies monitor that data for problems in their data centers and in cloud environments. Current customers include Intel, Qualcomm, Tellabs and Motorola.

Log Insight was one of two core products at Pattern Insight, and the sale will allow the company to focus more on the other product, Code Assurance, which “identifies and removes all ‘known’ (previously fixed) defects in source code before it is released.”

A blog post from Spiros Xanthos, CEO & co-founder of Pattern Insight, describes Log Insight as “the culmination of our efforts aiming at management and real time operational analytics for IT data.”

He adds that he thinks the acquisition will help Log Insight grow into an even bigger company that could work not only in cloud but also virtualization environments. “VMware is ideally positioned in the middle of two of the most important shifts in IT in the recent years, virtualization and Cloud Computing,” he notes. “It therefore provides the perfect home for Log Insight and the team to continue innovating.”

Additional reporting, Alex Williams