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After Integrien, what's next for VMware?

By Beth Pariseau, Senior News Writer

SAN FRANCISCO — After Tuesday’s VMworld 2010 keynote, there were few details on how VMware would integrate Integrien’s performance analytics code into its products. The next day, Raghu Raghuram, general manager of virtualization and cloud platforms for VMware, filled in some of the blanks and hinted at where VMware might look to broaden its portfolio.

Raghuram said VMware chose the relatively unknown company because Integrien’s algorithms are able to analyze time-series data, which means the product has “broad applicability.” VMware plans to fold a version of Integrien’s dashboard into its vCenter management console and will also offer a standalone version that will have broader coverage of virtual data centers. The product has some significant overlap with AppSpeed, Raghuram admitted, but AppSpeed offers transaction-level analysis of application performance, something Integrien doesn’t do today.

Asked whether VMware still has an appetite for further acquisitions, Raghuram said the company will continue to be “opportunistic” in making small, tuck-in acquisitions. He wouldn’t get too specific but did acknowledge that “there’s plenty of room to grow” in security.

He also emphasized that VMware’s bias is toward small technology acquisitions and “approaches that are significantly different from what has been done before.” During the show, experts speculated VMware could have its eye on HyTrust Inc.

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