VMware on Prowl for Security Acquisitions, Report Says

The Dell subsidiary has approached Israel-linked cybersecurity company SentinelOne regarding a possible acquisition, The Information reported

Lilach Baumer 09:0508.11.17

Dell Technologies subsidiary VMware Inc. is looking to expand its business by acquiring security companies, according to a Tuesday The Information report.


Palo Alto, California-based VMware is cloud computing virtualization software company. The company has a security division of its own, the VMware Security Engineering, Communications & Response group (vSECR), responsible for developing security initiatives for the company's software.


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Citing people familiar with the matter, The Information reported that in recent months VMware had approached several security information companies regarding a possible acquisition to boost its security offerings. One of the companies is Israel-linked SentinelOne, according to the report.


Mountain View, California-based SentinelOne was founded by Israeli-born Almog Cohen, Tomer Weingarten and Ehud Shamir. The Privately held company raised $70 million in January in a Series C funding round. SentinelOne develops and sells behavior-based endpoint protection software.


According to The Information, VMware approached SentinelOne this spring.


The Information also reported that VMware held such discussions this summer with Waltham, Massachusetts-based Carbon Black Inc., a company developing endpoint cybersecurity software, but that the talks ended without a deal.


SentinelOne and VMware have been approached for comment but have yet to respond.


Update: Carbon Black has declined to comment.

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