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VMware acquires Octarine to shore up Kubernetes security for Carbon Black users

Written by Thu 14 May 2020

VMware also launches alliance to help SOC teams utilise new cloud-native security innovations

VMware has announced its intent to purchase early-stage security start-up Octarine as it looks to improve container security in VMware Carbon Black Cloud.

Octarine’s security platform for Kubernetes is designed to simplify DevSecOps and protect modern application workloads in cloud-native environments.

The start-up’s technology gives organisations total visibility over containerised deployments and integrates into the developer lifecycle to analyse and control application risks before production.

Once the purchase is complete, VMware said Octarine will be embedded into VMware Carbon Black Cloud, the company’s cloud-based security platform built on Carbon Black, also acquired by VMware in August last year.

VMware said the technology will inject Carbon Black Cloud with a host of security features for containerised applications running in Kubernetes, and enable new security capabilities across IT and DevOps ecosystems.

These include things like monitoring and controlling Kubernetes workloads across hybrid environments for threat detection / response and improvements in compliance and privacy. Integration with service mesh frameworks also means users can easily detect anomalies in cloud and container-based workloads.

“Acquiring Octarine will enable us to further expand VMware’s intrinsic security strategy to containers and Kubernetes environments by embedding the Octarine technology into the VMware Carbon Black Cloud,” said Patrick Morley, general manager and senior vice president, Security Business Unit, VMware.

“This, combined with native integrations with Tanzu, vSphere, NSX and VMware Cloud Foundation, will create what we believe is a unique and compelling solution for intrinsically securing workloads. And, with the addition of our AppDefense capabilities merged into the platform, we can fundamentally transform how workloads are better secured.”

VMware also launched a new security operations centre (SOC) initiative to help SOC teams utilise new cloud-native security innovations. The Next-Gen SOC Alliance will see VMware Carbon Black Cloud integrate with Splunk, IBM Security, Google Cloud’s Chronicle, Exabeam, and Sumo Logic.

Written by Thu 14 May 2020


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