VMware acquires Nexus-backed Arkin Net
Ajay Singh, SVP-GM, VMware

VMware Inc, a firm that specialises in virtualisation and cloud infrastructure, has acquired Arkin Net, a data centre and cloud infrastructure management company based in Pune and Silicon Valley.

The financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close in Q2 2016, the company said in a statement.

Arkin is backed by Nexus Venture Partners.

Organisations are adopting a software-defined data center (SDDC) architecture based on VMware virtualised infrastructure and management to deliver automation, security and continuity for applications. SDDC breaks down the barriers between traditionally disparate domains of compute, networking and storage. This evolution requires a model that delivers cross-silo visibility and collaboration. With the acquisition of Arkin, and through the integration of VMware vRealize Suite, cloud management teams will have access to a new generation of planning, troubleshooting and automation platform that provide visibility and control across the entire data centre environment, the firm said.

VMware NSX network virtualisation is adopted in large scale production deployments as part of SDDC where cross-silo visibility and collaboration is critical. Arkin is purpose-built for NSX environments.

The Arkin platform provides insights into the datacentre traffic flows via a pre-assessment tool that enables faster NSX deployments via micro-segmentation planning. Post deployment, Arkin lowers time to resolution, leveraging constructs such as time-machine, plain English search and contextual analytics across virtual and physical layers.

“Arkin is a great fit for VMware and its customers as we look to accelerate our growth businesses including cloud management and network virtualisation,” said Ajay Singh, senior vice president and general manager, cloud management business unit, VMware.

"With VMware NSX combined with Arkin and vRealize, VMware will deliver the security and operations management plane for SDDC. Over time, Arkin will solidify vRealize Suite's position as the industry's most comprehensive cloud management platform that delivers application-focused operations, NSX micro-segmentation at scale and cross-domain visibility and context across physical and logical infrastructure,” he said.

VMware and Arkin are already collaborating to meet the needs of mutual customers such as Columbia Sportswear, California Department of Water Resources (CDWR) and Nebraska Medicine.

Arkin Net was founded by IIT Kanpur alumni Shiv Agarwal, Rohit Toshniwal, Mukul Gupta and IIM Lucknow alumnus Abhijit Sharma.

In June 2015, Arkin had received $15 million in a Series B round of investment from Nexus Venture Partners as well as industry veterans including BV Jagadeesh, former CEO at NetScaler. In November 2014, the firm had secured $7 million in funding led by Nexus Venture Partners with participation from BV Jagadeesh; Alan Cohen, chief commercial officer of Illumio; and Semil Shah of Haystack Fund.

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