VMware's capacity to provide integrated security has been strengthened by the acquisition of endpoint protection firm Carbon Black in a $2.1bn cash deal.
Carbon Black has 5,600 customers and 500 partners globally.
“The security industry is broken and ineffective with too many fragmented solutions and no cohesive platform architecture," claimed VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger.
"By bringing Carbon Black into the VMware family we are taking a step forward in security and delivering an enterprise-grade platform to administer and protect workloads, applications and networks.”
VMware also sealed a previously mooted deal to acquire Dell subsidiary Pivotal Software, the cloud software firm, in a cash and shares deal worth $2.7bn.