Virtualization software and services provider VMware has announced that it is acquiring Austin based Bitfusion which is known for its hardware accelerators for the virtual OS for an undisclosed sum. VMware intends to use the capabilities of Bitfusion to power their own customers. It is planning to integrate Bitfusion into its vSphere platform.
Launched in 2015 by Maciej Bajkowski, Mazhar Memon, and Subbu Rama, the platform was initially helping virtual OS become high-performance. However, with time, the company has started working on AI and ML capabilities as well. Prior to the acquisition, the firm had secured $8.3 million in funding from backers that include the names like Samsung Ventures, Vanedge Capital, Sierra Ventures, Geekdom, Resonant Venture Partners, Xilinx, Edward Lando, Emergent Ventures, Data Collective DCVC, and others.
Krish Prasad, senior vice president and general manager of VMware’s Cloud Platform Business Unit commenting on the deal through a blog said, “Once closed, the acquisition of Bitfusion will bolster VMware’s strategy of supporting AI- and ML-based workloads by virtualizing hardware accelerators. Multi-vendor hardware accelerators and the ecosystem around them are key components for delivering modern applications. These accelerators can be used regardless of location in the environment – on-premises and/or in the cloud.”
As part of the deal, the entire Bitfusion team will be joining VMware. We look forward to welcoming the team from Bitfusion to VMware and working with them to help us deliver a cloud operational model to an emerging part of the data center as well as bridge the gap between the traditional CPU-only infrastructure and infrastructure featuring hardware acceleration technologies," Prasad added in the blog.
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