Cloud platform company Nutanix has acquired PernixData and Calm.io in a bid to deliver its "vision for the enterprise cloud".
"These additions will enable Nutanix to pioneer new software stacks for storage-class memory systems, enhance its application mobility fabric with cross-cloud workload migration, and bring rich, cloud-inspired orchestration and workflow automation to its Prism management software," the company said in a statement.
PernixData was founded in February 2012 and specialises in storage virtualisation software enabling organisations to scale storage performance independent of capacity, along with associated analytics. The company's software is used in the building and management of virtualised data centres.
Calm.io, meanwhile, is the developer of a DevOps automation platform, and will add application and service orchestration, runtime lifecycle management and policy-based governance across environments to Nutanix's features.
"PernixData and Calm.io both have exceptional technology, solid engineering teams and visionary leaders with the ‘founder's mentality'. They have dreamed big and persevered against great odds to build phenomenal products," said Nutanix founder, CEO and chairman Dheeraj Pandey.
The acquisitions will allow Nutanix to offer the hyper-convergence of cloud and on-premise software, and indicates the firm's ambitions to become a major player in cloud, rather than being acquired by private equity or a larger cloud company.
Nutanix competes with organisations including Cisco, EMC and HPE.
The acquisitions' engineering teams will be combined, which should be relatively straightforward as both are based in San Jose.
"PernixData and Nutanix share the architectural design philosophy that next-generation data centre fabrics must keep data and applications close in order to drive the fastest possible performance and to deliver flexible, cost-effective infrastructure scaling," wrote Sunil Potti, chief product and development officer at Nutanix, in a blog posted as the news was announced.
"Server-side storage technologies are going to become 100 times faster with Intel's push towards Non-Volatile Memory express and storage-class memory.
"While we bring applications and data together in the same servers, we have to hustle hard to get even closer to the CPU, provide a path for workload mobility across multiple cloud computing environments, and yet remain hypervisor-agnostic."
The acquisitions were executed at the beginning of the month, but only announced over the weekend, and followed nine months of talks.
Investors in PernixData include Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and Seagate CEO Steve Luczo.
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