Cloud native shopping: Cisco plans Portshift acquisition, Kasten to join Veeam

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Hot on the heels of September’s VMware and Snyk acquisition news, comes word that Cisco and Veeam have also decided to spice up their portfolio with some cloud native tech: Cisco is buying security platform Portshift and Veeam has gone in for Kubernetes data management tool maker Kasten. 

Security is one of the big talking points in Kubernetes user circles, and as that keeps growing in volume, Cisco’s interest in Tel Aviv-based Portshift is a sign that the company’s customers are raising it as an issue. Why Porshift? 

Liz Centoni, Cisco senior vice president of strategy and emerging technology & incubation, claimed many other companies only address “part of the problem”.

“The Portshift team is building capabilities that span a large portion of the lifecycle of the cloud-native application,” she said. Portshift is meant to help Cisco bake – what can only be described as – a DevSecOps approach into its products, which is meant to help organisations consider application security earlier than they currently do.

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Once the acquisition has closed, the Portshift team is expected to join Cisco’s ET&I group. What Portswift thinks this move will mean for current Portshift customers rin unclear as the company has remained silent on the matter.

Kasten, meanwhile, is anything but quiet about its future Swiss home: CEO and co-founder Niraj Tolia took to the company blog to thank his customers and the community for their support, promising users that “nothing is going to change” and that they can expect continued support for all their environments.

Cloud data management provider Veeam announced a partnership with Kasten earlier this year, as the company believed its approach to virtualisation and data management was similar to the way Kasten approached backup tech for Kubernetes.

After the acquisition is finalised, Kasten is expected to become an independent business unit within Veeam, which plans to use it as a way to “support our customers’ business transformation to future-ready architectures”. Veeam CTO Danny Allan said: “we have already begun the journey of integrating the Kasten solution into the Veeam Platform so that our customers can achieve unified cloud data management.” 

Those worried about Veeam swallowing Kasten whole and then saying goodbye to the team once they have it all figured out are told to breath easy for now as Veeam “intend[s] to retain, grow and invest in the fantastic team and technology which Kasten has started and will continue to invest in contributions to the open source Kubernetes community as well.”

Financial details about the acquisitions have yet to be disclosed.

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