VMware has announced the acquisition of Bitfusion. Bitfusion is an American company that has developed an elastic and virtual operating system for hardware accelerators. It is unclear how much money is involved in the takeover.
VMware is committed to leveraging Bitfusion’s technology after the acquisition to support AI and machine learning-based workloads on premise and in hybrid cloud environments, writes ZDNet. The platform is integrated into the vSphere platform.
There are already several hardware architectures, GPUs, FPGAs and ASICs that can be used to control AI-based workloads. However, these architectures are used with bare-metal practices. VMware now claims that this is a perfect opportunity to virtualize them. This should lead to more shared resources and reduced costs.
Bitfusion’s software platform disconnects specific physical resources from the servers they are connected to in the environment. The focus is on GPUs, but the platform can also be used to support other accelerators such as FPGAs and ASICs. It also works on various AI frameworks, clouds, networks and formats such as virtual machines and containers.
VMware has recently acquired several companies. That’s how the company said in May that it’s taking over Bitnami. Bitnami offers ready-to-use versions of popular open source applications. VMware intends to expand its multiclous-strategy with the acquisition. With the acquisition, the company should be able to get higher up on the stack and play a greater role in the application environments of customers. The free version of the Bitnami application library remains accessible to developers.
In addition, in June VMware said it had plans to acquire Avi Networks. Avi Networks offers application deklivery services to large enterprises in a multi-cloud fabric. VMware wants to use the acquisition to further develop its Virtual Cloud Network vision for data centres. In addition, the built-in load balancing capabilities are offered as part of the NSX Data Center.This news article was automatically translated from Dutch to give Techzine.eu a head start. All news articles after September 1, 2019 are written in native English and NOT translated. All our background stories are written in native English as well. For more information read our launch article.