Google has acquired CloudSimple, another small company, to strengthen its cloud computing business. CloudSimple’s software helps organizations run compute loads based on VMware’s server virtualization technology. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Cloud computing is Google’s future growth opportunity. Google’s cloud computing platform has a lower market share than Amazon’s AWS and Microsoft Azure,according to Gartner, a market research firm, but the absolute size of all three platforms is growing.
In July, Google said its cloud computing business, including G Suite, a productivity software for businesses, had generated $8 billion in annual revenue, twice as much as it did at the start of 2018. Google last year appointed Thomas Kurian, oracle executive, to replace Diane Greene, the former VMware CEO, in charge of the cloud computing business.
Many large companies use VMware tools to run data centers. In recent years, VMware itself has begun to provide systems on top of the infrastructure of cloud computing providers to simplify the deployment of cloud computing. In July, Google announced a partnership with CloudSimple to provide customers with better VMware support.
Before the deal, Google also acquired data integration company Alooma, storage company Elastifile and cloud computing migration company Velostrata. Curian’s biggest acquisition to date is a $2.6 billion acquisition of looker, a private data analytics firm. Like CloudSimple, Looker was a Google partner before it was acquired. But the acquisition of Looker is not yet complete, bloomberg reported last month. As part of the assessment, the U.S. Department of Justice’s antitrust division has begun investigating the two companies.
CloudSimple, which supports Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Computing, has previously received venture capital from Microsoft’s M12 division. The company was founded in 2016 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. According to LinkedIn, CloudSimple has about 75 employees. The company’s CEO, Guru Pangal, was previously Microsoft’s general manager. He also co-founded StorSimple, which was acquired by Microsoft in 2012.
“We believe in a world of across the cloud and will continue to provide our customers with the option to use the best technology in their migration to cloud computing,” Rich Sanzi, Google’s vice president of engineering, said in a blog post Monday. “