VMware acquires Socialcast

- Thursday, June 2, 2011

VMware acquires Socialcast

California-based virtualization software firm VMware has acquired compatriot enterprise collaboration and social networking firm Socialcast, the former said in a statement without disclosing a purchase price.

Along with recently acquired SlideRocket and Zimbra, VMware will look to incorporate Socialcast into its vision of transforming traditional desktops, providing a secure environment to access applications and data from anywhere and using any kind of device.

"The post-PC era will be defined by a new way of working - more social, collaborative and in real time," said Brian Byun, VP and general manager of VMware Cloud Applications.

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Socialcast enables business communication to bring people, information and business applications within collaborative communities. "We have seen Socialcast transform how people work in some of the largest companies in the world, and we are excited to bring the benefits of social computing to more than 250,000 VMware customers," said CEO and founder of Socialcast, Timothy Young, in the company blog.

VMware reported a net profit of US$126mn during the first quarter of 2011, up 20% year-on-year, according to results released by the company.