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CloudHealth Founder Talks VMware Acquisition, Cloud’s Next Phase

October 05, 2018 / Jessica Lyons Hardcastle

VMware’s CloudHealth Technologies acquisition closed Thursday after a whirlwind 18-month courtship. Joe Kinsella, CTO and CloudHealth co-founder, said it all started with a meeting to discuss a VMware-CloudHealth technology partnership. And then VMware’s “strategy shifted when they realized this was an area they needed to own for multi-cloud management,” Kinsella said. VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger first announced the CloudHealth deal on stage at VMworld in August. CloudHealth, Gelsinger said, gives VMware “the most complete set of multi-cloud management tools in the industry.” The companies won’t disclose the purchase price, but reports put it at about $500 million. SDxCentral caught up with Kinsella on Oct. 4, the day the acquisition closed and Kinsella’s first official day as a VMware employee. He said CloudHealth, founded in 2012, allowed him to merge his two professional passions: IT management and cloud computing. The startup, whose mult...