Cloud software giant VMware, has announced entering a definitive agreement to acquire the cloud-native platform provider Pivotal Software, and cloud-native security firm Carbon Black for approximately $5 billion.

This announcement which was made alongside the company’s reports on its second quarter of fiscal year 2020, is a major steer in VMware’s acquisition strategies and launches the company into another grade of cloud-based enterprise solutions.

The set amount for the acquisition of Pivotal is $2.77 billion, and VMware added that once the merge is completed, Pivotal’s portfolio is expected to boost the company’s enterprise-grade Kubernetes-based portfolio for modern applications.

“Kubernetes is emerging as the de facto standard for multi-cloud modern apps. Adding Pivotal to our platform, accelerates our broader Any Cloud, Any App, Any Device vision and reinforces our leadership position in modern multi-cloud IT infrastructure,” Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware.

The Board of Directors of VMware and Pivotal have approved the transaction, following the recommendations of special committees composed of independent directors of each company.

“The time is ideal to join forces with VMware, an industry leader who shares our commitment to open source community contributions and our focus on adding developer value on top of Kubernetes,” said Rob Mee, CEO of Pivotal.

With a positive report on VMware Q2 revenue which stood at $2.44 billion, the company announced another move to acquire Carbon Black for $2.1 billion.

The close of the Carbon Black acquisition deal will give VMware a better position to protect enterprise workloads and clients through big data, behavioral analytics and AI.

“We now have the opportunity to seamlessly integrate Carbon Black’s cloud-native endpoint protection platform into all of VMware’s control points. This type of bold move is exactly what the IT and security industries have been looking to see for a very long time,” said Patrick Morley, CEO of Carbon Black.

Gelsinger, CEO of VMware, concludes thus, “These acquisitions [Pivotal and Carbon Black] address two critical technology priorities of all businesses today — building modern, enterprise-grade applications and protecting enterprise workloads and clients. With these actions we meaningfully accelerate our subscription and SaaS offerings and expand our ability to enable our customers’ digital transformation.”