In a deal that closed late last week, VMware looks to have strengthened its OpenStack software position with purchase of Plumgrid assets.

VMware bolstered its position in the OpenStack software market with the purchase of some assets from Plumgrid. Details on the deal are scarce, but VMware did acknowledge it closed on a deal to acquire certain IP assets from Plumgrid as well as taking on “a number of employees.”

VMware, which is a subsidiary of Dell Technologies and best known as a provider of cloud and virtualization software and services targeting x86 architecture. A recent report from IHS Markit touted VMware as one of the top vendors in terms of market share in the software-defined networking market serving data centers and enterprise local area networks.

Plumgrid is focused on running SDN on OpenStack deployments, having recently announced a deal with Quanta Cloud Technology to provide an OpenStack solution using SDN and network functions virtualization, which followed on the release of its CloudSecure platform targeting micro-segmentation with private virtual domains, policy-based virtual tap, third-party firewall service insertion, security policy view and integrated support with Intel’s Open Security Controller.

Plumgrid looked to put a positive spin on the deal, with founder and CTO Pere Monclus noting in a blog post: “Today we’re announcing that we will be starting a new journey as we continue revolutionizing and transforming the networking industry to build and expand on software-defined infrastructure for private and public clouds. Our technology and IP have been acquired and many of our employees have joined a new team.”

The company earlier this year unveiled its Open Networking Suite 5.0 platform with support for OpenStack Kilo and Liberty releases targeting enterprises and service providers.

Larry Lang, CEO of Plumgrid, recently joined RCR Wireless News’ NFV/SDN Reality Check video show to discuss the company’s work with NFV, SDN and OpenStack.