VMware Acquires Cloud-based Presentation Provider SlideRocket

VMware Acquires Cloud-based Presentation Provider SlideRocket

Palo Alto-based cloud computing company VMware has announced the acquisition of San Francisco-based SlideRocket for an undisclosed sum. While the former focuses on virtualization and cloud infrastructure, the latter is a cloud-based online presentation application that produces slideshows and is used by over 20,000 customers and 300,000 users. Considering that presentation software is second only to email as the most widely used business software, this acquisition can considerably expand and enhance VMware’s portfolio.

The benefits of using a cloud-based product like SlideRocket’s eponymous product were outlined in a blog posted by VMware CTO and senior vice president of R&D Stephen Herrod: “People can work as teams to build presentations that take full advantage of the cloud, while analytics provide insight into how presentations are impacting your audience. Most importantly, all SlideRocket presentations are built so audiences can experience them on multiple devices, ranging from desktops to tablets, online or off.”

According to a press release, SlideRocket users can “create new presentations using a full set of browser-based professional authoring tools built into SlideRocket or quickly import existing legacy presentation applications into the SlideRocket environment, protecting existing content investments.” It also supports web-based conferencing that allows simultaneous viewing of a single presentation and includes an online marketplace for augmenting the existing product.

Commenting on the acquisition, VP and general manager of VMware Brian Byun said, “The modern end-user environment is mobile, social, collaborative and delivered via the cloud – characteristics that legacy PC-era technologies could never have anticipated. VMware is at the forefront of building the core cloud computing infrastructure and enables users to gain ever greater value from cloud-based solutions.”

“SlideRocket’s cloud-based architecture, innovative design, and strong integration with other cloud applications and services have transformed a decades-old business productivity software and redefined the way we consume and communicate information,” he added.

SlideRocket was founded with the singular goal of reinventing the way businesses and individuals communicate information. In following this vision, we fundamentally changed how people use and think about presentations. SlideRocket helps people improve communications and drive greater results, faster, more efficiently and more creatively,” said the company’s CEO Charles Dietrich.

Joining with VMware takes this mission to a larger scale, enabling SlideRocket to advance as a core technology in what will be the modern end-user computing model delivered via the cloud,” he added.

By Sourya Biswas

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