VMware has acquired the Log Insight analytics platform from Pattern Insight, a Mountain View, Calif., startup devoted to data mining and search. Both the software and team will join VMware. “Log Insight combines analytics and log management technology and has the ability to analyze vast amounts of machine-generated data in real time,” Spiros Xanthos, CEO and co-founder of Pattern Insight, wrote in an Aug. 7 blog posting. In addition to helping lead administrators and IT pros to the root cause of data-related problems, the platform “can provide insights on emerging trends and hidden patterns revealing issues before they even manifest.” Log Insight is used in both traditional and cloud-centric data centers. Xanthos believes that the acquisition will give the technology a much broader audience: “VMware is ideally positioned in the middle of two of the most important shifts in IT in the recent years, virtualization and Cloud Computing.” Pattern Insight began as a startup out of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Its other products include Code Insight, which analyzes billions of lines of code to find defects. The platform relies on data mining and a built-in knowledge of code syntax and semantics to ferret out code clones and other bugs. In July, VMware acquired software-defined networking startup Nicira for just a tad under $1.3 billion in cash and stock. VMware executives described the purchase as complementing the company’s vision of a software-defined data center, one in which hardware resources such as compute and storage are abstracted and provisioned. “At the end of the day, we are in the data center automation business,” VMware chief executive Paul Maritz told Wall Street analysts at the time. “And to be in the data center automation business, one has to be able to speak to the automation of all the key functions of the data center.” Adding a hefty dose of data-mining to the data center could help VMware in its competition against other IT vendors in the space, including Cisco and Oracle.   Image: improvize/Shutterstock.com