Pivotal is best known for its open source platform-as-a-service (PaaS) Cloud Foundry. It’s a platform that makes it easier for software developers to do their work in the cloud, so it fits into the whole DevOps trend and the concept of agile development.
Major corporations are starting to believe that software development is crucial to their futures — meaning, they also need to get on board with “agile” and DevOps. You can see that in GE’s investment and Ford’s three-year collaboration, which was announced in December.
Pivotal is growing at a rapid clip. First-quarter revenues were $83 million, up 56 percent from the same quarter a year ago, and the company now employs 2,000 across 17 locations.
In addition to the cloud stuff, Pivotal offers big data software, some of which is available in open source form.