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VMware to Acquire Shavlik Technologies
VMware, Inc., the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Shavlik Technologies, a leading provider of easy-to-use, effective cloud-based IT management solutions for small and medium businesses (SMBs). Shavlik Technologies provides a portfolio of on-premise and SaaS-based management solutions that enable SMBs to more effectively manage, monitor and secure their IT environments while addressing their unique needs when moving to virtual and cloud computing IT deployments. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The acquisition is expected to be completed later this quarter, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

Today's announcement builds upon the successful relationship built between VMware and Shavlik via VMware GO, a joint SaaS offering assisting SMBs with rapid deployment and management of VMware vSphere.

"VMware continues to make investments to extend its leadership within the SMB market. With VMware vSphere Essentials and VMware Go, VMware is delivering tremendous value to hundreds of thousands of SMBs," said Raghu Raghuram, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Cloud Infrastructure and Management, VMware. "With the Shavlik acquisition, VMware will be able to provide simple to use and affordable management services developed to address the specific demands of SMBs."

"It is an exciting time for us to be joining VMware as it builds on our expertise in delivering IT solutions to SMBs, an area we have been dedicated to for many years," said Mark Shavlik, Chief Executive Officer, Shavlik Technologies. "The enthusiasm, creativity and operational excellence of our two companies will allow us to better serve our global customers and partners by accelerating IT management innovations."

VMware and Shavlik have proven track records in delivering easy-to-use, cost effective IT solutions that enable hundreds of thousands of SMBs to take advantage of modern, transformative IT models like virtualization and cloud computing, without requiring the skill and staff resources of larger enterprises. Together, the two companies will build upon this success with a complete portfolio for managing, monitoring and securing IT environments, offering SMBs:

  • Centralized IT Management Services -- Enabling SMBs to manage core IT functions through a single pane of glass, centralizing asset management, security, business continuity and data protection capabilities.
  • Simplified Deployment and Automation -- Enables SMBs to rapidly evolve existing systems to virtual and cloud models without requiring significant in-house skills or resources.
  • Automated IT Management -- Delivering efficiency and automation to SMBs for core IT management functions, including patch management, compliance, configuration and more.

SMB Management for Service Providers and Solution Providers

SaaS-based management solutions from Shavlik will create a valuable portfolio of solutions for Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and Solution Providers to better serve their SMB customers. VMware intends to further extend the ability of MSPs to offer automated, remote management capabilities to SMBs seeking additional value-added capabilities via their existing business partners.

VMware GO

This acquisition will extend the successful relationship of VMware and Shavlik via the VMware GO offering. Available since 2009, VMware GO enables SMBs to rapidly deploy and onboard VMware vSphere with simplified installation and management, eliminating key hurdles to SMBs wanting to move their infrastructures to modern, agile virtualized and cloud models. VMware GO (www.vmwarego.com) has attracted over 200,000 registered users creating more than 20,000 VMware Hypervisors and 120,000 Virtual machines by offering:

  • Wizard-based installation of free vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) and basic IT management capabilities (patching, asset management)
  • Core IT Management for servers, Virtual Machines and endpoints
  • Automated asset management, patch and security capabilities
  • Helpdesk and Trouble Ticketing for small business
Published Monday, May 16, 2011 10:15 AM by David Marshall
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