VMware Acquires Cloud-Based IT Management Specialist Shavlik Technologies

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Together, the two companies will provide a portfolio for managing, monitoring and securing IT environments.

Virtualization and cloud infrastructure specialist VMware announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Shavlik Technologies, a provider of cloud-based IT management solutions for small and midsize businesses. Shavlik Technologies provides a portfolio of on-premise and SAAS-based management solutions designed to help SMBs manage, monitor and secure their IT environments while addressing 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 customary closing conditions.

The announcement builds upon the relationship built between VMware and Shavlik via VMware GO, a joint SAAS offering assisting SMBs with deployment and management of VMware vSphere. Together, the two companies will provide a 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.

In addition, the companies will offer simplified deployment and automation to help SMBs evolve existing systems to virtual and cloud models and automated IT management including patch management, compliance, configuration and more. VMware said it 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 continues to make investments to extend its leadership within the SMB market. With vSphere Essentials and Go, VMware is delivering tremendous value to hundreds of thousands of SMBs," said Raghu Raghuram, senior vice president and general manager of cloud infrastructure and management for 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."

Available since 2009, VMware Go enables SMBs to deploy and onboard VMware vSphere with simplified installation and management, wizard-based installation of free vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) and basic IT management capabilities including patching and asset management, core IT management for servers, Virtual Machines and endpoints, automated asset management, patch and security capabilities and Helpdesk and Trouble Ticketing for small businesses.

"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, CEO of 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."