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IT management software specialist SolarWinds announced the launch of
Application Performance Monitor (APM) and the acquisition of Hyper9, a
privately held virtualization management software provider. The
SolarWinds product family now covers additional aspects of
business-critical applications and IT infrastructure — network,
storage and systems — with integrated visibility into both virtual and
physical environments.

The APM is an application and server management product that provides
visibility into the performance of critical IT services, the underlying
application components, the operating system, and the Windows, Unix and
Linux server resources on which they run. Pricing starts at $2,495 with
the first year of maintenance included.

"The past couple of years have brought about significant changes in the
IT management market. Between the rapid adoption of virtualization
technology and the explosion of ‘business-critical’ applications, IT
organizations — from the small and medium enterprise to the Global
2000 — are faced with a more dynamic management challenge than ever
before," said Kevin Thompson, SolarWinds president and CEO. "And, for
most users, the current crop of management offerings in both
application performance management and virtualization management don’t
cut it."

Hyper9’s virtualization management offering adds optimization, capacity
planning, configuration and chargeback reporting for virtualized server
environments to the SolarWinds portfolio. The company said it expects
to offer Hyper9’s virtualization management products at pricing
starting at $3000.

"The launch of the latest SolarWinds APM and the acquisition of Hyper9
give us an extremely compelling value proposition for systems and
virtual admins, specifically, as well as for integrated IT
organizations. We believe that IT organizations are tired of ‘making
do’ with solutions that are too complex, too expensive and aren’t
responsive enough to address rapid changes in technology or the dynamic
needs created by today’s IT reality," said Suku Krishnaraj, senior vice
president of product strategy for SolarWinds.

"We believe that the time is right to deliver the SolarWinds value
proposition to the application and virtualization management markets,”
Thompson added. “Through the launch of SolarWinds APM and the
acquisition of Hyper9, we believe that we can immediately solve many of
the problems faced by today’s system and virtualization administrators
and continue to expand SolarWinds’ footprint in the IT management