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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."