VMware Acquires Shavlik Technologies for SMB Cloudware

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-05-16 Print this article Print

Shavlik provides on-premises and SAAS-based management software that enables enterprises to manage, monitor and secure their IT systems.

VMware on May 16 added to its ever-increasing product set by acquiring Shavlik Technologies, a provider of cloud-based IT management software for small and medium-size businesses.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Shavlik, based in New Brighton, Minn., provides on-premises and SAAS (software as a service)-based management software that enables enterprises to manage, monitor and secure their IT systems when moving to virtual and/or cloud computing IT deployments.

Specifically, Shavlik provides centralized IT management functions that include asset management, security, business continuity and data protection capabilities; simplified deployment and automation, enabling SMBs to evolve legacy systems to virtual and cloud models without requiring significant in-house skills or resources; and automated IT management, including patch, compliance and configuration management.

It was VMware's second acquisition in less than a month. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company bought Web-based presentation software provider SlideRocket on April 27.

VMware has been on a shopping spree lately. In March, the company picked up visual development toolmaker Wavemaker.

VMware and Shavlik have partnered for the last two years on VMware GO, a joint SAAS offering that assists SMBs with rapid deployment and management of VMware vSphere.

The acquisition is expected to be completed later this quarter, VMware said.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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