SolarWinds Acquires Tek-Tools' Storage Management Suite

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-01-27 Print this article Print

The Texas-based companies agree to a deal in which SolarWinds gets Tek-Tools' Profiler software package for $42 million in cash and stock. Tek-Tools will remain its own business, focusing on its own network and application management customers.

Network and application management software provider SolarWinds moved into the growing storage resource management business Jan. 27 when it acquired Tek-Tools' Profiler software package for $42 million in cash and stock.
Austin, Texas-based SolarWinds will bring about 60 Tek-Tools employees into its realm as a result of the transaction. Tek-Tools, based in Dallas, will remain its own business.

SolarWinds, which sells its wares to about 88,000 customers worldwide, will integrate the Tek-Tools Profiler storage and virtualization suite into its existing Orion product line. This fills the need for management of enterprise SAN infrastructure functionality in order for the company to provide a full-service IT management package.

As an option, however, SolarWinds also will sell the storage part of Profiler as a standalone product -- at least for a period of time, said Kenny Van Zant, SolarWinds' chief product strategist.

Tek-Tools' Profiler gives users visibility into the performance of both physical and virtualized storage and virtualized server infrastructures. Keeping track of fast-proliferating virtual machines is becoming a major problem in many new data centers.

"The virtualization part of Profiler actually will make it into the core of our Orion product -- it's more of a horizontal technology that influences everything," Van Zant said.

SolarWind's Orion provides network, systems and application management and reporting with its Network Performance Monitor and Application Performance Monitor.

"The collision of technologies like virtualization and cloud computing with business forces like 'lean IT' is putting pressure on IT organizations to rethink their management approach; functions that were once discrete will need to merge or collaborate more effectively," Van Zant said.

Tek-Tools' Profiler Suite will continue to branded as such for a period of time, until the functionality is integrated into the SolarWinds suite, Van Zant said.

For more information on SolarWinds, go here. For Tek-Tools information, go here.

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 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 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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