Avocent Snags LANDesk for $416M

By Paula Musich  |  Posted 2006-04-27 Print this article Print

Avocent hits the acquisition trail again to pick up LANDesk in hopes of boosting its ability to offer a more complete line of systems and infrastructure management offerings.

Acquisition-happy Avocent on April 27 announced its latest planned catch: longtime desktop administration tools provider LANDesk Group, to the tune of about $416 million. The Huntsville, Ala.,-based KVM switching provider, which has bought some eight companies in the last three years, plans to boost its ability to offer a more complete line of systems and infrastructure management offerings.
"Were filling out the building blocks necessary to provide holistic systems management and infrastructure management solutions," said Everett Brooks, vice president of market development at Avocent.
In addition to its market-leading KVM switches used in major data centers, the $370 million Avocent also offers products that extend the desktop for unique applications for small and midsize businesses, infrastructure management products for remote access and control for IT administrators managing far-flung servers, routers or desktops. More recently, it completed its acquisition of out-of-band infrastructure provider Cyclades. The $90 million Cyclades acquisition, which closed March 30, brought to Avocent the ability to remotely access Linux and telecommunications infrastructure out of band to repair catastrophic failures. LANDesk brings to the table an industry leading desktop administration management suite, the LANDesk Management Suite, along with a whole series of add-ons for the integrated suite that bring in optional server, patch and process management. To read more about LANDesk products, click here. South Jordan, Utah-based LANDesk also adds an integrated security configuration suite, dubbed LANDesk Security Suite. Next Page: More than just access.


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