SolarWinds Launches New Product, Acquires a Company

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-01-19 Print this article Print

The Texas-based IT management software company releases a new application performance monitor and buys neighboring Hyper9, which makes virtualization management tools.

IT management software maker SolarWinds had a big day Jan. 19, coming out with a spiffy new data center product and acquiring a company that will help it move into new markets.

SolarWinds launched its new Application Performance Monitor, which offers visibility into the data center and provides a gateway for the company into the application performance and virtualization management markets-sectors expected by many analysts to see high growth in 2011.

Austin, Texas-based SolarWinds also announced that it is acquiring a neighbor, Hyper9, a 4-year-old, privately held virtualization management software provider located in Austin. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Hyper9 makes a downloadable software module that fits into SolarWinds' platform to help users manage virtual machine sprawl, storage capacity and optimization in a data center or smaller IT system. The addition of Hyper9 and the Application Performance Monitor enable SolarWinds to cover networks, storage and applications with complete visibility into both virtual and physical environments.

Designed for CIOs, not users

"Most products in our space are not really designed with the actual user in mind," President and CEO Kevin Thompson told eWEEK. "They're really aimed at the CIO and are for sale with a lot of zeroes at the end [of the price tag]. Everything we do is aimed at the IT manager or sysadmin who is using these tools-and we have taken a lot of suggestions directly from our own customers."

Thompson said he believes that IT shops are tired of having to come up with homemade solutions to specific data center problems, "and they end up being too complex, too expensive and aren't responsive enough to address rapid changes in technology."

The Application Performance Monitor provides visibility into the performance of all critical IT services, their  underlying components, the operating system, and the Windows, Unix and Linux server resources on which they run, Thompson said.

SolarWinds Application Performance Monitor pricing starts at $2,495, with the first year of maintenance included, Thompson said.

The company plans to offer Hyper9's virtualization management software starting at $3,000, including the first year of maintenance, Thompson said.

SolarWinds has about 97,000 customers worldwide.

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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