VMware boosts SaaS presence with Shavlik


VMware has announced its latest acquisition in the form of IT management firm Shavlik.

The new acquisition will provide VMware with a number of cloud-based software products, along with more traditional on-premise solutions, including anti-virus, security patch management and power control.

The companies have already been working together on VMware Go a software as a service (SaaS) product helping small and medium-sized business (SMBs) virtualise their environments with VMware offerings.

The deal will see the firms invest further into VMware Go, as well as offering Shavlik technologies to new markets, such as managed service providers.

"Shavlik and VMware share a vision of IT management for now and the future. A vision of delivering solid, easy to use IT solutions to SMBs to enable customers to take full advantage of the efficiencies gained with the latest technologies," Mark Shavlik, founder and chief executive of the firm, wrote on his blog.

"My team and I have been working to simplify IT for many years and we look forward to taking our experience and passion forward with VMware."

Financial details around the deal have not been disclosed but the pairing confirmed the acquisition was set to complete by the end of this quarter, if it jumps all the standard regulatory hurdles.

Shavlik is the latest in a line of acquisitions for VMware a company which is owned by EMC. Just last month, it snapped up SlideRocket a presentation software company also for an undisclosed sum.

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