Last week, VMware extended its shopping spree, announcing another acquisition to its portfolio. This time, the server virtualization giant has purchased Shavlik Technologies, one of its partners in virtual machine management and a provider of on-premise and SaaS-based management solutions that enable small and midsized businesses to more effectively manage, monitor, and secure their IT environments.
Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, and since Shavlik is a privately held company, not much is known about its financials. Back in January of this year, the company released an announcement stating it was in its 18th year of consecutive growth, which included an increase in revenue of more than 70 percent over the past five years alone. The company also stated it had added 500 new global customers in 2010, and last week reported it had more than 3,500 customers using its on-premise IT management products worldwide. That customer count does not include VMware Go customers, which VMware says accounts for more than 200,000 registered users who've signed up for the service to date.
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VMware and Shavlik have known each other for quite some time, going back as far as 2006 when the two companies first partnered. Back then, VMware was looking for a way to help provide its upcoming Virtual Infrastructure 3.1 release with a better way to manage patches of its ESX host servers and its guest operating systems. The two worked together to create a new VirtualCenter module called Update Manager, a module that allows virtual administrators the ability to decide which patches to install on their Microsoft Windows guest operating systems and to identify which patches were needed for Red Hat Enterprise Linux.