In 2009, the companies came together again to create the free Web-based Go service, which VMware previewed in August 2009 and delivered the following January. VMware Go let users virtualize their servers with a few simple mouse clicks and provided an easy on-ramp to companies new to virtualization. The free service worked to bring VMware ESXi hypervisors under management and provided basic performance and resource management for the VMs.
In January, VMware decided to up the ante and make a little money on the Go service by launching a Go Pro edition of its online VM management tool. VMware Go Pro has deeper functionality and more automation for provisioning and patching VMs, maintains compliance with additional software license management, and helps maximize hardware resources by tracking hardware purchase details and change history.
VMware said the two companies will build upon these joint successes and will continue to provide management services for SMBs, including centralized IT management services, simplified deployment and automation, and automated IT management.
"Our patch, compliance, and endpoint security and other expertise will of course continue to be a strong area of value for our customers and for market differentiation," said company founder and CEO, Mark Shavlik. "We will continue to build on these areas as well as our on-premise solutions as we move forward in enabling SMBs to manage core IT functions through a single pane of glass, centralizing asset management, security, business continuity and data protection capabilities, in addition to other areas."
Although the deal seems to make perfect sense for VMware's long-term server virtualization and cloud vision, Shavlik still has a wide range of on-premise patch and IT management solutions in its portfolio. Both companies currently seem to be enamored with the deal, but the acquisition may have long-term implications on existing Shavlik products that don't fall in line with VMware's road map.
The acquisition is expected to be completed later this quarter. In the end, only time will tell how successful VMware is at integrating all of these solutions into a truly cohesive management story.
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