VMware has improved its software as a service (SaaS) products through the acquisition of Shavlik Technologies, a leading name in the virtual machine management market, although exact financial details were not disclosed.
Shavlik Technologies was founded in 1993 by Mark Shavlik, one of the original developers of the Windows NT platform in the late 80’s and early 90’s. The company specialises in patch management, network security tools, as well as in virtual machine management related services.
One of the company's main products is NetChk, which was designed for patching and updating networks. Following the widespread success of NetChk, the company developed a number of related products with the ability to remotely discover virtual network assets.
It also created a plug-in for the Microsoft's Systems Center Configuration Manager which enabled management of both Microsoft based as well as non Microsoft systems by using the Shavlik tools.
VMware first started working with Shavlik Technologies in 2009, when the company was looking for a partner to collaboratively create a tool for developing, updating and provisioning ESXi hypervisor based server images.
"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,” said Mark Shavlik, IT Pro reports.