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VMware to acquire Shavlik for cloud push

Virtualisation specialist VMware has announced the next step in its assault on all things cloud, purchasing IT management outfit Shavlik Technologies for an undisclosed sum.

Shavlik is a name well-known in enterprise computing circles for its NetChk range of products, aimed at simplifying and speeding up the management of physical and virtual machines. Something on which VMware, in its role as a virtualisation supremo, is clearly very keen.

The pair have worked together in the past, releasing the Jint project VMware Go in 2009 which used Shavlik's technologies to add software patching, asset management, core IT management, and simple helpdesk and trouble ticketing support to VMware's vSphere ESXi hypervisor product.

"With the Shavlik acquisition, VMware will be able to provide simple-to-use and affordable management services developed to address the specific demands of SMBs," VMware's general manager of cloud infrastructure and management Raghu Raghuram claimed in a statement.

"It is an exciting time for us to be joining VMware as it builds on our expertise in delivering IT solutions to SMBs, an area we have been dedicated to for many years," Mark Shavlik echoed. "The enthusiasm, creativity and operational excellence of our two companies will allow us to better serve our global customers and partners by accelerating IT management innovations."

The purchase shows VMware's increasing interest in the peripheral functions of cloud computing. No longer content with competing at the 'heart' with its virtualisation hypervisor products, the company is clearly looking to become a one-stop shop - offering all the functionality enterprises could need from a cloud computing infrastructure expert.

While financial terms have not been disclosed, the deal is expected to close later this quarter - pending the usual regulatory and shareholder approvals, of course.