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VMware To Acquire Shavlik Technologies

Virtualization and cloud provider VMware this morning announced that it's buying Shavlik Technologies, a provider of security and management software for desktops and servers.

The companies have worked together before on VMware Go, a free, Web-based SaaS offering designed to "assist SMBs with rapid deployment and management of VMware vSphere," as the companies describe it. VMware Go launched in 2009.

In a press release issued this morning, VMware said it had "entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Shavlik" for an undisclosed sum. According to the companies, they expect the purchased to close "later this quarter."

"VMware continues to make investments to extend its leadership within the SMB market. 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," commented VMware's Senior Vice President and General Manager Raghu Raghuram in a prepared statement.

Shavlik CEO Mark Shavlik also commented in a statement: "This 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."

"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," he continued.

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