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January 26, 2010

SolarWinds acquires assets of Tek-Tools

Extends Orion product portfolio to include storage and virtualisation management

By CBR Staff Writer

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, has acquired certain of the assets of Tek-Tools, a privately-held company with offices in Dallas, TX and Chennai, India, with a combination of cash and stock for up to $42m.

Tek-Tools’ Profiler suite of products gives users visibility into the performance of storage and virtualised server infrastructures.

SolarWinds said that the addition of Tek-Tools’ offerings to its Orion product portfolio will add management of enterprise storage infrastructure to existing network and applications management capabilities, offering an end-to-end IT management service.

In addition, the Tek-Tools’ products will add deeper storage and virtualisation management to SolarWinds portfolio, offering broader IT management capabilities and increasing IT organisations’ efficiency and responsiveness, the company said.

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Kenny Van Zant, SVP and chief product strategist at SolarWinds, said: The collision of technologies like virtualisation and cloud computing with business forces like ‘lean IT’ is putting pressure on IT organisations to rethink their management approach; functions that were once discrete will need to merge or collaborate more effectively.

Today’s data centres include application servers, virtualisation layers and storage all dependent on an ‘always available’ network, and the ongoing adoption of virtualisation and the associated storage needs continue to drive the demand for and importance of networked storage. Systems administrators have to be more network-aware, storage teams must tighten integration with the virtualisation teams and network engineers need visibility beyond the routers and switches they manage today.

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