April 9, 2013 – The Shavlik IT management portfolio has been dealt for the second time in just more than two years, as LANDesk Software has agreed to buy it from VMware.

In May 2011, VMware announced a deal for Shavlik in an effort it intended at that time to boost SMBs with deployment and management of its virtualization platform, VMware vSphere. On Tuesday, LANDesk announced it had purchased the Shavlik IT management, monitoring and security solutions from VMware as part of the vendor’s plans to expand its “user-oriented IT management market presence with access to new channels.”

The repackaged product line with operate in conjunction with LANDesk’s Total User Management solutions with immediate plans to add functionality for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager. The products will now be sold as:

  • Shavlik Protect Standard (previously VMware vCenter Protect Standard)
  • Shavlik Protect Advanced (previously VMware vCenter Protect Advanced)
  • Shavlik SCUPDates (previously VMware vCenter Protect Update Catalog)
  • Shavlik Patch SDK (previously VMware vCenter Protect Engine)

Financial terms of the deal, which is final, were not disclosed. A LANDesk spokesperson said that the vendor will take on all 40 employees “with plans to more than double headcount” related to the revamped Shavlik product lines.
VMware, which is majority-owned by EMC, reported slower sales at the start of 2013 in part from a reduction in government contracts. However, the vendor stated after that earnings announcement that it was planning more outreach to smaller businesses for sales and increase its internal head count by 1,000 at year’s end.

LANDesk, based in Utah, recently announced a few updated IT service releases, with particular functionality geared toward mobile access and use. Last year, LANDesk acquired Managed Planet, an asset management vendor, and Wavelink, a mobile device management vendor.

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