We spent the last week in Boston and New York talking to reporters and analysts about some exciting news that went live today. You can read the press release here, but I also wanted to describe in my own words the significance of this announcement and how it fits into our overall vision for the market.
At Shavlik, we have been helping companies solve their complex security challenges with best-in-class patch management solutions since the ‘90s. We could have easily continued to focus solely on patch management and grown a thriving business in the process. But, in talking with our customers and listening to their needs, we quickly realized that Shavlik was in a unique position to play a larger role in helping manage their increasingly complex IT environments. And we have been doing so over the past few years by adding new functionality, such as compliance and configuration management, power management and asset management, as well as offering our products via the cloud.
Most recently we heard from our SMB customers that they needed help managing a technology that had grown ubiquitous in the enterprise but was now moving into their domain – virtualization. While the world’s largest companies have robust IT departments staffed with specialists trained in implementing and monitoring virtualized environments, most SMBs are relying on generalists to handle all their IT needs. And we found they didn’t have the tools to be successful, which led to them dealing with the challenges of virtualization in the form of VM sprawl and rogue VMs. When used properly, virtualization can transform the way an organization of any size extends their IT infrastructure. As with all technology, proper ongoing management is required to keep it stable and secure.
With today’s announcement, we are providing robust tools and expertise to help SMBs manage both their virtualized and physical environments. Our NetChk Protect 7.8 product simplifies virtualization management by allowing IT staff to control all physical and virtual machines connected to a network, regardless of their operating state. We are also offering a streamlined version of this offering in NetChk vProtect, which is the industry’s first solution to drive the transition from VMware Update Manager to traditional patch management vendors.
These announcements support our strategy to simplify the complexity of IT management for SMBs. The democratization of IT and emergence of virtualization are creating a range of challenges that require a new approach to IT management. We are leveraging our nearly two decades of experience in the market to offer compelling solutions to these increased complexities. And we will continue to innovate until all SMBs have the power of enterprise IT management solutions at their disposal. We will keep you apprised of our progress and welcome any feedback or input you have along the way.