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VMware Buys Cloud Security

If you care about patching your computers, you must have heard of Shavlik Technologies. In fact, Microsoft OEMed Shavlik's patch product and made it part of the Redmond arsenal years ago.

Recently, company founder Mark Shavlik has been telling me about moving patches and other wares to the cloud. This way, you can secure and manage your computers without managing the whole mess in-house.

VMware apparently caught wind of all this and wanted in. Last month, VMware bought its way in by picking up Shavlik, or at least promising to.

It is unusual for VMware to buy a company not 100 percent devoted to virtualization. Perhaps VMware is looking to spread its wings. Or perhaps VMware simply has good taste in technology. Either way, I hope both will do fine.

Posted by Doug Barney on 06/06/2011 at 12:47 PM


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