VMware has announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Shavlik Technologies.

Shavlik is a provider of cloud-based IT management solutions for small and medium businesses (SMBs), with a particular interest in patch and compliance management. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed and the deal is expected to be completed later this quarter, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

Raghu Raghuram, senior vice president and general manager, cloud infrastructure and management at VMware, said: “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.”

Mark Shavlik, CEO of Shavlik, said: “It 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.

“I look forward to joining VMware and together with my team, providing easy-to-use and affordable solutions that help manage, monitor and secure both physical and virtual environments.”

The announcement builds upon the relationship between VMware and Shavlik via VMware GO, a joint Software-as-a-Service offering that assists SMBs with rapid deployment and management of the VMware vSphere virtualisation platform.