SolarWinds Wraps LOGICnow Buy, Unites 2 Managed Services Players

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SolarWinds on Wednesday finalized its acquisition of LOGICnow, a provider of integrated cloud-based IT service management services focused primarily on the MSP community.

SolarWinds' Kevin ThompsonWith this acquisition, SolarWinds brings together LOGICnow and SolarWinds N-able to create SolarWinds MSP. The union unites two complementary players in the managed services market to deliver a complete portfolio of capabilities to MSPs of every size and scale globally, the company said. SolarWinds bought N-able in 2013.

SolarWinds MSP will serve more than 18,000 MSPs globally, managing more than 5 million endpoints and 1 million mailboxes. It will be at the “heart of the largest community of MSPs in the world, with around 200,000 engineers using its products every day,” SolarWinds said.

“SolarWinds is committed to the growing MSP market and has realized great success through the acquisition of N-able, making the acquisition of LOGICnow a natural next step for us,” said Kevin Thompson, SolarWinds’ president and CEO. “SolarWinds MSP, combining the capabilities of LOGICnow and SolarWinds N-able, will offer MSPs a complete set of IT service management solutions via the cloud and on-premises delivery models. SolarWinds MSP gives them everything they need to acquire and retain profitable clients, deliver outstanding levels of service and maximize their internal efficiency through standardization of their toolsets and the use of automation.”{ad}

SolarWinds is backed by Silver Lake Partners and Thoma Bravo, two technology investment firms.

“As SolarWinds MSP, our combined teams will utilize our deep domain expertise and industry-leading data analytics capabilities to deliver breakthrough innovations to our customer base of the world’s leading MSPs,” said Walter Scott, former LOGICnow CEO and the new executive vice president for SolarWinds MSP. “Our strategic vision and ability to execute will provide ever-greater support to our customers as they differentiate their services and achieve faster, more profitable business growth.”

Fred Voccola, CEO of Kaseya, said neither SolarWinds N-able nor LOGICnow have “ever evolved much beyond basic endpoint management and are now reacting to innovations such as Kaseya’s in order to remain relevant to their customers.” Both companies are Kaseya competitors.

“Their customers should be concerned about this M&A event not only because of the massive debt that SolarWinds is taking on in order to fund it, which in itself will require massive cuts in R&D and support to service it, but the uncertainty around which product will survive when they merge the two product lines,” he said.

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