Continuum and SolarWinds MSP: Same Ownership? (Sort Of)

When Thoma Bravo confirmed the Continuum acquisition today, it triggered a rather intriguing situation in the MSP software market. Indeed, Thoma Bravo also has an ownership stake in SolarWinds MSP (since October 2015).

> Related: Read all of our coverage about Thoma Bravo acquiring Continuum

But don’t be confused. Continuum and SolarWinds MSP are not poised to merge. Nor will their businesses somehow converge or overlap in the halls of Thoma Bravo. After all, they’re owned in separate Thoma Bravo funds. Moreover, Silver Lake Partners also owns a stake in SolarWinds MSP.

Continuum CEO Michael George

Bottom line: Continuum and SolarWinds MSP remain competitors, Continuum CEO Michael George tells ChannelE2E. We haven’t had a chance to ping SolarWinds CEO Kevin Thompson (pictured above) for his view. But we suspect it parallels George’s thoughts.

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    John Miles:

    I wonder if SolarWinds and Continuum will become one business entity in the next 12 to 24 months…

      Joe Panettieri:

      Hey John: I understand your thesis. It’s a natural question. Continuum CEO Michael George told Continuum and SolarWinds won’t intertwine amid Thoma Bravo’s ownership. The two companies are and will remain completely separate, he indicated. If we ever suspect that’s potentially changing we’ll be sure to investigate and report back.

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