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SolarWinds Acquires 8MAN, Launches Access Rights Management

Credit: Joe Panettieri

SolarWinds has acquired 8MAN, an Access Rights Management (ARM) platform that further expands the MSP and IT management software company's security portfolio. Financial terms were not disclosed.

8MAN has been rebranded as SolarWinds ARM, and is available immediately to SolarWinds MSP partners and corporate IT customers. The software was particularly easily to introduce to SolarWinds customers, since its ease of use and ease of trial capabilities aligned with the SolarWinds business model, according to Jim Hansen, VP of products for security.

This is SolarWinds' second security-related acquisition in recent months. The earlier deal involves Trusted Metrics.

Access Rights Management: The User Interface

Below are two examples of the ARM user interface. SolarWinds branding will surface in the user interface, but the overall look-and-feel will remain consistent with 8MAN's original design:

SolarWinds ARM: One Piece of Larger Security Strategy

SolarWinds VP Jim Hansen

SolarWinds ARM allows MSPs and IT professionals to centrally provision, deprovision, manage, and audit user access rights to their systems, data, and files while minimizing exposure to insider threats, the company says. MSPs can leverage the software today, and a multi-tenant version to further boost MSP support is under development, according to Hansen.

SolarWinds ARM is part of the company's growing security and data protection software portfolio. The lineup includes Threat Monitor, Patch Manager, Backup, and Log & Event Manager.

In addition to supporting MSPs and corporate IT departments, SolarWinds has been expanding to more fully engage MSSPs (managed security services providers). A Threat Monitoring Service Program, for instance, is specifically designed for MSSP deployment.

Security is a key focus area for SolarWinds' growth strategy. The company earlier this week announced 12 percent non-GAAP revenue growth compared to the corresponding quarter last year. It was the company's first earnings release since the SolarWinds IPO in October 2018.

Joe Panettieri

Joe Panettieri is co-founder & editorial director of MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E, the two leading news & analysis sites for managed service providers in the cybersecurity market.