VMware (NYSE: VMW) has sold its Protect line of patch and asset management software, acquired through its purchase of Shavlik Technologies in May 2011, to LANDesk, a provider of IT management, security, mobility and services, owned by investor Thoma Bravo.

Terms of the transaction, which was completed on April 8, were not disclosed by either party. Under terms of the agreement, VMware will join LANDesk’s lineup of Alliance Partners, which also includes HP (NYSE: HPQ), Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) and Lenovo.

LANDesk said it will rename the Protect line to the Shavlik Protect portfolio and position it to grow its user-oriented IT management market presence, leveraging not only the new product line but also additional sales channels, including online downloads. The company said the Shavlik family maps well to its existing folder of Total User Management solutions.

“We are continuing our successful acquisition strategy to expand our IT management market presence, and with the addition of the Shavlik Protect portfolio, will deliver unmatched user-oriented IT management technologies, products and expertise for our enterprise customers,” said Stephen Daly, LANDesk chief executive. “With the Shavlik Protect portfolio, we are also adding an important new go-to-market channel which will allow us to make some of our offerings available for download.”

The Shavlik Protect product line includes solutions for centralized patch management and asset inventory for Windows and third-party applications for both virtual and physical machines, centralized antivirus, power management, and ITScripting, and the ability to leverage a single Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) workflow for deploying updates for both Microsoft and non-Microsoft applications and patches in a Windows environment.

LANDesk said it will market and sell the products as:

  • Shavlik Protect Standard (formerly VMware vCenterTM Protect Standard)
  • Shavlik Protect Advanced (formerly VMware vCenter Protect Advanced)
  • Shavlik SCUPDates (formerly VMware vCenter Protect Update Catalog)
  • Shavlik Patch SDK (formerly VMware vCenter Protect Engine)

Ramin Sayar, VMware cloud infrastructure and management vice president and general manager, said in a blog post that the transaction maps to the virtualization giant’s strategy to execute on its three priorities of software-defined data center, hybrid cloud and end-user computing.

“As part of our efforts to focus on these areas, we came to the conclusion that asset and patch management as a standalone offering would be best provided by a partner such as LANDesk,” he wrote. “It was important to VMware to find a buyer that would be a good home for Protect customers, and we believe LANDesk is a great fit. In transitioning the Shavlik Protect product family to LANDesk, we are confident that customers will be in good hands with seamless product support and further technology innovation.”