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SolarWinds and SHI Make it Easier to Get SolarWinds’ Award-Winning Technology

Agreement Part of Overall Effort to Provide IT Professionals with Increased Purchasing Flexibility through Strong Channel Relationships

AUSTIN, TX – January  14, 2009 -- SolarWinds, a leader in downloadable network management software and SHI International Corp. (SHI), a global procurement outsourcing company and leading business-to-business solution provider, today announced a renewed collaboration that will make it easier for technology professionals  to purchase SolarWinds’ network management solutions -- including Orion Network Performance Monitor (NPM), Orion Enterprise Operations Console (EOC), the Orion modules, Orion Network Configuration Manager (NCM), and SolarWinds’ Engineer’s Toolset.

“We are excited to work with SolarWinds.  We think that their solutions are exactly the blend of features and ease-of-use that our customers are looking for,” said Ed McNamara, communications and marketing manager, SHI.  “SolarWinds’ network management solutions are scalable and can accommodate everyone from the large enterprises, like the Fortune 500, to small and mid-size businesses to government and academic entities. That flexibility makes SolarWinds’ products a very good fit for SHI’s diverse customer base.”

SolarWinds’ solutions are already used by more than 60,000 customers – including more than 350 of the Fortune 500 – to reduce network downtime, manage network configuration, change and compliance, and improve staff efficiency. SolarWinds’ products are also backed by a large, and growing, user community on thwack (www.thwack.com).  Through the site, SolarWinds customers can search product forums, post questions, exchange custom scripts and templates, and immediately access valuable knowledge and resources directly from SolarWinds company experts and the community’s more than 20,000 members.

"SolarWinds’ recognizes that network management can be a maze of challenges – from multi-vendor networks to shrinking budgets.  We believe that our products are perfectly suited for today’s network environments, due to our affordability, fast and simple deployments, and our growing community of users at Thwack,” said Paul Strelzick, senior vice president, SolarWinds.  “We also know that buying software can be complicated, so we have a commitment to making the sales process as simple as possible.  To that end, we are strengthening our channel relationships with partners like SHI, whose reputation for product knowledge, quality service, and expert advice offers IT professionals the convenience and confidence they need to acquire our solutions.”

With SolarWinds’ flagship Orion suite of products, users have comprehensive fault and performance management that scales with rapid network growth and expands with network monitoring needs. The top features of the Orion family include:

•    Comprehensive network performance monitoring with Orion NPM
•    Global console UI for large, distributed networks through Orion EOC
•    Integrated configuration management through Orion NCM
•    Expandable modules for NetFlow, VoIP, Application Performance Management, and Wireless

With Engineer’s Toolset, IT professionals are armed with 49 powerful network engineering tools that also easily integrate with Orion NPM. Some of the top features of Engineer’s Toolset include:
•    Discovery – Network Sonar and Switch Port Mapper
•    Diagnostics – Trace Route and DNS Analyzer
•    Cisco Support – NetFlow Real-time Tool, NetFlow Configurator, and Configuration Editor/Viewer
•    Monitoring – Network Performance Monitor and Bandwidth Gauges

About SHI
SHI, a privately-held company headquartered in Piscataway, New Jersey, is the primary provider of software, hardware, and integrated professional services solutions to the Fortune 500, small and medium-size businesses, academic institutions and Federal, state and local government entities. In less than twenty years, the company has transformed itself from a $1 million reseller into a $3 billion global provider of information technology products and services. SHI’s catalog is filled with over 200,000 products from the biggest names in the IT industry.

SHI has an industry-wide reputation for providing world-class customer support. Supported by over 20 new local offices recently opening across the US, UK, Canada, France and Asia/PAC, SHI maintains an annual customer retention rate of over 99% - the highest in the industry.

For more information, go to www.shidirect.com or contact SHI Communications and Marketing Manager Ed McNamara at ed_mcnamara@shi.com or by calling 732-868-8970

About SolarWinds
SolarWinds provides downloadable, enterprise-class network management software that is affordable, easy to use, and guided by a large and growing user community. Focused on the real-world needs of network professionals, SolarWinds products are simple to try, simple to use, and simple to maintain, while providing the power, scale, and flexibility needed by companies of all sizes. More than 60,000 customers from small businesses to the largest enterprises rely on SolarWinds products to take the complexity out of managing their networks. Learn more today at http://www.solarwinds.com.

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