SolarWinds Hires New Head of Public Sector and Federal Sales and Commits to Common Criteria Certification

SolarWinds’ products are used by virtually every civilian agency and department of the Federal government including: Department of Homeland Security, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), all branches of the U.S. Military, the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

SolarWinds is seeking certification for the Orion(R) family of network, application and server management products, which includes Orion Network Performance Monitor (NPM), Orion Network Configuration Manager (NCM), Orion Application Performance Manager (APM), as well as several modules. The company has chosen CygnaCom and its Security Evaluation Laboratory (SEL) to conduct the independent evaluation required to achieve Evaluation Assurance Level (EAL) 2 Common Criteria certification.

“The federal IT community faces some of the toughest conditions when trying to deploy a secure IT infrastructure. We appreciate the high stakes and are dedicated to building products that help solve these challenges,” said Sanjay Castelino, Vice President, product management and product marketing. “Receiving Common Criteria EAL 2 certification would be an important step in SolarWinds’ commitment to the Federal market. It would give our customers independent, third-party assurance that our products can meet the highest standards and compliance requirements and can support the unique demands of civilian agencies and military installations alike.”

Common Criteria is an internationally recognized standard that provides a broad range of evaluation criteria for commercial and nationally sensitive government-use IT security products. CygnaCom’s Common Criteria Testing Laboratory (CCTL) is accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Assessment Program (NVLAP) and approved by the NIAP. The CygnaCom SEL performs Common Criteria evaluations in accordance with the NIAP Common Criteria Evaluation and Validation Scheme (CCEVS).The certification process typically takes one year.

SolarWinds has also named David Kimball, Vice President of Public Sector Sales.

Kimball brings more than 20 years of Information Technology sales and senior management experience to SolarWinds, with more than 10 years of experience focused specifically on the federal government market. Prior to SolarWinds, Kimball was Managing Director of Federal Sales for Cenzic, a Web Application Security software company where he managed the worldwide federal sales efforts; expanding Cenzic’s channels of distribution and establishing strategic relationships with key Federal Systems Integrators while driving new customer acquisitions including key Department of Defense (DOD), Intelligence and Civilian agencies. Prior to joining Cenzic, Kimball served as the Regional Vice President of FederalEnterprise for SupportSoft (acquired by Consona), providers of Support Automation and Knowledge solutions. In addition to sales leadership positions with Intellitactics and NetIQ, Kimball was also responsible for designing and building a strong federal sales organization at Remedy Corporation.

Kimball will be based in the Washington, D.C. area.

“Our federal and public sector business continues to be an important priority for us. Given the unique circumstances involved in working with the various state and local, Civilian, Intelligence and DOD agencies, we felt that it was critical to add a strong, experienced sales leader to our SolarWinds’ sales team,” said Kevin Thompson, President and CEO, SolarWinds. “We believe that David Kimball has the right blend of technology, sales, and leadership experience needed to help guide our federal, state and local business.”

This press release may be deemed to contain “forward-looking” statements, which are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including SolarWinds’ belief of the future success of its public sector sales. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s beliefs and assumptions and on information currently available to management. Forward-looking statements include all statements that are not historical facts and may be identified by terms such as “continues,” “believes” or similar expressions and the negatives of those terms. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, SolarWinds’ inability to capitalize of public sector opportunities under its new sales leadership and such other risks and uncertainties described more fully in documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Form 10-Q for the second quarter of 2010 filed on July 30, 2010. All information provided in this release is as of the date hereof and SolarWinds undertakes no duty to update this information except as required by law.

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