SolarWinds was founded in 1999 and is a vendor of a broad range of IT management products aimed at helping organisations to manage their IT infrastructures, including fault and performance management, configuration management and compliance, and troubleshooting applications across servers, databases, networks, applications, data storage and security systems.
Originally based in Oklahoma in the US, SolarWinds relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2006, where it still maintains its headquarters. It has since expanded both within the US and internationally, with a number of offices in Europe and Asia, and is looking for further international expansion. In 2013, SolarWinds announced its intention to invest US$50 million in a new operations hub in Salt Lake City in Utah. It currently has more than 1,200 employees in 13 offices worldwide. SolarWinds has been a public company since its IPO in 2009.
SolarWinds has won a number of awards recently, both for its products and for its company performance. In 2012, Forbes recognised SolarWinds as the best small company in America, awarded to public companies with revenues under US$1 billion, with rankings based on return on equity, sales and earnings growth, and stock performance in relation to peers. Forbes called SolarWinds out for its high functioning products, low cost and impressive company growth. Also in 2012, it was included in the Deloitte Technology Top 500 for the sixth consecutive year. In terms of product awards, it has recently been recognised by Windows IT Pro, TechTarget and SC Magazine.