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SolarWinds and PC Mall to Make It Easier, and More Affordable, to Manage the Network Through a Renewed Alliance

Agreement Is Part of Overall Effort to Provide IT Professionals With Increased Purchasing Flexibility Through Strong Channel Relationships (January 14, 2009)

AUSTIN, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 01/14/09 -- SolarWinds, a leader in downloadable network management software, and PC Mall, Inc. (NASDAQ: MALL) today announced a renewed collaboration that will make it easier for business, government and educational institutions 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. The relationship will allow IT Professionals to purchase SolarWinds' award-winning software through PC Mall's account executives and customer service staff.

"As a leading provider of IT products and solutions, we look for products that deliver tangible value to our customers. With current pressures on IT budgets, more and more of our customers are looking for alternatives to the traditional, costly network management solutions," said Gertrud Pillay, VP of Software, Security, Storage and Networking, PC Mall. "SolarWinds' products are a perfect fit. They are simple to use, affordable, and they don't skimp on the enterprise-class functionality needed for today's networks."

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 well-suited for today's network management challenges, due to our affordability, ease-of-use, distributed networks support, and fast, simple deployments," said Paul Strelzick, senior vice president, SolarWinds. "A key aspect of our success is a commitment to making the sales process as simple as possible. To that end, we are strengthening our channel relationships with partners like PC Mall. PC Mall's reputation for knowledgeable customer service and rapid fulfillment offers IT professionals the convenience and confidence they need to acquire our award-winning 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

SolarWinds' Orion NPM recently swept past HP's OpenView® to become Redmond Magazine's Reader's Choice ISV winner in the Network Performance Monitoring category.

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 PC Mall

PC Mall Sales, Inc's core business, consisting primarily of the PC and Mac brands, is a rapid response supplier of technology solutions for business, government and educational institutions as well as consumers.

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

SolarWinds, the SolarWinds logo, thwack, and Orion are registered trademarks of SolarWinds. All other company and product names mentioned are used only for identification purposes and may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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