Those efforts come in the wake of last year’s revelation that the build environment for SolarWinds Orion, from N-able’s parent company, had been compromised by attackers believed to be backed by the Russian government. Though none of N-able’s products were affected by that breach, the company has instituted a “secure by design” development methodology aimed at shielding its management systems from similar supply chain exploits.
“Even if you had our source code, or even if you could potentially get into [the build] environment, you wouldn't be able to do anything because either you would be noticed or you would be locked out very, very quickly,” Adler said.
According to N-able President John Pagliuca, the common theme unifying the product enhancements and additions N-able described today is that all are meant to help MSPs tackle the painful demands imposed on them by an IT landscape rapidly growing more complex and less secure. “We believe we matter where it’s the messiest for you, and that’s where we’re going to continue to invest in our people and our resources and our roadmap,” he said.
The possible spinoff of N-able from SolarWinds, Pagliuca added, will provide more focus and funding for such efforts. “What it’s really going to mean is an increase in investment,” Pagliuca said.
Those investments could include acquisitions, he continued. “When Mike [Adler] and his team look at technology and what the needs are for the small/medium enterprise and the MSP, we can be laser focused on bringing in offerings, whether we build it ourselves, whether we partner with a company like DNSFilter, or whether we acquire.”
SolarWinds announced that it’s investigating a spinoff of N-able last year. According to Pagliuca, such a move remains under discussion. “We continue to contemplate the spin,” he said.
Formerly known as SolarWinds MSP, N-able adopted its new name last December in preparation for that widely anticipated transaction.
In response to an attendee’s question about the topic, Pagliuca clarified that SolarWinds will no longer have an ownership stake in N-able following a spin-off, should one occur. “We will be two completely separate businesses, two completely different owners. SolarWinds will really have nothing to do with N-able on a go-forward basis,” he said.
Without disclosing the location, N-able revealed today that it will host live, face-to-face Empower conferences in North America and Europe next year for the first time since the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic.