Ixia to acquire BreakingPoint Systems for $160 million



Ixia, am IP and wireless network test and visibility solutions provider, has signed an agreement to acquire BreakingPoint Systems for $160 million in cash.

The acquisition of BreakingPoint enables Ixia to offer a solution that monitors, tests, and optimizes converged networks.

Recently, Ixia acquired Anue Systems.

Ixia claims that BreakingPoint’s solutions provide visibility into threats and applications, along with advance insight into the resiliency of an organization’s IT infrastructure under operationally relevant conditions and malicious attacks.

BreakingPoint’s network processor-based simulation and testing platform creates application and live attack traffic at Internet-scale.

The company claims that enterprises, service providers, and government agencies worldwide depend on BreakingPoint’s products to battle-test wired and wireless infrastructures, deploy compact cyber ranges, optimize network and data center systems, and transform security processes to be proactive and effective.

“The use of disparate testing tools, threat intelligence, and monitoring products allows dangerous security vulnerabilities that erode the security posture of businesses and government agencies. By leveraging BreakingPoint with Ixia’s integrated portfolio of proven network test products, customers will have available to them an end-to-end solution to help ensure business continuity for enterprises and government organizations,” said Vic Alston, Ixia’s president and chief executive officer.

BreakingPoint grew revenue over 40 percent in calendar 2011 to $33.5 million while generating gross margin of 87 percent for the year. For calendar 2012, Ixia expects BreakingPoint’s revenue to again grow by more than 40 percent.

“As a leader in cyber security research, BreakingPoint has built a library of more than 34,000 attacks, exploits, malware, and more,” said Dennis Cox, co-founder and chief technology officer of BreakingPoint.

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