Brocade to acquire SteelApp biz from Riverbed Technology

Brocade is set to acquire Riverbed Technology’s SteelApp product line.

The investment will assist Brocade to step up its focus in SDN and NFV technology area. SteelApp product line extends Brocade’s software portfolio and enables more advanced solutions for the company’s data center and service provider customers.

Brocade CEO Lloyd Carney said: “Brocade is the #2 data center networking vendor. This acquisition strengthens Brocade’s position as the adoption of software-centric networking is accelerating.”

Earlier, Brocade has acquired Vyatta (virtual routing and firewall) and Vistapointe (virtual network visibility and analytics).

SteelApp, a virtual ADC, ensures secure delivery of enterprise, cloud, and e-commerce applications. The SteelApp product line controls traffic to and from applications and enables secure application delivery to users anywhere from the cloud or data center.

Brocade will acquire the assets of the SteelApp business unit, and SteelApp development and field personnel will join Brocade. The company did not disclose financial details.

Brocade CEO Lloyd Carney

Brocade is betting big on the new IP, a datacenter-centric IT revolution. One of the trends within the new IP is Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). The nearly $2 billion ADC market is in the throes of the NFV disruption, with virtual ADCs growing 30 percent CAGR vs only 1 percent for hardware ADCs said market research agency Dell’Oro.

Jerry M. Kennelly, chairman and CEO of Riverbed Technology, said: “Riverbed is focused on providing solutions that provide CIOs unparalleled visibility, optimization, and control in the hybrid enterprise, ensuring on-premises, cloud and SaaS applications perform as needed.”

The SteelApp product line will be added to Brocade’s software networking products including virtual routing, firewall, VPN, SDN controller, and network visibility and analytics.

Combined with its portfolio of world-class network hardware products, these disruptive additions strengthen Brocade’s portfolio for data center deployments, spanning Enterprise, Cloud and Telco customers.

Baburajan K
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