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Brocade to acquire Connectem

Deal is the latest in a recent wave of virtual networking acquisitions

Brocade to acquire Connectem
Cheng: This acquisition reaffirms our SDN and NFV strategy

Brocade today announced plans to acquire the carrier-focused wireless networking specialist, Connectum, of which it was an early investor.

The Canadian networking vendor said that it was interested in Connectum’s technology, which allows the company to bring advances in virtualisation and software-defined networking to wireless networks. Brocade said that buying the company outright was a strategic move as it seeks to gain traction in the machine-to-machine (M2M) and internet of things (IoT) segments.

Although the sum has not been disclosed, Brocade confirmed that the acquisition will be an all-cash transaction. Upon completion of the acquisition, Connectem will be included in Brocade's Emerging Business Group reporting to Ken Cheng, who leads the company’s technology strategy, software networking solutions, key business initiatives, M&A, and investment portfolio.

“This acquisition reaffirms our SDN and NFV strategy," said Chang. "We believe the Connectem technology is a key enabler for emerging markets including IOT, M2M, Industrial Internet, and enterprise mobile data services."

Brocade said that it considered Connectum to be a leader in developing and deploying the first software-based, virtualised EPC running on standard data centre infrastructure. The idea is that carriers can use this technology to combine assets to provide superior products to customers.

"This acquisition strengthens Brocade's position in the networking industry as the adoption of software-centric networking continues to accelerate," said Lloyd Carney, CEO of Brocade.

"I am very pleased to bring this technology into our portfolio as we invest strategically in New IP across NFV (network functions virtualisation) and SDN to provide seamless data centre and cloud solutions."

The vendor added that Connectem's vEPC solutions already integrate seamlessly with its software and physical networking product portfolios.

Nishi Kant, CEO of Connectem, said that the company’s technology “dramatically improves the flexibility, scalability, and total cost of ownership of mobile vEPC solutions”.

Brocade is currently overseeing what it describes as a “transformative” investment strategy. In recent months, the company has acquired virtual networking specialist Vyatta, network analytics firm Vistapointe, and Riverbed’s SteelApp family of virtual application delivery controllers. All of these investments, Brocade says, are geared towards creating a portfolio of software-based networking products.

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