Story image

Riverbed snaps up Xirrus, pushes orchestration to the edge

20 Apr 17

Riverbed has announced a definitive agreement to acquire Wi-Fi network vendor Xirrus for an undisclosed sum, in a deal which Riverbed says takes policy-based orchestration to the wireless edge.

Riverbed says it will integrate Xirrus’ high density, cloud managed Wi-Fi offerings into its SteelConnect application-defined SD-Wan offering, providing the company and its partners with  ‘a software defined networking approach that delivers unified connectivity and orchestration across the entire network’ to take to customers.

It will also continue to offer Xirrus as a standalone enterprise WLAN solution. Riverbed says it will offer the Xirus solutions through its channel partners.

Jerry M Kennelly, Riverbed chairman and chief executive, says a ‘fundamental rethink’ of networking is required with today’s digital, cloud and mobile world making enterprise networks more complex and unpredictable than ever before.

“IT is struggling to manage all of this,” Kennelly says.

“Xirrus is a strategic acquisition for Riverbed, providing us with a leading enterprise-grade Wi-Fi solution, and enhancing SteelConnect to deliver an unmatched SD-Wan offering that will help further fuel our growth in this hot market.”

Shane Buckley, Xirrus chief executive, says the deal is a ‘tremendous opportunity to create the world’s first SD-WAN solution that covers the core to the edge of the network.

“The integration of our solutions combines best of breed federated identity and application control with differentiated SD-WAN technology, addressing the stringent requirements of today’s cloud, mobile and digital world,” Buckley says.

Rohit Mehra, IDC network infrastructure vice president, says the acquisition will position Riverbed well to address the shift to convergence at the enterprise branch as IT/network managers look to unify network operations and management across wired and wireless LANs and WANs, within the context of a cloud-enabled architecture.

“[It adds] an enterprise-grade WLAN solution to a broader enterprise branch offering with SD-Wan that also integrated industry leading Wan optimisation and visibility,” Mehra says.

The acquisition continues a string of high profile wireless networking deals, with HPE snapping up Aruba in 2015 in a US$3 billion deal, Fortinet grabbing Meru the same year and Brocade acquiring Ruckus last year, before selling it to Arris early this year.

The Xirrus acquisition is expected to close this month.

McAfee named Leader in Magic Quadrant an eighth time
The company has been once again named as a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Security Information and Event Management.
Symantec and Fortinet partner for integration
The partnership will deliver essential security controls across endpoint, network, and cloud environments.
Review: Blue Mic’s Satellite headphones are good but...
Blue Mic’s newest wireless headphones deliver on sound, aesthetic, and comfort - but there is a more insidious issue at hand.
Is Supermicro innocent? 3rd party test finds no malicious hardware
One of the larger scandals within IT circles took place this year with Bloomberg firing shots at Supermicro - now Supermicro is firing back.
IDC: Smartphone shipments ready to stabilise in 2019
IDC expects year-over-year shipment growth of 2.6% in 2019, while the world's largest market is still forecast to be down 8.8% in 2018.
Microsoft NZ bids Goldie a “fond farewell”
Microsoft New Zealand director of commercial and partner business takes new role across the Tasman. The search for his replacement has begun.
Object-based storage over-looked by Aussies, survey shows
Hitachi Vantara has sponsored an IDC survey looking at the technology’s usage and adoption barriers across Asia Pacific.
One Identity a Visionary in Magic Quad for PAM
One Identity was recognised in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Privileged Access Management for completeness of vision and ability to execute.