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Brocade to Acquire Brocade's SteelApp Line of Virtual ADCs

February 09, 2015

Brocade, a provider of virtual networking products, recently announced that it will soon acquire the SteelApp line of virtual application deliver controllers from its host company, Riverbed.

The announcement suggests that SteelApp has made a place for itself in the virtual ADC market and therefore will become valuable to Brocade by allowing Brocade's own clients to effectively control the flow of information to and from their applications. Lloyd Carney, the CEO of Brocade, spoke in his company's release about the coming acquisition and the value it can bring to the ADC industry as a whole.

“Brocade continues to execute aggressively to capitalize on the disruptive force of software in IP networking,” Carney said. “Brocade is the #2 data center networking vendor worldwide and this acquisition strengthens Brocade's unique position as the adoption of software-centric networking is accelerating. We are thrilled to add SteelApp's widely-adopted solution to our portfolio and will invest our existing ADC resources to aggressively advance the roadmap and extend it into our open Vyatta Platform offering for NFV and SDN.”

It appears that Brocade will be able to bolster its own standing in the world of networking by taking on the SteelApp line of products. Brocade refers to the standing revolution in IT networking, network functions virtualization, as a game changer in how networks are created and data is provisioned. The company references research from Dell'Oro Group, a market research firm that says the virtual ADC market is experiencing continuous annual growth of 30 percent while its hardware ADC market counterpart is experiencing only one percent growth.

The difference between those two rates is astounding, and it solidifies the change taking place right now in enterprise networking. Network functions virtualization and other networking technologies are making it possible for software to complete the tasks that hardware once managed. Given the correct programming, software has shown that it can do a much better job than hardware ever could because it can focus on provisioning in much more minute ways than was previously possible. Now, applications can get data and bandwidth as they need it, and networking software can make sure that the applications which claim a priority over others are not left lacking for their own resources.

That is what the SteelApp line of virtual ADCs can do for its users. It can make sure that there are no interruptions in traffic due to a sudden demand for bandwidth and can make sure specific applications with specific needs get exactly the treatment they deserve. With this acquisition, Brocade will add to its line of virtual routers, firewalls, virtual private networks, software-defined networking controllers, and network visibility software. The deal to shift the product line into Brocade's hands should be complete within the second quarter of 2015.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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