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PE-owned Riverbed Technology to acquire VC-backed Xirrus

Riverbed buys Xirrus to reach the network edge Riverbed snaps up Xirrus, pushes orchestration to the edge
Eleena Tovar | 21 Abril, 2017, 00:30

Network management vendor Riverbed Technology will take over wireless provider Xirrus in order to be able to offer solutions spanning the full spectrum of a customer's network.

No financial details of the takeover were disclosed.

Grillo said Atrion is seeing more interest from customers around SD-WAN this year with businesses seeking SD-WAN solutions with advanced capabilities, which Xirrus is bringing to the table.

"The SteelConnect offering is unique in that it is the first SD-WAN solution that has extended the power of policy-based orchestration out to the broader reaches of the distributed network".

Xirrus is known for cloud-managed Wi-Fi services, which Riverbed said will give customers and partners unified connectivity and policy-based orchestration. The Xirrus suite of Wi-Fi solutions - high density access points, access points and cloud services - provide seamless connectivity and unified management across the network.

Xirrus' proven technology performs under the most demanding circumstances, offering consistent "wired-like" performance with superior coverage and security. "Riverbed is obviously seeing the opportunity as well and this Xirrus acquisition adds some really great capabilities", said Rob Steele, converged practice lead for RoundTower Technologies, a Cincinnati-based solution provider and Riverbed partner.

"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.

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. The company was recognized by Gartner in the "Visionaries" quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for the most recent wired and wireless LAN Access Infrastructure report. The acquisition of Thousand Oaks, California-based Xirrus is expected to close in April 2017. Aruba Networks was bought up by HPE in 2015 for $3 billion, effectively becoming that company's wireless arm, and Meru Networks went to cybersecurity company Fortinet the same year. Avaya last month announced its intent to sell its networking business to Extreme Networks, while Extreme also plans to acquire Brocade Communications networking business.