Brocade Acquires Riverbed Technology's SteelApp Business Unit to Strengthen NFV Strategy

By CIOReview | Tuesday, February 10, 2015

SAN JOSE, CA: Brocade, a networking solution provider, announces the acquisition of Riverbed Technology’s SteelApp business unit including the development and field personnel to offer Analog to Digital Convertor (ADC) solutions for datacenter and service providers. SteelApp is an ADC application developed by Riverbed Technology that builds application performance infrastructure to improve the performance of networks and solutions.

The new addition to the company’s portfolio of software networking products, SteelApp offers scalable, secure and customized delivery of enterprise, cloud, and e-commerce applications. The ADC product segment controls the traffic to and from applications offering fast and reliable delivery from anywhere from the cloud or data center.

The SteelApp facilitates the Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) within New IP where network elements are converted from hardware to virtualized software to maintain the design and provision of network infrastructure. The ADC product line also provides shield from interruptions during demand crash, optimized based applications and access according to certain policies. These specific functionalities, deployed in software (vADCs), bring flexibility and cost effectiveness that streamlines the Brocade’s NFV strategy.

“Brocade continues to execute aggressively to capitalize on the disruptive force of software in IP networking,” says Lloyd Carney, CEO, Brocade. “This acquisition strengthens Brocade's unique position as the adoption of software-centric networking is accelerating. We will invest our existing ADC resources to aggressively advance the roadmap and extend it into our open Vyatta Platform offering for NFV and SDN.”