Brocade has announced its intent to acquire Connectem, a privately-held company in the LTE virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) market, in an all-cash transaction.
The continued explosive growth of traditional mobile data combined with emerging requirements around machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity place new demands on mobile networks.
To meet these challenges, Brocade believes mobile operators are looking to the power of virtualisation to create flexible, scalable, and easy-to-deploy packet cores.
Consequently, Connectem provides vEPC solutions with unique architectural attributes that leverage cloud computing, network virtualisation, and software networking technologies to deliver higher scale on industry-standard x86-based servers.
"This acquisition strengthens Brocade's position in the networking industry as the adoption of software-centric networking continues to accelerate," says Lloyd Carney, CEO, Brocade.
"I am very pleased to bring this technology into our portfolio as we invest strategically in New IP across NFV and SDN to provide seemless data center and cloud solutions."
The acquisition of Connectem extends Brocade's leadership in software networking and virtualised network functions, by enabling service providers and enterprises to offer ubiquitous connectivity between mobile and IoT devices, data centres, as well as public and private clouds.
Connectem's vEPC solutions integrate with Brocade's software and physical networking product portfolios to deliver industry-leading New IP data centre infrastructure.
"There is a step-function in scalability required to connect the billions of new devices joining the Internet of Things," adds Nishi Kant, CEO, Connectem.
"As an early strategic investor in our company, Brocade recognised that a new architectural approach would be required to meet these demands.
“Connectem's pioneering technology dramatically improves the flexibility, scalability, and total cost of ownership of mobile vEPC solutions.
“We are excited to realise the full extent of this vision as part of Brocade, a widely recognised leader and innovator in software networking."
The acquisition of Connectem is another key component of Brocade's transformative investment strategy, complementing the acquisitions of Vyatta, Vistapointe, and the recently-announced SteelApp virtual ADC product line from Riverbed.
"This acquisition reaffirms our SDN and NFV strategy," adds Ken Cheng, CTO and Senior VP of Corporate Development and Emerging Business, Brocade.
"We believe the Connectem technology is a key enabler for emerging markets including IOT, M2M, Industrial Internet, and enterprise mobile data services."
Upon completion of the acquisition, Connectem will be included in Brocade's Emerging Business Group reporting to Ken Cheng.
Terms of the acquisition are not being disclosed, and it is expected to close in Brocade's second quarter of fiscal 2015, subject to customary closing conditions and regulations.
Following the acquisition, Brocade expects its FY15 financial performance to be consistent with the non-GAAP operating margin target of 25% provided during its fiscal first quarter earnings call on February 19.