Brocade announces its intent to acquire the assets of Riverbed Technology’s steelapp business

Brocade announced its intent to acquire Riverbed Technology’s SteelApp product line in an all-cash asset transaction. SteelApp is one of the top virtual ADCs providing scalable, secure, and elastic delivery of enterprise, cloud, and e-commerce applications. The SteelApp product line controls traffic to and from applications and enables fast, reliable, and secure application delivery to users anywhere from the cloud or data center.

Under the terms of the agreement, Brocade will acquire the assets of the SteelApp business unit, and SteelApp development and field personnel will join Brocade after closing. The addition of the SteelApp product line extends Brocade’s software portfolio and enables more advanced solutions for the company’s data center and service provider customers.

The New IP, a datacenter-centric IT revolution, is changing the rules of how network infrastructure is designed and provisioned. One of the key trends within the New IP is NFV (Network Functions Virtualization), the conversion of network elements from hardware to virtualized software. The ADC product segment is one of the earliest to make this transition; Dell’Oro reports the nearly $2B ADC market is in the throes of the NFV disruption, with virtual ADCs growing 30% CAGR vs only 1% for hardware ADCs.

ADCs provide application availability, acceleration, and security for users. This includes shielding them from interruptions due to bursts in demand, providing various optimizations based on application type, and facilitating access based upon specific policies. Deploying this functionality in software (vADCs) enables a dramatically better level of flexibility and cost, and aligns directly with Brocade’s NFV strategy.

“The decision to divest the SteelApp product line reflects Riverbed’s ongoing commitment to focus on businesses and opportunities that leverage our core competencies,” said Jerry M. Kennelly, chairman and CEO of Riverbed Technology. “Riverbed is focused on providing solutions that provide CIOs unparalleled visibility, optimization, and control in the hybrid enterprise, ensuring on-premises, cloud and SaaS applications perform as needed.”