Deal Roundup: VMware to Acquire Virsto

VMware (VMW) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire "software-defined storage" player Virsto Software, F5 Networks (FFIV) to buy LineRate in SDN play, Radware acquired performance acceleration specialist Strangeloop Networks.

John Rath

February 12, 2013

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VMware, F5 Networks and Radware have announced acquisitions recently:

VMware to acquire Virsto.  VMware (VMW) announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Virsto Software, a provider of software that optimizes storage performance and utilization in virtual environments. Continuing its mantra of the  software-defined datacenter Virsto will expand VMware’s storage portfolio and help address the increasing complexity and cost of storage within virtual and cloud environments. “VMware is committed to continuing to deliver software innovations that bring significant efficiencies to our customers while simplifying infrastructure and IT,” said John Gilmartin, vice president of storage and availability, VMware. “We believe that the acquisition of Virsto will accelerate our development of storage technologies, allowing our customers to greatly improve the efficiency and performance of storage in virtual infrastructure.”

F5 to acquire LineRate.  F5 Networks (FFIV) announced it has agreed to acquire LineRate Systems, a developer of software defined networking (SDN) services. Through this acquisition, F5 gains access to LineRate’s layer 7+ networking services technology, intellectual property, and engineering talent. “F5’s vision is to enable application-layer SDN services for software defined data centers, providing our customers with unprecedented automation, orchestration, and control,” said Karl Triebes, EVP of Product Development and CTO at F5. “Extreme scale of applications, infrastructure, and services will be vital to SDN, core to F5, and the key to customers realizing the benefits of software defined data centers. LineRate’s programmable network capabilities and innovations in layer 7 will bolster our efforts to extend F5’s market leadership in these areas, and we are very pleased to welcome the LineRate team to F5.”

Radware acquires Strangeloop Networks. Radware (RDWR) announced that it has completed the acquisition of Strangeloop Networks, a leader in the Web performance acceleration domain. Strangeloop’s technology accelerates web applications sing an advanced set of proprietary site treatment and is thus able to deliver page content in the most efficient way possible. Strangeloop’s products will continue to be sold and will now be offered under the Radware FastView brand name. “By accelerating the web application response time of an enterprise, Radware can enhance their business performance as well as employee productivity,” says Ilan Kinreich, chief operating officer, Radware. “This is an invaluable capability as we’ve seen an aggressive adoption of SaaS, mobile and cloud technologies where user response time is critical for business continuity. Additionally, online retailers and financial services are dependent on their customer-facing web applications. Therefore, speed and performance are two of the most critical factors in order to increase customer satisfaction, conversion rates and generate revenue.”

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