Riverbed Technology Friday announced to acquire California based WiFi networks firm Xirrus,. This acquisition of the privately-held company will help Riverbed expand its SD-WAN (software-defined wide area network) and cloud networking solutions.
Besides these solutions the company will also continue to offer Xirrus as a stand-alone enterprise WLAN solution.
“Xirrus is a strategic acquisition for Riverbed, providing us with a leading enterprise-grade Wi-Fi solution, and enhancing SteelConnect to deliver an unmatched SD-WAN offering that will help further fuel our growth in this hot market,” said Jerry M. Kennelly, Riverbed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
The company plans to offer Xirrus solutions through its robust partner ecosystem. The acquisition of Thousand Oaks, California-based Xirrus is expected to close in April 2017.
With this acquisition, Riverbed’s flagship SD-WAN solution SteelConnect is expected to get a shot in the arm. By adding Xirrus, the power of policy-based orchestration by SteelConnect will be further extended to the wireless edge.
“Legacy approaches to network management have become completely untenable. IT must move beyond the days of managing individual network devices using arcane CLI commands and scripts and instead move to software-defined approaches that are based on global policies, automation and orchestration,” said Paul O’Farrell, Senior Vice President of the Riverbed SteelConnect, SteelHead and SteelFusion Business Unit.
Xirrus is recognized by Gartner in the “Visionaries” quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for the most recent Wired and Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure report. With solutions deployed on tens of thousands of networks and hundreds of thousands of cloud instances, Xirrus customers include some of the best known global companies and recognized brand names, including Microsoft, University of Mississippi, Liverpool Football Club and Paul Hastings Law Firm.
“Together with Riverbed, we embrace a tremendous opportunity to create the world’s first SD-WAN solution that covers the core to the edge of the network,” said Shane Buckley, CEO of Xirrus.
In January 2016, Riverbed acquired Ocedo Networks, a leading SD-WAN provider to accelerate the delivery of its next-gen networking solutions, and launched SteelConnect as an early access offering in April 2016, which included “one-click” connectivity to AWS.