VMware has signed an agreement to acquire VeloCloud Networks, Inc., provider of cloud-delivered software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) technology for enterprises and service providers. The transaction is expected to close in VMware's fiscal Q4 2018.
According to VMware, VeloCloud will enable VMware to build on its network virtualization platform—VMware NSX—and expand its networking portfolio to address end-to-end automation, application continuity, branch transformation and security from data center to cloud to edge.
VMware says the acquisition will also further enable it to support the industry transition to a software-defined future, and help customers bring their businesses into the digital era with networking that is ubiquitous, open, programmable and secure by default.
A new networking approach is required to solve the hyper distribution of applications and data in the digital era as the industry moves from a model of data centers to one of centers of data at the edge, said Pat Gelsinger, CEO, VMware, noting that VMware's networking strategy is centered on the belief in delivering pervasive connectivity with embedded security that connects users to applications wherever they are. With the addition of VeloCloud's SD-WAN technology, Gelsinger noted, VMware will be able to extend the VMware NSX approach of “automated, secure, and infrastructure-independent networking to the WAN.”
For more information, visit the VMware website.