Brocade announced its intent to acquire Connectem, a privately-held company in the Long Term Evolution (LTE) virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) market, in an all-cash transaction.
Connectem provides highly-differentiated Virtualized Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) solutions with unique architectural attributes that leverage cloud computing, network virtualization, and software networking technologies to deliver higher scale and efficiency on industry-standard x86-based servers. Connectem software focuses on mapping mobile workloads to cloud resources, eliminating the constraints of physical equipment boundaries yet still maintaining the capablity to integrate with traditional node-based EPC architectures.
Brocade said the acquisition of Connectem extends Brocade’s leadership in software networking and virtualized network functions, by enabling service providers and enterprises to offer ubiquitous connectivity between mobile and IoT devices, data centers, as well as public and private clouds. Connectem’s vEPC solutions integrate seamlessly with Brocade’s software and physical networking product portfolios to deliver industry-leading New IP data center infrastructure.
“This acquisition strengthens Brocade’s position in the networking industry as the adoption of software-centric networking continues to accelerate,” said Lloyd Carney, CEO of 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 seamless data center and cloud solutions.”
“There is a step-function in scalability required to connect the billions of new devices joining the Internet of Things,” said Nishi Kant, CEO of Connectem. “As an early strategic investor in our company, Brocade recognized 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 realize the full extent of this vision as part of Brocade, a widely recognized 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,” said Ken Cheng, CTO and Senior VP of Corporate Development and Emerging Business for 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, CTO and Senior VP of Corporate Development and Emerging Business for Brocade. Terms of the acquisition are not 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 Financial Year 2015 (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, 2015.