In a span of just a few weeks, there have been two “cool” networking acquisitions: Arkin by VMware and Appcito by A10. Both of these acquisitions should ultimately benefit the customers of all 4 companies.
Appcito was a Gartner cool vendor in 2015, offering a cloud-native ADC product which A10 now plans to use to better serve the needs of DevOps teams and cloud-native applications. Arkin was recently profiled as a cool vendor in 2016, and will help to address the overlay/underlay visibility challenges associated with NSX, and integrate into the VMware suite.
Besides Arkin and Appcito, other (relatively) recent networking acquisitions include Pertino (Cradlepoint), Ocedo (Riverbed), ConteXtream (HP), Embrane (Cisco). Moving forward, we anticipate additional and accelerated market consolidation (including m&a) in the networking space, as several companies founded during the software-defined hype-a-thon look for an exit.
In case you’re wondering, other cool vendors since 2014 include: Cumulus, Pica8, Plexxi, Anuta Networks Big Switch, CloudGenix, Viptela, VeloCloud, AppViewX, AVI Networks and Bridgeworks, and Versa. Side Note: Nuage Networks was a 2014 cool vendor as a subsidiary of ALu which was acquired by Nokia, and Tail -f was a 2014 cool vendor acquired by Cisco.
View Free, Relevant Gartner Research
Gartner's research helps you cut through the complexity and deliver the knowledge you need to make the right decisions quickly, and with confidence.Read Free Gartner Research
Category: adc in-the-news ma networking sd-wan sdn technology-and-emerging-trends
Tags: a10 alcatel-lucent anuta appcito appviewx arkin avi-networks big-switch bridgeworks cisco cloudgenix contextstream coolness cradlepoint cumulus embrane hpe nokia nuage ocedo payoda pertino pica8 plexxi riverbed tail-f velocloud versa viptela vmware
Comments or opinions expressed on this blog are those of the individual contributors only, and do not necessarily represent the views of Gartner, Inc. or its management. Readers may copy and redistribute blog postings on other blogs, or otherwise for private, non-commercial or journalistic purposes, with attribution to Gartner. This content may not be used for any other purposes in any other formats or media. The content on this blog is provided on an "as-is" basis. Gartner shall not be liable for any damages whatsoever arising out of the content or use of this blog.