Network solutions provider Brocade has acquired the mobile network visibility and analytics technology assets of Vistapointe in an all-cash transaction. Terms of the deal were not disclosed Monday. Vistapointe, which has offices in the United States, Ireland and India, makes software-based, carrier-grade network visibility and analytics products for mobile operators, using network functions virtualization (NFV) architectures.
San Jose, Calif.-based Brocade said the acquisition enables it to address the needs of its telecom service provider customers, especially global mobile network operators (MNOs). Those mobile operators, through enhanced network visibility and analytics, will be able to roll out 4G/LTE products across the billions of mobile devices deployed worldwide.
Those capabilities also establishes a firm technology foundation for mobile operators as they migrate products to 5G technology in the next few years, Brocade said. According to industry research firm Analysys Mason, revenue from data traffic over mobile handsets will exceed $358 billion by 2018, representing the single largest source of revenue for mobile network operators over the next six years.
"With the massive growth in connected devices and the dominance of data in mobile networks, network visibility and analytics will be more important than ever," said Jason Nolet, Brocade's vice president of switching, routing and analytics products. "And, as mobile operators continue the aggressive pace at which they intend to adopt software networking solutions, they will benefit from complementary, NFV-based analytics tools to improve subscriber quality of experience and security while also dramatically reducing costs."
The transaction means the Vistapointe technologies are being incorporated into a new Network Visibility and Analytics group reporting to Nolet. The Vistapointe acquisition also complements the existing Brocade MLX-based IP telemetry line to offer mobile operators a network intelligence product that can help areas ranging from network packet brokers to analytics applications.
"The Vistapointe team has recognized the disruptive opportunity of leveraging NFV-based solutions for analytics," Nolet said, "and we believe its technology is at the forefront of this space and perfectly aligned to the needs of mobile operators."
The Vistapointe solutions virtualize analytic tools from the underlying custom hardware probes to deliver network visibility and analytics in a software form factor, according to Brocade. The resulting product can leverage existing industry-standard x86 computer platforms and hypervisor technology to bring mobile operators real-time granular network visibility using software-centric networking strategies.
As a result of the transaction, Vistapointe CEO Ravi Medikonda joined Brocade as vice president of its Network Visibility and Analytics product group. Brocade also hired the Vistapointe development team, which will report into Medikonda as part of the new business unit.
"The Vistapointe acquisition affirms our commitment to SDN [software-defined networking] and NFV as a means to disrupt the status quo of the networking industry," said Ken Cheng, Brocade's CTO and vice president of corporate development.