Riverbed Technology announced deal to acquire Xirrus, the leading provider of next generation Wi-Fi networks for for an undisclosed fee.
The acquisition of the privately-held company will expand Riverbed’s SD-WAN (software-defined wide area network) and cloud networking solution. Riverbed will also continue to offer Xirrus as a stand-alone enterprise WLAN solution.
By adding Xirrus, the power of policy-based orchestration by Riverbed's SD-WAN solution, SteelConnect will be further extended to the wireless edge, said the company.
The latest news continues Riverbed’s SteelConnect momentum in the market the past year. In January 2016, Riverbed acquired Ocedo Networks, a leading SD-WAN provider to accelerate the delivery of Riverbed’s next-gen networking solutions, and launched SteelConnect as an early access offering in April 2016, which included “one-click” connectivity to AWS.
In September 2016, Riverbed announced general availability of SteelConnect 2.0 with many new features, including integrated visibility with Riverbed SteelCentral.
In early 2017, Riverbed added “one-click” secure connectivity to Microsoft Azure, integration with the market-leading WAN Optimization solution (Riverbed SteelHead SD), and a new offering for large-scale data center deployments; and in March 2017 Orange Business Services announced it will leverage SteelConnect to deliver a managed SD-WAN service.