Brocade bids for Riverbed’s SteelApp

Brocade_logoBrocade recently announced its interest to acquire SteelApp product line from Riverbed Technology. SteelApp is one of the top virtual ADCs providing scalable, secure, and elastic delivery of enterprise, cloud, and e-commerce applications.

The SteelApp product line controls traffic to and from applications and enables fast, reliable, and secure application delivery to users anywhere from the cloud or data center.

According to Brocade, it will acquire the assets of the SteelApp business unit, and SteelApp development and field personnel will join Brocade after closing. The addition of the SteelApp product line extends Brocade’s software portfolio and enables more advanced solutions for the company’s data center and service provider customers.

As per Dell’Oro report, market for virtual ADC is about $2B and is growing at 30% CAGR. Deploying this functionality in software (vADCs) enables a dramatically better level of flexibility and cost, and aligns directly with Brocade’s NFV strategy.

SteelApp would complement Brocade other recent acquisition of Vyatta (virtual routing and firewall) and Vistapointe (virtual network visibility and analytics). Combined with its portfolio of world-class network hardware products, these disruptive additions strengthen Brocade’s portfolio for data center deployments, spanning Enterprise, Cloud and Telco customers.