Brocade acquires mobile SDN company

Brocade has announced plans to acquire Connectem, a privately-held company whose virtualization software maps mobile workloads to clouds.

Terms of the all-cash deal were not disclosed.

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Connectem’s LTE virtual evolved packet core (vEPC) software for x86 servers is intended to eliminate the constraints of physical equipment while working with traditional node-based EPC architectures, Brocade says.

Combined with Brocade’s other software-defined networking (SDN) and virtualized network functions (NFV) offerings – many from the acquisitions of Vyatta, Vistapointe, and the SteelApp virtual ADC product line from Riverbed -- Connectem’s software enables service providers and enterprises to connect mobile and IoT devices, data centers, and public and private clouds, Brocade says.

Brocade was an early investor in Connectem. 

Upon completion of the acquisition, Connectem will be included in Brocade's Emerging Business Group reporting to Ken Cheng, CTO and senior vice president of Corporate Development and Emerging Business for Brocade. The acquisition is expected to close in Brocade's second quarter of fiscal 2015.

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