Why did Oracle acquire an SDN firm?

Oracle has a significant communications software business, and it’s betting that Talari’s SD-WAN technology will ensure performance and reliability of communications over any network.

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Every now and then, the industry gets hit with a “huh?” acquisition, like Facebook buying virtual reality headset maker Oculus or chipmaker Broadcom acquiring mainframe software vendor CA.

Last week’s news from Oracle was also up there, with the announcement it plans to acquire Talari Networks, a software-defined networking (SDN) specialist, by the end of the year.

It would seem an odd pairing, but Oracle has a considerable communications software business of mostly brokers, controllers, and monitors. In announcing the deal, the company said Talari would complement Oracle’s Session Border Controller (SBC) and network management infrastructure by adding high availability, Quality-of-Experience (QoE) connectivity, and cloud application access across any IP network with the reliability and predictability of private networks.

“Together, Oracle, and Talari will accelerate digital transformation and cloud adoption by providing companies with complete enterprise network solutions that ensure reliability and performance of real-time communications and mission-critical applications over any network,” Oracle said in a statement.

Talari’s software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) technology monitors the state of all available networks and redirects traffic to an optimal network. The approach is designed to boost bandwidth and availability for cloud workloads and real-time applications.

Talari claims its SD-WAN software delivers a multi-link WAN with 50 to 400 times more bandwidth per dollar and reduces costs of WAN operations from 40 to 80 percent.

SD-WAN is taking off in popularity as the cloud becomes more important for its intelligent routing and for its cloud-ready design. The old method of network communications for apps, called MPLS, was never designed to go out of the data center. Data is transmitted unencrypted. SD-WAN has end-to-end encryption, vital for hybrid computing.

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