Purchase focused on application delivery controller for multi-cloud environments
VMware this week announced the acquisition of Avi Networks in a move that will see Avi’s software-defined application delivery controller (ADC) added to the vendor’s growing networking and security portfolio.
The Lowdown: Combining Avi’s ADC with VMware’s current solutions will result in a multi-cloud-capable software-defined networking stack covering layers 2 through 7, officials said.
The Details: VMware’s ultimate goal with the acquisition is to bring public cloud-like experience to the entire data center, with automation, scalability, tighter security, and one-click deployment of applications.
Avi Networks’ key features include:
• Automation driven by closed-loop analytics, template-driven configuration, and integration with management products
• Advanced analytics and insights for performance monitoring and troubleshooting
• Ability to deploy across on-premises and multiple cloud environments
• Elasticity and on-demand scalability
• Intrinsic security
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close in VMware’s second quarter of fiscal-year 2020.
Background: Avi Networks develops load balancing, application acceleration, security, application visibility, performance monitoring, service discovery, and container networking solutions used for the delivery of enterprise applications in data centers and clouds. Based in Santa Clara, California, Avi was founded in 2012 by four former engineers from Cisco Systems.
Avi Networks has raised $52 million in three rounds of funding from the likes of Greylock, Light Speed, and Menlo Ventures.
The Buzz: “VMware is committed to making the data center operate as simply and easily as it does in the public cloud, and the addition of Avi Networks to the growing VMware networking and security portfolio will bring us one step closer to this goal after the acquisition closes,” said Tom Gillis, senior vice president and general manager of the networking and security business unit at VMware. “This acquisition will further advance our Virtual Cloud Network vision, where a software-defined distributed network architecture spans all infrastructure and ties all pieces together with the automation and programmability found in the public cloud. Combining Avi Networks with VMware NSX will further enable organizations to respond to new opportunities and threats, create new business models, and deliver services to all applications and data, wherever they are located.”
“Unlike existing ADC solutions, Avi Networks’ distributed ADC is designed for modern data center and public cloud deployments, with an architecture that mirrors cloud principles,” said Amit Pandey, CEO of Avi Networks. “Upon close, customers will be able to benefit from a full set of software-defined L2-7 application networking and security services, on-demand elasticity, real-time insights, simplified troubleshooting, and developer self-service.”