When a networking vendor publicizes plans to amass one other firm, most individuals take discover. Discover which distributors made strikes in 2021 and what these purchases imply.
Cisco led the cost in networking acquisitions all through 2021, asserting and shutting on seven offers. The seller unfold its imaginative and prescient to a number of know-how areas, routed optical networking, Webex integration, safety and assist for Kubernetes, and cloud-native purposes.
After months of authorized disputes over regulatory approval, Cisco finally closed on its deal with Acacia Communications. Cisco finally spent $4.5 billion for the optical routing firm, virtually $2 billion over the quantity it mentioned it might pay in July 2019.
Could 2021 was a busy month for Cisco, because it introduced its intent to acquire three companies: Sedona Techniques, Kenna Safety and Socio Labs. Whereas Cisco did not disclose the monetary phrases of the offers, a report from Calcalist estimated the seller spent round $100 million for Sedona Techniques, an optical networking supplier. Cisco has plans to integrate Sedona’s network automation platform with its routed optical networking portfolio.
Juniper rounds out its information heart portfolio
Juniper Networks continued its spending spree following its earlier acquisitions of Mist Techniques and 128 Know-how in April 2019 and October 2020, respectively. Juniper announced its plans to buy Apstra, a community automation supplier, in December 2020 and finalized the deal in 2021.
In keeping with business analyst Tom Nolle, Juniper’s buy of Apstra rounds out its imaginative and prescient for improved end-to-end expertise.
“Add in Apstra, and you’ll lengthen that visibility, assurance, monitoring and assist all through the whole scope of the expertise, from the applying and information heart out to the consumer,” Nolle wrote in a CIMI Corp. blog post.
Whereas Juniper did not disclose the monetary phrases of the deal, Nolle wrote that monetary consultants mentioned the seller paid underneath $400 million. In Could 2021, Juniper introduced its first Apstra release to assist VMware digital networks, Software for Open Networking in the Cloud and open supply networking.
Stunning transfer by Ericsson
Whereas Cisco made extra acquisitions than different networking distributors, Ericsson paid essentially the most in a single buy, among the many offers that disclosed monetary phrases. In its purchase of Vonage, Ericsson is paying $6.2 billion in a transfer that shocked — and considerably perplexed — business analysts.
Ericsson mentioned it plans to capitalize on Vonage’s platform to broaden and complement its 5G infrastructure. Vonage’s builders will get entry to community APIs that allow them to construct international choices, mentioned Börje Ekholm, president and CEO of Ericsson, in a press launch.
The anticipated Vonage acquisition follows Ericsson’s buy of Cradlepoint in November 2020. Ericsson spent $1.1 billion within the deal, with plans to include Cradlepoint’s wi-fi WAN edge know-how into its wi-fi portfolio.
Distributors proceed SD-WAN and SASE
The software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) house noticed a continued string of acquisitions all through 2021, with distributors specializing in managed companies and safety capabilities.
Aryaka announced its agreement to buy Secucloud, a cloud-based safety supplier, in Could 2021. Aryaka mentioned it made the transfer to spherical out its Safe Entry Service Edge (SASE) structure. In December 2021, the company launched Prime, its first SASE providing constructed from Secucloud know-how.
In August 2021, Extreme Networks revealed its plans to buy Ipanema, a division of Infovista, for $73 million. The seller mentioned it might use Ipanema to broaden its ExtremeCloud portfolio with SD-WAN and safety. The identical month, Comcast Enterprise introduced its intent to buy Masergy, anticipating to combine its managed SD-WAN, unified communications as a service and cloud safety capabilities.