OTPP-backed Riverbed Technology buys Germany’s Ocedo

Riverbed Technology Inc has acquired Germany’s Ocedo, a provider of software-defined networking and software-defined wide-area-network solutions. No financial terms were disclosed. Riverbed, a San Francisco-based application performance infrastructure company, said the acquisition accelerates its strategy to deliver software-defined networking solutions and creates new opportunities for growth. Last April, Riverbed was taken private by Thoma Bravo and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP). The deal was valued at about US$3.5 billion.


Riverbed Announces Acquisition of Leading SD-WAN Provider Ocedo


Acquisition accelerates Riverbed’s strategy to deliver next-generation software-defined networking solutions to customers, and creates significant new growth opportunities

Riverbed Technology, the leader in application performance infrastructure, today announced the acquisition of Germany-based Ocedo, a leading provider of software-defined networking and SD-WAN (software-defined wide-area-network) solutions. The acquisition furthers Riverbed’s strategy to deliver next-generation, software-defined networking solutions that provide superior application performance and business agility for today’s hybrid enterprises. The acquisition of the privately-held company will expand and accelerate Riverbed’s delivery of best-in-class SD-WAN solutions to customers, while creating significant new growth opportunities for Riverbed and its partners.

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“Ocedo is a compelling and strategic acquisition for Riverbed. Their innovative software-defined networking solutions perfectly complement our own strategic investments in R&D, expanding our position to aggressively compete in the emerging markets for software-defined networks and SD-WAN, bringing disruption to the multi-billion dollar branch router market,” said Jerry M. Kennelly, Riverbed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “As the industry goes through one of the largest transformations in a decade, with cloud and hybrid IT environments requiring a different approach to networking, Riverbed is well positioned to help businesses reap the benefits of newer and superior network architectures that are application-centric and software-defined.”

SD-WAN solutions streamline and simplify how hybrid WANs are deployed and managed, enabling IT to provide fast and secure delivery of applications hosted on-premises or in the public cloud with greater agility and ease. The SD-WAN market is expected to grow significantly in the next several years. According to Gartner, “by the end of 2019, 30% of enterprises will use SD-WAN products in all their branch offices, up from less than 1% today.” (Gartner, Inc., Market Guide for Software-Defined WAN, Bjarne Munch, December 1, 2015)

An early pioneer in software-defined networking, Ocedo has developed an advanced software-defined branch office networking solution, with a portfolio of products that include secure gateways, wireless access points and switches, and an integrated cloud management system that enables zero-touch provisioning and centralized control of remote devices and network services.

“The acquisition of Ocedo is a game changer, as it immediately positions Riverbed among the leaders of software-defined networking and SD-WAN solutions,” said Zeus Kerravala of ZK Research. “Coupled with Riverbed’s industry-leading portfolio of application performance infrastructure, this move solidifies Riverbed’s position as a trusted provider of innovative and high performance network software solutions, at a critical time when enterprises are looking to deploy next-generation networks.”

Riverbed’s unique application-centric approach to software-defined networking provides fast and agile application delivery to the edge of distributed enterprises. Additionally, Riverbed offers a comprehensive Application Performance Platform that delivers end-to-end visibility, optimization and control, enabling enterprises to realize the full benefits of software-defined networking solutions.

This acquisition further fuels Riverbed’s Project Tiger initiative, announced in Fall 2015, in which Riverbed plans to bring to market a new suite of application-centric SD-WAN solutions that will eliminate the need for traditional branch routers, provides cloud-based zero-touch provisioning & management, and will be based on a new software operating platform that enables agile service-chaining for Riverbed-native and 3rd-party services and applications. Riverbed plans to launch an initial SD-WAN solution in Q1 2016 to complement and expand the Riverbed Application Performance Platform.

In addition to innovative technology, Ocedo brings to Riverbed experienced leaders and engineering talent. The founding team of Ocedo brings decades of experience in the networking industry, including co-founding Astaro, a network security company acquired by Sophos in 2011.

“We are very excited to join the Riverbed team, as they are as passionate and committed as we are to disrupting the status quo by delivering superior networking solutions in today’s cloud, mobile and hybrid world,” said Jan Hichert, CEO of Ocedo. “I’m confident that Ocedo’s technology will thrive and grow within Riverbed, and we’re energized to continue to innovate and develop solutions that will change how applications are delivered in the modern enterprise.”

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Riverbed, at more than $1 billion in annual revenue, is the leader in Application Performance Infrastructure, delivering the most complete platform for the hybrid enterprise to ensure applications perform as expected, data is always available when needed, and performance issues can be proactively detected and resolved before impacting business performance. Riverbed enables hybrid enterprises to transform application performance into a competitive advantage by maximizing employee productivity and leveraging IT to create new forms of operational agility. Riverbed’s 27,000+ customers include 97% of the Fortune 100 and 98% of the Forbes Global 100. Learn more at www.riverbed.com.

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