Brocade buys Vistapointe to grow MNO portfolio

Vistapointe's software-based, carrier-grade technologies are geared toward mobile operators embracing Network Functions Virtualization architectures.

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Brocade announced that it has acquired the network visibility and analytics provider Vistapointe. Financial terms of the all-cash transaction were not disclosed.

Vistapointe's software-based, carrier-grade technologies are geared toward mobile operators embracing Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) architectures. With the acquisition, Brocade plans to extend those technologies to its service provider customers, especially global Mobile Network Operators (MNOs). 

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Brocade said MNOs will be better equipped to classify, visualize, manage, and secure subscriber data traffic — capabilities it says are essential for MNOs rolling out 4G/LTE technology across the billions of mobile devices deployed worldwide.

In addition to enhancing its NFV technology portfolio, Brocade said the Vistapointe acquisition directly complements the existing Brocade MLX-based IP telemetry solution.

Jason Nolet, VP of the Switching, Routing and Analytics group at Brocade, said NFV-based analytics tools can improve subscriber user experience and security while also dramatically reducing costs. 

"The Vistapointe team has recognized the disruptive opportunity of leveraging NFV-based solutions for analytics, and we believe its technology is at the forefront of this space and perfectly aligned to the needs of mobile operators," Nolet said in a statement.

As for Vistapointe CEO Ravi Medikonda, he’ll join Brocade as VP of the Network Visibility and Analytics product group. The Vistapointe development team will also join Brocade under Medikonda as part of the new business unit.

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