F5 buys LineRate Systems to beef up SDN efforts

The acquisition highlights how networking companies are gathering software defined networking (SDN) intellectual property, talent and products.

F5 Networks on Monday said it acquired LineRate Systems, a company that develops software defined networking software and services.

Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

The acquisition highlights how networking companies are gathering software defined networking (SDN) intellectual property, talent and products. VMware's acquisition of Nicira last year sparked a run on everything SDN.

For F5, the LineRate deal gives it access to so-called layer 7+ networking technology. LineRate features programmable networking software, but its products are early stage. LineRate is based in Boulder, Colo.

In a blog post, F5 noted:

Programmability is required for reducing operational costs through automation and centralized control, but it is also needed to enable customers to develop innovative, application-specific services that work in concert with SDN architectures.

Here's the overview of F5's architecture plans. 

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