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.
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.