Adtran-Bluesocket Deal A Potential Network Game Changer
August 15, 2011: Looking to take advantage of what it calls a perfect storm, networking vendor Adtran has bought privately held Bluesocket, which sells wireless network solutions with virtual control, for an undisclosed amount. This acquisition was effective Aug. 4, and includes all intellectual properties, technologies and the established customer base–more than 3,000 in 47 countries. The Bluesocket team and product portfolio will be incorporated into Adtran’s Enterprise Networks Division.
The companies say there are three developments that are creating major discontinuities in the networking market: the explosion in 802.11n adoption (by 2015, it will account for more than 90% of access points); the exponential increase in wireless demand (mobile devices sales were up 16%, to 428.7 million units, in the second quarter, according to Gartner); and the ability of cloud virtualization and WLAN delivery to make controller-based implementations obsolete. Throw in sustainability and the ability to reduce power by 80%, and the only thing holding back the new entity is the ability to execute, notes Zeus Kerravala, senior VP of research, Yankee Group, in a blog.
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