Juniper buys SDN startup Contrail for $176M

Juniper Networks this week acquired Contrail Systems, a startup that makes controllers for software-defined networks, for $176 million in cash and stock. Seems like Juniper has jumped on the SDN train as well. Another SDN Acquisition this week! Will SDN make the biggest buzz in 2013? Who is the next player to acquire a SDN startup?

I was able to find a list of SDN related acquisitions this year. Cisco was the busiest player.

Buyer: Cisco

Acquisition: Meraki

Why: Technology for cloud based management of wireless LAN, security appliances, and mobile devices. strategy to offer more software-centric solutions to simplify network management, help customers empower mobile workforces, and generate new revenue opportunities for partners.


Buyer: Cisco

Acquisition: Cariden

Why: Network planning, design and traffic management software for service providers. To enhance the visibility and programmability of converged IP/optical networks through multilayer modeling and optimization of optical transport and IP/MPLS networks.


Buyer: Cisco

Acquisition: vCider

Why: Controller for network virtualization in cloud computing. Component of Cisco ONE plugin to the Quantum virtual networking capability of the OpenStack cloud orchestration project.


Buyer: Oracle

Acquisition: Xsigo

Why: A week after VMware bought Nicira, Oracle announced its own deal in the virtualized network space when it inked a deal to purchase I/O hardware maker Xsigo, further solidifying its foray into cloud computing


Buyer: Brocade

Acquisition: Vyatta

Why: The acquisition enables Brocade to extend its open data center fabric and IP networking technologies directly into any number of server hypervisor environments and offer an end-to-end architecture built on a highly virtualized , dynamic infrastructure.


Buyer: VMware

Acquisition: Nicira

Why: Seeking to expand its vision of a virtualized datacenter, VMware purchased one of the leading software-defined networking companies, Nicira, whose founder and CTO is one of the pioneers of the OpenFlow SDN protocol. The move also signals VMware’s broadening support for competing hypervisors and open source standards.

For more of this year’s general  acquisitions, go to the following slide set.

Thank you.