F5 Buys Swan For Graceful Application Delivery

F5 Networks, which makes machines that help secure and speed applications from one computer system to another, agreed to acquire rival Swan Labs for $43 million in cash.

Swan Labs’ also makes hardware and software that also speeds and safeguards applications, especially over wide area networks (WANs). WANs generally span a lot of ground, often connecting remote offices spread far apart to make sure each branch in a corporation is on the same page and can receive and exchange the same information.

F5 plans to integrate Swan Labs’ WANJet and WebAccelerator solution into its Traffic Management Operating System, which provides a shared application and network services framework.

“When combined, Swan Labs’ and F5’s solutions will offer an integrated framework that extends application and network security, acceleration and availability to remote, branch, public and private users — regardless of where they are coming from,” F5 said in a statement.

The goal is to give Seattle-based F5 a larger toehold in the market for busting bandwidth barriers, which includes sharing files across wide area file services (WAFS).

WAFS is an extremely hot niche of the storage space because it allows users to access a remote data center as though it were local.

The technology enables corporations with scattered branch offices to manage data backups through one system. Such access centralization is important at a time when enterprise workers grow more mobile by the day.

F5’s top competitor was FineGround Networks, but Cisco purchased that company after it launched new WAFS products. Cisco had earlier purchased WAFS startup Actona Technologies.

F5 will take on some of Swan Labs’ 42 employees in the deal, expected to close in the first quarter of F5’s 2006 fiscal year. F5 expects to close Swan’s San Jose office and move many of its employees to its own development office in that city.

Article courtesy of Internet News

Clint Boulton
Clint Boulton
Clint Boulton is an Enterprise Storage Forum contributor and a senior writer for CIO.com covering IT leadership, the CIO role, and digital transformation.

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