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Today, VMware announced its intent to acquire start-up VeloCloud Networks. Founded in 2012 in Mountain View, CA , VeloCloud, has raised a significant amount of venture capital over the past five years due mostly to the company’s success in the software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) space.
The start-up would bring nearly 1,000 customers to VMware , including service providers, telecommunications giants (Sprint Corporation, AT&T and Deutsche Telekom ), and recognizable large enterprise customers ( Brooks Brothers and NCR, among others). The acquisition is expected to close by the end of VMware ’s fiscal 4Q 2018 and the VeloCloud CEO and executive team are expected to remain post-acquisition.
- A network of service gateways deployed at cloud datacenters globally that provide scalability, redundancy, and on-demand agility
- Enterprise-class appliances that provide connectivity to facilitate private, public, and hybrid workflows, as well as the ability to host NFV services
- An orchestrator that provides centralized and automated configuration, and provisioning and monitoring across the branch, the cloud, and the datacenter
According to a VMware executive (on the VeloCloud announcement call with press and analysts), the most interesting “play” is on the service provider front. VeloCloud has a significant footprint with the service provider community, and brings with it a considerable route-to-market for NFV. Time will tell but the marriage of VMware and VeloCloud looks to be a great match.