Brocade Sells vADC to Pulse Secure, Vyatta to AT&T

Brocade is continuing to shed its IP networking assets as the company’s acquisition by Broadcom is set to close. Brocade announced in November 2016 that it was being acquired by Broadcom in a $5.9 billion deal, though Broadcom publicly stated that it didn’t want to keep the IP networking assets.

This week, two of Brocade’s IP networking asset were sold to to two different vendors.


On June 1, Pulse Secure announced that it acquired the virtual Application Delivery Controller (vADC) business from Brocade. Financial terms of the vADC deal have not been publicly disclosed.

Brocade had originally acquired the vADC technology from Riverbed Technology in February 2015, where it was known as SteelApp after being rebranded in 2014 from the original name Stingray. Going even further back, Riverbed acquired the Stingray technology from technology vendor Zeus in July 2011, where it was originally known as Zeus Aptimizer

“With the addition of Brocade’s vADC solutions, Pulse Secure will be able to deliver secure access to a complete customer application portfolio, from legacy data center applications, to web, cloud, and even mobile applications,” Sudhakar Ramakrishna, CEO of Pulse Secure, wrote in a statement.

Pulse Secure itself was created in October 2014 when Juniper Networks sold its Pulse mobile security technology to Siris Capital for $250 million.


On June 2, Brocade announced that is had sold its Linux-based Software Defined Networking Vyatta virtual router technology to AT&T. Brocade had originally acquired Vyatta in 2012

Financial terms of AT&T’s Vyatta acquisition are also not being publicly disclosed.

“Our network transformation effort lets us add new features quicker than ever before at a much lower cost,” Andre Fuetsch, chief technology officer and president of AT&T Labs, said in a statement. “Being able to design and build the tools we need to enable that transformation is a win for us and for our customers.”

The sale of Vyatta and the vADC technologies follows the sale of Brocade’s Ruckus Wireless and ICX switch business to ARRIS for $800 million in February.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet and Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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