Brocade is set to acquire privately-held software networking company Vyatta for an undisclosed amount.
Vyatta is a private company that produces software defined networking (SDN), network virtualisation, and cloud computing platforms. Brocade expects to use Vyatta's platforms to build on its growing Ethernet fabrics and SDN systems.
"Brocade and Vyatta share the philosophy that open solutions and dynamic, agile networks are the best paths for customers to evolve their data center architectures to meet their business goals," said Kelly Herrell, chief executive of Vyatta.
"I am excited about Vyatta joining forces with Brocade as we now have the opportunity to more fully deliver on our value proposition with a broader set of customers as a trusted datacentre and networking solutions provider."
Brocade hopes to use Vyatta platforms to create an end-to-end virtualised network infrastructure which aims to reduce development cycles. The company's purchase would also add to its datacentre fabrics platform.
"This acquisition complements our R&D investments in Ethernet fabrics and SDN, as well as our broad industry and solutions-level partnerships that enable Brocade to pursue new market opportunities in datacentre virtualisation, public cloud, enterprise virtual private cloud, and managed services," said chief executive of Brocade Mike Klayko.
"We are now bolstering these 'build and partner' efforts with this strategic acquisition with the goal of being the innovation and thought leader in the software networking category."
Brocade prides itself on its fabric technology which allows for servers to send data packets through edge-to-edge ports instead of link-to-link ports. The company says the technology makes datacentre networking simpler and more efficient.
The acquisition is expected to be closed by the end of the year. Vyatta will reportedly be rolled into Brocade's software networking division.