Communications vendor Perle Systems has acquired UK-based Chase Research for $8bn to beef up its Linux capabilities.
Perle specialises in connectivity between AS/400 servers with products that include remote access servers for ethernet and token ring Lans, terminal servers and serial connectivity tools.
Chase provides network connectivity and remote access products that provide communications between PCs/servers and peripheral devices, particularly in the Linux space. The company has some 70 staff in sales, marketing and product development, and has a sales presence in the UK, the US, Germany and China.
"A major objective of this latest acquisition is to further strengthen Perle's position in the Linux market," said Perle chief executive Joe Perle. "The revenue base [Chase] provides increases Perle's sales run rate for Linux-compatible serial connectivity products."
Last year Perle acquired another UK firm, Specialix International, which provides remote access hardware for the small and medium-sized business market.
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