Monday, 13 September 2021 09:51

Ciena acquires Vyatta routing and switching technology from AT&T

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Ciena's Scott Freely Ciena's Scott Freely

Ciena has entered into a definitive agreement with AT&T to acquire its Vyatta virtual routing and switching technology.

Ciena says, the acquisition reflects its continued investment in its Routing and Switching roadmap to address the growing market opportunity to transform the edge, including 5G networks and cloud environments. Specifically, these key technologies and expertise will serve to expand and accelerate Ciena’s Adaptive IP solution set.

In addition, Ciena said it has agreed to support the Vyatta routing platform in AT&T’s wireless network across multiple 5G use cases, enterprise business services and virtual networks with cloud scalability.

Ciena plans to integrate the team of engineering specialists into its Routing and Switching research and development (R&D) organisation, the company said.

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Ciena senior vice president global products and services Scott McFeely said, “The addition of the Vyatta talent and assets to our Routing and Switching business will extend Ciena’s success in helping customers create virtualised networks and deploy new features faster and cost effectively across 5G, enterprise and cloud use cases.”

AT&T chief technology officer of network services Andre Fuetsch said,“This agreement is a sign of the maturity of the ecosystem and encompasses years of innovation, collaboration and expertise.

“Our acquisition of the Vyatta assets in 2017 helped us virtualise 75% of our network and led to the development of the first telco grade open-source network operating system. We’re looking forward to the continued use of Vyatta and the development of new use cases as a result of this transaction.”

Ciena said the acquisition of the Vyatta talent and certain intellectual property is expected to close by the end of the calendar year. Financial terms were not disclosed.

This first appeared in the subscription newsletter CommsWire on 6 September 2021.


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