Extreme Networks to buy Brocade's data center assets

31 Mar 2017

Software-driven networking vendor Extreme Networks has arranged to buy the data center networking business of Brocade for $55 million.

Extreme Networks has entered an agreement with Broadcom - which itself arranged to purchase Brocade in November last year for around $5.9 billion – to purchase Brocade’s data center switching, routing and analytics business.

The acquisition is expected to close within 60 days after the closing of Broadcom’s acquisition of Brocade, which is due during the quarter ending in July.

Extreme Networks said it expects the purchase to be earnings accretive by fiscal 2018 and to generate over $230 million in new annualized revenue.

"The addition of Brocade’s data center networking business significantly strengthens our position in the expanding high-end data center market and reinforces our strategy of delivering software-driven networking solutions focused on enterprise customers,” Extreme Networks president and CEO Ed Meyercord said.

“Today’s announcement, coupled with our recent announcements regarding our position as the stalking horse bidder of Avaya’s networking business and the successful completion of the integration of Zebra’s wireless LAN business, along with Extreme’s organic investments in R&D, will result in a state of the art, newly-refreshed portfolio of enterprise solutions for our customers.”

Broadcom announced an intention to divest Brocade’s IP networking business as part of its planned acquisition of the vendor, focusing on the company’s remaining fiber channel storage area network business.

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