Mavenir acquires Brocade's vEPC business

03 Aug 2017

Mavenir Systems announced it has acquired Brocade Communications Systems’ Virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) product line and associated assets.

The acquisition includes all associated intellectual property including 22 granted and pending patents, a R&D facility in Mumbai, India and associated customer support and maintenance contracts. Mavenir will also hire certain Brocade employees associated with the vEPC business to work closely to support customers of Brocade vEPC, the company said in a statement.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Mavenir plans to use vEPC as a key part of its mobile edge computing and IoT strategy. The company said Brocade’s vEPC solution has unique architectural attributes that leverage cloud computing, network virtualization, and software networking technologies to deliver higher scale and efficiency on industry-standard x86-based servers. The software can scale from a single micro processing core to a rack of servers depending on the use case.

When combined with Mavenir’s existing virtualized radio access network product, the company can offer a complete, fully virtualized end-to-end next generation core and access network, said Ashok Khuntia, general manager and executive vice president of Mavenir’s access products division.

“We are building a 5G architecture with control plane-user plane separation and stateless VNFs. The small footprint, combined with a highly scalable architecture and built-in HSS, is ideal for Fixed Wireless Access (FWA), private LTE and industrial IoT spaces,” the executive added.

The deal is Brocade’s latest attempt to divest its various assets following the $59 billion acquisition by Broadcom announced in November 2016. In June, Brocade sold its Vyatta Software Platform to AT&T as well as its virtual application delivery controller business to Pulse Secure.

In March, the company also agreed to sell its data center networking business to Extreme Networks for $55 million. It is also planning to sell its network-edge portfolio, which includes the Ruckus Wireless and ICX Switch product families, to Arris International for $800 million.

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