Brocade Acquires Riverbed Technology’s SteelApp virtual Application Delivery Controller (ADC) business. 

The SteelApp product line is one of the top ADCs and controls traffic to and from applications and allows for quick, reliable, and secure application delivery from the cloud or data center. 

This deal will give Brocade the assets of the SteelApp business as well as its development and field teams when the deal closes by the end of May 2015 or before the conclusion of the vendor’s FQ2.

Officials from Brocade say that the SteelApp line will expand the software networking portfolio and when combined with networking hardware offerings, customers will be able to offer even more advanced solutions to service provider and data center customers.

Lloyd Carney, CEO of Brocade said in a statement about the acquisition, “Brocade continues to execute aggressively to capitalize on the disruptive force of software in IP networking… We are thrilled to add SteelApp's widely-adopted solution to our portfolio and will invest our existing ADC resources to aggressively advance the roadmap and extend it into our open Vyatta Platform offering for NFV and SDN."

And as for Riverbed, according to CEO and chairman Jerry M. Kennelly, the organization will continue to focus on their core competencies: “The decision to divest the SteelApp product line reflects Riverbed's ongoing commitment to focus on businesses and opportunities that leverage our core competencies. Riverbed is focused on providing solutions that provide CIOs unparalleled visibility, optimization, and control in the hybrid enterprise, ensuring on-premises, cloud and SaaS applications perform as needed."