F5 Building Out Layer 7 SDN Tech with Linerate Acquisition
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F5 announced the acquisition of SDN services vendor Linerate this week. Financial terms of the deal are not being publicly disclosed at this time. Nigel Burmeister, Director of Product Marketing at F5 Networks, told Enterprise Networking Planet that most of LineRate employees will be joining F5. Burmeister added that F5 is committed to investing in and growing the LineRate team.
As to why F5 chose to acquire Linerate instead of any of the other myriad SDN startups, it's all about strategic alignment.
"LineRate’s application focus (Layer 7+) makes it a strategic fit with F5’s vision, and the company’s technology will extend our capabilities and enable us to further expand our market opportunities," Burmeister said. "In addition, the LineRate Systems team has proven that its architectural approach has significant competitive advantages over alternative SDN and software-based ADC efforts."