Lucent Buys Quadritek Systems

Lucent Technologies
Inc.
today acquired Quadritek Systems Inc., a privately-held
developer of network administration software for $50 million in cash.


Malvern, Pa.-based Quadritek markets a variety of network administration
products to businesses and Internet service providers. Quadritek’s products
automate the process of assigning and authenticating Internet Protocol (IP)
addresses.


Lucent will also take an unspecified one-time charge to cover research and
development efforts related to the acquisition.


Bill O’Shea, president of Lucent’s data networking systems group said the
acquisition will enhance the company’s offerings and simplify the work of
network administrators.


“This will help us deliver on our stated goals of reducing
network complexity, lowering administrative costs and
improving security for data network operators,” he said.


Quadritek technology is based on industry-standard IP protocols such as
dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP) and
domain name service (DNS). The company’s leading product, QIP, delivers
network-wide control of the IP address and
name assignments while enabling distributed, local administration of tasks,
ensuring stable, flexible and manageable networking.
QIP, which works on Microsoft NT or UNIX platforms.


“Quadritek has the technology, technical expertise and a proven track
record for delivering innovative, best of breed products
and technology to the marketplace,” said Arun Kapur, chairman and chief
technology officer of Quadritek.


Kapur, along with Joe D’Andrea, Quadritek president, will join Lucent and
continue to lead the IP address management team from Malvern, Pa.


Tuesday’s acquisition is Lucent’s latest effort in its drive to bolster its
networking management offerings. Lucent recently acquired Livingston
Enterprises Inc., which provides remote access equipment for Internet
access companies, and has added smaller networking companies over the past
year.


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