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VMware brings cloud experience to entire data center with acquisition of Avi Networks


VMware is acquiring Avi Networks to advance its strategy for bringing the public cloud experience to the entire data center.

Avi Networks is a leading provider of multi-cloud app delivery services. Hundreds of organizations around the world including Fortune 500 companies are using its services.

It provides a Software Load Balancer, Intelligent Web Application Firewall, Advanced Analytics and Monitoring and a Universal Service Mesh. Enterprises can run these services across private and public clouds. Further, the services provide support for applications that run on VMs, containers and bare metal.

With the acquisition of Avi Networks, VMware will be in the right position to provide customers a one-stop software-defined networking solution for the modern multi-cloud era.

“VMware is committed to making the data center operate as simply and easily as it does in the public cloud, and the addition of Avi Networks to the growing VMware networking and security portfolio will bring us one step closer to this goal after the acquisition closes,” said Tom Gillis, senior vice president and general manager, networking and security business unit, VMware.

“This acquisition will further advance our Virtual Cloud Network vision, where a software-defined distributed network architecture spans all infrastructure and ties all pieces together with the automation and programmability found in the public cloud. Combining Avi Networks with VMware NSX will further enable organizations to respond to new opportunities and threats, create new business models, and deliver services to all applications and data, wherever they are located,” added Gillis.

Once the acquisition closes, VMware will integrate load balancing capabilities of Avi with VMware NSX Data Center to help enterprises overcome the complexity of legacy systems and ADC appliances.

The Avi platform automates application delivery with closed-loop analytics, template-driven configuration, and integration with management products. It uses advanced analytics to monitor performance. Avi technology is secure, dynamic and multi-cloud fabric that runs across private and public clouds enabling the applications to remain unchanged while running in different computing environments.

“Upon close, customers will be able to benefit from a full set of software-defined L2-7 application networking and security services, on-demand elasticity, real time insights, simplified troubleshooting, and developer self-service.” said Amit Pandey, chief executive officer, Avi Networks.

The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of VMware’s fiscal year 2020, which closes on August 2. This transaction won’t have material impact on fiscal 2020 operating results.

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