F5, a well established name in ADCs or application delivery controllers, has acquired LineRate, an SDN vendor. Products such as VIPRION portfolio from F5 are well known in the networking industry. And with the LineRate acquisition, F5 is well positioned to take on bigger space in the SDN markets as well. The decision to acquire LineRate was taken keeping the strategic fit with F5 vision. LineRate and its application focus – Layer 7+ - fits in neatly with F5’s strategy for the market.
The LineRate systems also have proven to be intrinsically equipped with a greater number of competitive advantages over comparable SDN products.
Apart from the ability to work across Layer7 services, LineRate also has a Proxy Product solution which is a software approach to carrier grade traffic management.
The customers will see the benefit of this integration between F5 and LineRate over time. But a lot of new product initiatives are in the pipeline.
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