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Kontron Acquires Inocybe Technologies to Boost Cloud Native Networking Stack

Thursday Aug 2nd 2018 by Sean Michael Kerner

Hardware vendor picks up one of the leading contributors to the open source OpenDayLight SDN controller.

Kontron announced on Aug. 1 that it is acquiring privately held networking vendor Inocybe Technologies. Financial terms of the deal have not been publicly disclosed.

Inocybe is well known in the open source networking community for its support and contributions, particularly to the OpenDayLight (ODL) software-defined networking (SDN) controller. Inocybe has also been a leading contributor to the OpenSwitch project as well.

"The open source software on open hardware strategy is rapidly gaining adoption among a broad base of service providers and private cloud operators – for both compute and networking," Robert Courteau, general manager, Kontron, communications business, wrote in a statement. "With Inocybe, we can now cater to both scenarios."

Kontron and Inocybe were not strangers prior to the acquisition. In October 2017, the two companies announced an expansive partnership to build integrated open networking platform to help accelerate SDN and network function virtualization (NFV) production deployments.

“After many years at Inocybe, I am excited by the huge potential of this acquisition," Mathieu Lemay, founder of Inocybe, stated. "By leveraging Kontron and S&T's significant hardware portfolio with Inocybe's activities across Open Networking projects, this acquisition will help accelerate market adoption by providing the expected customer experience and quality."

Kontron is part of the S&T group of companiesk which is an Austria-based conglomerate.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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