Oracle is not a company that is often thought of as a networking vendor. Yet Oracle does, in fact, have a growing networking product portfolio.
The newest piece of Oracle's networking products group is SD-WAN, via the acquisition of privately held vendor Talari Networks. Financial terms of the deal are not being publicly disclosed, though Talari had raised approximately $53.5 million in funding. Back in June 2012, EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet named Talari as one of the top 10 networking newcomers to watch, and the company has grown over the past six years to become a leading playing in the SD-WAN market.
"Our loyal customers can expect to see powerful new network functionality and capabilities at an accelerated pace. And the vast span of Oracle’s brand and reach will extend the Talari solution across the globe," Patrick Sweeney, CEO of Talari Networks, wrote in a statement. "Together, Oracle and Talari plan to accelerate digital transformation and cloud adoption by providing companies with complete enterprise network solutions that deliver reliable real-time communications and performance of mission-critical applications over any network."
While Oracle is well known for its namesake database and suite of enterprise application platforms, it also includes a networking Session Border Controller (SBC), as well as network management infrastructure, among its broad product portfolio.
Much of Oracle's networking portfolio has been grown via acquisitions over the past six years. In July 2012, Oracle acquired software-defined networking (SDN) vendor Xisgo. Oracle's SBC technology was gained via the $2.1 billion acquisition of Acme Packet in February 2013. Oracle acquired privately held SDN vendor Corente in January 2014. More recently, Oracle acquired DNS services vendor Dyn in November 2016.
Oracle is positioning the Talari Technology to be complementary to its SBC and network management infrastructure, adding new connectivity options that can replace private MPLS networks.
"Talari is a leading provider of software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) technology offering centralized network control and improved application performance," Douglas Suriano, senior vice president and general manager in the Oracle Communications Global Business Unit, stated. "Their proprietary Failsafe technology enhances the benefits of SD-WAN by adding greater reliability and predictability while maintaining security for site-to-site and site-to-cloud connectivity and application access over any IP network."
At least one of Talari's partners is particularly enthusiastic about the Oracle acquisition. Drew Lydecker, president and co-founder of AVANT, which is a master agent distributing Talari services, commented via email that Talari SD-WAN makes today’s enterprise applications perform better and puts the power of enterprise WAN back into the hands of the enterprise, democratizing utilization of carrier services.
"The behemoths like Oracle are gobbling up the nimble innovators and disruptors like Talari as a way of leapfrogging into this new technology space," Lydecker said. "SD-WAN is really about improving the application experience and enhancing the WAN security posture, and will be a phenomenal compliment to Oracle’s portfolio."
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.