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VMware Declares its Intent Based Networking Direction with Avi Networks Acquisition

Friday Jun 14th 2019 by Sean Michael Kerner

VMware intends to compete in the emerging area of intent-based networking.

Intent-based Networking may have been a trend that Cisco helped to launch, but that doesn't mean it's a Cisco-only market.

On June 13, VMware made a big splash into the Intent-based networking market announcing its intention to acquire privately-held Avi Networks. Somewhat coincidentally, Cisco via its investment arm Cisco Investment was among Avi Networks financial investors. Avi Networks had raised a total of $115 million including a $60 million Series D round announced in June 2018.

Financial terms of the Avi Networks acquisition have not been publicly disclosed by VMware.

"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," Tom Gillis, senior vice president and general manager, networking and security business unit, VMware, wrote in a statement. "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."

Gillis himself joined VMware via the acquisition of Bracket Computing in May 2018.

Avi Networks

The Avi Vantage Platform integrates a Web Application Firewall (WAF) with load balancing and and an elastic service mesh for container-based applications. In a blog post, Ranga Rajagopalan, CTO and Murali Basavaiah, VP of Engineering at Avi Networks wrote that Avi Networks and VMware share a common vision of helping customers remove the friction of hardware-defined infrastructure as they transition to the modern, multi-cloud world.

"Avi already integrates with VMware technologies including VMware NSX and VMware vCenter," the executives wrote. "Avi’s integration with VMware NSX delivers an application services fabric that synchronizes with the NSX controller to provide automated, elastic load balancing including real-time analytics for applications deployed in the SDN environment."

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

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